Highway Maintenance Worker 3 in Shelton, WA – Mason County, WA

Job title: Highway Maintenance Worker 3

Company: Washington State

Job description: Description


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 currently seeking a Highway Maintenance Worker 3 (HMW3) to lead entry and journey-level Highway Maintenance Workers while operating a wide variety of equipment and tools and regularly performing skilled maintenance tasks throughout WSDOT roadways. This position acts as a member of the Olympic Region’s Maintenance & Operations organization and may occasionally supervisor a crew in the absence of a Highway Maintenance Supervisor.

This position directly supports the agency strategic plan and goal areas of 1) Workforce Development, by leading a workplace that supports and promotes training and development for professional growth and upward mobility; 2) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by creating, influencing, and fostering a physically and psychologically safe workplace where all employees feel that they belong; and 3) Resilience, by ensuring, through adherence to WSDOT policies, that the maintenance and preservation of assigned roadways and assets are administered to the expected quality, safety, and stewardship standards to support Washington’s long-term resilience.

What to Expect

Work is often physical in nature and performed primarily outdoors and often next to high-volume, high-speed traffic that may require standing for extended periods of time. A typical schedule is Monday through Friday, 40-hours per week, for 4, 10-hour days. Rotational night shift is required. Travel is an expectation of the position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis. Overnight travel is required.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Worker 3 will:

  • Lead Highway Maintenance Crews in the daily performance of all maintenance and operations tasks throughout State Highways.
  • Prioritize, plan, schedule, and budget maintenance activities; lead, schedule, and direct highway maintenance activities.
  • Maintain and submit daily records and reports of maintenance activities; enter all maintenance activities into computerized systems (e.g., Highway Activity Tracking System (HATS), Work Zone Data base (WZDB), Traffic Sign Management System (TSMS, etc.); review computerized records to ensure accuracy.
  • Train personnel in equipment usage, safety, highway maintenance, and public relations.
  • Perform asphalt and concrete pavement maintenance and repair; apply concrete, asphalt, and synthetic materials.
  • Perform drainage maintenance including catch basins, sedimentation facilities, and ditches; erosion and slide repair; sign maintenance and repair; and guardrail, fence, and impact attenuator installation and repair.


To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • One (1) year of experience as a

or ; OR- * Two (2) years’ experience as a Maintenance Technician 2, Bridge Maintenance Technician 2,

or equivalent combination of experience.

  • Possession of an unrestricted Class A CDL with N endorsement to operate vehicles in Washington State.
  • Experience in communicating to multiple audiences, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience providing outstanding customer service.
  • Experience in working independently and prioritizing workload, with the ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Intermediate computer skills to operate various computer programs, such as Microsoft Office applications, internal WSDOT applications, and the internet.
  • Possession of a valid Traffic Control/Flagging card with experience performing traffic control per MUTCD including planning, setting signs and cones or barrels, and flagging; or obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Possession of Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License; or obtain within twelve (12) months of hire.
  • Obtain and maintain valid First Aid/CPR Certification.
  • Ability to report in service to assigned duty station within 60 minutes of an after-hours call.
  • Ability to transport, move, lift, and manipulate various types of equipment weighing 50 pounds or more.
  • Ability to work at elevated heights above 25 feet over land or water, as well as traverse in rough, steep, and uneven terrain.
  • Ability to travel on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis, including overnight travel.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Experience leading and/or supervising crews, providing clear direction, and making good decisions in stressful conditions.
  • Three (3) years of experience in one of the following job classes: Highway Maintenance Worker 2, Bridge Maintenance Technician 2, or Maintenance Specialist 2.
  • At least one (1) year of experience operating and transporting equipment.
  • Experience operating vehicles weighing 26,000 GVW.

Important Notes

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • 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 are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • 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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How to Apply

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:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. 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.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity, 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, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit .

Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Alyssa Nastasi, at . Please be sure to reference 23DOT-OR-30319e in the subject line.

Expected salary: $58104 – 70800 per year

Location: Shelton, WA – Mason County, WA

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