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DOT recruiting snowplow drivers for central New York

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The NYS DOT is recruiting more snowplow drivers

Winter weather is right around the corner, and many states are struggling to find snowplow drivers. Demand is spiking across the industry for workers with commercial driver’s licenses.

New York State Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner for Operations Sean Hennessey said the state does have enough drivers to handle this winter, but it’s recruiting more to be extra prepared.

"You never know what's going to happen, whether it be COVID or any other type of natural disaster that happens, where we'll have to have additional staff to throw at a situation," said Hennessey.

NYSDOT is looking for 26 snowplow drivers and a handful of mechanics to provide support for the upcoming season. Hennessey said the positions play a critical role when it comes to managing the area’s climate.

“We have to make sure that all of our roadways are clear and passable, so that not just our friends and family can get to where they’re going, but that the trucks that are coming from outside the region to our region can get to our destination as well,” said Hennessey.

The DOT is looking for drivers with a Class A or Class B commercial license and the ability to operate heavy trucks and equipment. Shifts are typically eight hours, but could increase to 12 hours during heavy snowfall.

The DOT has put signs on the highways encouraging people to apply and has partnered with the Department of Labor to help bring in qualified candidates amid a high demand for workers in the trucking industry.

Hennessey said the jobs offer a competitive wage and a strong benefits package.

"It's a great place to work,” said Hennessey. “These are family sustaining jobs, and these are jobs you'll have for a lifetime."

Anyone interested is encouraged to go to the NYS DOT website for more information.