Laborer 1

Job Title: Laborer 1

Department: Public Works

Hours: Full Time

Job Description:

The City of Cape May is seeking a LABORER 1 in the Department of Public Works.

DEFINITION: Under supervision, performs varied types of manual and unskilled laboring work, and may drive a truck in connection with laboring work on occasion, does other related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the methods, materials and supplies used to perform varied types of manual and unskilled tasks. Ability to perform manual tasks either alone or as a member of a group. Ability to perform heavy manual labor for prolonged periods of time under varying temperatures and climatic conditions. Ability to follow prescribed instructions. Ability to learn to use the tools and equipment needed to perform routine, unskilled labor tasks. Ability to follow safety precautions in the operation of assigned tools and equipment. Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


Loads, lifts, and moves supplies, furniture, and equipment.

Digs trenches and does manual grading.

Cleans incinerators.

Collects rubbish and other refuse.

Cuts grass, trims hedges, waters lawns, flowers, and vegetable beds.

Loads and unloads trucks; loads debris into truck for removal.

Shovels snow; shovels gravel and sand.

Whitewashes walls.

Mixes cement and mortar; places forms used in concrete work.

Performs cold patching.

Cleans up underbrush, foliage, vines, and weeds; cuts down trees; digs out stumps of trees, and digs out and destroys poisonous vines, weeds, and undergrowth.

Learns to operate construction and/or maintenance equipment.

May learn to operate a pneumatic drill.

May learn to operate and make minor repairs to street, road, and related public works equipment.

May rake asphalt mixtures used in paving to proper thickness and grade.

May distribute asphalt mixtures to eliminate hollows and high spots in the surface under the construction or repair.

May patch joints and edges of pavement with asphalt cement; may tamp and smooth asphalt pavement.

May operate and maintain asphalt heating kettle.

Cleans sludge beds.

Sweeps streets and sidewalks.

Pries and hammers apart sections of wall and roof.

Sorts, piles, and cleans salvageable brick, stone, lumber, and metal work.

Under direction, may learn to make routine repairs to valves, fittings, pipe sections or other equipment used in the area of assignment.

Occasionally drives trucks.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

CDL Preferred.

For inquiries, call 609-884-9536. Please send all applications and resumes to or bring to City Hall at 643 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. Cape May City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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