This is a full-time year-round position. Hours may include overtime or various shifts depending on emergency situations. The Transportation Associate is a trainee position with a one-year probationary period. The position involves working with others of diverse backgrounds; using tact and diplomacy; exercising independent judgment and working cooperatively within a team environment. This is a career path to the Transportation Generalist position. In the summer, employees will be trained to perform skilled roadway surface and roadside maintenance activities (e.g., patching, guardrail and fence repair, landscaping, shoulder and slope repair.) Other summer duties: performing traffic control; conducting daily pre- and post-trip vehicle safety inspections, identifying and reporting vehicle deficiencies and performing minor repairs to equipment; and data entry.

In the winter, the Transportation Associate drives and operates a variety of heavy equipment to perform snow plow duties, including maintaining roadways; removes snow from roadways and shoulders; applies anti-icing and de-icing chemicals on stretches of highway under slippery conditions; removes frozen ice and material from culverts; prepares and inspects winter equipment, such as snowplow equipment, cutting edges and sanders; and cleans equipment post storm. Position performs preseason snow route inspection and performs post storm cleanup including machine or hand sweeping; performs winter stockpile setup and transfer of anti-icing and de-icing chemicals; which includes all setup work associated with liquid anti-icing and de-icing chemicals, hauling, mixing, measuring and reporting. Position also performs all work related to installing, repairing, maintaining, and removing snow fences; and replacing mailboxes; maintains documentation on snow and ice; and performs traffic control set-ups and/or provides notification to dispatch of disabled vehicles.

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