Public Works Laborer

City of Cedar Rapids

HOURLY WAGE: New Hire: $19.73  ·  1 year: $21.83  ·  2 years: $23.07  ·  3 years: $24.27

Join the City of Cedar Rapids and step into a fulfilling role maintaining the City’s infrastructure. The ideal candidate is one who has some experience operating/repairing machinery, performing snow removal and general laborious tasks.  This individual must be dependable and able to report to work in weather emergencies. 

At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds. We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What‘s in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View the AFSCME Choice Plan Benefits Summary (Download PDF reader)

About the position: 

This is an entry-level position with many opportunities to move up within the Streets Division by taking advantage of offered training. Laborers quickly become operators and develop knowledge and skills in maintenance and construction practices. Staff in this position enjoy the variety of work the position offers from emergency response associated with snow removal and flooding, to work with concrete and asphalt paving. Work in the Streets Division is critical to the City of Cedar Rapids and work continues year round in all weather conditions. If you do not already have your Class A CDL, we will provide the necessary training to obtain it. 

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. May be scheduled for 2nd or 3rd shift from late November to early March. Some mandatory overtime is required.

This position will be advertised until filled.

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  •          Patches holes in streets with blacktop or concrete; 

  • Assists the crack sealing crew within Streets workgroup;

  •           Performs right of way landscaping;

  •           Hand-sweeps streets to clean off debris;

  •           Operates chipper in removal of trees;

  •           Participates in planting and transplanting of young trees;

  •           Snow removal per policy

  • Assists with the installation, maintenance and repair of manholes, catch basins, storm and sanitary sewer mains and accurately records activities on departmental work order;

  • Patches holes in streets and City right of ways using a combination of asphalt, concrete, Portland cement concrete and granular backfill in conformance with City standards;

  • Assists in the operation of hydraulic and mechanical cleaning of sewer mains and related structures;

  • Assists in the operation of finding and correcting sources of infiltration and inflow into the collection system using television inspection equipment, smoke injection, flood water dye testing and physical inspection techniques;

  • Performs storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure locates per Iowa Municipal Code and City standards

  • Performs emergency and routine operations of pumps and associated equipment during times of flooding and sanitary sewer surcharge outside of normal work hours;

  • Performs confined space entries into the collection system to effect flow meter installation, repairs, inspections and cleaning of system as necessary;

  • Performs weekend and night on call/standby as assigned for sewer related activities;

  • Assists a small crew engaged in painting street markings, designing, fabricating and installation of traffic control devices; and repairing traffic control marking fixtures;

  • Assists with mixing and applying paint for street markings, using motorized paint striper;

  • Drives vehicles and work tools to work locations;

  • Assists in rough carpentry;

  • Wears and properly uses safety equipment including personal protective equipment, trench protection, fall protection, self-contained breathing apparatus and gas detection equipment.

  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;

  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;

  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;

  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Graduation from High School or GED; and

  • Experience with asphalt, carpentry, concrete, forestry, traffic signage, construction, sewer or related work; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License.

  • Obtain and maintain Commercial Driver’s License (Class A) with Tanker and Air Brake endorsements within six months of appointment.

  • Ability to work overtime and flexible shifts with short notice.

  • Ability to report to work within 30 minutes for emergencies and stand-by responsibilities.

Job ID: 80601

Posted 25 days ago

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