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Highway Maintenance Specialist

By September 13, 2023


Transportation Maintenance Specialist 2 – Highway Maintenance Specialist
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 5

Maintenance Crew

Jordan Valley

Salary Range: $3,265 – $4,913

The role: 

Join our crew in Jordan Valley as a highway maintenance specialist where you will perform manual labor and operate equipment to maintain, repair and reconstruct our roadways, freeways, bridges and more! In this role you will help keep Oregon’s roads safe for all travelers. Apply today!

Our first application screening is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

The majority of the work performed by the person in this position will be performed in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Region.

·        If you are a current Malheur County resident, you will receive 5% preference for this recruitment unless you opt out of receiving the preference.

·        A resident applicant who received preference and accepted the position must maintain residency in Malheur County for at least five consecutive years following the hire date.

·        Failure to maintain residency in Malheur County is considered a voluntary termination of employment from the position.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website. 

A day in the life:

·        Perform manual labor and operation of a variety of heavy and light equipment including motor graders, heavy tractors and dozers, heavy and light trucks, snowplows, deicer trucks, road sweepers, asphalt or concrete mixing plants, sand blasters, belly dumps, backhoes and more.

·        Perform minor surface repairs including hand pothole and concrete patching and small inlay work.

·        Patch large sections of highways, remove slides and build or repair roadway shoulders and bike paths.

·        Perform snow removal and provide emergency response.

·        Apply pesticide and herbicide sprays on vegetation along roadways.

·        Clear brush, mow grass and pick up debris alongside the road.

·        Maintain and repair fences, metal guardrails, concrete barriers and more.

·        Exposure to noise, extreme heights, adverse weather, heavy equipment, pesticides and hazardous waste materials is expected.

·        Must be able to move around rough terrain, on uneven slopes and may need to lift up to 100 pounds.

·        May need to be available after hours, on weekends and holidays for emergency, on call and weather related purposes.

·        To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email ODOTRecruitment@odot.oregon.gov.

What’s in it for you:

·        Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

·        Live, work and play in beautiful Eastern Oregon!

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Minimum qualifications:

One year of experience performing basic highway maintenance work;


Two years of general landscaping, maintenance, mechanical, farming, logging, and/or construction experience or training.

Special qualifications:

·        Employee will be required to use a commercial motor vehicle to conduct business. You must possess a current, valid commercial driver’s license A (CDL-A) with a tanker endorsement, and no air brake restrictions, OR have the ability to acquire one within 60 days of hire (ODOT will cover training and costs) to be considered eligible for this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse registration and full query check for our final candidate(s) and annual query for current employees.

·        This position requires a maximum 45 minute response time to 701 Bassett St. Jordan Valley, OR 97910 for emergency call-outs.

·        Public Pesticide Applicator’s License within 1 year of hire or determined by management.


What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

·        Experience working in a team environment and taking part in team and safety meetings.

·        Able to read and understand policies and procedures and apply them to your work.

·        Snow removal experience using snow blowers, snow plows, sanding or deicing.

·        Experience using hand tools, chainsaws and heavy equipment such as tractors, excavators, loaders or dump trucks.

Learn more and apply:

Our first application screening is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

For questions, call 971-345-1967 or email ODOTRecruitmentJS@odot.oregon.gov.

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer




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