Street Labor I, II & III

Job Title: Street Labor I, II & III

Department: Public Works

Job Description:

 City of Horn Lake – Public Works

Job Description – Street Labor I, II & III

Purpose of Position


                To repair and maintain City streets, right-of-ways and spray for mosquitoes.

            The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. 


 Street Laborer I -

This is the entry level class of Street Laborer series. Initially, under close supervision, incumbents learn general street maintenance practices and City procedures.  As experience is gained, there is greater independence of acting within established guidelines.  This class is flexibly staffed with Street Laborer II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency, which meet the qualifications of the higher class.

Street Laborer II -

This is the journey level class of the Street Laborer series in which incumbents are fully competent to independently perform a variety of street laborer duties.  All positions are characterized by the presence of fairly clear guidelines from which to make decisions and the availability of supervision in non-routine circumstances.  Specific duties will vary based on the organizational unit to which assigned, areas include street maintenance and repair, street sign repair, and other specific duties.  This class is distinguished from the Street Laborer II, in that the latter is a lead class that provides technical and functional supervision over staff and performs the most complex street maintenance duties. 

Street Laborer III -

This is the more experienced level class of the Street Laborer series in which incumbents are fully competent to supervise street personnel in a variety of street laborer duties from the most basic to the most complexed.  Experienced in the use of equipment such as, backhoe, track hoe, tractors, and other equipment used in the duties of street maintenance repairs and other specific duties.  May exercise technical supervision over assigned maintenance personnel on projects. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Repair and maintain City streets

  • Load all necessary tools and materials onto truck(s)
  • Use cold patch, hot patch, and crack sealant as directed to repair or maintain streets
  • Repair holes cut in streets for maintenance of city infrastructure
  • Build, repair and maintain concrete or asphalt shoulders and curbs as directed
  • Repair, build up and replace manholes as needed
  • Build, repair and maintain curb cuts for handicap access
  • Salt and sand roads in winter weather conditions as needed

Perform light maintenance on trucks

  • Clean and wash interior and exterior of vehicles
  • Check fluid levels- oil, transmission, brake, and wiper
  • Grease and lubricate mechanical components
  • Inspect vehicles for major problems and report these to supervisor

Clean City streets

  • Use shovels and brooms to clean streets of debris
  • Dispose of refuse properly at landfill
  • Spray for mosquitoes

Perform other duties as directed

Job Context

            The Street Laborer I, II and III is a full-time position in the Street Department.  The immediate supervisor for the position is the Assistant Public Works Director, followed by the Public Works Director/Operations Director.  The person in this position is supervised on a daily basis and has no supervisory authority, unless assigned a street laborer(s) of a lower level class.  The Street Laborer works regular hours year round, with occasional overtime when the workload demands it.  There is no night or shift work.  The person in this position is not on call.  100% of this work is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather conditions.  The position has accountability for safety issues related to the work for which this position is responsible.

            There is exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis.  This exposure includes, but not limited to, mosquito spray chemicals, cleaning fluids, hot tar, and various petroleum products.  The person in this position should have a high school diploma or its equivalent.  No experience is needed to perform the duties of this position.  The stress level associated with this position is moderate.  Physical work involved with this position includes, but is not limited to, lifting, walking, shoveling, digging and climbing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Proper use of hot mix and other types of specialized street repair materials
  • Proper use of hand tools
  • Proper use of power tools
  • Proper methods for pouring concrete
  • Basic vehicle maintenance
  • Horn Lake City layout
  • City ordinances
  • OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety

                        ·    Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department

  • Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication

                        ·    General functions and operations of municipal government

Skills and Abilities

  • Prioritize daily workflow
  • Work as a team member with other employees
  • Meet specified or required deadlines
  • Make decisions within specified time restraints
  • Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, etc., both oral and written
  • Work autonomously when necessary
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions
  • Deal with others in a professional manner
  • Maintain professional composure in heated situations
  • Follow departmental and City policies and procedures

FLSA:                          Non - Exempt                          

REPORTS TO:           Operations Director for Public Works, Assistant Public Works Director, and Street Laborer of a higher level class (when assigned).


SUPERVISES:            Street Laborer of a lower class (when assigned).

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.   Characteristics described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform them. 

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Signature Acknowledging Job Description                                                                Date

* Revision adopted 01/18/2024

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