Skilled Laborer - Highway 5/2021

Town of Duxbury Duxbury, MA $21.15 per hour

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JOB TITLE: Skilled Laborer - Highway 5/2021

POSITION GRADE/LEVEL: 4 - Benefit eligible

RATE RANGE: $21.15 -$24.44 per hour in five steps

LOCATION: DPW - Highway Dept.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full time 40 hours, typically Mon.- Fri. with additional hours required for town-wide emergencies, snow and ice removal operations


1. Nature of Work: Performs skilled work within the Department of Public Works as determined and assigned by supervisor in the Highway Department.

2. Supervision Received: Works under the supervision the Highway supervisors. Operates equipment based on supervisor’s general instructions who reviews performance for skill and efficiency and assist in cases of difficulty.

3. Supervisory Responsibility: Supervises temporary or seasonal employees as assigned.

4. Confidentiality: Employee has regular access to confidential information of the department. Confidentiality must be maintained with regard to this information in accordance with Department Policy and the Public Records Act.

5. Accountability: Consequences or errors, missed deadlines or poor judgment may include adverse public relations, monetary loss, legal repercussions, labor/material costs, personal injury, jeopardize programs, and danger to public health/safety.

6. Judgment: Guidelines may be given verbally, or through administrative or organizational policies, or directives. Employee is expected to weigh efficiency and relative priorities in performing tasks to avoid breakdowns, handle emergency situations and ensure public and environmental safety in the operation of the Highway functions.

7. Complexity: The work consists of the practical application of a variety of concepts and practices.

8. Nature and Purpose of Public Contact: Employee interacts frequently with Town employees and the public. Excellent customer service skills are required involving courtesy, tact, and diplomacy.

9. Essential Functions: The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or logical assignment to the position.

  • 1.Suggests modification to equipment for more safe and efficient operation.
  • 2.Performs similar tasks as assigned, including functions of those in a lower classification.
  • 3.Performs routine tasks in connection with care, upkeep, repair, marking and beautification of roadways, such as; cleaning culverts, catch basins, drains and ditches; loading and unloading trucks and cars; spreading sand, gravel and asphalt.
  • 4.May, on occasion, operate landscaping equipment and power tools, cutting grass, weeds and brush.
  • 5.Assists in Highway Department as necessary
  • 6.Accepts deliveries of supplies and equipment.
  • 7.Assists in training new employees in performing assigned duties
  • 8.Participates in operation and ordinary maintenance of equipment.
  • 9.Performs similar tasks as assigned, including functions of those in a lower classification.
  • 10.Cross trains with other Department employees.
  • 11.Is available for overtime and call backs in the event of emergencies.
  • 12.Participates in town-wide snow and ice removal operations.

10. Recommended Minimum Qualification

Education and Experience: High School diploma or G.E.D. with three (3) years of related work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential function of the position.

Special Requirements: Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License and Class B CDL license.

11. Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:

1.Ability to understand and apply verbal and written instructions.

2.Knowledge of the operation of necessary equipment and tools used in the performance of assigned work.

3.Knowledge of chemicals used for cleaning.

4.Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with fellow employees, supervisors, and the general public.

12. Work Environment: The nature of duties may involve continuous presence of unpleasant or irritating elements, such as noise, odors, chemical fumes, dust, smoke, heat, cold, oil, dirt, or grease. Work is performed indoors and outdoors during inclement weather conditions.

13. Occupational Risks: Duties regularly present potential risks of injuries from improper exposure that could result in loss of time from work. Examples of injuries, muscular strains, falls from heights. Special safety precautions, training, or protective clothing such as chaps, gloves, glasses, hats or boots will be required/provided.

14. Physical and Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Demands: Work requires regular physical strength and effort daily, such as, lifting heavy objects up to 50 lbs. (or more in cases of emergency and/or with assistance), carrying objects and stacking them. In addition, pulling, pushing, standing, or walking for the full workday may be involved.

15. Motor Skills: Duties involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity. Manipulation and motor control may require extreme accuracy.

16. Visual Demands: Visual demands include reading documents for general understanding, routinely reviewing non-written materials such as machinery and the need for color vision.

Applications being accepted for internal and external candidates starting on May 27, 2021 and will remain open until filled
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