On the eve of today's snowstorm the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) posted on Facebook that it needed additional drivers for the big orange trucks that clear the state's highways.
While driving around in a storm is something most people avoid, the benefits are pretty sweet.
The compensation package features what VTrans describes as "an outstanding set of employee benefits worth about 30 percent of the salary."
- 80% State paid medical premium
- Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
- Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
- Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
- Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
- Low cost group life insurance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Incentive-based Wellness Program
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
The starting salary— $15.82 and hour— isn't too bad either. Plus there is overtime pay in the winter..
Here's the fine print. You've got to have more than a regular driver's license to get the job. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent and two years or more of work experience in construction, equipment operation, or related manual labor including either one season or more of operating a snowplow with wings: six months or more operating medium or heavy equipment, such as graders, rollers, and backhoes. Plus you've got to have a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License and Tanker Endorsement within the first six months of employment. :
And there is one more requirement. A plow driver "must live within reasonable proximity of an assigned workstation" because plow drivers don't get snow-days.
If you would like more information about the job, contact Trevor Starr at TREVOR.STARR@VERMONT.GOV or 802-295-8888.