Looking for work during this COVID-19 pandemic?
One possible job opportunity comes in the wake of this week’s big snowfall.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that openings for snow removal operators are still available.
IDOT hires two types of temporary positions for its Winter Seasonal Program, which usually occurs from Oct. 16 through April 15 of each year, but District 1 (Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, and Will County) only hires full-time, temporary highway maintainers — known as “Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers (Monthly Snowbirds).”
Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers (Monthly Snowbirds) perform all of same job duties as IDOT’s year-round highway maintainers, including performing a variety of tasks related to the maintenance, repair and upkeep of roads, bridges and other related structures and features.
Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers (Monthly Snowbirds) must have a Class A or B CDL with an X or N endorsement.
In areas outside District 1, IDOT hires on-call, as-needed truck operators — known as “Snow Removal Operators (Hourly Snowbirds).”
Snow Removal Operators (Hourly Snowbirds) are paid hourly and respond to emergency weather situations to inspect roadways, operate snow plows/salt spreaders, and remove other hazardous materials/obstacles from the roadways. Snow Removal Operators (Hourly Snowbirds) must also have a Class A or B CDL with an X or N endorsement.
For those interested in applying for these positions, please see the on the IDOT website. Located on the page is information on the employment opportunities including the description of the job, qualifications and a link to the application process.
Additionally, a short video is available that provides a basic description of the duties and requirements of a snow removal operator.