Highway Laborer - Eligibility List

Portage County
Job Description
The Portage County Highway department currently has a Highway Laborer position opening.  We will be posting this as an eligibility list due to upcoming retirements and candidates will be hired off this list to fill vacancies as they occur.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the performance of a variety of work of the manual nature related to the maintenance and construction of roads.  Work may also extend into the operating of a variety of light and medium level equipment. Generally no supervision is given to other employees and direct supervision is received from a supervisor. 

Essential functions of position includes;
  • Perform manual road construction and maintenance tasks. 
  • Install and remove snow fence
  • Replace guardrail, road patching
  • Cut brush, tar cracks, use hand and small power tools
  • Collect refuse from various roadways and other similar manual tasks.
  • Operate light and medium duty equipment for plowing, sanding, salting as well as for the transporting of maintenance materials.
  • Operate industrial tractors for roadside maintenance
  • Drive quad and tri axle trucks engaged in the transportation of construction and maintenance materials.
Minimum Qualifications: 
  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) at the time of application and a safe driving record.
  • Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds, and push/pull up to 85 pounds.
  • Experience working physically demanding duties.
  • Experience operating heavy equipment preferred.
  • Must be available to be called to work seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day to handle emergency work conditions to provide safe and economic conditions.
  • Knowledge of the capabilities, limitations and hazards in the operation of assigned equipment.

Portage County offers a robust benefit package for this position. Benefits include;

  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution or a Traditional PPO plan)
  • Vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Flexible spending account
  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Dental insurance
  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan
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