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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for snowplow drivers. 

IDOT needs temporary help across the state for snow-and-ice removal this winter. Through the department's annual "snowbird" program, temporary snowplow drivers are hired every year on a full-time and on-call basis.

"Snowbirds are a critical part of our overall effort to clear roads and keep Illinois moving during snow-and-ice season," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Not only does the job perform an essential public service and ensure safe travel, but it's a great way to earn extra money during the winter months."

Snowbirds are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow-and-ice removal and stay prepared to work in emergency conditions at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Applicants must have a commercial driver's license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. For additional information, please click here.