New York State Department of Transportation is hiring about 470 permanent and seasonal employees.

Out of the 470 jobs available, 43 are right here in the Mohawk Valley.

- 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
- Hudson Valley: 66 employees
- Long Island: 31 employees

September is when the NYSDOT starts to hire and train staff on equipment preparing them for plowing when winter begins. WKTV reports that NYSDOT employees are typically hired at the Trainee 2 level while returning seasonal employees, and retirees will qualify for the Highway Maintenance Worker 1 position.

According to the DOT Website:

Successful candidates will be trained and evaluated on several pieces of equipment essential to the Transportation Maintenance program such as the front end loader and the heavy dump truck with plow, wing, and spreader. You will be expected to perform productive work while you gain experience operating the equipment in an on-the-job training status. On a routine basis, you will be performing physical maintenance work, operating equipment such as a backhoe, widener, front end loader, large roller, stump grinder, post pounder or other mildly complex equipment. You may occasionally operate some of the more complex equipment if you are trained and certified.

During the winter, everyone including trainees performs snow and ice control activities, such as operating a single-blade plow or the wing plow in a one-person plowing operation. Winter snow and ice control activities will involve a shift in your normal work hours.

To qualify for a position, candidates must:

- Be at least 18 years old
- Pass a physical and drug test
- Have a valid, clean Class A or B commercial driver license
- Be certified to operate DOT heavy dump trucks within two weeks after the start of employment
Employees that are hired will be training on different equipment – such as backhoes, front-end loaders, and stump grinders – and physical labor is required for the job.


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