IDOT Looking for ‘Snowbirds’ to Help with Snow & Ice Removal

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is looking for qualified individuals to apply for seasonal positions to help with snow and ice removal across the state through its annual “snowbird” program. The temporary snowplow drivers are hired by IDOT every year on a full-time and on-call basis to help keep roads cleared throughout the winter.

Snowbirds are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow and ice removal and stay on alert to work in emergency conditions at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical is required. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, experience and qualifications. For additional information, including details on the application process, pay and the potential for benefits, please click HERE. Job postings will be made the week of Aug. 23.

Each winter, IDOT has approximately 1,800 plows to put into service, providing coverage to nearly 16,000 miles of roads statewide. These positions are crucial to frontline snow and ice response efforts and have led to full-time jobs as highway maintainers and careers at IDOT.

“This is a great opportunity for farmers to earn extra income while the growing season is slow,” commented Rep. Adam Niemerg. “Keeping roads open and safe for everyone during the winter months is also a good way to serve your community.”