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Laborer - Emporia, KS

Posted: 06/12/2022




Works on construction projects performing general labor tasks such as demolition, loading/unloading, digging, and clean-up to aid daily operations at a construction site. The duties and responsibilities of a laborer are all geared toward maintaining a clean, safe, and efficient construction site while also supporting the overall project.



Responsibilities may include the following.

  • Maintains all safety standards.
  • Moves, secures, loads and unloads construction materials. Material storage, handling and management.
  • Performs some specialized task which may require on the job training or certification for: scaffold, skid steers, street sweepers and forklifts.
  • Cleans and prepares construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Reads and interprets plans, instructions, and specifications to determine work activities.
  • Controls traffic in and around work zones.
  • Digs ditches or trenches, backfills excavations, compacts and levels earth to grade specifications.
  • Operates hand and power tools, including air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers and small mechanical hoists.
  • Operates and tends to small machinery as needed.
  • Identifies and reports/corrects potential hazards associated with task assignments to maintain a safe work area.
  • Loads and unloads materials up to 100 pounds.
  • Other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (requirements before going into job)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, or capable of learning, each primary responsibility satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 1+ years of experience in general labor work in the construction industry, or equivalent level of education, knowledge and skills.
  • Familiarity with field concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Proven ability to accurately perform construction activities or projects, including usage of various power tools and small machinery.
  • Good interpersonal skills and team spirit.
  • Demonstrated success in working safely on projects.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and blueprints/plans.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to pass background check, drug screen, physical capacity profile, and E-verify.
  • Reliable transportation method to get to and from work.



  • OSHA 10-hour Certification
  • Applicable certifications, such as Lift Operation, Scaffold, etc.
  • First Aid/CPR Trained



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the primary responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The associate is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop or kneel.
  • The associate must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the primary responsibilities of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary responsibilities.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate regularly works in outside weather conditions. The associate frequently works near moving mechanical parts.  The associate occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Note:  This job description reflects a summary of the job and does not prescribe or restrict the responsibilities that may be assigned.   The job description is subject to change at any time.



Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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