Rail Facility Custodian

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on July 12, 2021

King County Metro Transit Rail Division is currently seeking motivated, detail-oriented candidates for the position of Rail Facility Custodian. This is an excellent opportunity with the best large transit system in America!
 In this role you will be responsible for performing a variety of cleaning tasks and general labor tasks to create and maintain a safe, clean and orderly environment for our Metro Transit staff and the general public. If this sounds like a perfect fit for you, please continue reading!

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As the Rail Facility Custodian, you will:

  • Clean, sanitize and stock lunchrooms, restrooms, including tables, toilets, showers, sinks and walls
  • Load and unload small equipment, debris, and trash.
  • Mix and use cleaning chemicals and solutions.
  • Empty trash and recycle bins.
  • Operate and maintain task specific equipment, such as vacuums, carpet cleaners, shop vacs, floor sweepers, scrubbers, and steamers
  • Clean, stock and sanitize restrooms and elevators.
  • Dust, wash, and vacuum surfaces; clean glass windows, including graffiti; clean surfaces up to 10 feet high
  • Request and stock various supplies.
  • Clean glass and surface areas; remove graffiti.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Experience and/or training which give evidence of the ability to perform the essential functions of this position
  • Knowledge and skill of basic janitorial cleaning techniques
  • Knowledge and skill in the use and care of cleaning equipment
  • Knowledge of basic cleaning chemicals and safe handling requirements
  • Knowledge of basic safety rules and procedures to ensure the safety of customers and co-workers
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others
  • Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow verbal instructions
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds; ability to interact appropriately with others
  • Ability to perform repetitious job tasks
  • Ability to work any shift (day, swing, graveyard) and overtime if needed
  • Ability to work any day of the week
  • Be able to travel to and work at various Transit locations 
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License
Desired experience with (but not required):

  • Experience cleaning in an industrial office environment
Physical Requirements 
  • Must be able to constantly lift, carry and move objects up to 25 pounds and may be required to move heavier objects.  Assistance is available when lifting over 50 pounds.

Supplemental Information

Application Process
Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov, which includes the Supplemental Questions.  NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, salary, etc. Your job history in the employment application should go back ten years (if you have ten years of employment). Earlier jobs should be included if they are relevant in some way to this job. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs.
Selection Process 
Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications.  The most competitive candidates presenting evidence that they meet or exceed the qualifications noted above may be invited to participate in on-site testing and panel interviews. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, driving abstract reviews and reference checks. This position is represented by ATU Local 587. This recruitment will be used to fill one immediate vacancy and will be used to establish an eligibility pool for future career service and any fully benefited Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) vacancies if they occur over the next twelve months

Who May Apply:
This position is open to all qualified applicants. The most competitive applicants will be screened and contacted for the next steps in the selection process.

Work Schedule
This position normally works a 40-hour work week and is overtime eligible. Shifts vary based on a seniority-based pick-process, held twice a year.   Note: The shifts are currently day shifts with one or both weekend days off, but this is subject to change and all applicants must be willing to work whatever shift and days off are assigned by pick.

Work Location
Location based on seniority-based pick-process, held twice a year. Some locations do not have bus service; therefore, you must have reliable transportation.

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Union Membership: This position is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 587.

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact: Marc Alvarado, Marc.Alvarado@kingcounty.gov 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
How many years of professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience do you possess?
  • Less than a year
  • At least one year but less than two years
  • At least two years but less than three years
  • Three years or more
  • No experience
Indicate which tasks you have completed in your professional work experience (check all that apply)
  • Operate pressure washers, floor scrubbers, blasters, and other related equipment Stand for long periods of time
  • Litter and trash pick-up
  • Graffiti removal
  • Snow and ice removal
  • None of the above
Do you have experience in the proper use and disposal of cleaning chemicals and solutions?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you able to perform these tasks with or without an accommodation? Please check all that apply.
  • Regularly lift and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Move up to 50 pounds with assistance
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Perform repetitious job tasks
  • None of the above

Required Question