WSDOT: Highway Worker (Multiple positions) - Various locations in 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 multiple enthusiastic Highway Maintenance Workers who want to make a difference and join our dynamic Highway Maintenance team throughout various locations in the King County area. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working outdoors, performing manual labor, and operating a variety of equipment to complete tasks. These are in-training opportunities that offer a career path, hands-on learning, and mentorship, as well as the ability to progress upward through the Highway Maintenance Worker series and achieve the goal class of a Highway Maintenance Worker 2. As part of our maintenance team, you will assist with repairing and rebuilding of 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. We encourage you to apply if you are dependable and looking for a career with growth potential!

Working in the maintenance area will require responsible, safety-minded individuals to accomplish assigned tasks and may require operating trucks as well as other heavy equipment. These positions require a quick response time to job sites. Highway maintenance crews are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By taking on this role, you are serving a key and vital function to the State of Washington.

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.
Install, maintain, and repair guardrail, fences, impact attenuator concrete barriers and other safety features.
Operate Class A, B, and/or C heavy equipment to maintain state roadways and highways.
Help develop and set up traffic control operations, as well as full road or bridge closures according to departmental and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards.
Perform snow and ice control operations including maintaining stockpiles, load trucks from stockpiles or pits, pull spreader boxes, haul materials which may include sand, gravel, and other items.
Acts as an incident responder at accident scenes, spills, or other emergency situations.

To be considered for this opportunity Highway Maintenance Worker 1 level, the following are required:
One (1) year of experience performing maintenance activities or equivalent. Note: Education from a trade school may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis.
Ability to obtain Class A CDL with endorsement “N” and without air brakes restriction and no transmission restrictions within 12 months of employment. WSDOT will assist with obtaining this license.

To be considered for this opportunity Highway Maintenance Worker 2 level, the following are required:
High school diploma or GED
Two (2) years of highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, heavy equipment, or other related work experience OR one (1) year of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 1 or equivalent.
Valid Washington State Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction, with valid medical card.

Candidates at either level will have:
Ability to lift 50 lbs. in a safe manner.
The ability to respond to emergency call outs, work different and/or extended shifts on short notice (days, nights and weekends), and perform standby duty.
Ability to report in service to assigned duty station for an after-hours call.
Ability to work in all weather conditions, confined spaces, uneven terrain, and next to fast high volume highway traffic.
Ability to traverse steep, rough and uneven terrain; work at heights above 25ft over land or water; work in heat and around hot asphalt.
Ability to operate Class A, B, and C equipment w/current technology in highway maintenance operations.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License
Backflow Prevention Tester Certification
Washington State Traffic Control/Flagging Card
Crane Certificate

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County and 10% Assignment Pay.
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.
Application review will begin on Friday, October 06, 2023. Candidate selection may take place at any time thereafter. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.
These are in-training positions that offer a career path, hands-on learning, and mentorship. These positions allow you to progress upward through the Highway Maintenance Worker series and achieve the goal class of a Highway Maintenance Worker 2. Candidates will be considered for a Highway Maintenance Worker 1 or Highway Maintenance Worker 2, depending on their qualifications. Annual salary levels for each position are:
Highway Maintenance Worker 1: $52,384 - $63,507
Highway Maintenance Worker 2: $59,091 - $71,953
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.
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. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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 Person: O. Dietrich
Email: [email protected]
Location: • Various , WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $42,696.00 - $81,420.00 /YR

Posted on October 03, 2023

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