(Labor Class)



The work involves a variety of routine manual tasks requiring little planning or special knowledge and sustained medium to heavy physical effort involving frequent exposure to all kinds of weather conditions. A Laborer I usually works as a member of a crew using hand tools and power tools such as chain saws, pneumatic tools, and may operate power driven equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers and small tractors also acts as wingman.  This work is distinguished from other classes performing routine manual tacks as a member of a crew by either the work setting or the degree of specialization. Examples would be groundkeepers, maintenance helpers or stock attendants.  A Laborer has no supervisory responsibilities. An employee in this class also performs routine clerical work and assist with limited clerical duties of assigned station. Positions in this class are supervised by a higher level laborer or maintenance position, usually a foreman, crew-leader, or other higher level worker, who assigns tasks giving detailed instructions. The work of the Laborer is subject to close supervision in progress and upon completion, although routine repetitive duties once learned may be performed more independently. Does related work as required.



Laborers perform a wide variety of routine manual activities under supervision including, but not limited to the following:

Controls traffic on highway maintenance and construction projects; operates snow plow wings.

Acts as an essential personnel and required to respond to emergency call-ins.

Cuts grass, rakes grass and leaves and maintains landscaped areas.

Clears snow and salts walkways, driveways and parking areas.

Removes trash, animal carcasses, cleans drainage ditches of ice and other obstructions.

Does manual work in resurfacing roadways including breaking up surfaces with hand or power tools and mixing and spreading a variety of paving material.

May use a data entry terminal or personal computer for filing or obtaining information.

Responsible for written or computed daily work logs including route/location logs and material logs.

In addition to the use of simple hand tools, chain saws, power mowers and like equipment, a Laborer in Transportation may operate such equipment as portable electric generators, compressors, salt and sand spreaders, bituminous heaters, pumps and other non-self-propelled machines.

They may occasionally operate self-propelled equipment such as trucks, riding mowers and other light equipment occasionally and for short periods of time.

Scrubs, mops, waxes, sweeps, and polishes floors.

Utilizes manual cleaning tools and mechanized cleaning equipment, such as vacuum cleaners and mechanized floor cleaners.

Dusts and polishes furniture.

Washes windows, blinds, woodwork, toilets, washrooms, and fixtures.

Periodically cleans and washes various high areas such as ceiling light fixtures and room ventilation apparatus.

Moves desks, chairs and other furniture and equipment from place to place as directed and prepared building facilities for organizational activities and special events.

Changes light bulbs and makes minor adjustments to light fixtures.

Changes filters on HVAC equipment and makes minor adjustments.

Collects and disposes of paper and rubbish.

May operate and clean refuse incineration equipment.

Refills soap, toilet tissue and paper towel containers.

Loads and unloads delivery trucks, transports supplies to proper areas, assists in the handling of bulky or heavy articles.

Washes outside windows, polices outside property to keep free from trash and refuse.

Loads and unloads trucks of such items as crates, machinery, furniture, equipment, heavy stores, etc. by physically lifting the items or by operating a hand truck, forklift or similar equipment; moves items to and from storerooms.

May accompany a truck driver or motor vehicle operator in the pick-up and delivery of items and as such may in the event of need be required to drive the vehicle.



Ability to operate and maintain a variety of buildings and grounds equipment and vehicles such as scaffolding, pumps, lifts, riding and walk-behind mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, plows, spreaders, pressure washers, and trucks (pickup, and lift-gate).

Ability to understand and follow simple oral and written directions.

Mechanical aptitude.

Ability to identify, avoid, and report potentially hazardous working conditions.

Ability to understand, interpret, and follow all applicable safety policies.

Ability to perform heavy manual labor.

Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools and motorized equipment.

Willingness to work outside under adverse weather conditions.

Willingness to respond to emergencies and perform overtime work.

Physical condition commensurate with demands of the position.





When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.


09/2022 Date of original compositio