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IDOT holds open houses for seasonal employment

Press Release - Monday, September 26, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced it will hold a second series of open houses for individuals interested in applying for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal statewide. Open houses will be held throughout the state to spread the word about the department's annual "snowbird" program and help facilitate applications.

At each open house, attendees will have a chance to speak with IDOT staff to learn more about the program and obtain assistance in submitting an application, which must be completed online.

Open houses are as follows:

District 1:

Northbrook Maintenance Facility
1916 Techny Road, Northbrook
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interstate 55 Maintenance Facility
151 E. South Frontage Road, Bolingbrook
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

District 2:

Milan Maintenance Facility
4128 69th Ave., Milan
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m.

Rockford Maintenance Facility
4109 11th St., Rockford
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m.

Geneseo Maintenance Facility
828 N. College Ave., Geneseo
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m.

Creston Maintenance Facility
5870 S. Mulford Road, Creston
Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-6 p.m.

Roscoe Maintenance Facility
9988 N. Second St., Roscoe
Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-6 p.m.

District 4:

Morton Maintenance Facility
1971 N. Morton Ave., Morton
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4-6 p.m.

Knoxville Maintenance Facility
1393 Knox Highway 9, Galesburg
Thursday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m.

District 5:

Bloomington Team Section
2621 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington
Thursday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m.

Heading into September, a total of 2,536 temporary winter positions were open: District 1 (640), District 2 (266), District 3 (307), District 4 (215), District 5 (235), District 6 (208), District 7 (214), District 8 (284), and District 9 (167). Click here for a map of IDOT's districts.

Both Snow Removal Operators and Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers are being hired to help maintain more than 45,000 lane miles statewide during winter. They are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow-and-ice removal and be ready to work in emergency conditions at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Applications for Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers and Snow Removal Operators must be submitted online. Paper applications cannot be accepted. For job postings throughout the state, visit:

Applicants must have a commercial driver's license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical and vision test as well as drug and alcohol screening are required. A new law provides for veterans' preference for these seasonal positions and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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

A short, animated video on the snowbird program is available on IDOT's YouTube channel.

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