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Highway Maintenance Worker 4

By November 17, 2021

WA State Department of Transportation

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure 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 is currently seeking to fill an experienced Highway Maintenance Worker 4 position located in Ritzville, WA. In this role, you will be responsible for assisting with maintenance activity planning, budget, and schedule for seven permanent staff members, and the assigned rest areas. The individual in this role will also perform various maintenance duties to include snow and ice operations, operating hand/power tools, brush and tree removal, pothole repair, guardrail repair, inventory control, orders, and audits. This position is essential to the ongoing development and implementation of maintenance activities and procedures within Eastern Region’s  (ER) Area 3. Our top candidate will have exceptional communication skills with the ability to work inside and outside the workgroup.

What to Expect
The work required for this position is split between field/shop setting and an office setting. Field work is often physical in nature and performed primarily outdoors, often next to high-volume, high-speed traffic, at elevated heights above 25 feet over land or water. This position requires the ability to respond to emergency situations in all weather conditions; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, alone or a part of a team as needed.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Worker 4 will:

Oversee the Areas rest area program maintenance activities of nine (9) rest areas.
Assist in managing the Area’s Minor Cap and stockpile inventory.
Perform and oversee road maintenance to include traffic control.
Act as a Supervisor in their absence as needed.
Work with ER Safety office to establish culture of safety.
Conduct field inspections; Identify, analyze, and evaluate operational deficiencies.
Plan, prioritize, and schedule project objectives, goals, and deadlines for rest area maintenance and repair work.
Operate Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) equipment for maintenance operations including snow and ice operations.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
Two (2) years of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 3 or three (3) years of experience performing highway maintenance, roadway construction, heavy equipment operations, or related experience such as farming, timber operations, landscaping, or construction.
A valid WA State Class A CDL with an “N” endorsement without air brake or automatic transmission restrictions.
A valid WA Flagger card or ability to obtain one within six months of hire.
A First Aid card or ability to obtain one within six months of hire.
The ability to manipulate and transport up to 50 pounds.
The ability to work in all weather conditions including confined spaces, uneven terrain, and next to fast high volume highway traffic.
Basic skills to operate computer to communicate and retrieve information.
Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
The 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.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Three (3) years of experience in building trades, janitorial or building maintenance.
Experience with sewage or public water systems and test procedures.
Experience leading through change.

Important Notes 
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs
This position may subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.

Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

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.
In order 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 explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-ER-60285 in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to lovelyr@wsdot.wa.gov

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