Contact: Maryland Department of Transportation Public Affairs
David Broughton, 410-865-1029
Jim Joyner, 410-865-1030 

​​MDOT Statewide Recruitment Campaign Seeks to Fill 1,100 Vacancies; Initiative Follows Governor's Call to Public Service to Shape Maryland's Future

 HANOVER, MD (July 20, 2023) – Career advancement. Job satisfaction. Competitive pay. Public service. Teamwork. Health and retirement benefits. Education and tuition assistance.

The Maryland Department of Transportation has always taken people to the places they need to go, whether by transit, highways, airways, bikeways, bridges, rail or sidewalks. Now, a new campaign is reminding those in Maryland's workforce that transportation also can be “Taking you places!" in your career, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth and the rewards of serving your community and your neighbors.

“We have 1,100 job openings across the state from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland, in fields ranging from engineering, skilled trades and bus operations to data analysis, community engagement and environmental management," said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Transportation touches every Marylander every day, and there's no better way to answer Governor Wes Moore's call to service than to join MDOT's mission to provide accessible, equitable mobility for everyone."

Governor Moore has directed agencies across state government to reduce vacancies by 50% by the end of the year as part of his goal to provide Marylanders with premiere customer service and expand career opportunities. The “Taking you places!" campaign, launching this week with outreach initiatives and statewide advertising, highlights the opportunities and benefits of working within the Maryland Department of Transportation's various agencies – the State Highway Administration, the Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Maryland Transportation Authority, the Maryland Aviation Administration and the Maryland Port Administration.

Secretary Wiedefeld echoed the governor's passion for service, and said “Taking you places!" highlights how state service and diverse job opportunities in transportation can change the lives of employees and make a difference for families, communities and for the future of Maryland.​ 

“Our mission statement describes how MDOT connects people to life's opportunities, and that's really true – in terms of how we transport people to the jobs, housing, education and health care they need, and also how we provide employment opportunities in many fields with good pay, job training, career advancement, great benefits and a good work-life balance," said Secretary Wiedefeld.

That message comes through loud and clear in the “Taking you places!" campaign. In videos, ads and other media elements, dozens of current employees share their stories of career growth, job satisfaction and their sense of contribution and accomplishment working in the department. 

“I chose to work at MDOT because I wanted to be part of an agency that thrives and be an active participant in the community," said Carissa Nichols, Director of Metro Operations for the Maryland Transit Administration, who is featured in some of the “Taking you places!" materials. “I love the fact that I get to work with amazing people while working on transit challenges." 

“I wanted a career where I could advance and find true stability," said Jeremy Lambert, a Facility Maintenance Technician with the State Highway Administration. “It's bigger than just the benefits to me. My team keeps me going and gives me motivation." 

“As a lifelong Baltimore resident, my position with MDOT gives me a chance to work in the communities I'm close to," said Danielle Fisher, Outreach Coordinator with the Maryland Port Administration. “I love my work. I get to work with people from all different backgrounds and experiences. I also love the growth opportunities."

 The Maryland Department of Transportation has a job vacancy rate that hovers between 10% and 12%. Achieving the governor's challenge to reduce vacancies by 50% means filling more than 550 positions within the department by January 2024. Skilled labor positions are often the most in-demand, but the agency has openings across many categories and all transportation modes. 

Careers with the Maryland Department of Transportation feature competitive salaries, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, health and retirement benefits and opportunities for growth and development while performing work that's meaningful and rewarding. For details on current openings, click HERE


Editor's Note: Print materials, images, audio clips and video as part of the “Taking you places!" campaign are available upon request. Please contact David Broughton at 410-865-1029 or
 Jim Joyner at 410-865-1030.