WSDOT: Traffic Safety Systems Operator 1 - Union Gap, WA

Employer: Washington State Department of Transportation

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 to fill non-permanent Traffic Safety Systems Operator 1 positions in Union Gap, WA. These positions will provide assistance, support, and communications to field crews and the traveling public to promote safe travel on state highways in Central Washington. These positions 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 Officer increases the efficiency and safety of traveling public.

What to Expect
These positions are temporary on-call positions. They 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 Management Center.

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.
Review records and monitor available information sources (traffic cameras, radio, telephone, email, television, internet) to recognize and track incidents.
Operate computer enhanced information systems.
Monitor and update the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR), Variable Message Sign (VMS), and Information/Speed Limit (ISL) 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:
One (1) year of proven experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously under challenging deadlines.
One (1) year of experience using electronic equipment such as computers, phones, etc.
One (1) year of experience working independently and prioritizing workload.
Valid Driver’s License.
Ability to report to the Union Gap TMC within 60 minutes.
High school diploma or GED equivalent.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Ability to type 30 words per minute with 95% accuracy.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This is a non-permanent opportunity, expected to last 12 months.

Positions vary due to On-Call status. The work schedule varies with both day shift and night shift availability as the TMC is staffed 24 hours per day and seven days per week. Weekends and holidays may be required to fill 24/7 scheduled shifts.
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.
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Career Possibilities – Great way to get your foot in the door and see if a career in State Service is something you would enjoy.
Utilize Expertise – Share your knowledge and experience with others.
Build Your Resume – Learn new transferable skills to add to your resume.
Benefits – Some positions may be eligible for medical and retirement benefits. Go to State Benefits for more information.

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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.

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 explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum of 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.

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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. 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.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter at [email protected] Please be sure to reference 23DOT-SCR-50162nm in the subject line.

Contact Person:
Email: [email protected]
Application Method: Apply online
Base Pay: $18.93 - $25.20 Hourly

Posted on September 07, 2023

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