Rail Station Custodian

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Housekeeping / Janitorial
Posted on November 10, 2022
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King County Metro Transit is looking for a dependable, detail-oriented Rail Station Custodian to be a contributing member of the Rail Facilities Management team. The selected candidate will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of various rail stations, elevators, escalators, park and rides, and industrial facilities for the Link Light Rail system. This posting will fill more than one current career service vacancy and may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service/and or long-term temporary vacancies (TLTs) or SDA’s,  that may occur over the next twelve months at the hiring manager's discretion.
About Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment, and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in the public transportation industry. This is an exciting time for King County Metro Transit; we are expanding services!  
Link Light Rail
Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20 plus mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to Northgate station in North Seattle. Plans and/or construction are underway extending the system to the north, east, south, and west. Expansion over the next five years alone will include the addition of more than 20 stations and 40 miles of light rail track. The light rail line is a critical part of the region's transportation network and carries more than 79,000 daily weekday riders.
Our ideal candidate has professional cleaning experience as well as a positive attitude and is passionate about helping Metro Transit provide a clean, safe experience for our community.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants in the general public and King County employees.

Work Schedule: This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. Employees must be able to work one of three shifts (day, swing, or graveyard (shifts that work through the night). Work schedule may include non- standard work hours including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. Schedules are based on a seniority "pick" system and potentially can change every 6 months based on seniority. Per the union contract shift differential is paid to those working second and third shifts. Shift pay is 5% for second shift and 7.5% for third shift, on top of hourly pay.  The normal workweek is five 8-hour shifts per week, with two consecutive days off, but not necessarily weekends off. This is considered to be an essential position and is required to report to work during adverse weather and/or other urgent/emergency needs.  
Current hourly starting rates are: Day shift: $21.72, 2nd shift (swing): $22.81, 3rd shift (night shifts): $23.35
Work typically involves responsibility for more than one Light Rail station or other facilities and will involve driving from station to station using our vehicles. Employees may report to any of the following locations: Operations and Maintenance Facility Central at 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle, our satellite office in the International District Chinatown (IDS), or our new Eastside campus Operations and Maintenance Facility Central at 1925 120th Ave NE Bellevue, or any other locations that may be added or changed in the future.
Application Process
Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov, which includes the Supplemental Questions. 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.
Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. If you need an accommodation in the selection process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, as noted above.
An Employer To Be Proud of
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this nation’s public transportation industry.
Great Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit) and a generous benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).
If you have specific question regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Cody Buchanan Talent Advisor, cobuchanan@kingcounty.gov

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. Job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Secure areas for safe cleaning.
  • Clean and provide litter and trash pick-up at stations, platforms, park and rides, right-of-ways and various industrial facilities.
  • Load and unload small equipment, debris and trash.
  • Mix and use cleaning chemicals and solutions.
  • Empty trash and recycle bins.
  • Operate pressure washers, floor scrubbers, blasters, and associated equipment.
  • Clean, stock and sanitize restrooms and elevators.
  • Utilize lift equipment to clean in high places.
  • Dust, wipe, wash and vacuum surfaces.
  • Request and stock various supplies.
  • Clean glass and surface areas; remove graffiti.
  • Respond to emergency calls as necessary and prioritize emergency tasks in the absence of on- site supervision.
  • Plan, schedule and coordinate activities and work with other trades; assist other trades as necessary.
  • Perform snow and ice removal.
  • Operate company assigned vehicles.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications 

