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General Laborer

GHD is one of the world?s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.


Privately owned by our people, GHD provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients across five continents. Focused on creating lasting community benefit, our connected global network of over 8500 people delivers projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics.


Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which we operate.


GHD is growing and seeking a General Laborer to join our construction team in our Plainwell, MI office.


Responsibilities include:




  • Supply input and frequent improvements or changes to the Job Safety Analysis Plan


  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers and rakes


  • Clean, remove and prepare materials used on site to eliminate possible hazards


  • Control traffic passing near, in and around work zones; signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement and adjustment of machinery, equipment and materials


  • Measure, mark and record openings and distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed


  • Observe and comply with all company and specific site safety procedures and project policies, and maintain the construction site in strict accordance with OSHA guidelines


  • Communicate with others by all means possible (visible or radio contact) including interpreting hand signals to determine where materials are to be placed or loaded


  • May perform a variety of manual tasks for extended periods of time, including: lifting, positioning and securing materials during installation


  • Responsible for care and custody of tools being used, including daily cleaning and maintenance


Minimum Qualifications:




  • High School diploma or equivalent required


  • Previous construction industry experience preferred


  • 40 hour HAZWOPER training required for positions at most job sites, the 8 Hour HAZWOPER refresher course, TWIC and MSHA certification preferred but will train the right candidate


  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds regularly, climb, operate motorized vehicles and equipment, work in confined spaces, at heights and around heavy equipment required


  • Must be able to work in a construction environment with potential exposure to dust, noise, waste, toxic and infectious materials and in possible inclement weather


  • Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (local/regional area)


We offer an opportunity to be part of a growing and dynamic employee owned company, a professional working environment with career development potential, flexible hours and a competitive salary packages based on qualifications, skills and experience in a privately held, quality driven and client focused company.


As a multicultural organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, GHD will provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.


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