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Snowplow drivers wanted: Duluth sees shortage

Kenny Johnson
Updated: October 08, 2021 08:33 PM
Created: October 08, 2021 06:59 PM

Even though we haven’t seen our first snowfall yet, we could have a big problem come winter.
The city of Duluth is looking for workers to drive the snowplows this winter season as they currently are facing a shortage. 

Street Maintenance Operations Coordinator Geoff Vukelich says, "We need to get these spots filled we need to get people trained so that we can provide the good plowing services that we have done for the city in the past."

Workers must have the correct qualifications to be considered. Vukelich says, “If you are qualified class A class B driver’s license, you are more than welcome to apply online. And we are hoping to get these people in before the end of the year.” 

And for the first time ever the city is marketing these positions to the public due to how the job market has changed. Something they haven’t experienced before. You can check out the listings here.

Geoff says, "As a municipality we've never had to do this. In the past people have always kind of had the air quotes 'if you want a good job you work for a city or for a county’… everybody is seeing this with the pandemic. They've changed what they do, how they do it, where they work, how they work and the job market is flooded right now."

Not only is Duluth seeing a shortage of snow plow drivers, but the whole state of Minnesota is seeing a shortage as well. So benefits are a big part of the hiring process.

“The city of Duluth is competitive in that way. We have some medical, dental, pension… for the [City] to just stay stagnant and think that we can just hopefully let people come to use just really isn't an option anymore. So we took it upon ourselves to say let's go out and tell people”, says Vukelich.

With another winter on the way these types of jobs still remain as important as ever for our daily commutes. Geoff has been working for the city for fourteen years and says, "What you do makes citizens feel good and you can do something for somebody it is a rewarding feeling and if that is something people are looking for in a job or a career, especially a career, the city of Duluth will definitely do that for you."
 

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