Highway Maintenance Worker 2 (Maintenance Technician 2) In-Training


WA State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Southwest Region is seeking to fill a Highway Maintenance Worker 2 position in Chehalis, WA. In this role, you will assist with the area’s maintenance and operations of the state highways and adjacent right of ways to ensure the traveling public’s safety. Working in the maintenance area requires responsible, safety-minded individuals to perform a variety of skilled labor tasks and operate highway equipment and tools. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and in a variety of weather conditions.

At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace.

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This position will perform the following work:

  • Maintain roadways, including ditching, cleaning culverts, paving, patching, and hauling materials.
  • Winter snow and ice removal.
  • Maintain roadway features such as guardrail, signs or reflective features.
  • Safely operate Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, B and C equipment including trucks up to 54,000 GVW equipped with various maintenance attachments.
  • Assist in layout and set-up of traffic control, including setting up signage, manually flagging traffic, and operating attenuator/buffer truck.
  • Effectively use radio and phone equipment to communicate with other crew members and lead technician.
  • Negotiate rough and steep surfaces during the performance of job tasks.
  • Chemically, manually, and mechanically control vegetation.
  • Highway debris removal, including danger tree removal.
  • Respond to call out emergencies day, night, weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Visibly demonstrate your commitment to the Department’s safety program.

Note: This position has an in-training opportunity to offer a career path and on-the-job training. This allows you to progress through the Highway Maintenance Worker field, and achieve the goal class of a Highway Maintenance Worker 2. Candidates will be considered as a Highway Maintenance Worker 1 or Highway Maintenance Worker 2, depending on qualifications. The salary levels for each are:

Highway Maintenance Worker 1: $38,376- $46,452
Highway Maintenance Worker 2: $46,452 – $56,568

Required qualifications for a Highway Maintenance Worker 1:

  • Have at least (1) one year of experience performing roadway maintenance, construction, timber operations or related experience.

Required qualifications for a Highway Maintenance Worker 2:

  • Have a CDL Class A.
  • Have more than (2) two years performing roadway maintenance, construction, timber operations or related experience.

In addition to the above requirements, candidates are also required to have:

  • Experience performing traffic control and a current Flagger Card or ability to obtain within 6 months.
  • Experience in herbicide applications and a current WSDA Pesticide Applicators license or the ability to obtain an operator’s license within 12 months of hire.
  • Ability to report in service to assigned duty station, within 45 minutes of an after-hours call.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, holidays, and perform emergency call-outs/stand-by.
  • Basic computer skills to receive and send email, use the Internet, and enter information into computer programs, forms and mobile technology devices.
  • Ability to lift and transport objects weighing up to 50 pounds in safe manner.
  • Skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
  • History of demonstrating a positive attitude, professional behavior and stellar performance.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Two years of experience performing traffic control on multi-lane, high speed, highways.
  • Two years as a Maintenance Technician 1 or comparable work experience.
  • Documented journeyman level tree falling experience.
  • Knowledge of surrounding area.
  • High school graduation or possession of a GED certificate.

Condition of Employment: 

The Department of Transportation is committed to an alcohol and drug free workplace. These positions are subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, please go to: DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.

How to Apply: 

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please click on the large “apply” button at the top of this announcement. If you have not done so previously, you will need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to:

  • Answer the supplemental questions completely.
  • Attach a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Rachel Giese at gieser@wsdot.wa.gov.  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-SWR-41536.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities 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 https://www.uscis.gov/.

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