Skilled Laborer

June 10, 2021
Birmingham, AL
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Work involves skilled manual labor performed in the construction and/or maintenance of streets, roadways, drainage systems, utility lines, buildings and other public facilities. Work includes using power tools and mechanical equipment, which require set up, adjustment and operational knowledge and skills and physical abilities used in digging, excavating, cutting and repair work. Work may also require the operation of trucks and other equipment for transporting personnel and tools to and from work sites and in loading, unloading and moving materials. Work is assigned and carried out according to oral and written instructions and the supervisor gives additional specific instructions for new, difficult, or unusual assignments.


  • Performs proper preparatory tasks including gathering all necessary tools and materials, conducting pre-trip inspections on all equipment to be used, loading and unloading equipment and materials, assembling proper safety equipment at work site, donning the necessary safety gear and assigning tasks to unclassified laborers in order to begin work.
  • Performs various construction tasks and manual labor including installing, maintaining, and repairing culverts, manholes, sidewalks, bridges and other public projects.
  • Maintains and improves public parks, right-of-ways and planting areas by mowing grass, landscaping, removing debris, and cleaning and repairing city or county owned structures.
  • Conducts the necessary equipment maintenance tasks including loading, cleaning, fueling and repairing all equipment, supplies, and tools to ensure proper storage, safety and efficiency.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's License.
  • Experience performing one or more of the following: using measuring equipment (e.g., tape measure, level); using hand tools (e.g., screwdriver, hammer, saw, rake, shovel); using gas powered equipment (e.g., weed eater, mower, chainsaw, compactor); mixing concrete.



  • Customer Service.
  • Mathematical and Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication and Comprehension.
  • Professionalism and Integrity.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting and Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative. Small Tool and Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork and Interpersonal.
  • Technical Skills.


  • Knowledge of the proper type of fuel (e.g., diesel, unleaded, propane, fuel/oil mix, etc.) needed for various equipment.
  • Knowledge of hand tools, including their designs and uses.
  • Knowledge of power tools, including their designs and uses.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures when working in and around traffic.
  • Knowledge of preventative maintenance practices and measures for small equipment and tools.
  • Knowledge of utility markings (e.g., company color codes and their meaning) as used to identify types of utility lines.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs and uses.


  • Work is primarily performed at outdoor worksites such as roadways and construction sites.
  • Work may also involve the use of various hand tools such as hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
  • Workers may be exposed to weather conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, or other potentially hazardous conditions such as near roadway traffic, etc.


  • Job involves moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, carrying, balancing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.
  • Job may involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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