Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Join our team to help keep roads open and everyone moving this winter

By Mike Allende

Every winter we hire multiple non-permanent maintenance workers to help keep our highways open for travelers across the state. These positions are vital to our ability to keep state roads clear and to help freight and travelers make their way around as safely as possible.

And as the calendar flips to October, it's that time of year again. We're looking to fill many positions on our maintenance team all over the state. We need people comfortable working outdoors and with the public who are dedicated to keeping roads open and travelers moving as we move into the wet, cold months of winter.
Being prepared to respond to winter weather events 24/7 is a big part of our winter maintenance operations. 

So what kind of jobs will these positions handle? Great question:

  • Operating a variety of heavy equipment including snow plows and applying anti-icing materials to the roadway
  • Maintaining and repairing roadways, catch basins, culverts, guardrails and other infrastructure
  • Removing debris from highways and reporting possible issues with a highway such as potholes and cracks
  • Providing traffic control at work sites and collision scenes
  • Conducting minor maintenance and repairs on equipment
  • Conducting grounds keeping and upkeep at maintenance facilities
  • Being prepared to respond to emergencies 24/7
  • Providing excellent customer service when interacting with the public

Maintenance workers need a CDL as they're asked to operate a variety of large vehicles.

Now you know what you'd do in this job. But are you qualified? Here's what we're looking for:

  • Someone able to respond quickly and calmly to fast-changing situations
  • Someone able to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Have a Commercial Driver's License Class A or Class B without restrictions, and a current medical card
  • Minimum of one year experience doing highway maintenance, roadway construction or related experience like landscaping, farming, forestry or heavy equipment operation
  • Comfortable operating large equipment in winter conditions on any type of roadway and around traffic
  • Able to communicate well with diverse groups, including verbally, written and electronically
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Basic computer/table skills
  • Can lift and transport equipment up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at varying height levels

Making basic repairs to equipment is part of the
job for our winter maintenance crew.

Those are the minimum requirements. But we'd love it if you had a Commercial Driver's License Class A with N (cargo/tanker) endorsement without airbrake restrictions. If you have flagger and/or first aid certification, that will definitely get our attention, as would having at least two years of highway maintenance or construction experience.
In winter our maintenance crews are also responsible for clearing debris and other hazards from highways.

These positions typically last about 3-6 months to cover the winter maintenance season. Some might be part-time or on-call. But they're all vitally important to our ability to keep the public and freight community moving throughout the winter. So if it sounds like something you're up for, please check out our wsdotjobs.com page. You'll find multiple listings for winter maintenance positions. Throw your hat in the ring and help us make this a safe winter for everyone.