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Employer: City of Ottawa
Division: Public Works
Job Title: Laborer Maintenance Worker I
Salary: $13.10 Hourly

Job Description:

Position Title:                     Laborer/Maintenance Worker I

Department:                       Public Works/Streets

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Street Superintendent or the Assistant Street Superintendent, the Laborer/Maintenance Worker I performs manual labor tasks in street repair and maintenance, and other maintenance tasks performed by the Public Works Department. The employee in this position will operate vehicles, mechanical equipment, and hand tools to accomplish various tasks.


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Pay Range:                 $13.10 to 17.69 per hour depending on qualifications

Date Opened:             November 16, 2017

Date Closed:               December 17, 2017

Hours:                         7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Some overtime may be required.


RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Regular part-time and regular full-time employees shall, within one year of date of hire, establish and maintain residency within Franklin County or within a driving distance of 35 miles of the Ottawa City Hall, AND within the state of Kansas.


E-Mail Confirmation:  After your application has been received by the City of Ottawa, you will receive confirmation by e-mail. Please check your SPAM filter or JUNK Mail for an e-mail from HumanResources@ottawaks.gov.  If you have not received information within 48 hours of submitting your application, please call 785-229-3634 to verify application has been received.

For additional information, contact Human Resources at 785-229-3634 or e-mail humanresources@ottawaks.gov.


Additional Information:

High School Diploma or equivalent.

Requires possession of a valid Driver’s License.  CDL is preferred.

Must be insurable by the City’s insurance carrier.

A minimum of one year related experience is preferred.

The City of Ottawa conducts background checks and drug screening on all potential candidates.

Anyone with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at 785-229-3634 at least two days prior to the scheduled test or interview.


The City of Ottawa is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The City of Ottawa is a nationally recognized Playful City USA community.


Job Title                             Laborer/Maintenance Worker I

Department                        Public Works/Streets

Reports To                         Streets Superintendent or Assistant Streets Superintendent    

FLSA Status                       Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime pay)

Salary Grade                      6

Retirement                          KPERS

OSHA                                   Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogens

Last Update                        April 2015


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.



The Laborer/Maintenance Worker I performs manual labor tasks in street repair and maintenance, flood control operations and maintenance, and other maintenance tasks performed by the Public Works Department. The employee in this position will operate vehicles, mechanical equipment, and hand tools to accomplish various tasks.


Essential Job Functions


  • Make repairs to streets, alleys, parking lots, sidewalk, and bridges, including concrete repairs, pothole patching, and crack sealing. Haul rock, asphalt, and concrete for repairs.
  • Trim, cut, and remove trees/limbs/storm debris as directed.
  • Haul snow and assist with removal of snow/ice from roadways.
  • Grade dirt/rock surfaced streets and alleys.
  • Dig/clear ditches and other storm water structures with machinery and hand tools.
  • Operate and maintain flood control gates and pumps.
  • Paint and install street markings and signs according to established policies.


Ancillary Job Functions


  • Mow and maintain ditches, levees, parks, and cemetery/airport grounds.
  • Complete necessary written documentation and reports.
  • Comply with all City ordinances and policies.
  • Assist other departments and perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must maintain valid driver’s license; CDL preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those commonly associated with this position.


  • Understanding of basic construction principles.
  • Ability to receive, understand and comply with written and verbal instruction.
  • General knowledge of street construction, maintenance, and repair; general carpentry skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain a variety of motorized equipment, including but not limited to: self-propelled tractor-mower, dump truck, snow plow, pickup truck, jackhammer, tamper, and chainsaw.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, City officials, business entities, and the general public.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.


Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.


  • May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, or high/dangerous places.
  • May be exposed to wet/humid conditions, inclement outdoor weather, vibration, extreme temperatures, mechanical oils, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals, or very loud noise levels.
  • May be required to wear a respirator in certain situations.


Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.


  • Must be able to talk, hear, grasp, push, stand, walk, drive, reach with hands/arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, balance, operate mechanical equipment, and move up and down from/to sitting position on the floor.
  • Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement and manual dexterity.
  • Must have precise hand-eye coordination, clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, and ability to identify/distinguish colors.
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


Vacancy Number: ott11161703-01

Open Date: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/17/2017 11:59:59 PM