Laborer - Temporary (19891579)

Water Division, Facilities Division, and Street & Sewer Division
Public Works Maintenance
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$25.83-$31.29 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1361 N Carolan Ave. Burlingame, 94010


The City of Burlingame invites qualified applicants to apply as a Casual Part-Time Temporary Laborer. 


Our diverse family of employees welcomes you to apply. We are a small city that gets a lot done, and each member of our team is vital to our success as an organization.

We recently asked our employees what they enjoyed most about working for the City of Burlingame, and their responses fell into five general categories:

  • Colleagues
  • Community
  • Location
  • The Work
  • The Benefits

Browse the Burlingame Welcome Brochure for more information about why employees love  working here or view our City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video: 

Welcome Brochure 

City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar position. 


As a Laborer you will work under the close supervision of a Leadworker and the division Supervisor, performing a variety of routine, heavy labor and manual tasks.  Tasks often require considerable physical strength and stamina and may be performed in inclement and/or potentially hazardous conditions.  You will learn to perform the more skilled tasks of the assigned division and operate motorized equipment in a training capacity.


Essential Functions (May include but are not limited to the following.)

  • Assist in laying pipe with sewer and/or water lines
  • Sweep and clean roadsides, gutters, curbs, culverts, catch basins and other drainage structures
  • Remove debris and undergrowth
  • Assist in setting forms and mixing and pouring concrete
  • Assist in raking, smoothing and tamping repaired asphalt patches
  • Assist in the layout of traffic patterns on streets and in the operation of painting equipment
  • Assist in unblocking sewers through rodding and jetting
  • Assist in making taps and connections to mains
  • Work in confined spaces; climb ladders and work independently
  • Assist water service worker
  • Serve as flag person when working in traffic
  • Assist in the maintenance of mechanical equipment including cleaning mechanical equipment and maintain basic tools used on the job


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: Use and purpose of designated hand tools employed in basic laboring work; safety precautions and practices; basic arithmetic and sufficient English to follow instructions and learn to write work reports.

Ability to: Learn safety practices necessary in working on public thoroughfares; learn geography of the City; learn to perform semi-skilled and skilled duties in the assigned division; comprehend and follow oral and written instructions and safety warnings and information. 

Skills: Ability to safely and efficiently use hand tools, air tools, hydraulic tools, jackhammers, and power and automotive technical equipment in a training capacity.



Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license, with an acceptable driving record, issued by the DMV 


Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions

Ability to perform heavy manual labor including lifting and carrying heavy objects for short distances weighing up to 90 pounds, perform pulling, pushing, twisting and bending needed for assisting in building/facility operation and maintenance, and water/wastewater delivery system operation and maintenance; work outdoors in adverse weather; perform pick and shovel work in digging, widening and backfilling; assist in the cleaning of sewers which includes working in raw sewage.

Ability to stand and walk for considerable periods of time; twist the upper body; perform moderate amounts of crouching, stooping and squatting. Ability to climb ladders and to climb into confined spaces; to work weekends and evenings as necessary, and to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Sufficient vision, hearing and stamina to perform the above job duties, and use of proper safety and hearing equipment when using noisy and dangerous equipment.



Education which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance typically illustrated by a High School Diploma or GED.



A minimum of one year of responsible maintenance, construction or similar work is highly desirable.


Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 Paid Sick Leave Benefit. This benefit accrues at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked to a maximum benefit of 24 hours per year. There is no cash value associated with benefit. No other benefits are offered. This position is at will and is not part of the City's Civil Service System. There is no guarantee of hours and employment may end at any time.

Special Instructions



This recruitment is open until filled and may close at any time or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, whichever occurs first. 

Interested candidates must submit a completed on-line employment application.  Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted. 




All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. The department will invite the most qualified candidates for a department interview. 


Note: The City of Burlingame reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.



Candidates will be required to:  

  • pass a fingerprint check submitted to the Department of Justice
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire
  • provide an official DMV 10-year Driving Record  no more than three months old (obtained in person at a DMV location); candidates must have an acceptable driving record defined as follows:

In the last FIVE years:
No more than 3 moving violations
No accidents where applicant was at fault
No outstanding warrants for failure to appear

In the last SEVEN years:
No convictions for reckless driving
No convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Applicants with six or more points over the previous three years on his/her driving record will be considered to have an unacceptable driving record and will be disqualified from this recruitment process.



The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement 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 position.  This job announcement 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.

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