WSDOT: Highway Maintenance Worker 2 (Night Shift) - Mt. Vernon, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
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 an enthusiastic, career-minded individual who wants to make a difference and join our dynamic team in Mount Vernon, supporting the vast transportation infrastructure of Northwest Washington. This position is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and roadsides in a variety of weather. The successful candidate will perform a variety of skilled tasks including repairing roadways and roadway shoulders, maintaining culverts and catch basins, removing debris, operating snow removal equipment, and providing traffic control for these operations. This team member will assist with the maintenance and operations of the state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public.

Working in the maintenance area will require responsible, safety-minded individuals to accomplish skilled tasks that require operating trucks and various other highway and heavy equipment. This position requires a quick response time to job sites. Highway maintenance crews are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The successful candidate appointed to this unique position will serve a vital role in support of WSDOT’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Worker will:

Perform journey-level highway, roadside, infrastructure, and right-of-way maintenance and repair tasks.
Operation of Class A Highway equipment on a regular basis to maintain state roadways and highways.
Operation of Class B and C level equipment on as needed basis.
Design and set up traffic control operations, as well as full road or bridge closures according to departmental and MUTCD standards.
Install and repair guardrail and end sections and remove dangerous and hazardous debris from roadways.
Removal of snow and ice during winter season.
Assist in assembling, installing, and replacing signs, sign components and signposts.
Respond to emergency call outs and/or work overtime on short notice (days, nights, holidays, and weekends).
Participate and carry out the Department's safety program.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
High School Diploma or GED
Two (2) years of experience performing highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, heavy equipment, or equivalent.
Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction with manual transmission.
Ability to operate Class A, B, and C equipment with current technology in highway maintenance operations.
Ability to respond to emergency call outs, work nights, work different and/or extended shifts on short notice (days, nights, and weekends), and perform standby duty.
Ability to lift and transport up to 50lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to work in all weather conditions including confined spaces, uneven terrain, and next to fast high volume highway traffic.
Ability to work at heights above 25 feet over land or water while performing maintenance tasks.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Washington State Traffic Control/Flagging Card
Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
The assigned work schedule for these positions is Night Shift. However, these positions require the ability to respond to emergency call outs, work nights, work different and/or extended shifts on short notice (days, nights, and weekends), and perform standby duty. Travel throughout the assigned duty area is required of these positions. Some regional and statewide travel may be required to attend meetings or participate in trainings.
The salary for this position will include an additional $2.00 per hour for Night Shift.
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
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.
This position is subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.
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 12 paid holidays, full-time employees may earn up to 25 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) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
Optional: An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.

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. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity, 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, O. Dietrich, at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-10538e in the subject line.

Contact Person: O. Dietrich
Email: [email protected]
Location: Mt. Vernon, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $51,384.00 - $62,568.00 /YR

Posted on August 31, 2023

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