Occ. Code 6961000


          LABORER, GRADE 6



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





Laborers perform a variety of routine manual tasks, requiring medium to heavy physical effort, to assist in maintaining, constructing, and repairing buildings, roads, offices, other structures, furniture, facilities, and grounds. They may also assist in operations by performing routine activities requiring limited or no training, such as taking tickets and giving directions, using a forklift, pallet jacks, power tools, dollies, and hand trucks.




LABORER: labor class; performs unskilled physical work requiring limited or no training; may frequently work outdoors in inclement weather; may use hand tools and operate motor driven equipment; and may work independently or as part of a crew. Some assignments will require frequent need to move heavy supplies, equipment, and furniture.




          Grounds Workers perform a variety of routine manual tasks in maintaining the appearance and condition of grounds, walkways, and roads at State facilities.  Such tasks at times require medium to heavy physical effort but require little planning or special knowledge.  This class is distinguished from the Laborer class in that the latter performs routine manual duties on a variety of construction and maintenance projects requiring sustained medium and heavy physical effort in all kinds of weather.  However, many of the tasks performed are identical to those performed by Grounds Worker.  The major distinction between these two classes is often the work setting.


Maintenance Assistants perform semiskilled maintenance and repair activities in one or a combination of crafts. They generally work under the supervision of skilled journey level trades positions.


          Maintenance Helpers assist skilled and semiskilled trades positions by performing a variety of relatively unskilled tasks under direct supervision, while learning a trade.




Maintains grounds, roadways, waterways, and trails.










Assists skilled and semiskilled trades workers by performing the more routine manual tasks of a trade.



Moves materials to and from work sites.








Operates and maintains motorized equipment and machinery.








Assists in operations by performing routine, repetitive activities.










Assembles furniture based on blueprints or schematics.


May lead volunteers, students, and inmates assigned to work crews by making assignments, distributing and accounting for equipment and supplies, demonstrating the proper methods of completing work, and supervising the on-site performance of activities and tasks.


May make frequent trips to other offices within the State.


Moves heavy supplies, furniture, and equipment.











There are no education or experience qualifications for this class. Laborers must be physically able to perform the duties assigned.  When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State Drivers License appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.


Rev: 6/17

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.