Laborer (Government Buildings and Grounds)

Hills - Minnesota (MN),

City of Owatonna

Job Description:


DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation



The first level of the Maintenance Series is responsible for performing a variety of defined, unskilled laboring tasks associated with routine maintenance activities. Responsibilities may include: operating equipment (e.g., dump truck, plow, chainsaws, mowers etc.) and performing defined preventative maintenance as scheduled.

Duties / Responsibilities

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

1. Performs routine preventive maintenance on applicable facilities, tools, and equipment.

2. Performs grounds maintenance activities related to parks, athletic fields and landscaped areas, which includes: mowing; trimming; spraying for weeds; filling and leveling areas; raking weeds and rocks; removing snow from walkways, flooding ice rinks; spreading ice melt; sanding roads; light construction; and/or, performing other related activities.

3. Operates and maintains a variety of vehicles and equipment; notifies appropriate individuals of required maintenance or repairs.

4. Maintains various types of athletic fields, buildings, structures, and other city property and prepares them for use prior to events; duties include opening and closing, unlocking, locking, dragging, striping, watering, mowing, trash removal, cleaning of bleachers, cleaning of dugouts, basic maintenance, weeding around fences, and/or performing other related activities.

5. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


High school diploma or GED or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


  • Valid Driver's License;
  • Parks- Applicators License – Herbicides, Pesticides, and Mosquito License or obtain within 2 years of hire.
Knowledge of:
  • Basic maintenance principles;
  • Herbicide and pesticide techniques;
  • General maintenance concepts;
  • Basic mathematical concepts;
  • Applicable tools and equipment;
  • Safe working practices.
Skill in:
  • Performing manual labor;
  • Basic preventative maintenance;
  • Herbicide and pesticide handling;
  • Using applicable tools and equipment;
  • Performing basic mathematical calculations;
  • Operating light construction equipment;
  • Operating small hand and power tools and other related equipment;
  • Understanding and carrying out written and oral instructions;
  • Performing routine maintenance and repair activities;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Hours of Work/Physical and Mental Demands

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

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