Highway Maintenance Supervisor – Northwest Region Incident Response Team

US Government, Dept. of Transportation

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Highway Maintenance Supervisor for the Northwest Region Incident Response Team. As part of the WSDOT mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation, this role, under the Maintenance Superintendent’s guidance, leads the WSDOT Northwest Region Incident Response Team. The primary responsibilities include supervising Highway Maintenance Workers in patrolling, responding to incidents, aiding stranded motorists, and ensuring public safety. This critical position supports the National Unified Goal and best practices for Traffic Incident Management while fostering an inclusive and respectful work environment, emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join us in making a positive impact on our communities and enhancing transportation safety.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Highway Maintenance Supervisor will:

  • Patrol designated State Highway segments as the Supervisor of the NWR IRT.
  • Operate an authorized emergency vehicle with tow capabilities within an assigned route.
  • Respond to and clear incidents during peak commute times.
  • Act as Incident Commander/Unified Command capacity for all agencies at the incident scene or on emergency operations.
  • Supervise highway maintenance crews engaged in Incident Response activities in the region.
  • Prioritize and assign work to Highway Maintenance Worker 3s and crews, schedule equipment and materials as needed.
  • Train personnel in equipment usage, safety, highway maintenance, and public relations.
  • Coordinate with regional internal/external partners for incident management plans.
  • Serve as a primary coordinator and trainer for Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training.
  • Serve in assigned Command and General Staff positions in applicable WSDOT EOC’s as a member of the WSDOT Incident Management Team (IMT).

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • High school graduation or possession of a GED certificate or equivalent. 


  • Two (2) years of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 3, Bridge Maintenance Specialist Lead, Maintenance Specialist 3, or equivalent combination of experience.
  • Possess a valid Traffic Control/Flagging card with experience performing traffic control per MUTCD, including planning, setting signs and cones or barrels, and flagging; or obtain Flagger Certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Chainsaw certification. 
  • Obtain and/or maintain valid certifications in the following: Flagging and First Aid/CPR Training. 
  • Possession of a Washington Class A CDL with N endorsement, without airbrake restrictions.
  • Experience leading and/or supervising crews.
  • Completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Courses in ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, ICS 700, and ICS 800. 
  • Possess a “Traffic Control Supervisor” (TCS) certification or obtain it within six (6) months of employment.
  • Ability to perform fieldwork that involves physical labor primarily carried out outdoors, with exposure to hazards such as severe weather, prolonged standing, confined spaces, rough terrain, chemicals, and waste.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays for emergencies. Must report to the duty station within 60 mins. Work alternate shifts as assigned. Respond to emergencies 24/7, alone or in a team. Long hours, including some night work. Standby and call-back may be required. Rotational night shift required.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background investigation by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including fingerprinting.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following:

  • Strong awareness of WSDOT highway maintenance procedures. 
  • Strong awareness of the region, access points, landmarks, drainage flows, traffic patterns, potential detour routes, and local Maintenance resources.
  • Background in highway maintenance, traffic control, and emergency response work.
  • Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Train the Trainer Certification. 
  • Ability to use electronic equipment such as computers, phones, and other technology that pertains to the IRT Program, and willing to test/pilot new and different technology. 

Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs. 
  • The salary listed includes the legislatively approved 10% premium for Highway Maintenance Worker Supervisor positions in Seattle, WA. 
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative-approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system; therefore, we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit www.uscis.wa.gov.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.


  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service while sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and federal student loan forgiveness eligibility.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine your salary. Therefore, the “Work Experience” portion of the application must be completed in as much detail as possible. 
To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlines (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; it does not require an additional attachment. 

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment where all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Yasmin Munoz, at MunozY@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-HQ-10856e in the subject line.

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