Job Description

Title: Highway Maintenance Operator-Amherst AHQ *$3,000 Sign on Bonus available to qualified CDL applicants*

State Role Title: Transportation Operator II

Hiring Range: $36,822 - $59,836

Pay Band: 2

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Amherst Area HQ

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Are you a highly motivated equipment operator driven by community safety and career advancement?  VDOT's Highway Maintenance Operator is the job for you!

Job Duties

VDOT's Lynchburg District Amherst Area Headquarters is seeking Highway Maintenance Operators to join their team!  As the qualified candidate, you will perform a combination of skilled equipment operations, preventive maintenance and manual labor tasks in roadway maintenance operations as an essential employee.

Specifically, you will:
• Work as part of a team clearing drainage, removing debris, cutting brush, and roadway maintenance.
• Operate equipment such as, but not limited to, dump trucks, backhoes, graders, tar distributers, rollers, loaders, mowing tractors, etc.
• Use hand and power tools and perform manual labor tasks.
• Respond to emergencies blocking roads, such as traffic accidents and debris, to provide traffic control and perform activities to reopen the road. Emergency response may require work outside of normal business hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
• Set up work zones and perform traffic control, focusing on proper work site protection.

*This position is eligible for VDOT's Employee Referral Bonus Program. If you were referred to this opportunity by an existing VDOT employee, please be sure to answer the "How did you find out about this opportunity question" by selecting "Other" and entering their full name and either work email or phone number so we can be sure they are credited for any applicable rewards. Only one person may be entered.

*In addition to a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, a $3,000 sign-on bonus is available for qualified candidates who have a current CDL. Current VDOT employees are not eligible for the sign-on bonus.

Minimum Qualifications

• Ability to perform heavy manual labor.
• Skill in the operation and maintenance of hand and power tools.
• Safety shoes required.
• Ability to obtain CDL and DOT medical card within 11 months of employment and maintain thereafter. Must comply with DOT and VDOT policies and standards when operating CDL equipment.
• Ability to read and follow oral and written instructions.
• Skill in the operation and maintenance of light, medium, and heavy duty equipment used for highway maintenance and repair.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Knowledge of highway maintenance equipment, materials, methods, and procedures.

Additional Considerations

• Experience in emergency operations to include snow removal, storms and accident clean-up.
• Experience performing preventive maintenance and minor equipment repairs.
• A combination of training, experience, or education in Maintenance, Vehicle Operations or related field desired.
• Experience in roadway maintenance and construction.
• Valid Commercial Drivers License with appropriate endorsements.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this recruitment within 90 days of the closing date.

In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDOT offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded Short and Long Term Disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching.
VDOT utilizes a market based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore,
advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

VDOT is an emergency response agency, therefore you will work outside of normal work hours during emergency operations when services are needed.

NOTE: All drivers hired without a valid CDL in hand are required to obtain their CDL within 11 months of their hire date. You cannot operate commercial motor vehicles prior to receiving the necessary licensure and medical certification. Effective February 7, 2022, new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require entry-level drivers (drivers who are seeking to take the skills test in order to obtain a CDL for the first time, upgrade their CDL to a Class A from a Class B, or take the knowledge test to obtain a hazardous materials endorsement for the first time) to complete FMCSA- approved Entry-Level Driving (ELD) Training before the Department of Motor Vehicles can grant the requested CDL or endorsement. The course is comprised of 160 hours, on average, of training. VDOT is willing to assist with your enrollment in and payment for the course upon your acceptance of an ELD Training Tuition tenure and repayment agreement.

Contact Information

Name: Michelle Small

Phone: 540-332-7794



In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019.

Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.


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Pittsylvania, VA USA

Job Overview
Job Posted:
4 days ago
Job Expires:
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Job Type
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