Seasonal Laborer – 9 Week Program (Lottery)

Municipal Corporation Cambridge City Of Cambridge
Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: March 1, 2017
Lottery Applications accepted on an on-going basis

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Public Works Department (DPW)
Job Title: Seasonal Laborer – 9 Week Program (Lottery)
Job Code: X750
Civil Service Position: Subject to Civil Service rules and regulations
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 40 hours per work week for 9 week assignment. Most shifts are 7am-3pm, Monday through Friday


These positions will be filled via a lottery program. The primary responsibility of this position is basic laboring duties. Positions are outdoors, typically on rubbish trucks, in the cemetery or on parks and public properties. Seasonal Laborers perform a combination of a variety of unskilled labor duties of which the following are typical examples:
• Picking up rubbish from sidewalks in front of houses and other establishments as required, loading refuse onto trucks, collecting garbage, yard waste and bulky items;
• Shoveling materials and leveling areas, removing snow and ice using manual or small powered equipment, spreading salt on icy areas, digging holes, trenches, and other excavations, cleaning out sewers and catch basins;
• Loading and unloading supplies, moving furniture, assisting in placing and holding heavy items in place;
• Cleaning litter and debris from sidewalks, streets, gutters , and parking lots;
• Mowing grass using hand or powered equipment;
• Trimming shrubs and lower parts of trees along sidewalks and streets;
• Using standard tools, i.e., shovels, picks, axes, saws, heavy wrenches and small powered equipment;
• Performing other routine duties as assigned such as cleaning, sweeping, waxing, buffing, polishing, washing floors, walls, sinks, toilets, and other fixtures; picking up, collecting, and disposing of trash; seeing to it that supplies such as soap, towels, and paper are available.


Must be a Cambridge resident at time of appointment. Must have proper clothing and footwear, including work boots, in order to perfrom work safely.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS:       Duties range from light physical to heavy laborious tasks.  All labor positions, skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled in the Cambridge Department of Public Works require a combination of repetitive:  lifting between 25-200 pounds, bending, squatting, stretching, pushing, dragging, reaching, climbing, and pulling. Employee is required to adhere to all safety and dress code policies. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT:    Candidate will be exposed to all weather conditions and will work in a moderate to high noise level environment caused by sound of machinery or powered equipment being used.

RATE: $16.15 per hour (rate effective 3/1/19)


To Be Eligible for 2018 Seasonal Lottery, Please Complete a New Seasonal Laborer Lottery Application Form & Fitness Statement  and submit  to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. An application will be valid for one year after filing. Only one application per person in each twelve month period will be eligible for the lottery.   In the case of multiple applications, the first complete application received will be eligible for the lottery. Click here to download the Applicant Packet



The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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