Highway Department Laborer/Equipment Operator Wanted

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Town of Otis



The Town of Otis seeks applicants for a full-time laborer/equipment operator position with the Highway Department. Minimum of CDL Class B, with 2B hoisting license required.  A full job description and application are available on our website at townofotisma.com or by contacting the Selectmen’s Office.

Please submit an employment application to the Town of Otis, ATTN:  Board of Selectmen, P.O. Box 237, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA  01253.  For more information contact the Highway Superintendent at (413) 269-0106.  Position will remain open until filled.





Skilled and unskilled work in the operation of light and heavy trucks in the performance of construction and maintenance duties, in the maintenance of public streets and walkways and conservation areas.




Works under the general supervision of the Highway Superintendent or other higher-level employee.


Performs duties according to established and specific procedures; details and specific instructions are provide on unusual or difficult projects.


Employee is required to work outside of normal business hours as needed, and is on call at all times to respond to emergencies.



Job Environment:

Work is performed under varying field conditions with exposure to variable weather conditions and periodic exposure to personal injury.


Position responsibilities require the use of judgment and initiative to interpret the numerous standardized practices, procedures, or general instructions governing the work. Employee is expected to locate, select, and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation, or guideline for a given situation.


The employee has occasional contact with the public and other departments responding to inquiries and providing information and assistance.


Position Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration 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, or extension of, the position.



Essential Functions:

  1. Operates light and heavy trucks of all sizes in the performance of construction and maintenance of public streets and town facilities.
  2. In winter operates snowplowing equipment and will operate loader to load trucks.
  3. Required to perform hand labor.
  4. Performs routine maintenance and repair tasks to equipment including changing oil, greasing, welding, washing, and replacing worn or broken parts.
  5. Performs similar or related duties as required.


Physical Requirements:

Employee works on loud construction sites, and is exposed to outdoor weather conditions and moving mechanical parts more than 2/3rds of the time; high places, confined spaces, risk of cave-ins, toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, extremes of heat and cold, hazardous driving conditions, work with explosives, and risk of electric shock up to 1/3rd of the time.  Employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and reach with hands and arms up to 2/3rds of the time; talk/listen, climb and/ or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/ or smell up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee occasionally lifts up to 60 lbs., and seldom lifts more than 100lbs.  Normal vision is required for this position.  Equipment operated includes trucks in excess of 26001lbs, heavy equipment, light equipment, pneumatic tools, power tools, hand tools, and welding equipment


Education and Experience:

A candidate for this position should have a High School diploma or equivalent, with apprentice level of knowledge and experience.  Any combination of experience or specialized training demonstrating ability to perform above duties safely and efficiently.


Special Requirements:

A candidate for this position is required to have valid drivers license (may be required to have Class B CDL license), valid 2A Hoisting Engineer license.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

– Materials, methods, and current practices essential to the maintenance of the town streets and roadways

– Safety guidelines


Skill in:

Safe and effective vehicle and light and heavy equipment operation techniques

And ability to:

– Follow directions and work independently

– Detect and report equipment malfunctions

– Perform the physical requirements of the position in all types of weather and often under emergency conditions

– Operate equipment and trucks in a safe manner