Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular
purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our
founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was
for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in
turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer
exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of
our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them.
Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our
students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry,
designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for
major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500
companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a
public institution offering accessible, affordable educational
opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal
arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly
personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but
our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and
strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a
challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing
culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging
Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing
national leadership in science education and exploring strategies
that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored
that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in
Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage
applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a
diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000
graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors,
and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs.
Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the
surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and
innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant
landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of
each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to
discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit
and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and
truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity
of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of
joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and
our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution
in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and
a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your
career the best chapter at Framingham State University.
Learn more about our career opportunities at
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Incumbents of positions in this series perform various manual
labor tasks in support of the work of skilled tradesmen and
craftsmen; dig and back-fill excavations and level earth to grade;
shore excavations; set and repair curbing; install and repair
signs; maintain grounds by pruning trees and shrubs, seeding lawns,
etc.; perform snow removal and ice control duties; and perform
related work as required.
The basic purpose of this work is to perform various manual
tasks requiring some specialized skill and the use of hand tools in
general construction and maintenance activities. Please see the
full Skilled Laborer classification.
Incumbents of positions at this level receive direct supervision
from employees of higher grade who provide instruction, assign work
and review performance through verbal reports and inspection for
Incumbents of positions at this level may exercise functional
supervision (i.e., over certain but not all work activities, or
over some or all work activities on a temporary basis)
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Performs various manual labor tasks requiring some specialized
skills to assist in the work of skilled tradesmen and craftsmen
such as carpenters, plumbers, painters, masons, etc.
- Performs various manual tasks in connection with the
installation of drainage, sewer and/or water pipelines or conduits
such as positioning, joining and sealing pipe sections and culverts
and erecting and removing shoring and bracing for trenches and
- Digs trenches and similar excavations, refills excavations,
spreads and levels to grade dirt, gravel and other materials using
pick and shovel.
- Sets and repairs curbing, patches broken or eroded pavement by
breaking surface and mixing and applying a variety of paving
materials such as mortar, concrete, cement, etc. using small hand
and hand-held power tools to maintain roadways and sidewalks in a
- Installs, repairs, and maintains signs such as regulatory,
historic and information signs by performing such tasks as digging
holes and installing supports using a variety of small hand and
hand-held power tools.
- Plants, transplants, prunes, trims and fertilizes trees,
flowers and shrubs; seeds lawns and gardens; sprays for insects and
plant diseases; and performs related tasks such as cutting grass,
raking leaves and watering trees, shrubs and flowers as required
for the upkeep and beautification of public grounds.
- Services and makes routine repairs and adjustments to
automobiles, trucks and other motorized equipment including
changing and repairing tires, replacing headlights and windshield
wiper blades , testing batteries using battery tester and checking
radiator water levels.
- Installs attachments such as mowers, plow blades, leaf catcher
buckets and vacuum cleaner to tractors and/or trucks to equip
vehicles for grass cutting, roadway cleaning, snow removal,
- Performs various manual tasks in connection with snow removal
and ice control work including shoveling snow using shovel and/or
snow blower, spreading salt and sand and scraping/breaking ice in
order to provide safe roadways and sidewalks for motorists and
- Loads and unloads trucks; unpacks and stores supplies and
equipment in stockrooms, storerooms or warehouses; and takes
periodic inventories of supplies and equipment.
- Performs related duties such as sharpening tools, installing,
repairing and painting guardrails; assisting in erecting and
dismantling wall partitions; moving furniture and equipment;
sweeping, collecting and removing rubbish; and opening clogged
catch basins, sewer lines, etc.
- Based on assignment, may perform various manual labor tasks in
connection with fish and game conservation activities.
- Based on assignment, may operate motor vehicle including light
vehicles and trucks and/or snow and ice control equipment, skating
rink resurfacers and outboard motor boats in connection with
assigned unit activities.
- Based on assignment, may operate camping registration offices,
issue admission tickets, receive receipts and maintain simple
- Based on assignment, may patrol facility during open hours to
prevent theft and vandalism, enforce safety rules and regulations
and ensure the general cleanliness of the facility and
Skilled Laborers may work outdoors in all types of weather; lift
and carry heavy objects; work under exposure to heavy traffic, high
noise levels, etc.; may work varied shifts, nights, weekends and
holidays; and may work with or be exposed to hazardous materials or
Applicants must have at least six months of full-time, or
equivalent part-time, experience in performing manual labor in
connection with general construction or maintenance work.
- Skill in using small hand tools such as pliers, hammers,
screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
- Skill in using hand-held power tools such a drills, chain saws,
- Skill in using a variety of motorized equipment such as snow
blowers, lawn mowers, forklift, dollies, etc.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to work in a team setting.
- Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
- Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
- Ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolds.
- Manual dexterity.
- Physical stamina and endurance.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, benefits-eligible position in
the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
(AFSCME) bargaining unit with a title of Skilled Laborer. The
bi-weekly pay rate is $1,472.53 (grade 10, step 1).
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual
offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final
employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity
Members of underrepresented or minoritized groups, women,
veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to
equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
For full consideration, application materials must be received
by October 20, 2023. However, applications may continue to be
reviewed until the position is filled.
Framingham State University only accepts application materials
through our online application system. We are unable to accept
application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery.
If you experience technical issues with the online application
process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.
Framingham State University understands that persons with
specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application
process and/or with the interview process. For confidential
assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at
508-626-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.