Laborer 2 #4116


The LABORER 2 performs a wide variety of routine and semiskilled tasks, requiring sustained physical effort and the use of large power equipment such as jackhammers, tractors, and road graders.


This is the second level of a two‑level series.  It is distinguished from the lower level by the general nature of supervision received, by increased record keeping requirements and by the operation of large power equipment and vehicles. 


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:  breaks up concrete with jackhammers; builds forms for new concrete; uses power equipment for basic building maintenance; operates power shears, brush chippers, and other power equipment used in landscape maintenance; performs basic maintenance and repair on equipment; assists craftsmen in their work by performing such tasks as basic carpentry and plumbing; operates, adjusts and maintains high‑speed inserting, folding and metering equipment; maintains work records as required.

2.       Warehouse Labor.  Typical tasks:  packs and unpacks merchandise and verifies contents against shipping documents; operates forklifts and conveyors to move items around facility; organizes incoming and outgoing shipments; keeps detailed records concerning articles shipped, the motor carriers involved, delivery points, damage, and loss.

3.       Forestry Labor.  Typical tasks:  inspects the work of contracted tree planting crews to ensure that terms of contract are met (sampling the number, density and quality of trees planted); checks and records seedling survival rates in previously planted forests; measures heights, diameters, and distances of trees in preparation for timber sales; marks timber sale boundaries and clears logging roads; drives small fire engines (200‑gallon capacity or less); sets up portable pumps and tanks; lays out hoses, nozzles and fittings in a predetermined manner to apply the most effective fire fighting actions for a given situation; digs fire trails clearing a path to mineral soil in front of fire; uses water and soil to cool or put out fires; mops up after a burn is complete by turning over burned material with hand tools and applying water to hot spots; performs minor maintenance, cleaning and repair of vehicles and equipment used in fighting forest fires.

4.       Natural Resource Labor.  Typical tasks:  conducts ground surveys by inspecting plants in a predetermined area for insects (places and retrieves insect traps) and disease, records results and reports to superior; operates tractor to prepare ground for cultivation; services vehicles and equipment used; applies insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers in prescribed manner; collects field information on wildlife populations and movements.

5.       Miscellaneous.  Typical tasks:  requisitions supplies needed for assigned duties and tasks; coordinates the work of and provides guidance to lower level personnel; performs duties and responsibilities of lower level personnel as needed.


Work contacts for employees in this class will vary greatly depending on the assignment.  Employees will be in daily contact with other labor and skilled trades workers, as well as operations supervisors, to receive work assignments and other instructions.  Employees may also come in contact 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 work under general supervision of an operations supervisor who reviews work upon completion for thoroughness and adequacy.  Employees must adhere to agency and State safety rules in the work area, and use State and agency rules and regulations governing operating procedures in the performance of their duties.


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.  Some positions may require the willingness to work in confined spaces such as tunnels.


          Basic knowledge of the use, operation and maintenance of various tools and

                   equipment used in the performance of assigned duties.


          Skill in the use of various tools and equipment used in the performance of

                   assigned duties.


          Ability to perform prolonged, strenuous physical labor.

          Ability to follow oral and written instructions and perform assigned tasks

                   without constant close supervision.


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


          Basic knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to understand


          Basic knowledge of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication,

                   and division).


          Ability to pass a physical examination.

          Ability to keep accurate detailed records of work accomplished.

          Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with all levels of

                   agency staff, clients, inmates and the public.

          Ability to use, operate and maintain specialized equipment.


          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.