PennDot hiring for their Winter Maintenance Program

Pittston Township, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) There is a statewide shortage of snowplow drivers. 

PennDot is in need of people to work in their Winter Maintenance Program. How quickly roads get cleared during winter could amount to how many drivers they employee. 

Snow plow drivers have an important job. Making sure roads are passable PennDot this winter season is looking for more than 300 drivers in the commonwealth. 

"If you're looking for a job in the state and you have a CDL license a great way to do that is to come in under one of our temporary positions," said PennDot Spokesman James May. 

PennDot says 51 drivers are needed in our region. May hopes a decent salary attracts qualified applicants. 

"We start right around $18 an hour," said May. 

The position is seasonal but it could lead more employment opportunities. "Full time position with the benefit that come with working with the state," May said. 

Back in February Eyewitness News tagged along with PennDot in Montoursville. Mike Silvagni says the job brings him a sense of satisfaction. 

From February Silvagni said "it's nice to move a lot of snow and clean the roads off for the public and to know they are safe to trave."

It's a job in the winter that receives little credit for the work they do. "They have a lot of work they're doing just to keep the plow working, to keep the plow doing what i needs to be doing, clearing the roads," said May. 

PennDot starts to hire for these positions in September each year. They temporary position ends in March unless there is a need to keep operators on. 

To look at the job requirements and to apply click here.


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