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Applicant Information

Basic Qualifications

Our goal is to hire the best qualified applicant for positions at the Oregon Department of Transportation. Our recruitment and selection process involves several steps to ensure that this goal becomes a reality. Although each position has its job-specific qualifications and requirements, we have established a number of core, basic qualifications which apply to all positions. These are listed below:
Basic Qualifications Expected of all Job Applicants
  • A stable and verifiable work history.
  • A record of regular and dependable attendance.
  • A valid driver's license and clean driving record
    (for positions where operation of a vehicle may be required).
  • A professional, well-groomed appearance (appropriate for the job assignment).
  • Strong communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills (appropriate to the job duties).

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Application materials are accepted only for positions which are currently posted. Unsolicited resumes and applications are not accepted. Please review the job announcement to determine the items required for the position which interests you. 

When completing our employment application be sure to read it carefully and answer all questions. In order to be considered for employment with ODOT, your application must be complete. It is strongly recommended that you type or neatly print all information on the application and include all education and experience you would like us to consider. Be sure to sign and date your application. All materials submitted are retained by the agency, so it is recommended that you make copies of your application materials in advance. 
Our job announcements and application materials are available from the ODOT’s Human Resources located at 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem.

Our job opportunities are on the State of Oregon´s Jobs Page and the Career Opportunities Page.

Application Deadlines
Application materials may be submitted in person to Human Resources; by regular or express mail, fax or Online. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) or earlier if noted on the job announcement, on the published closing date. Materials received after this date will not receive consideration unless the selection process is re-opened. ODOT does not accept responsibility for electronic transmission errors or other technological failures which result in application materials not being received by the stated application deadline.

Here are some tips to assist with the application and ODOT E-recruit System: Applicant Help.

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Selection Process

After the posted closing date, a recruiter will review completed application materials and will assess the general qualifications of applicants. Items considered during this screening process include applicable work experience and education or training, orientation toward teamwork and customer service, communication and problem solving skills, overall stability and quality of prior work history, overall presentation of application materials, and various other factors which work to best meet the requirements of the business line. It is important to remember that the applicant with the highest educational degree or most years of work experience may not be the best qualified applicant.
ODOT offers excellent benefits, competitive market-based compensation and career growth opportunities. These factors have made us a very attractive employer throughout the state; Therefore, our applicant response involves a large volume of well-qualified candidates. It is not unusual for us to receive more than 100 applications for a single position. Understandably, this volume does make the selection process more competitive for applicants.

Quick Tip
It is our suggestion that you spend time ensuring your application represents the full amount of your qualifications. The materials you submit do make a difference! Be sure you have provided a complete and thorough application packet for our review.

Reference and/or Background Checks
Thorough reference and/or background checks are completed on all final applicants prior to our making an offer of employment. This also applies to internal (agency or state) applicants. A history of workplace harassment, discrimination, inappropriate conduct, or poor performance or attendance may disqualify you from the hiring process. Additional background research or verification on finalist(s) may be necessary for certain types of positions prior to an offer of employment.  These may include but are not limited to a review of criminal convictions, credit history, motor vehicle driving records, and random or pre-employment drug screening.

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Equal Employment Opportunities

The Oregon Department of Transportation is an equal employment opportunity employer and all employment decisions are made without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or other classes of protection required by law and ordinance. ODOT actively seeks applications from qualified women, minority, and/or disabled candidates as well as from candidates of other protected or minority groups.

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Our Workplace

ODOT supports a workplace that is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products and violence.  Drug testing programs are consistent with applicable federal and/or state law for select positions.

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Reasonable Accommodation

Please contact our Recruitment Manager at 503-986-4370 if you will need any special accommodations in the recruitment and selection process. This may be due to disability or impairment which will allow you to participate in the recruitment process or to perform the work once hired. Accommodation requests should be made as soon as possible.

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