Snowplow drivers wanted to join the IDOT team

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Some of the main roads in Lansing—like Burnham Avenue (pictured)—are under the jurisdiction of other entities, like IDOT or Cook County. Lansing doesn’t plow those streets. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Temporary help needed for snow and ice removal

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 2, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation today renewed its call for qualified individuals to step forward and apply for seasonal positions to help with snow and ice removal across the state. Through the department’s annual “snowbird” program, temporary snowplow drivers are hired every year on a full-time and on-call basis. IDOT plows more than 45,000 lane miles statewide during the winter season.

“The calendar says September, but snow and ice season will be upon us before we know it, as well as a great opportunity to help serve the public,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “The snowbird program provides a vital service, but also opens the door to earn some extra income and possibly a lifelong career with IDOT.”

In some instances, participants in the program have become full-time employees. Snowbirds are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow and ice removal and stay prepared to work in emergency conditions at any time including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications. For additional information, including positions and the application process in specific districts, details on pay, and the potential for benefits, please click here.

A short animation video on the snowbird program is available on IDOT’s YouTube channel.