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Highway Maintenance Specialist

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $3,948 - $5,483/mo. USD / Year
  • Salary: $3,948 - $5,483/mo.

Website Oregon Department of Transportation

The role:

If you value safety and are looking for a job with growth opportunities, then join our team as a highway maintenance specialist. As part of our maintenance team, you will repair and preserve roadways, bridges, structures and facilities to help keep Oregon’s roadways safe for the traveling public. Apply today!

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions. We hope you’ll join us on our path to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through our values, commitments, strategies and actions.

Before applying, visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process. If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

A day in the life:

  • Perform manual labor, operate and service a variety of heavy and light equipment.
  • Operate sanders to sand roadways, deicer trucks to treat roadways and snowplows to clear snow.
  • Perform minor surface repair including hand, pothole and concrete patching, and small inlay work.
  • Control traffic and clean up roadways in emergency situations.
  • Perform minor building maintenance including sweeping floors, cleaning toilets, painting and light carpentry.
  • Use a computer and software for timecards and writing reports.
  • Exposure to noise, adverse weather, heavy equipment, pesticides and hazardous materials is expected.
  • Must be able to move around rough terrain, on uneven slopes and may need to lift up to 60 pounds.
  • May need to be available nights, weekends and holidays for emergency, on call and weather related purposes and may work in different areas throughout the region.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.
  • Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.
  • Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity!

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Minimum qualifications:

One year of experience performing basic highway maintenance work.


Two years of general landscaping, maintenance, mechanical, farming, logging, and/or construction experience or training.

Special qualifications:

CDL-B or CDL-A Required: Employee will be required to use a commercial motor vehicle to conduct business. You must possess a current, valid commercial driver’s license B (CDL-B) with no air brake restrictions and no manual transmission restrictions to be considered eligible for this position. You must also be able to obtain a class A commercial learner permit within 60 days of hire and obtain a commercial driver’s license A (CDL-A) with a tanker endorsement, no air brake restrictions, no 5th wheel restrictions and no manual transmission restrictions within six months of hire (ODOT will cover training costs). A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse registration and full query check for our final candidate(s) and annual query for current employees.

This position requires a maximum 45 minute response time to 63055 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97703 for emergency call-outs.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

  • Experience working well on a team.
  • Experience being safety focused.
  • Experience following verbal and written instructions.
  • Experience paying attention to details.

How to apply:

  • Complete the following required steps:
    • Fill out the application or attach a resume. Please contact the recruiter under the ‘Need help?’ section if you have any questions about how to fill out the experience fields or to attach a document. Your submitted experience fields or attached resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer.
  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are a current State of Oregon employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. The task to upload your documents will be available after you submit your application. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your military service document(s) to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

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Additional information:

  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. We are not an E-Verify participating employer, and we are unable to proceed if E-Verify participation is required [e.g., STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension]. We are also unable to proceed with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program requests.
  • We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.
  • We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
  • You will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.

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