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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3110 - Laborer

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:  Non- Exempt 
UNION:  Local 150

Under immediate supervision; performs work of routine difficulty completing unskilled manual work as assigned; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs unskilled tasks that provide indirect support to the assigned department.  Work assignments are repetitive and may involve lifting, carrying and other physical activities.  Immediate supervision is provided by higher-level positions that lay out the details of each specific assignment and check the work in progress and upon completion.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Uses hand tools, cleans, sweeps, and performs basic maintenance tasks (e.g. replaces light bulbs, cleans, oils, and greases equipment, etc.)
• Performs a variety of horticultural tasks (e.g. mowing, mulching, weed whacking, tree trimming, etc.)
• Picks up and delivers mail, supplies and equipment
• Locates and removes refuse from County property
• Operates a pickup truck and a truck with a plow
• Assists higher level maintenance staff at job sites (e.g. shoveling, digging, loading and unloading materials, etc.)
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•  Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Proper use, handling, and care of small tools and equipment used for horticulture, building maintenance, highway construction, etc.
• Materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction highways and roads
• Cleaning methods and products
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Driving 4-wheel trucks and plows
• Lifting heavy objects
• Operating hand tools and non-complex motorized equipment
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Properly use tools
• Listen to, understand, and  follow verbal and written instructions, policies, and procedures
• Work effectively in all weather conditions
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heavy work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Use of arm and / or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position frequently includes working near moving mechanical parts, in high or precarious places, in extreme outside weather conditions, with hazardous materials, with fumes or airborne particles, with the risk of electric shock, and in cramped or confined spaces.  Employees in this class are required to be on call for emergency situations and seasonal snow removal, which means being capable of working in excess of forty (40) hours per week.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver’s license.