The New York DOT is looking to hire nearly 500 people as permanent or seasonal staff.

On Thursday, New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas announced applications are being accepted for about 470 positions as permanent and seasonal maintenance staff all across New York, including the Hudson Valley.

Around this time of year, the DOT begins hiring staff to begin training them on equipment and company practices, with the aim of having them ready to plow as soon as winter weather begins.

“Once again, we are looking for hard-working, dedicated professionals to join our agency,” Acting Commissioner Karas said. “Our maintenance forces are the lifeblood of everything we do at NYSDOT, especially during snow and ice season. Keeping our roads safe this winter is a top priority for the Department and a dedicated workforce is front and center in these efforts.”

Applications are being accepted for the Highway Maintenance Worker Trainee 2 position.

To apply, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, pass a physical and drug test, have a valid, clean Class A or B commercial driver license and be certified to operate DOT heavy dump trucks within two weeks after the start of employment.

Physical labor is required, as is work with backhoes, front-end loaders, stump grinders and other heavy equipment, while being trained on more complex equipment, according to the DOT.

During the winter, workers typically help with removing snow and ice but also are expected to perform general highway repairs and maintenance.

The DOT intends to hire permanent and temporary maintenance workers across the state, including:

  • Hudson Valley – 66 employees
  • Capital Region – 71 employees
  • Mohawk Valley – 43 employees
  • Central NY – 34 employees
  • Finger Lakes – 35 employees
  • Western NY – 59 employees
  • Western Southern Tier – 34 employees
  • Eastern Southern Tier – 57 employees
  • North Country - 40 employees
  • Long Island – 31 employees

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