All applicants for positions defined as “safety sensitive” are required to pass a drug test prior to employment and will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. This includes testing for marijuana.
No, work experience that demonstrates good performance, strong customer service, reliability, and good communication within the last 10 years will be considered. Persons that are self-employed and stay-at-home parents are also encouraged to apply.
Metro Transit does not require part-time applicants to have a CDL to be hired for the bus operator position, but candidates must get a Commercial Driver Permit with Airbrake and Passenger endorsements before entering a training class and starting the training process.
If you have had an out of state license in the last 5 years, Metro staff will obtain that driving record. You will only be responsible for obtaining your current Washington driving record at the specified time.
If you are self-employed, you will be required to submit specific tax-related information for the years you were self-employed. We will also request that you provide us with the names and phone numbers of three client references for each business you have owned.
You will be required to list experience in your application that meets employment standards in regard to customer service and communication. This can include volunteer service and other activities.
Transit operators are represented by Local 587 of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Applicants will be required, before being hired, to provide a current, five-year driving record abstract from Washington State Department of Licensing. Transit Operators must have a responsible and safe driving record. Abstracts will be reviewed for evidence of a safe and responsible driving record. The severity, recency, and number of violations will be reviewed. Any of the following traffic code violations within the last five years will automatically disqualify you from further consideration:
- Reckless or negligent driving.
- DWI/DUI (driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
- If you received a ticket for causing a hit-and-run incident.
- Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault.
- Open container violation.
- More than one "at fault" accident within the past year.
- Any license suspension for a moving violation.
- Two or more license suspensions for non-moving violations.
Those with Conditional Offers will undergo an evaluation of a 10 year criminal background records verification. Records are evaluated based on severity, recency, and possible threat to the public and/or employees and property of Metro. A conviction will not necessarily bar you from employment consideration.
Part-time Operators are guaranteed a minimum of two hours and 30 minutes per day and cannot be scheduled to work more than seven hours and 29 minutes per day. Work is picked by the Operator three times each year and schedules are defined by pick choice. Shifts fall between the hours of 3:45 am and 9:30 pm. Scheduled routes have varying lengths. There are also many ways to drive additional hours, outside of those you are scheduled for.
Both in training and once graduated, being at your assigned location, ready to work and on time is required.
Interested in full-time employment driving for Metro? To be considered, you must submit an online application when a full-time operator recruitment becomes available.