Public works laborers generally perform a variety of maintenance tasks for the government. Those in this position generally work during traditional business hours, but extended hours may be required in some circumstances. They often work on teams with other public works laborers, and the work may be physical in nature and involve exposure to natural elements. Formal education is not generally required for this position, though some governmental agencies may prefer candidates with specialized work experience.
Public works laborers have a variety of responsibilities, including: ensuring the beauty and safety of public spaces; janitorial duties; shoveling/salting sidewalks and roadways, fixing holes in roads; mowing grass at public parks; operating light or heavy machinery; using various tools; maintaining inventory; and filing necessary reports.
Applicants for this position should be physically fit and able to maintain this level of fitness, as most of their duties depend upon it; the job may also involve standing for long periods, lifting heavy loads or tools, etc. A public works laborer should be able to follow instructions, have great interpersonal communication skills, and work well with others without constant supervision.
Public Works Laborer Tasks
Maintain and repair public property like dams, roads, sewer systems and traffic lights.
Communicate with the public and ensure safety.
Drive to work sites, set up for work, and clean up after work is complete.
Install and improve public projects, including adding ramps, planting trees, adding signs or painting.