Salary: $42,696.00 – $60,156.00 Annually
Location: Whatcom County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 23DOT-NWR-A1Day
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Division: Northwest Region
Opening Date: 05/25/2023
Closing Date: 6/11/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT has numerous vacancies in Alger and Bellingham for enthusiastic, career-minded individuals who want to make a difference and join our dynamic team supporting the vast transportation infrastructure of Northwest Washington. This is an in-training opportunity that offers a career path, hands-on learning, and mentorship and allows you to progress upward through the Highway Maintenance Worker series and achieve the goal class of a Highway Maintenance Worker 2. This position is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and roadsides in a variety of weather. The successful candidates will perform a variety of skilled tasks including repairing roadways and roadway shoulders, maintaining culverts and catch basins, removing debris, operating snow removal equipment, and providing traffic control for these operations. This team member will assist with the maintenance and operations of the state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public.

Working in the maintenance area will require responsible, safety-minded individuals to accomplish skilled tasks that require operating trucks and various other highway and heavy equipment. These positions require a quick response time to job sites. Highway maintenance crews are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By taking on this role, you are serving a key and vital function to the State of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Worker 2 will:

  • Perform journey-level highway, roadside, infrastructure, and right-of-way maintenance and repair tasks. 
  • Operation of Class A Highway equipment on a regular basis to maintain state roadways and highways. May be required to operate Class B and C level equipment on as needed basis. 
  • Design and set up traffic control operations, as well as full road or bridge closures according to departmental and MUTCD standards. 
  • Install and repair guardrail and end sections and remove dangerous and hazardous debris from roadways. 
  • Removal of snow and ice during winter season. 
  • Assist in assembling, installing, and replacing signs, sign components and signposts.
  • Respond to emergency call outs and/or work overtime on short notice (days, nights, holidays, and weekends).
  • Participate and carry out the Department’s safety program.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

To be considered for this opportunity at the Highway Maintenance Worker 1 level, the following are required:

  • One (1) year of experience performing highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, heavy equipment, or equivalent. 

To be considered for this opportunity at the Highway Maintenance Worker 2 level, the following are required:

  • Current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction and no transmission restrictions, and valid medical card. 

 In addition, candidates at either level will have:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to respond to emergency call outs, work nights, work different and/or extended shifts on short notice (days, nights, and weekends), and perform standby duty. 
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 50lbs with or without reasonable accommodation. 
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions including confined spaces, uneven terrain, and next to fast high volume highway traffic. 
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment, and hand and power tools.
  • Basic computer skills to communicate and retrieve information.
  • Ability to work at heights above 25 feet over land or water while performing maintenance tasks.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Washington State Traffic Control/Flagging Card
  • Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Ability to operate Class A, B, and C equipment with current technology in highway maintenance operations. 

How to Apply 
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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