Job Openings General Laborer

About the job General Laborer

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As a Lyon County laborer, you will assist the construction, maintenance and repair of roads and bridges. Must be safety minded willing and capable of working in extreme weather conditions and is labor intensive. This position will involve occasionally responding to call-outs (potentially at all hours) during nights and weekends. Other duties as assigned. Non-exempt position with a solid base pay $16.48/hr. and benefits including, paid time off (accounts credited at 10 hours vacation and 8 hours sick per month worked), vendor discounts, health, dental and vision insurance and much more! We equip and promote exceptional employees!


  • Experience in road construction desired.
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, machines and tools, including their uses, repair and maintenance is desired.


  • Must possess Class C (CDL a plus) Kansas Drivers License and must pass a background check, pre-employment physical, work screen that measures various physical abilities and drug screening.
  • High school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent required.

Serious applicants only need apply. Position open until filled.

Application and job description may be obtained at the Human Resources Department or online at

Lyon County EOE | Women | Minorities | Disabled | Veteran

E.O.E. LYON COUNTY strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our position openings.

Disclaimer: The above information on this announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employee assigned to this job.


I. JOB SUMMARY: This is a non-exempt position* responsible for performing a variety of semi-skilled manual tasks and operating selected types of light equipment involved in highway maintenance activities.

The roles, responsibilities, job functions, knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth herein may be revised from time-to-time in order to comply with federal and state laws, departmental needs and the changing requirements for this position.


a. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, citizens, coworkers, and management.

b. Being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

c. Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

d. Must be reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfill obligations.

e. Must show up for work on a regular and predictable basis as scheduled.

f. Learn and follow safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.

g. Adhere to proper operating methods and monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.

h. Perform job in a safe manner with full consideration given to personal safety of yourself, fellow crew members and the public.

i. Perform inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment and assist in the servicing and repair of same.

j. Observe roads, bridges, culverts, ditches and road signs for maintenance needs and reports problem areas to the Road Supervisor.

k. Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.

l. Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.

m. Turn in daily time sheets and mileage logs as required.

n. Perform manual labor such as sign repair, bridge and culvert construction and repair, loading and unloading and moving supplies and materials. Operate tools and power tools.

o. Operate various types of general maintenance equipment such as light trucks, rollers, front-end loaders, skid loader, chain saws, cutting torch and welders in a safe and efficient manner.

p. Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.

q. Load and unload materials, machinery, or tools.

r. Mix, pour, or spread concrete or asphalt.

s. Provide assistance to workers such as mechanics, carpenters, equipment operators, supervisors.

t. Lubricate, clean, maintain or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.

u. Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.

v. Smooth or finish freshly poured concrete or placed asphalt, using floats, trowels, or screeds.

w. Compact materials.

x. Dig holes or trenches.


a. Perform related work as assigned.

b. May be required to attend seminars or training sessions.


a. Must possess appropriate Kansas driver license.

b. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Certificate preferred.

c. Experience: None.

d. Education: High school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent re­quired. Additional equipment operation training desired.

e. Knowledge: Must be able to receive, interpret and follow verbal and written instructions. Required to read, write, and speak English fluently, with the ability to speak a foreign language helpful. Basic math knowledge. Knowledge of relevant equipment, machines, and tools, including their uses, repair and maintenance is desired.

f. Skills: Operate two-way radio, motor vehicle and the equip­ment noted in essential job functions. Capable of reading tape measure, square and protractor.

g. Problem Solving: Limited.

h. Decision Making: Limited.

i. Supervisory: None.

j. Financial/Budgetary: None.

k. Interpersonal: Frequent contact with department personnel. Infrequent with the public.

l. Working Conditions: No adverse conditions in the office. Subject to working outside in all kinds of weather conditions. Walking up and down slopes, on beams and working at various heights. Required to respond to emergency situations. Subject to work voluntary overtime.

m. Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

n. Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

o. Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

p. Selective Attention: The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

q. Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

r. Oral Comprehension: The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

s. Oral Expression: The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

t. Agility and alertness to safely move with equipment and loads around the construction site.

u. Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to deal with people and communicate with others directly or by telephone.

v. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read and write and operate equipment.

w. Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others actions.

x. Static Strength: The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

y. Stamina: The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.

z. Extent Flexibility: The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

aa. Physical Requirements: Lift up to 90 pounds to a height of 48 inches and brief periods of intense physical effort.

Employees hired after July 22, 2016: Lyon County/City of Emporia (Company) understands that a job analysis is being completed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the outcomes of the job analysis is the determination of one or more job specific tests that will either qualify or disqualify the post-offer or post-employment (fit for duty) candidate for the position. For the Classification Series of LYON COUNTY/CITY OF EMPORIA: LABORER MAINTENANCE: The Company representative hereby acknowledges the following as valid physical requirements:

a. Employee lifts/carries 80 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the time or 1-100 times per day).

b. Employee lifts/carries 50 pounds frequently (34%-66% of the time or 100-500 times per day).

c. Employee lifts/carries 20 pounds constantly (67%-100% of the time or over 500 times per day).

d. Employees position requires pushing a maximum force of 100 pounds.

e. Employees position requires pulling a maximum force of 100 pounds.


a. Floor to knuckle: 72 lbs.

b. 12 to knuckle: 72 lbs.

c. Knuckle to shoulder: 36 lbs.

d. Shoulder to overhead: N/A

e. Carry: 72 lbs.

f. Push: 90 lbs. force

g. Pull: 90lbs force


Stand: O 10 lbs. or less: C

Walk: O 11-20 lbs.: F

Sit: N 21-50 lbs.: F

Handling: N 51-100: N

Reach Outward: O Over 100 lbs.: N

Reach above shoulder: O Push/Pull;

Climb: O 12 lbs. or less: C

Crawl: O 13-25 lbs.: F

Squat or kneel: O 26-40 lbs.: O

Bend: O 41-100 lbs.: N

N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day

F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+hrs/day)

C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs. per day)

This job description has been examined for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). *The federal overtime provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Unless exempt, employees covered by the Act must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than time and one-half their regular rates of pay.

Subject to criminal record history checks, physical examination, and drug/alcohol screening prior to employment.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please note that this position is not eligible for remote work or telecommuting and must be performed on-site at our physical location.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

Salary: From $16.48 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • On call
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Emporia, KS 66801: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Work Location: In person