Highway Department / DOT employment in NY
I am looking for some advice from you experienced DPW or DOT personnel. I am interested in employment with a Highway Department or DPW within the Westchester, NY area. I am 20 years old, in the process of obtaining my CDL and have NO experience. I have talked to several DPW supervisors, all whom have said the same thing, I need 2-3 years experience. Once I obtain my CDL, how can I possibly get experience if everyone requires me to have experience before employment. One supervisor told me that even experience plowing driveways or small lots will "not cut it", they are looking for experience in plowing roads, highways and operating heavy trucks and equipment. I don't expect to start full time, but I would love to have an opportunity to start off part time or even work as a seasonal driver for the winter, as this would allow me to learn and acquire the skills necessary to work.
Having said that, I seek your input and advice. What should I do to get the desired experience that I need to work for a DPW or the NYSDOT. Perhaps you could tell me how you started, and what you did to get to where you are now.
Lastly does anyone know of any DPW or Highway Departments in Westchester, NY that are looking for seasonal personnel for this coming winter?
I thank all for taking the time to read this and for any information or advice you can provide me.