Bridge Tender - S. Seattle, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
The Opportunity

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has an excellent entry-level career building opportunity for someone who thrives in working with their hands and has a passion for bridges. The incumbent will work independently to maintain daily operations of the 1st Avenue or Montlake Bridge in Seattle. The main undertaking of this role is graffiti cleanup and draw bridge operations.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Bridge Tender will:

Responsible for the safe operation of either the 1st Avenue or Montlake Bridge, ensuring the safety of both highway and marine traffic.
Keep complete and accurate records of all bridge openings including log date, type of tow, direction of travel, time of opening, weather conditions, name of watercraft, and other pertinent information.
Monitor phone line, V.H.F. marine radio, and WSDOT radio dispatch for requests for openings or related traffic updates.
In the event of an accident or emergency contact highway radio, WSP, or local police department. Log all necessary information such as damage to state property, names of persons involved, make, year, and license of vehicle.
Maintain cleanliness of operator house, cleaning windows, restrooms, and floors.
Perform routine graffiti patrol, cleaning and painting bridge areas and/or state structures to remove graffiti.
Perform routine and preventative maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, painting, etc.
Other duties as assigned.


To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

Possess a current and valid driver’s license.
Ability to work from elevated catwalks.
Ability to climb stairs and ladders and work at heights around a marine environment and walk on uneven ground and under bridges.
Ability to lift and transport equipment and tools.
Punctuality and ability to work varied shifts as needed, including occasional night shifts.
Ability to work under stressful situations and work well on a team.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Experience working around water and construction environments.

Important Notes

This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
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.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
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. 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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit


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 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
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.

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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-11949 in the subject line.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact Person: Eric Saniatan
Location: S. Seattle, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $45,457 - $55,020 /YR

Posted on May 17, 2022

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