Woonsocket seeks snowplow truck drivers

(WJAR)

Woonsocket is looking for snowplow truck operators for the upcoming season.

With an average of 38 inches of snowfall in any given winter, the demand is high in the city.

Steven D’Agostino runs the Woonsocket Public Works Department and said there are 509 streets that span 100 miles of pavement.

“We've had some people retire,” he said. “We're just not getting the volume of applications that we'd like.”

D’Agostino’s not ready to retire yet. He worked his way up from being a vendor plowing the snow for the city when he was 17, to now running the highway department himself.

There are three full-time positions open.

You need to have a Commercial Driver’s License, or a CDL, and preferably some snow plow experience. There’s also an opening for a backhoe operator, which also requires a hoisting license from the State of Rhode Island.

“It's competitive wages, great benefits,” said D’Agostino.

The full-time positions include other duties when there's no snow or ice to remove.

“It could range from pavement, to concrete, to putting in a pole,” said D’Agostino.

You'll learn carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical work, too, working on facilities maintenance, with vacation time and a pension.

There are five vendor positions open, as well, per diem part-time, using the city's equipment to clear the roads.

The terrain in Woonsocket will add to the snow plow adventure, said D'Agostino.

“It's anything but flat and a grid,” he said. “Plenty of hills and sharp turns, and so it's an old city, and some of the streets are narrow, but they'll get through it.”

For a link to the job description and application, click here.

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