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Safety Service Patrol Apprentice

By November 17, 2022


The New JerseyDepartment of Transportation (NJDOT) is seeking applications for candidates for the position of
Safety Service Patrol Apprentice within the Division of Transportation Operations Systems and Support. Safety Service
Patrol Apprentices are assigned a 40 – hour work week. Current starting salary is between $38,285 and $43,359, based on
experience. As a NJ State Department, NJDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package including Health Care (medical,
prescription drug, dental and vision care), Pension, Deferred Compensation, 13 paid holidays, and Benefit Leave (12 vacation
days, 15 sick days and 3 administrative days).
NJDOT’s Safety Service Patrol provides coverage along 225 linear miles of interstate and state highways throughout
New Jersey. They assist motorists whose vehicles have become disabled as a result of a crash, a mechanical failure
or other cause and provide safety for emergency responders. This highly visible and successful program assists
nearly 70,000 customers annually. Assistance includes changing a flat tire, pushing a disabled vehicle off to the
shoulder, pulling a vehicle trapped in mud or snow back onto the road, providing a small amount of gasoline and
making minor repairs. Along with assisting disabled vehicles and drivers on our highways, SSP drivers also assist
the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and other secondary responders by promoting safety and diverting traffic during
incidents and creating a safe work zone for emergency responders. On the freeways where there is SSP coverage, the
average duration to clear an incident is less than 40 minutes.


Under close direction of a Shift Supervisor Safety Service Patrol(SSP) in the Department of Transportation, a SSP
Apprentice receives on – the – job training in SSP duties as well as other related duties, including:
– Communication with the public, providing courteousness and empathy, particularly in stressful and traumatic
situations, ability to understand, remember, carry out, and learn from oral and written directions,
explanations and demonstrations.
– Learns to contact the Central Dispatch Unit for all incidents communicating accurate information and
requesting additional assistance as required.
– Learns to assist and relieve law enforcement officers in duties relating to traffic control situations, maintains
traffic control in accordance with the N.J.D.O.T. Safety Manual as well as the N.J.D.O.T. Work Zone Safety Set up
Guide, receives on – the – job training in assisting disabled motorists along a designated section of roadway by changing
a flat tire, providing a small amount of fuel, jump starting a vehicle, providing directions for lost travelers or
calling for additional assistance such as (Police, Fire, Medical, Maintenance, Environmental and Towing Services).
– As first on scene at motor vehicle accidents, learns to prioritize and control situations until released by a supervisor
or incident commander and in some cases until the incident clears.
– Responds to transportation related accidents and provides traffic control for fire and police as necessary, as stated
in the N.J.D.O.T. Safety Manual as well as the N.J.D.O.T. Work Zone Safety Set up Guide. Provides traffic queue
information to the Statewide Traffic Management Center (STMC) and / or Traffic Operations South (TOC) on a regular
basis, also provides estimated durations for transportation related incidents.
– Works in all weather and provides motorists assistance particularly during harsh conditions such as heavy snow,
ice,rain and other hazardousevents. May be required to perform safety overtime during weatheremergencies and
othertypes of criticalsituations. Saturdays and Sundays and some holidays are required work days.

Entry – level position.
Applicants are required to possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B with Air Brakes endorsement.
Preferred Skill Set
Basic Automobile Repair, Towing, Emergency Response, Hazmat Awareness, Hazardous Communication Training,
Safety Traffic Control for Responders, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher and Incident Command System 100/700.
Appointees must successfully complete the following training within one (1) year of hire:
– Basic Automobile Repair
– Incident Command (ICS – 100)
– Emergency Traffic Control for Emergency Responders
– Blood borne Pathogens
– Use of Fire Extinguishers
– Hazmat Awareness
– Hazardous Communication Training
Appointees must also successfully complete Incident Command Systems (ICS – 200) training within two (2) years of hire.
The inability of an employee to complete the required training period and/or to attain a level of performance
warranting advancement shall be considered cause for separation.
Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland
Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. The State of New Jersey does not provide
sponsorship or accept F1 Student or H1B visas.
Residency: All persons newly hired on or after September 1, 2011 have one year from the date of employment to establish,
and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14 – 7
(L.2011, Chapter 70), also known as the •New Jersey First Act.•



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