The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will hire about 35 part-time snowplow drivers to augment its full-time staff for the winter this year.
“We have reduced our staff in recent years, and many of the workers we have lost served as snowplow drivers in the winter,” explained Managing Director Dennis Kolar. He noted hiring the temporary, part-time employees was a compromise that he hopes will allow the agency to maintain a reasonable level of snow response service for the winter.
“This will not allow us to return to the level of service we were able to provide nine years ago,” Kolar said, “but it will enable us to provide a higher level of service than we otherwise would have.”
Kolar added that today, RCOC still has fewer full-time employees than at any time since the 1960s. “We expect an increase in funding in 2017 as a result of the state road-funding package,” he noted, “but we won’t receive any of that until after winter is over.”
In order to be considered for one of the part-time positions, anyone interested must have a current and valid Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an “A” endorsement. The part-time employees may be scheduled to work up to three days per week and will be on call throughout the winter for day, night and weekend work as needed. Every attempt is made to establish consistent work schedules as work will also be completed when the need for snow removal is not present.
Paid training and introductory orientation will be provided. The position pays $18 per hour, and duties include snow-storm road plowing and salting as well as other road-maintenance activities. Those selected for hire will be required to pass a pre-employment driving-skill assessment and a post-offer physical exam and drug screening. Driving histories will be reviewed.
Anyone interested can apply online by visiting rcocweb.org and clicking on Job Postings at the top of the page.