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Highway Maintenance Workers (In-Training) | Goldendale & Bingen

By November 2, 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 multiple Highway Maintenance Worker positions in Goldendale and Bingen, WA. We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are mechanically inclined and enjoy working outdoors. The successful candidates will perform a variety of skilled tasks including operating snow removal equipment, repairing roadways, maintaining culverts and catch basins, removing debris, and providing traffic control for these operations. If you are dedicated to protecting the public from driving hazards and enjoy working outdoors, consider applying to this position.

What to Expect
These positions work a 4/10 schedule, with opportunity for overtime. Among the varied range of responsibilities held within these roles, you may:

Perform general roadway maintenance activities such as:
Asphalt and concrete pavement maintenance and repair.
Drainage maintenance including catch basins, sedimentation facilities, and ditches.
Erosion and slide repair.
Sign maintenance and repair.
Guardrail, fence, and impact attenuator installation and repair.
Vegetation control, such as mowing or spraying.
Perform winter snow and ice removal, which includes operating dump trucks and sanders, as well as hauling sand and gravel.
Highway debris removal, including danger tree removal.
Safely operate Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, B and C equipment including trucks up to 54,000 GVW equipped with various maintenance attachments.
Design and set-up of traffic control, which includes manually flagging traffic or signing for lane closures and operating attenuator/buffer truck.
Perform maintenance and minor repair on equipment and hand tools which includes sharpening power saws and chains, washing vehicles, and greasing tools and equipment, etc.
Lead and train others in the absence of the Lead.
Effectively use radio, phone, computers, and electronic devices to communicate and document data.
Negotiate rough and steep surfaces during the performance of job tasks.
Respond to call out emergencies – day, night, weekends, and holidays as needed.

These are Highway Maintenance Worker 2 (HMW2) positions. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the positions at the lower level (HMW1 depending on qualifications), providing an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal “in-training” plan.

At a minimum, this opportunity requires:

At least one (1) year of experience performing highway maintenance, roadway construction, heavy equipment operations, or related experience such as farming, timber operations, or construction.
A valid Flagger Card or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire.
A valid Driver’s License, with the ability to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License within 12 months.
Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License or ability obtain within 12 months of hire.
High school diploma or GED or equivalent.
Skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
May work at elevated heights height levels that may require fall protection, which may include climbing ladders.
The ability to work nights, weekends, holidays, and perform emergency call-outs/stand-by.
The ability to report in service to assigned duty station within 45 minutes of an after-hours call.
The ability to manipulate and transport materials and equipment up to 50 pounds.
The ability to traverse uneven and steep winter terrain adjacent to traffic.
The ability to operate heavy equipment in severe weather conditions, including snow and ice events.
The ability to climb in and out of equipment, and work in confined spaces.
Experience being committed to safety including proper use of personal protective equipment.
To be considered for the highest level (HMW2), you must also have:

A valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License with N endorsement without air brake restrictions with a current medical examiner’s certificate.
At least (2) two years of experience performing highway maintenance, roadway construction, heavy equipment operations, or related experience such as farming, timber operations, or construction.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Experience performing traffic control on multi-lane, high speed, highways.
Experience with snow removal and anti-icing operations with plow trucks.
Knowledge of the surrounding area.
Important Notes
This recruitment will be used to fill positions per business needs.
The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted November 9, 2021. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
These positions have been approved for in-training. The hiring manager is looking to hire at the Highway Maintenance Worker 2 level, however the in-training plan will allow candidates to be considered as a Highway Maintenance Worker 1, if not qualified at the higher level.
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.
This position is subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.
Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum of 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.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) professional references who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information may 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-SWR-40304m in the subject line.

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

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