Skilled Laborer

Posting Details

Posting Details

Official Title Skilled Laborer
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Pay Rate $33,830.68
Department Facilities
Job Description / Statement of Duties

Incumbents of positions in this series perform various manual labor tasks in support of the work of skilled tradesmen and craftsmen; dig and back-fill excavations and level earth to grade; shore excavations; set and repair curbing; install and repair signs; maintain grounds by pruning trees and shrubs, seeding lawns, etc.; perform snow removal and ice control duties; and perform related work as required.

The basic purpose of this work is to perform various manual tasks requiring some specialized skill and the use of hand tools in general construction and maintenance activities.

Duties Include:

1. Performs various manual labor tasks requiring some specialized skills to assist in the work of skilled tradesmen and craftsmen such as carpenters, plumbers, painters, masons, etc.
2. Performs various manual tasks in connection with the installation of drainage, sewer and/or water pipelines or conduits such as positioning, joining and sealing pipe sections and culverts and erecting and removing shoring and bracing for trenches and excavations.
3. Digs trenches and similar excavations, refills excavations, spreads and levels to grade dirt, gravel and other materials using pick and shovel.
4. Sets and repairs curbing, patches broken or eroded pavement by breaking surface and mixing and applying a variety of paving materials such as mortar, concrete, cement, etc. using small hand and hand-held power tools to maintain roadways and sidewalks in a safe condition.
5. Installs, repairs, and maintains signs such as regulatory, historic and information signs by performing such tasks as digging holes and installing supports using a variety of small hand and hand-held power tools.
6. Plants, transplants, prunes, trims and fertilizes trees, flowers and shrubs; seeds lawns and gardens; sprays for insects and plant diseases; and performs related tasks such as cutting grass, raking leaves and watering trees, shrubs and flowers as required for the upkeep and beautification of public grounds.
7. Services and makes routine repairs and adjustments to automobiles, trucks and other motorized equipment including changing and repairing tires, replacing headlights and windshield wiper blades , testing batteries using battery tester and checking radiator water levels.
8. Installs attachments such as mowers, plow blades, leaf catcher buckets and vacuum cleaner to tractors and/or trucks to equip vehicles for grass cutting, roadway cleaning, snow removal, etc.
9. Performs various manual tasks in connection with snow removal and ice control work including shoveling snow using shovel and/or snow blower, spreading salt and sand and scraping/breaking ice in order to provide safe roadways and sidewalks for motorists and pedestrians.
10. Loads and unloads trucks; unpacks and stores supplies and equipment in stockrooms, storerooms or warehouses; and takes periodic inventories of supplies and equipment.
11. Performs related duties such as sharpening tools, installing, repairing and painting guardrails; assisting in erecting and dismantling wall partitions; moving furniture and equipment; sweeping, collecting and removing rubbish; and opening clogged catch basins, sewer lines, etc.
12. Based on assignment, may perform various manual labor tasks in connection with fish and game conservation activities.
13. Based on assignment, may operate motor vehicle including light vehicles and trucks and/or snow and ice control equipment, skating rink resurfacers and outboard motor boats in connection with assigned unit activities.
14. Based on assignment, may operate camping registration offices, issue admission tickets, receive receipts and maintain simple records.
15. Based on assignment, may patrol facility during open hours to prevent theft and vandalism, enforce safety rules and regulations and ensure the general cleanliness of the facility and grounds.


Incumbents of positions at this level receive direct supervision from employees of higher grade who provide instruction, assign work and review performance through verbal reports and inspection for effectiveness.


Incumbents of positions at this level may exercise functional supervision (i.e., over certain but not all work activities, or over some or all work activities on a temporary basis) over 1 – 6 maintenance personnel.


Skilled Laborers may work outdoors in all types of weather; lift and carry heavy objects; work under exposure to heavy traffic, high noise levels, etc.; may work varied shifts, nights, weekends and holidays; and may work with or be exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals.

The Skilled Laborer will promote the College’s commitment to collegiality by:
• Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
• Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
• Maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, December 15, 2017 and will continue until filled.

Required Minimum Qualifications

1. Skill in using small hand tools such as pliers, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
2. Skill in using hand-held power tools such a drills, chain saws, etc.
3. Skill in using a variety of motorized equipment such as snow blowers, lawn mowers, forklift, dollies, etc.
4. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
5. Ability to work in a team setting.
6. Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
7. Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
8. Ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolds.
9. Manual dexterity.
10. Physical stamina and endurance.
11. Valid drivers license.
12. Ability to successfully complete all of the duties listed on this job description.

Based on assignment, the following additional qualifications may be required at hire:

1. Ability to lead a group of workers.


1. Knowledge of the procedures, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.


Applicants must have at least six months of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in performing manual labor in connection with general construction or maintenance work.

Preferred Qualifications
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

​Hours of work are Monday – Friday 7:00am -3:30pm.

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.​

Requisition Number S00182
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Eligible Applicants All (Internal and External)
Pay Basis Salary
Job Type Full-time

Application Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Interest
Optional Documents

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