TT1 - Geotechnical Drillers Helper (2 Positions) - Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
State of Washington
Dept. of Transportation
invites applications for the position of:
TT1 - Geotechnical Drillers Helper (2 Positions)
SALARY: $18.93 - $25.28 Hourl
OPENING DATE: 08/04/20
CLOSING DATE: 08/11/20 11:59 PM

About WSDOT:
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:
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Field Exploration Office has an opportunity as a Driller’s Helper. This is a unique opportunity for an individual who is interested in getting into the field at an entry level. The responsibilities assigned to the position include assisting the driller and drilling inspector in advancing geotechnical borings, performing situ testing, and installing instrumentation inside the borings.

This position is unique in its frequency of travel and it’s physically demanding nature. If you’re the type that enjoys the manual labor, likes working outdoors and finds travelling for work appealing, we encourage you to apply.

What to Expect:
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Geotechnical Drillers Helper will:
Assist the team in conducting routine subsurface testing and sampling for bridges, retaining walls, soil cuts and fills, rock slopes, and other features.
Assist in the installation of various geotechnical monitoring instrumentation.
Maintain testing equipment to ensure proper working function.
Transport testing, sampling and support equipment to and from field exploration sites.
Maintain daily records on field testing and sampling activities.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
Ability to manipulate and carry heavy testing equipment too, from and around worksites.
Ability to safety navigate rough terrain in various weather conditions.
Ability to travel statewide with overnight stays.
Valid driver’s license.

Important Notes
These are non-permanent opportunities, expected to last 12 months.
These positions require between one and two weeks of travel throughout the state annually.

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 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
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.

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.

Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

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

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eirik Landes at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-HQ-04832nM in the subject line.

TT1 - Geotechnical Drillers Helper (2 Positions) Supplemental Questionnaire
1. Please cut and paste your letter of interest describing how your experience, training, and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.
2. Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent? Yes OR No
3. Do you have the ability to manipulate, and carry heavy testing equipment? Yes OR No
4. Are you able to navigate rough terrain in various weather conditions? Yes OR No
5. Do you have the ability to travel statewide with occasional overnight stays? Yes OR No
6. Do you have a valid driver's license? Yes OR No
7. (WSDOT) How did you learn of this employment opportunity?
8. (WSDOT) If you selected 'Other' on the previous question, please specify how you learned of this employment opportunity in the space provided:

* Required Question

Contact Person:
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $18.93 - $25.28 HR

Posted on August 04, 2020

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