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tips for getting public works jobs?

Discussion in 'Government Property Snow Removal' started by aperfcrcle, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Hey guys, don't know if anyone actually works for their townships or just subs out snow removal, but I will ask it anyways. I have owned my own landscaping co. for a few years now and it's starting to be a real headache to say the least. I have been looking into my local towns (smithtown, huntington, etc.) for possible employment but it seems practically impossible to get these jobs unless you are close knit with someone who holds a high position for that town. I am going to go down to a few personnel departments tomorrow to speak with people and see what I can do to greater my chances of being considered. but I figured I would put a feeler out on here to see if you guys have tips? Thanks for any responses, appreciate it!
     
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Having a class A cdl and some heavy equipment experience is always a plus when looking at municipal work. Any road work experience is helpful too.
     
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Usually these type of jobs are smack full of nepotism so unless you know someone or are related to someone high up in the food chain,you don't stand a chance of getting in.
     
  4. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
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    The town I live in, you are only used as a sub when they get "overloaded" with work.
    They play the we already have pickups and dumps. So they're pretty much looking for graders and loaders. (At least here)
    They also require a 2 mil liabiltiy which is the least of anyone's problem.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If your talking working as an employee, then most are civil service so you need to place in the top 3 just to be considered for an interview if there is an opening. Of course knowing someone helps too.
     
  6. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    kinda figured its impossible without knowing someone. I was on the phone with the personnel departments of 2 towns already and they refuse to answer pretty much any questions. Guess I will keep paying taxes out my ass and competing with non legit companies.
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    So then then your trying to do work as a sub contractor not working as an employee. If its a bid then it's public record as to when the contracts run for. Check with your town hall and get the bid specs.
     
  8. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    That is quite an accusation, surely you have something attest to this.
     
  9. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    No i was looking to work for them as an employee.

    Attest to high taxes? easy, I live in the state of New York.. illegal workers? Come to my town and I will drive you around and you can write every business name you see on a truck down.. then you can go to our county's website data base for licensed companies and you can see for yourself how many of them are licensed to work...
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go back to post #5 again.
     
  11. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    licensed just means proof of workmans comp, properly insured ,bonded and traceable . its called pay to play .
     
  12. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    The OP means he's tired of trying to run his biz against the problems he's up against so he'd rather get out of business and simply work for his town's highway dep't. Clear as mud but I think I got it.
     
  13. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    amazing! someone gets it lol
     
  14. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    What about the companies that don't reside in your county? :eek:
     
  15. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    It wasn't easy fellow New Yawka.For what it's worth,in my little paradise of NY,there is no licensing of tradesmen except for a few circumstances.
     
  16. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    ...so you go to the bid opening. First they open bids from non-connected guys like us.
    "BossPlow2010, license number 4161296, $12,000."
    "aperfcrcle, license number 6126237, $11,400."
    "grandview, license number 987161, $13,000."
    "theholycow, license number 2357715, $11,700."

    Then they get to the guy they like.
    "ConnectedGuy, license number 1461611, hmm" <a dozen pages from the bid are shuffled around> "...hey Mike, does that look like mumblemumble?"
    "Yeah, it is."
    "ConnectedGuy, license number 1461611, $11,350."

    Been there done that.
     
  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That don't sound fair,Around here we staple hundred bills on the bid sheet we turn in.
     
  18. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
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  19. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Thats about it too! :nod:
     
  20. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    where I live it is illegal to work without a license. There is a test required to take as well as minimum requirements your company needs to meet in order to get one.

    Theres only 2 counties in my lovely slice of paradise, and the other county has an even more strict licensing procedure haha.