Your New Career Starts Here
Thank you for your interest in employment with the Oregon Department of Transportation.
We recommend that you review the resources available on this page before you submit an application to start a new career with ODOT.
Our team of recruitment consultants is here for you each step of our application process. Each job announcement will include the direct contact information for the assigned recruitment consultant under the
Need help? section of the announcement.
We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
ODOT Application and Career Matrix Guide
Our recruitment consultants include important information in each job announcement. Below is an overview of the type of information you should expect to find in our announcements.
Each announcement will start with the following information:
- Classification title and working title of the position.
- Our agency name (ODOT).
- The organizational structure of the position – the division, branch, section, unit, etc.
- Where the position is located.
This section will include a summary of the position.
What’s in it for you
There are a lot of benefits to working at our agency – this section will highlight a few.
A day in the life
This section will include a list of duties and working conditions. If you would like to request a copy of the complete position description for the open position, this section will include instructions for doing so.
What we need
This section will include the minimum qualifications and any special qualifications for the position. An example of a special qualification is requiring a driver license for a position that requires travel to complete the job duties.
For a complete list of job classifications at the state of Oregon, visit:
Department of Administrative Services’ Classification & Compensation website.
What we’d like to see
We post the specific scoring criteria that the hiring manager will use when reviewing applications to choose whom to move forward. If you have these qualities or attributes listed in this section, let us know by ensuring that you clearly show the specific type(s) of experience, education, skills, training, etc. in your submitted application materials.
How to apply
Please carefully read this section in the announcement so that you are aware of the required attachments and specific instructions for applying. Any/all job history, education, licenses or other qualifications you want us to review must be included in your application or resume. Depending on the recruitment, a hiring manager may require a cover letter.
- Fill out the application: Fill out the fields on the website. Application guides are available on the Oregon job opportunities page.
- Attach a resume: Attach a document with your qualifications.
- Attach a cover letter: Attach a cover letter that follows the directions listed in the job announcement. Directions may include addressing your cover letter to a specific person, a page limit or including in your cover letter how you specifically meet the desired attributes listed in the announcement under the “What we'd like to see" section. If a cover letter is not required in the “How to apply" section, we will not review any submitted cover letters.
Our recruitment team is here to answer your questions. Applying for a job and have questions? Call or email us. The direct contact information for the position’s recruitment consultant will be listed in this section.
We share important information in this section related to the position and overall employment with the agency.
Job announcements and our online applications are available at www.odotjobs.com. When you find a position you would like to apply for, click “Apply” in the top right corner of the application. You must have a valid email address to use our electronic application system.
We only accept application materials for currently posted positions. We do not accept unsolicited resumes and applications.
Completing your Application
When filling out your application, please note the following:
Read the job announcement and the online application carefully and answer all questions.
Fill-in all required fields on the electronic application.
We recommend that you include all your education and experience in your application materials, even if you think it is not directly related to the position for which you are applying.
There is no need to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation or other documents unless we specifically request them. We will not consider any documents we do not request.
Make sure your application clearly shows how you meet the position’s minimum and special qualifications and the desired attributes listed in the announcement.
Carefully review your application to make sure you filled it out completely.
We recommend that you save a paper or PDF copy of your application materials before submitting your application.
We cannot accept any application materials submitted after the application deadline.
If you would like to verify that your application was submitted correctly, please contact the recruitment consultant listed in the announcement.
If you are a veteran, you may receive preference in employment. The task to claim preference will come after you submit your application through our website.
For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.
If you have any questions, contact the recruitment consultant listed in the specific job you are applying for listed under the “Need help?” section of the announcement.
More information about veterans' preference
Following the application deadline, recruitment consultants review application materials for the minimum qualifications and any special qualifications for the position.
Following the review process, recruitment consultants send the list of qualified candidates to the hiring manager.
Hiring managers review the application materials for the scoring criteria listed in the announcement under the “What we’d like to see” section. We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferrable skills, experience, education, and alignment
with ODOT values. Following this review step, the hiring manager invites the highest scoring applicants to interview for the position.
During the interview process, we will ask a variety of questions from our agency question bank to help us learn more about you and your experience. We may also ask questions that are not included in this question bank.
Behavior-Based Question Bank
Consider utilizing the STAR Method of Behavioral Interviewing as a format for answering behavior-based questions. Behavior-based questions are asked for you to provide a real-life example of how you handed a certain situation at work in the past. To learn more about the STAR Method and to practice using this format, visit STAR Method of Behavioral Interviewing
Interviews can be done in person or virtually via video or audio. Virtual interviews can be live or recorded (depending on the hiring manager's preference).
If you are selected for a video interview, here are some helpful tips:
Video interviewing - helpful tips for applicants
Reference and Background Checks
All final applicants, including internal applicants, are subject to reference and background checks. The following additional background research or verification may be necessary:
- Review of criminal convictions (please note that criminal convictions will not necessarily disqualify you from employment);
- Motor vehicle driving records;
- Random or pre-employment drug screening for positions that require a commercial driver license.
How to Request an Accommodation
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer and committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application/interview process by calling 1-877-EEO-ODOT (336-6368).
Contact our human resources team with questions about the application or selection process or call the number listed on the job announcement for the position(s) you are interested in.