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Title: Operator/Laborer, Full Time
Location: FDL Public Works
Supervisor: Highway Department Manager
Closing Date: Permanent Posting
Rate of Pay: $20.45 - $25.57 per hour


General Summary:

Under the direction of the Highway Department Manager performs a variety of duties to ensure project work is completed accurately and efficiently.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Transports equipment to assigned work sites.
  • Operates heavy equipment (loaders, dozers, excavators, motor graders, etc.). Loads and unloads equipment using sound judgment in securing equipment.
  • Performs all cuts and fills pertaining to the job.
  • Performs all normal maintenance on equipment.
  • Keeps equipment clean and operable.
  • Performs road repairs such as black top sealer duties, which may include:
    • Operate tamping machines or manually roll surfaces to compact earth fills, foundation forms, and finished road materials, according to grade specifications.
    • Place strips of material such as asphalt, or place rolls of expansion-joint material on machines that automatically insert material.
    • Set up and tear down equipment.
    • Set up traffic control – signs, cones, etc.
    • Operate machines to spread, smooth, level asphalt on roadbeds.
    • Cut or break up pavement and drive guardrail posts.
    • Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment as needed. Reports any repairs needed to supervisor or repair shop.
    • Set up forms and lay out guidelines for curbs, according to written specifications, using string, spray paint, and concrete/water mixes.
    • Fill tanks, hoppers or machines with sealing paving materials.
    • Install dies, cutters, and wire wheels to prep cracks in pavement.
    • Light burners or start heating units of machines, and regulate temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
    • Observe distribution of sealing material in order to adjust machine settings or material flow, adjust light spots as needed.
    • Operate machines that clean or cut expansion joints in asphalt and that rout out cracks in pavement.
    • Operating machine for painting and stripping parking spaces.
    • Shovel blacktop as needed.
    • Work with hand tools rakes, shovels, tape measure, hammer, brooms, squeegee, all other work related hand tools powered and non-powered, etc.
    • Clean up work site.
  • Performs snow removal duties as directed.
  • Installs septic systems, which may include but not limited to:
    • Operates back-hoe to dig trenches for installation of septic tanks and drain lines for sewage disposal system.
    • Reads blueprints to determine location of septic tank and drainpipes.
    • Operates back-hoe to dig and refill trenches for septic tanks and tile drainpipes, transfer crushed rock or gravel to provide drainage base for pipes.
    • Lowers septic tank into excavation.
    • Directs workers engaged in spreading crushed rock and gravel, in laying tile drainpipe, and in connecting drainpipes to branch sewers.
    • May verify levels of rock or gravel base, and tile drainpipe, using surveyor’s or carpenter’s level.
  • Performs repair work for septic systems as directed.
  • Performs laborer type work, which may include:
    • Shoveling.
    • Hauling supplies to and from work sites.
    • Using tools such as hammers, saws, etc.
  • Digs graves for funerals as directed. May assist with the closing of the grave site.
  • Appropriate work attire is required.
  • Must attend all mandatory department trainings.
  • Ensures confidentiality of financial records and all records for employees, band members and/or clients.
  • Displays a responsive and professional manner in promptly responding to all requests, complaints, and problems.
  • Recognizes that each employee is a representative of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and is responsible for demonstrating courtesy, respect, and sensitivity to the needs of all others, including visitors and co-workers.
  • Represents the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the department in a positive and professional manner in the community.
  • Required to maintain proper attendance including reporting to work on time in accordance with applicable policies.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area.
  • Due to changes and modifications in the job from time to time, employees are required to be flexible and assume other responsibilities assigned by management as deemed necessary.

Physical Requirements:

  • Climbing, lifting, bending, getting on and off machinery, and walking are required.
  • Subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, including work in adverse weather conditions.

Position Qualifications:

  • Experience in the operation of heavy equipment is required.
  • If applicant does not possess a Class B Driver’s License at the time of hire, they must receive a Class B Drivers License permit within 90-days of hire. And upon receiving a Class B Drivers License Permit must receive the Class B Driver’s License within 90-days. Employment is contingent upon this requirement and must be kept for the duration of employment.
  • Certificate of physical examination required and must be in the possession of the operator while operating vehicles.
  • Skill in minor maintenance of heavy equipment is required.
  • Skill in reading maps and project plans is required.
  • Basic knowledge of surveying and grading equipment (lasers, rules, hand levels, hand tools, etc.) is required.
  • Ability to understand and accept written and oral instruction is required.
  • Ability to work well with co-workers and the public is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required.
  • Ability to work independently and establish priorities is required.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Ability to establish professional and harmonious working relationships on all projects and with all parties involved.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Personnel Policies.
  • Subject to pre-employment and annual background checks.
  • Subject to immunization review and submitted proof of required vaccinations.
  • Travel is required.



Application Link

APPLY TO: Fond du Lac Human Resources
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720


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