PUBLIC WORKS LABORER
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
APPLICATION FILING PERIOD
FILING WILL BE SUSPENDED WHEN THE FIRST 700 APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED OR ON WEDNESDAY, November 7, 2018 AT 5:30 P.M. (PST), WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. THE EXAM WILL REOPEN AS THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE.
ONLINE FILING ONLY FOR THIS EXAMINATION. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED VIA U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Salary Information: Consistent with Section 6.109.130 of the Los Angeles County Code, persons holding the title of Public Works Laborer (Item 5922), who are engaged on a full-time basis in sewer maintenance duties, shall be compensated at a rate of two-salary schedules higher than otherwise noted ($3,018.32 - $3,944.09).
Essential Job Functions
Depending on the assignments, Public Works Laborers are responsible for performing a combination of the following essential job functions: breaks up concrete and asphalt, digs trenches and holes by using a variety of hand power tools; prepares the substrate for pouring concrete, laying asphalt, laying block, etc.; mixes mortar and concrete by using portable concrete mixer or wheel barrow; places concrete into forms or post holes by transporting concrete to the pour location via wheel barrow or bucket; cuts trees, weeds, and brush using a chain saw, pole saw, hand saw, shears, etc.; places branches, brush, and small trees into a wood chipper; loads and unloads tools and materials from a storage location to a vehicle and/or from a vehicle to the worksite and vice versa; lowers or raises tools and material into or out of holes, excavations, the sides of cliffs or embankments, etc.; lifts and positions material either manually or with the help of lifting aids; installs and repairs fences, guardrails, signs, etc.; lays concrete block/and or adjustment rings by putting each one in place, and mortaring them in to construct headwalls, retaining walls, manholes and other miscellaneous applications; shovels sand, soil, gravel, asphalt, and other miscellaneous materials; fills and places sandbags, as needed; sweeps or squeegees walks and roadways; inspects sewers and storm drains; removes rocks, tree stumps, branches, trash, and other debris from storm drains, right-of-ways, sewers, pump plants, etc.; operates a power rodder or high velocity cleaning machine to clear sewer mainlines; makes minor repair to sewer mainlines; applies chemicals to control roots, rodents and insects; assists in painting lines and markings on stretches of road and intersections; spreads reflective glass beads on wet road paint; repairs and performs maintenance work on dams and bridges; walks for long distances or for extended periods; drives and/or operates a variety of automotive equipment; communicates with fellow crew members verbally and/or using hand signals; directs and/or diverts traffic; reads safety handouts, safety data sheet (SDS), memos etc.; and writes information in fields on forms.
No training or experience is required.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. A valid California Class A or Class B Driver License may be required for appointment to some positions in this class.
Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.
The County is required to comply with the Federal regulations which require pre-employment, post accident, reasonable suspicion, return to work, follow up, and random urine drug and breath testing of employees who carry commercial driver licenses and who are assigned to drive certain vehicles.
Physical Class IV – Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
This examination will consist of two (2) parts:
Part I: A written test weighted 30% consisting of mechanical aptitude, basic mathematics, reading comprehension and safety practices. Only those candidates who earn a score of 70% or higher on the written test will be invited to the interview portion. THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
Part II: An interview weighted 70% covering safety orientation, adaptability and dependability, and interpersonal/oral communication skills. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.
Invitation letters for the written test will be sent via e-mail. Candidates are responsible for providing a valid e-mail address that can receive e-mail from dpw.lacounty.gov. Candidates must update their contact information (e.g., mailing address, phone number) on the online profile and are encouraged to check their junk mailboxes to ensure proper receipt of notices.
Final results will be sent by U.S. postal mail. Test scores cannot be disclosed over the phone.
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. PERSONS WHO FAIL ANY PART OF THIS EXAMINATION WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION FOR AT LEAST TWELVE (12) MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THEIR MOST RECENT TEST.
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill both temporary and permanent vacancies in the Department of Public Works.
Applicants hired as Public Works Laborer, Temporary status must complete at least 120 working days (960 hours) of satisfactory service with the County of Los Angeles as a Public Works Laborer, temporary to qualify for the permanent position.