Laborer

Douglas County, NE - Omaha, NE

Full-time
Incumbent works under the direction of the Douglas County Engineer or designee, performing unskilled and limited semi-skilled tasks of a physically demanding nature.

Essential Functions:
Assist in planting, cutting and trimming of grass, brush and trees.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, County employees, elected officials, other agencies, and the public.

Clean and rake grounds, operate tree chipper and chain saw.

Perform traffic control on worksites, including placement of barricades, flagging traffic and directing of traffic away from work areas.

Sweep and pick-up refuse on roadways and in ditches.

Paint road lines and curbs; perform other painting as directed.

Clean inlets and operate sewer-cleaning equipment.

Load materials into and out of trucks, shovel snow, mix and pour mortar/concrete and perform other heavy labor as directed.

Operate power jackhammer in accordance with safety requirements and instructions.

Install culverts, repair bridges, dig and backfill ditches; erect, repair and clean road signs.

Assist in operation of tow truck and occasionally operate trucks, tractors and other motorized equipment in accordance with operating license.

Dig out holes and cracks in asphalt and repair by applying oils, filling and tamping with asphalt.

Assist in the laying and caulking of sewers.

Perform fine grading on slopes and ditches using hand tools such as rakes and shovels.

Observe established safety procedures and common sense in the performance of duties.

Operate all County vehicles under 26,000 Gross Vehicle Weight in a safe manner in compliance with all traffic regulations and safety guidelines.

Report to work at assigned location with regular, predictable, and consistent attendance.

Perform other duties as directed and assigned.

Education and Work Experience and Other Requirements:
High school graduation or equivalent required.

Three (3) months of work experience as a laborer required.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and own mode of transportation at the time of hire and throughout the course of employment.

Class A or B CDL license preferred.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is primarily performed outdoors with constant exposure to weather conditions including temperature extremes and high humidity for extended periods. Work involves frequent exposure to loud noise, vibrations, mechanical hazards, fumes, dust and occasional exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals, chemical herbicides, poor ventilation, and electrical hazards. Work activities also include occasional or potential exposure to infectious materials, biological hazards, blood, offensive odors and contact with animal carcasses. Occasionally, work may be performed in tight or confined spaces, on inclines, at heights above ground and depths below ground, in and around high traffic areas and require the application of safety procedures and use of equipment. Hours of work are generally normal day-shift hours, however work hours will include overtime, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and emergency call-ins as needed. Noise levels may frequently be loud requiring shouting in order to be heard or requiring protective equipment. Work may require dealing with irate individuals and working under time constraints.

The work requires considerable physical activity, including frequent standing, walking, bending, grasping and carrying with occasional sitting, climbing stairs, balancing, kneeling, crouching, squatting, crawling, pulling and pushing. An incumbent must have the ability to climb in and out of vehicles, maneuver over rough terrain and crawl into culverts and storm drains. An incumbent must be able to frequently lift and/or carry equipment, supplies, debris and other materials weighing up to 50 lbs., and to occasionally up to 100 lbs.

Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate equipment.