Skilled Laborer – Street Maintenance

Street Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department, City of Laurel, MS. | $11.25 per hour/ $23,390.64 annually + attractive benefits package | Open From: Sep 22, 2020 - Until Filled

Job Description

Purpose of Position



Maintain and repair City streets, maintain City grounds and ensure cleanliness of all City property


Major Duties and Responsibilities



Maintain and repair City streets

Haul asphalt, dirt and gravel to appropriate locations as needed

Scrape and clean roads as needed

Overlay City streets and roads

Fill potholes existing on City streets

Remove trees and tree branches from street as needed

Install culverts as needed


Install and maintain street curbs and gutters

Remove excess debris from area

Clean and form curb back with asphalt

Poor asphalt over curb

Shape asphalt to correctly form curb

Allow concrete to cure properly


Remove excess limbs from City streets and surrounding area

Receive work order

Utilize chain saw to remove excess limbs

Collect limbs and scattered debris from street

Complete work order paperwork


Ensure City streets and surrounding areas are clean

Inspect streets and ditches for debris

Remove debris, as needed

Dispose of debris in appropriate manner


Maintain departmental vehicles and equipment

Perform preventive maintenance on vehicles and equipment by checking tire pressures, oil and fluid levels and pressures before each run

Complete weekly scheduled maintenance on trucks


Assist Sanitation Department, as needed

Determine appropriate sanitation route


Drive sanitation truck

Ensure all garbage is collected


Perform other duties as directed


Job Context



The Skilled Laborer is a full-time, permanent position in the Street Department. The immediate supervisor for this position is a Laborer Supervisor. The person in this position is supervised on a daily basis and has no supervisory authority.  The Skilled Laborer works regular hours most of the time with occasional overtime when the workload demands it. There is no night or shift work involved with this position. The person in this position is not on call. 100% of the work for this position is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather conditions.  The position has accountability for safety and legal issues related to the work for which this position is responsible.


There is exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis. This exposure includes, but is not limited to, asphalt, automotive fluids, carbon monoxide, and garbage. The stress level associated with this position is average.  Physical work involved with this position includes, but is not limited to, shoveling dirt and asphalt, operating departmental equipment, walking and standing for long periods of time, carrying branches and other debris, trimming trees and removing trees.


Certification, Education and Experience



Certification: A valid driver’s license is required for this position.

Education: A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for this position.

Experience: No experience is required for this position.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities




Layout of City streets

Street maintenance and repair techniques

Procedures for using asphalt and concrete


Vehicle maintenance needs and procedures

Proper operation of departmental equipment

Location of City properties

Proper grammar and proper use of English in speaking and writing

OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety

Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department

Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication

General functions and operations of municipal government


Skills and Abilities:

Lift heavy amounts of garbage and debris

Remove dead tree limbs

Operate departmental mowing and trimming equipment

Prioritize daily work flow

Work as a team member with other employees

Meet specified or required deadlines

Make decisions within specified time restraints

Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, etc., both oral and written

Maintain confidentiality

Work autonomously when necessary

Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions

Deal with others in a professional manner

Maintain professional composure in heated situations

Follow departmental and City policies and procedures


Physical Requirements:

Must be able to frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 pounds

Ability to bend, stoop, and crouch frequently

Must be capable to extending the hands and arms in any direction; handling, seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hands/fingers

Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time

Ability and stamina to keep up with a moving truck and to climb up and down garbage truck

Ability to work in all types of weather conditions


The duties in this job description are illustrations of the various types of work that may be required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or logical to the position. This job description is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer change.

Fine Print

Applicant must provide the following documents to Human Resources, 401 North 5th Avenue (3rd Floor City Hall) Room 302:


  • WIN Job Center referral
  • Valid Mississippi Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent required