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WV DOH looking to hire hundreds ahead of Roads Bond projects

CHARLESTON, WV - Less than 2 months after West Virginia voters approved Governor Jim Justice's roads bond plan, the West Virginia Division of Highways is ready for the first round of new hires. More than 500 positions are now available, and not just in construction. 

"We are a big business here at Highways," says DOH recruiter Leslie Adkins, "we employ everyone from an accountant, to an attorney, to a chemist, geologist, engineer, an office assistant, a secretary, plus our transportation workers you see out on the road."

The lions share of these jobs are being generated by the needs of the Roads Bond projects, but some are filling existing positions left empty by turnover or retirement. 

When Governor Justice toured the state pitching the roads bond to voters, one question he faced at every stop was how long these new jobs would last. DOH leaders say they plan to keep these new hires around long after the completion of roads bond projects. 

"In our hiring process, we're looking to only hire those employees that we would need in our organization regardless of this program," says Chief State Highway Engineer Aaron Gillispie, "we have a lot of vacancies in our organization right now."

Some of the new positions require degrees, like engineers and inspectors, but many do not. The DOH says road construction can be a very rewarding careers, particularly with a large, high-impact project like the Roads Bond. 

"The great thing about roads and bridges we build is you immediately see the traffic go on these," says Gillispie, "and you see the impact they have on these communities, and you can see how they tie things together."

The DOH says the sooner these positions can be filled, the sooner projects can begin. Governor Justice and DOH officials say they hope to hire as many West Virginians for these jobs as possible. 

To see what position are available are to apply, visit Personnel.wv.gov

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