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This is entry-level work performed in one of the Public Works agencies of the City of Madison, including Streets, Engineering, Parking Utility, Parks, Traffic Engineering, and the Water Utility. The City annually hires approximately 100 hourly Laborers for its various public works agencies.

To learn more about Laborer opportunities: City of Madison Seasonal Laborer Recruitment Video

Pay and Hours

We have multiple openings:

All include varying job responsibilities, schedules and pay.

To apply, please go to Job Openings and complete an online application. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the 'Hourly' postings, select the position and then click 'Apply'. You will receive an email confirmation once your application has successfully been received. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to Human Resources at (608) 266-4615.

  • You earn 8 hours of sick leave for every 200 hours work, up to 3 days in maximum. At the end of the season, you will receive pay for one half of your unused sick leave if you work the entire season.
  • You will receive a free Metro bus pass as an employee of the city.
  • Each year there is the possibility of being recalled to return to work for the city.
  • And as an employee, you will be given opportunities to apply for other jobs within the city that are not open to the general public.

Come visit us!

We will be at the following places to talk about Laborer openings and to help you apply online. We will also have some employees who work in our Public Works agencies available to tell you what to expect in a typical day working as a Laborer with the City of Madison.

  • Urban League Featured Employer Seminar
    Urban League, 2222 S. Park Street
    Tuesday, January 10, 1:30 p.m.
    (in case of inclement weather, the makeup date will be January 12 at 1:30 p.m.)

  • Forward Service Corporation
    Dane County Job Center
    1819 Aberg Avenue
    Wednesday, February 8, 1 p.m.