Highway Maintenance Worker- Skykomish

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent 24 per week $52,384 - $71,953 Per year WA 310 Maple Park Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98504, United States Apply before 6/9/2024 11:59


 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 looking for an enthusiastic, career-minded individual who wants to make a difference and join our dynamic team at our Skykomish Maintenance Facility, supporting the vast transportation infrastructure of Northwest Washington. This is an in-training opportunity that offers a career path, hands-on learning, and mentorship and allows you to progress upward through the Highway Maintenance Worker series and achieve the goal class of a Highway Maintenance Worker 2. This opportunity 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 candidates 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. 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.
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

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Worker 2 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. May be required to operate 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 at the Highway Maintenance Worker 1 level, the following are required:
  • One (1) year of experience performing highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, heavy equipment, or equivalent. 
To be considered for this opportunity at the Highway Maintenance Worker 2 level, the following are required:
  • Current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction and no transmission restrictions, and valid medical card. 
  • Two (2) years of experience performing highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, heavy equipment, or equivalent. 
In addition, candidates at either level will have:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 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 operate heavy equipment, and hand and power tools.
  • Basic computer skills to communicate and retrieve information.
  • Ability to work at heights above 25 feet over land or water while performing maintenance tasks.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Washington State Traffic Control/Flagging Card
  • Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Backflow Prevention Tester Certification
  • 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 information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • Obtaining your Commercial Driver’s License is made easier with WSDOT! We provide on the job training and partial financial assistance for positions requiring CDLs. 
  • 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.
  • 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 listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. 
  • 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 . Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • 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 .
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit .

  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • 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 for more information. 

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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:  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.For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Amanda Strebeck, at . Please be sure to reference Highway Maintenance Worker 2 Skykomish #10580-1 in the subject line.