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THIS RECRUITMENT WILL BE OPEN TO THE FIRST 200 APPLICANTS. The posting will close once it has reached 200 applicants, therefore you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

The City of Berkeley is currently accepting applications for Laborer. Under immediate supervision, Laborers perform both routine and heavy, physical work in the construction, maintenance, repair and cleaning of streets, sewers, storm drains, transfer stations, and related structures; operate a variety of hand and power tools; and perform related work as assigned.

Typical duties of Laborers include:
Breaks and removes pavements
Excavates, shovels, hauls and loads soils, sand, gravel, cement, asphalt mixes and other materials, tools and equipment
Excavates and shores trenches and manholes
Makes rough grades for sewer trenches
Cleans up work sites upon completion of job; wash vehicles and equipment
Sweeps and shovels debris and litter, carries cans and heavy objects and loads trucks
Assists in emptying loads at dump sites
Directs traffic at work sites; places cones, barricades and warning devices to ensure safety of work sites
Operates air compressor and pneumatic air tools, including spaders, tampers, jackhammers, breaking guns, steam cleaners and concrete saws; uses hand tools, including shovels, picks, brooms wheelbarrows, rakes and rollers
Performs rough carpentry and pipefitting, lays and rakes, rolls and irons hot asphalt and oil spray

Required Qualifications:
Equivalent to graduation from high school


Six (6) months of work experience as a laborer in construction or maintenance work.
Must obtain a class B California driver's license within 6 months of appointment, and have a satisfactory driving record
Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry objects weighing up to 80 pounds and to perform sustained heavy physical labor
Must be willing to work out of doors in all weather conditions, to work underground in confined places and with exposure to unpleasant and potentially hazardous conditions
Must be willing to work overtime and off hours shifts in emergency situations

Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Techniques and materials used in the maintenance and repair of streets, gutters, sidewalks, sewers, storm drains, lift stations, and related facilities; operation and maintenance of a wide variety of hand and power tools and equipment common to the field; and safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.

Ability to: Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools and equipment used in the work; Understand and follow oral and written instructions; Properly place cones, barricades and warning devices and direct traffic flow at job sites; Perform heavy physical labor; and exercise independent judgment and initiative without close supervision.

Application Process:
This recruitment is limited to 200 applicants. The posting will close once that number has been reached.

Applicants must submit the following:

All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:
1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
2. Written Exam - tentatively scheduled for the week of May 13. Applicants passing the written exam will be invited to participate in the Performance Exam
3. Performance Exam - tentatively scheduled for the week of May 21.

Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-981-6800 | |2180 Milvia 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704. Requests can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.

Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: 1-(510)-981-6300 | TTY: 1-(510)-981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.

The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.