  • At least one year of recent professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience.
  • Knowledge of basic janitorial techniques.
  • Knowledge in the use and care of cleaning equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic safety rules and applicable OSHA laws.
  • Knowledge and skill in the proper use and disposal of cleaning chemicals and solutions.
  • Ability to use and understand basic computer software
  • Basic oral and written communication skills including the ability to understand and follow directions in English and fill out basic reports via a computer.
  • Skill in reading, following and safely handling cleaning supplies per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Skill in dealing proactively and sensitively with customers and coworkers, with demonstrated commitment to King County values that include inclusion, fairness, and equity.
  • Skill in performing multiple tasks together during the same time frame
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Skill in learning new methods and ways of doing work.
  • Skill in problem solving and analytical skills required to solve common problems.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • A valid Washington State Driver's License and an acceptable driving record.
  • Forklift, Aerial Lift, and First-Aid/CPR certifications must be acquired within 90 days of hire date (training will be provided by employer).
Physical Requirements
  • Constantly lift, carry and move objects of less than 25 pounds.
  • Lift and move up to 50 pounds unassisted.
  • Move up to 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Work at heights reaching up to 40 feet.
  • Walk continuously throughout the workday.
Working Environment
Must be able to work from high places using mechanical lift devices; work is performed both indoors and outdoors and in inclement weather.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 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.
(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated againstCOVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office
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.
Selection Process
Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview and hands-on custodial cleaning exercise. Preference may be given to qualified internal applicants in accordance with the Union contract. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, reference checks and a driving abstract review.

Union Membership
This position is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.
Class Code: 9103200
King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and 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 values--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, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.


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? 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? 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. Additionally, 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
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License?
  • Yes
  • No
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times it has been suspended, regardless of reason.
  • Once
  • More than once
  • My license has not been suspended.
Do you have any of the following violations on your driving record in the last five years? Select all that apply.
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • DWI/DUI - driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Hit and run incident
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years?
  • None
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
If you indicated above that you have been cited, list the date and offense of each ticket. For each speeding ticket, please list the posted speed limit and your actual speed. Be sure to include whether your license was suspended for the citation, and whether or not the ticket has been paid. Failure to provide these details in answering this question may result in your application not being considered. If no violations, please answer "N/A"
How many at fault accidents have you had in the last 5 years?
  • No accidents
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
List all accidents you have had in the last five years in which you were at fault, including employment- related accidents. Include the month and year of the accident, a brief description, the approximate dollar damage, whether or not there were injuries as a result of the accident, and if you were given a traffic citation. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered further. If no at-fault accidents, please answer "N/A".
How many years of professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience do you possess?
  • No experience
  • Less than a year
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 3 years or more
For any experience indicated above, list the employer where you obtained the experience, dates of employment, your job title, and approximately what percentage of time you were doing custodial work on each job. (BE SURE TO ALSO INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION UNDER THE WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. If none, state N/A
Describe the type of industrial work environment you have had professional experience cleaning (i.e. warehouses, retail stores, airports, mechanic shops, office buildings, etc.). If no experience, state N/A.
Indicate which tasks you have completed in your professional work experience (check all that apply):
  • Litter and trash pick-up
  • Operate pressure washers, floor scrubbers, blasters, and other related equipment
  • Graffiti removal
  • Snow and ice removal
  • None of the above
For each of the items you selected above, explain in detail your experience with each of them, here, including stating at which position/employer(s) you gained this experience.
Do you have experience and skill in forklift and/or aerial lift operation?
  • Yes
  • No
How would describe your understand and skill level with basic computer software?
  • Will need assistance
  • Can use computers for basic functions
  • Advanced user
Explain here ways in which you had to interact with the public or other customers while doing your custodial work. ALSO, provide one example of how you interacted sensitively, proactively, or with excellent customer service skills and good sense, with the public or other customers on your job.
Briefly describe your knowledge of basic safety rules and applicable OSHA laws as they relate to this position. If none, state N/A.
This job requires you to have knowledge and skill in the proper use and disposal of cleaning chemicals and solutions, and skill in reading, following and safely handling cleaning supplies per manufacturer's instructions. Describe your knowledge and skill in these areas, with at least one example of how you applied this knowledge on the job. Also state which job(s) gave you this experience.
Are you willing and able to work under the following working conditions (check all that apply):
  • Work in high places from mechanical lift devices
  • Work indoors, outdoors and in inclement weather
  • Work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary.
  • Work as part of a union environment
  • I am not willing to work under any of the conditions listed above
Employees in this position must be willing and able to work any of the three shifts (day, swing or graveyard). In addition, this position has on-call responsibilities and must respond to emergency situations as needed. Please check all the shifts you are willing and able to work. (Check all that apply.)
  • I am willing and able to work any shift (day, swing, or graveyard)
  • I am willing and able to work day of the week
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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