Laborer 1 #4115


The LABORER 1 performs a wide variety of unskilled tasks requiring sustained physical effort and the use of hand tools and simple power equipment such as drills and saws.


This is the first level of a two‑level series.  It is distinguished from the higher level by the close supervision received, by the absence of responsibility for maintaining detailed records of work performed, and by the absence of responsibility for using or operating large power equipment.  (Employees in this class may occasionally use large power equipment such as jackhammers or bulldozers under close guidance of higher level personnel.)


Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.

1.       General Labor.  Typical tasks:  mows lawns; rakes leaves; pulls weeds; prunes shrubs; collects and disposes of debris and trash; digs ditches; cuts and hauls wood; cleans walkways, restrooms, roofs, work areas; assists skilled workers with building maintenance (painting, plumbing, roof repair) by hauling materials, holding pipe and erecting scaffolding; assists in breaking up concrete and building forms for new concrete; pumps gas; washes vehicles; picks up and delivers vehicles, parts, supplies, audiovisual equipment, books and furniture within an agency; replaces light bulbs; picks up and delivers agency/campus mail by motorized vehicle; sets up and takes down such things as tables, chairs, display cases, exhibits, and partitions; flags traffic; tends bridge gates.

2.       Warehouse Labor.  Typical task:  places materials and merchandise on or removes materials and merchandise from pallets and conveyor belts; packs and unpacks boxes, cartons, cases; loads and unloads boxcars, trucks, ships using hand trucks, dollies, and other moving and loading equipment; checks items received against invoices; assists in taking physical inventory count of warehouse stock; stocks shelves and rotates items with limited life span.

3.       Forestry Labor.  Typical tasks:  clear trails of unwanted debris; removes brush from roadsides; participates in controlled burning of forest debris as a member of a "holding crew"; digs fire trails clearing a path to mineral soil in front of fire using shovels, axes, hoes, and pulaskies; uses water from fire engines to cool a fire or put fire out; mops up after a burn is complete by turning over burned material and soil with hand tools and applying water to hot spots; cleans fire engines; restocks trucks with tools and materials used on fires.

4.       Natural Resource Labor.  Typical tasks:  maintains hatchery facility by cleaning ponds, screens, racks; counts, marks and sorts fish and fish eggs; maintains State‑owned roads, beaches and trails; provides care and feeding to animals and livestock; weighs, marks and tags animals to keep track of their health and location; selects samples of produce to be inspected by a shipping point inspector from a storage area; carries sample to grading area and places sample on grading table or conveyor belt; performs uncomplicated sorting tasks such as removing rocks and clods at the grading table; loads and unloads equipment from vehicles and reassembles equipment; cleans up inspection area; places insect detection traps at predesignated sites, removes traps at specified times; under close supervision applies herbicides and pesticides.


Work contacts for employees in this class will vary greatly depending on the assignment.  Employees will be in daily contact in person with other labor and skilled trade workers, as well as supervisors, to receive work assignments and other instructions.  Employees may also come in contact in person with the public, various levels of staff from other State agencies, students, institutional inmates, and others, depending on the work situation.


Employees in this class receive close supervision from first‑line supervisor.  Work is assigned in detail and reviewed daily to ensure it is completed satisfactorily and on a timely basis.  As Laborer 1's develop advanced proficiency in the performance of tasks, supervision will become more general.

Employees must adhere to agency and State safety rules in the work areas and will be expected to gain familiarity with State and agency rules and regulations governing operating procedures.


Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, human or natural resource agencies, correctional, mental health, or higher education institutions, hospitals, etc.).  They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location.

They require the willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather.  They require the willingness to walk, stand, and work while bending and stooping for extended periods.  They require the willingness to work from ladders, scaffolds, and other above‑ground locations such as on roofs.  They require the willingness to work in an environment containing dust, odor, and high  levels of noise.  They require the willingness to lift and carry heavy objects.  Some positions may require the willingness to work with or around chemicals and caustic compounds such as pesticides, herbicides, disinfectants, and cleaning agents.  Some positions require the willingness to work around forest fires.


          Ability to perform prolonged strenuous physical labor.

          Ability to follow oral and written instructions and perform assigned


          Ability to learn and use small tools and equipment.


          Some positions in this class may require one or more of the following:


          Basic knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to understand



          Ability to pass a physical examination.

          Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with all levels of

                   agency staff, clients, inmates, and the public.


          Some positions in this class may require the possession of an Oregon driver's license valid for the class of vehicles used by the employing agencies.

          NOTE:  The KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS are required for initial consideration.  ABILITIES may be required for initial consideration, at any time during the selection process, or during a trial service period as a final stage of the selection process.  Some duties performed by positions in this class may require different KSA's.  No attempt is made to describe every KSA required for all positions in this class.  Additional KSA requirements will be explained on the recruiting announcement.


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Examples of work are typical of duties assigned to this class.  No attempt is made to describe every duty performed by all positions in this class.