DECATUR, Ill. – State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging local jobseekers to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Snowbird program, a seasonal employment opportunity to perform emergency snow and ice control on area roads as the winter season continues.
“As we continue to experience freezing temperatures, the risk of poor road conditions is high, much like what we have seen in recent weeks with snow and ice,” said Scherer. “IDOT is in need of snowbirds to help keep roads and highways clear throughout the winter, and this is especially important to our region with our system of local highways and the amount of residents who commute for work.”
Two types of temporary positions are hired for IDOT’s Winter Seasonal Program, which usually occurs from October 16th through April 15th of each year.
Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers (Monthly Snowbirds) perform all of the same job duties as IDOT’s year-round highway maintainers, including performing a variety of tasks related to the maintenance, repair and upkeep of roads, bridges and other related structures and features. Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers (Monthly Snowbirds) must have a Class A or B commercial driver’s license (CDL) with an X or N endorsement.
Snow Removal Operators (Hourly Snowbirds) are paid hourly and respond to emergency weather situations to inspect roadways, operate snow plows and salt spreaders, and remove other hazardous materials and obstacles from the roadways. Snow Removal Operators (Hourly Snowbirds) must also have a Class A or B CDL with an X or N endorsement.
“IDOT does an excellent job of working to keep our roads safe as winter weather hits our region, so while this is a great employment opportunity, it is also a chance to help give back to our local community,” continued Scherer. “I encourage those currently searching for a job to apply to this program.”
Those interested in applying can do so online by visiting www.idot.illinois.gov or work.illinois.gov. For more information, please call Rep. Scherer’s constituent service office at 217-877-9636 or email StateRepSue@gmail.com.