Highway Maintenance Worker ($2,000 hiring incentive)
State of South Dakota
 Pierre, SD
  • $2,000 Hiring Incentive! *

Job ID: 13116

Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Operations

Salary: $16.55 - $17.38 per hour, depending on experience

Pay Grade: GG

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation.

Highway Maintenance Workers are responsible for ensuring the state highways are kept safe and drivable for the traveling public at all times. This position involves working as a member of a crew. Duties may include, but are not limited to performing roadway maintenance activities; performing roadside activities; installing and replacing signs, permanent traffic control devices, and pavement markings; maintaining and repairing guardrail systems; performing structure maintenance and repair activities; performing winter maintenance; maintaining and repairing department facilities and properties; performing preventative maintenance and equipment repair; responding to emergencies and other incidents; providing on-the-job training and work direction; providing temporary traffic control through and around work zones and emergency/hazardous sites; maintaining documentation; operating and using a variety of equipment and tools; and promoting a safe work environment and participating in public safety awareness activities.

From approximately May 1 to September 30, the anticipated work schedule for this position is 10-hour days, 4 days per week from Monday through Thursday each week. From approximately October 1 - April 30, the anticipated work schedule for this position is eight-hour days, Monday through Friday. Night and shift work will be required, including working weekend hours and holidays during emergencies and inclement weather.

Work assignments are frequently performed outside in all weather conditions and around highway traffic.

Certification in one or more areas is required within the first year of employment. Further certification areas will be determined by the supervisor according to job responsibility and needs. Required certifications must be maintained for continued employment. Classes and training in the certification areas are provided through the Department of Transportation.

Incumbent must have a valid driver's license and be able to obtain a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) with no transmission restrictions and a N: Tank Vehicles endorsement within 60 days of hire date to retain employment. Employee will be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable-suspicion, post-accident, follow up, and return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing.

Incumbent must be willing and able to report to work for inclement weather conditions and other highway emergencies; and must be able to report to their home station within 30 minutes, under normal driving conditions, from the time of notification.

According to SDCL 32-12A, applicants will be required to authorize the Department of Transportation to obtain a complete driving record.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Experience in the operation of heavy equipment/farming or ranching equipment and/or experience in heavy construction is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • methods, materials and techniques used to perform road maintenance activities (desirable but not required);
  • preventive maintenance methods such as changing oil, rotating tires and lubricating parts (desirable but not required);
  • basic math to add, subtract, multiply, and divide;
  • basic computer operation (desirable but not required).

Skill to:

  • use and maintain a variety of hand and power tools;
  • operate, maintain and repair various equipment and attachments (desirable but not required);
  • drive and operate a manual transmission.

Ability to:

  • display high standards of ethical conduct;
  • treat customers courteously and be responsive to their needs;
  • work cooperatively with others and promote a friendly work climate in order to achieve shared goals;
  • display a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments and goals;
  • attend to all details of assignments and complete work properly, accurately, and thoroughly;
  • lift 35 pounds routinely, up to 60 pounds occasionally (without assistance), and 90 or more pounds infrequently (with assistance);
  • routinely reach, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. An NCRC Certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

500 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

“An Equal Opportunity Employer“