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Public Works Laborer

City of Oregon
4.3 out of 5
402 S 1st St, Oregon, IL 61061
From $21 an hour - Full-time


402 S 1st St, Oregon, IL 61061

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  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • On-the-job training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Oregon Illinois is a gateway to the outdoors, a place where the arts thrive, and home to the best festivals in northern Illinois. Discover what makes us 'Uniquely Oregon!'

Job Title: Laborer

Department: Public Works Department

Employment Status: Full Time

Exempt/ Nonexempt Status: Non-Exempt

**Scope of Work:**

This position is responsible for assisting the Director of Public Works with daily duties, maintenance, and repairs of streets, buildings, equipment, snow removal, wastewater treatment plant, and the water department.


Received: Street Department Forman, Water and Sewer Operators

Exercise: None

**Esential Job Functions:**

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all duties the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Performs general maintenance on mowing equipment, including lawn mowers, trimmers, and weed sprayers.
  • Conducts monthly water meter readings, meter change-outs, outside readings, and wiring installations.
  • Records readings at well sites on weekends as assigned.
  • Assists with hydrant flushing and repairs.
  • Assists with record-keeping.
  • Helps with water main breaks and repairs.
  • Assists with valve turning.
  • Learns the weekend routine at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Assists with repairs at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Maintains buildings and grounds at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Conducts tree maintenance as needed.
  • Operates equipment for the maintenance and construction of streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains and services, ditches, and buildings.
  • Operates tractors, dump trucks, snowplows, snow-blowers, riding lawnmowers, and street sweepers.
  • Operates small equipment such as power tools, concrete saws, paint strippers, and weed cutters.
  • Assists in street sweeping, cleaning, and maintenance.
  • Assists with painting equipment and buildings.
  • Assists and performs the necessary repair and maintenance of all light and heavy equipment, such as cleaning, changing oil and filters, lubricating and making small repairs to broken or malfunctioning equipment, and keeping records of the work.
  • Works collaboratively with other City employees to address and resolve concerns, provide assistance, and support the overall functions of the department.
  • Communicates with citizens to answer general questions or to address concerns and complaints.
  • Provides effective and efficient customer service, which promotes and maintains a culture of responsive community relations.
  • Demonstrate some level of independent judgement and discretion in carrying out job responsibilities and making position related decisions.
  • Keeps up to date on industry trends and maintain required training, licensure and/or certification.
  • Follows regulations for safe work practices and adhere to policies, procedures, ordinances that have been adopted by the City.

**Other Job Functions:**

  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Ability to obtain certificates for water and wastewater as needed.
  • Be available on an on-call basis and respond to weather emergency events.

**Requirements of Work:**

Graduation from high school or GED, including or supplemented by six to twelve months of related experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, ability, and skills:

Knowledge of

  • Materials, methods, practices, techniques, and equipment used in public works construction and maintenance projects.
  • The operation of standard light and heavy vehicles and equipment .
  • Occupational hazards and the proper safety methods and procedures used to avoid or minimize risks.

Ability to

  • Read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos .
  • Understand and carry out instructions .
  • Perform light to heavy physical tasks under varying weather conditions .
  • Present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the City of Oregon.
  • Work under direct supervision .
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, coworkers, residents, community organizations, vendors, and the public.

Skill in

  • Prompt and courteous interactions with the public .
  • Operating all types of tools, equipment, and machinery .
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving .
  • Public relations .

**Necessary Special Requirements:**

  • Possession of a valid Illinois Driver's License and ability to obtain Class B CDL license within 1 year of employment.
  • Pesticide and/or herbicide application certificate.

**Physical Demands and Work Environment:**

The physical demands 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 performed mostly outdoors; hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate tools, vehicles and various types of construction equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, prolonged visual concentration, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is frequently required to bend, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee may frequently be exposed to adverse weather and other unpleasant conditions such as heat, cold, wetness, and humidity, dim or bright lights, dust, odors, noise, vibrations, toxic agents, smoke, electrical current, and heavy machinery.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (SO) pounds, and occasionally in excess of fifty (SO) pounds.

The City of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The City of Oregon makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $21.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 – 45 per week


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • On-the-job training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Tools provided
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Nights as needed
  • Overtime
  • Weekends as needed


  • Concrete finishing: 1 year (Required)
  • Snow plowing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Landscaping: 1 year (Preferred)
  • General Construction: 1 year (Preferred)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Oregon, IL 61061: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person