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Highway Maintenance Specialist

By April 3, 2024
  • Full Time
  • Oakridge, OR
  • April 23, 2024

Oregon Department of Transportation

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


Salary: $3,948 – $5,483


The role: 

Join us as a highway maintenance specialist! In this role you will operate equipment necessary to maintain and repair roadways, highways, freeways and bridges. You will actively perform various winter operation tasks like plowing, sanding, deicing or operating a snow blower to help keep the roads clear and safe. You will also assist with providing traffic control and incident cleanup when needed. Apply today!


We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions. We hope you’ll join us on our path to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through our values, commitments, strategies and actions.


Before applying, visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process. If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.


A day in the life:

·       Work around heavy traffic conditions including freeways.

·       Set out temporary traffic control signs and devices and flag traffic to protect the traveling public and work crews.

·       Clear vegetation on right of way using chainsaws, hand tools, motorized brush cutters and brush chippers.

·       Dig and clean ditches using hand shovel or by operating motorized equipment including front-end loaders, backhoes, graders, vactors, light and/or heavy trucks.

·       Control traffic and clean up the roadway in emergency situations involving accidents and spills which may include hazardous materials.

·       Perform minor building maintenance including janitorial, landscaping, painting and light carpentry.

·       Work in and around heavy construction equipment while staying in compliance with safety policy.

·       Required to wear safety equipment to perform specific job tasks (i.e., fall protection, hard hats, safety vests, steel-toed boots etc.).

·       Respond to weather-related emergencies by actively assessing the need for and performing snow removal, deicing or sanding to keep roadways, highways and bridges open for the traveling public.

·       This position is primarily performed outdoors year round in all weather conditions.

·       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, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.

·       Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.

·       Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

·       Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity!

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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:

·       This position requires a maximum 45 minute response time to 47828 Berry St. Oakridge, OR 97463 for emergency call-outs.

·       CDL-A Required: 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, no air brake restrictions, no 5th wheel restrictions and no manual transmission restrictions, OR have the ability to acquire a class A commercial learner permit within 60 days of hire and a CDL-A with a tanker endorsement and restrictions removed within six months of hire (ODOT will cover training 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.


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.

·       Preference to those who currently possess a CDL-A.

·       Demonstrated experience with snow removal by using snow plows, sanding and deicers.

·       Demonstrated experience reading and understanding policies and procedures and applying them to your work.

·       Demonstrated experience using hand tools, chainsaws and heave equipment such as tractors, excavators, loaders and dump trucks.


Learn more and apply:

This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

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

Questions? Call 503-779-9733 or email ODOTRecruitmentJB@odot.oregon.gov.

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


To apply for this job email your details to ODOTRecruitmentJB@odot.oregon.gov

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