Traffic Safety Systems Operator 1-Hyak - Kittitas County, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
Traffic Safety Systems Operator 1 - Hyak
Salary: $17.63 - $2,347.00 Hourly
Location: Kittitas County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 20DOT-SCR-50235n
Closing: 11/3/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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:
WSDOT is currently seeking to fill a non-permanent Traffic Safety Systems Operator 1 position in Hyak, WA. This position will provide assistance, support, and communications to field crews and the traveling public to promote safe travel on state highways in the Snoqualmie Pass area. This position will monitor and operate intelligent transportation systems and devices such as roadside cameras, variable message signs (VMS), and highway advisory radios (HAR). Traffic and incident information collected is then passed on to motorists, response agencies, and the media. By keeping travelers informed, the Traffic Safety Systems Office increases the efficiency and safety over the pass.

What to Expect:
This position is a temporary position that will assist with the winter season on Snoqualmie Pass. This position will require a flexible individual who can be available to work a variety of shifts to include day, swing, night, weekends, and holidays, sometimes with little notice to assist in the 24/7 operations of the Traffic Safety Systems Office. This is a night shift position.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
- In the absence of the supervisor, assume responsibility for the operation of the radio and electronic communications systems.
- Receive, record, evaluate, and broadcast reports of collisions, traffic hazards, disabled vehicles, and complaints; initiate appropriate actions and keep command personnel informed.
- Operate computer enhanced information systems.
- Monitor and update the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR), Variable Message Signs (VMS), and speed limit signs, computer systems.
- Disseminate real-time traveler information relative to weather, traffic conditions, road closures, and pass restrictions.
- Alert maintenance personnel, law enforcement, and other agencies to receive and disseminate emergency information and potential hazards.
- Operate a personal computer workstation utilizing engineering, computing, and word processing.
- Record and maintain clear and accurate records of all dispatches and field personnel location and status reports.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
- Incumbent must have the ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with other departments, agencies, and the public under emergency situations, stress, and pressure.
- Incumbent must be able to operate a personal computer workstation utilizing data entry and word processing programs, including but not limited to Excel, Word, Internet Explorer, and programs specifically designed for operating Intelligent Technology Systems equipment.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively via phone and radio.
- Ability to observe camera images, computer images, and other electronic control systems.
- Ability to pay strong attention to detail and be skilled in computer data entry.
- Ability to monitor and evaluate multiple incidents, determining priority and recognize patterns to anticipate needs.
- Ability to report to work assigned shift on time, and in inclement weather.
- Ability to arrive at the job site within 45 minutes notice for emergency call-outs.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- High School graduation or GED.
- Two (2) years of experience as a principle radio operator or dispatcher using multi-band, two-way radio equipment and personal computers preferred.

Important Notes:
- This is a non-permanent opportunity, expected to last 4-6 months depending on the winter season.
- The duty station of this position is Hyak, WA. During snow events a 4-wheel drive vehicle or ride sharing in a commuter van may be available through the employer.
- The closing date for this job posting may be extended to establish a sufficient candidate pool. However, a review of applications will begin on 11/4/2020.

- Career Possibilities – Great way to get your foot in the door and see if a career in State Service is something you would enjoy.
- Holiday Pay – Winter is also holiday season! This opportunity provides up to 4 paid holidays within this non-perm duration.
- Utilize Expertise – Share your knowledge and experience with others.
- Build Your Resume – Learn new transferable skills to add to your resume.

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 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. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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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, Rachel Giese at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-SCR-50235n in the subject line.

Contact Person:
Location: Kittitas County, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $17.63 HR

Posted on October 28, 2020

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