Rail Station Custodian – Lead

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on November 19, 2020

Lead Rail Station Custodians maintain the cleanliness of various rail stations, elevators, escalators, park and rides, plazas and industrial facilities. In addition to performing the full range of responsibilities of the Rail station custodian, additional functions include identifying, scheduling, coordinating, planning, assigning, overseeing and evaluating the work of other custodial crew members. Leads assign overtime, train personnel and perform related administrative duties using computers and other office equipment.
Link Light Rail

Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20.4-mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to the University of Washington Station, expanding to Northgate in 2021. 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 weekday daily riders.
Who May Apply:  This career service position is open to the general public. Additional consideration will be given to King County career service employees with a minimum of two year’s experience in the station custodian classification at rail. An applicant eligibility list may also be created for vacancies which may arise over the next year in this classification.
Forms and Materials Required:  An online King County application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire is required.
Work Schedule:  This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The workweek is normally 40 hours.  Work shift is subject to change and you may work a schedule of 4/10s or 5/8s depending on a seniority based pick system.  A shift differential will be given for evening and graveyard shifts.
NOTE: Current dayshift wage range: $32.80 2nd Shift: $34.44. 3rd Shift: $35.26.
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:  
 Troika Braswell
 Sr. Talent Advisor

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. You will:
In addition to performing the full range of responsibilities of the Rail Station Custodian classification, incumbents in this classification will also perform the following duties:

  • Prioritize, schedule and assign work for custodial crew 
  • Oversee and evaluate the work of station custodians and monitor work in progress 
  • Investigate and resolve citizen complaints 
  • Secure areas for safe cleaning 
  • Clean and provide litter and trash pick-up at stations, platforms, park and rides, plazas, right-of-ways and various industrial light rail 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 and associated equipment 
  • Clean, stock and sanitize restrooms and elevators 
  • 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 duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who meet the following minimum qualifications:
One year of recent professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience AND one year of recent professional lead experience.
 Additional Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic janitorial techniques
  • Knowledge in the use and care of cleaning equipment 
  • Knowledge of basic safety rules and applicable OSHA laws 
  • Knowledge in the proper use, mixing and disposal of cleaning chemicals and solutions 
  • Skill in reading, following and safely handling cleaning supplies per manufacturer’s instructions 
  • Basic oral and written communication skills including the ability to understand and deliver instructions in English 
  • Basic computer skills; ability to use Microsoft Office products, the internet and other required office equipment, tools and resources 
  • Skill in dealing proactively and sensitively with customers 
  • Skill in performing multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse
  • Skill in learning new methods and ways of doing work 
  • Skill in problem solving and analytical skills required to solve
     common problems 
  • Knowledge of and compliance with applicable safety standards and requirements 
  • Skill in providing leadership and direction to others 
  • Skill in planning and coordinating work 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships 
  • Skill in performing multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Skill in communicating effectively with staff at all levels
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.  A five-year complete driving abstract will be evaluated. 
  • 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.
 The most competitive candidates also have the following desirable qualification: 
 Experience and skill in forklift and/or aerial lift operation
 Ready to Apply?
 Application Process
 A King County application is required.  Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov.  If you are unable to apply online, follow the instructions at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs under Application Tips and FAQs.
 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 a skills assessment test. 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: 9103300

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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 a 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
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement
  • I do not have a driver's license
Do you have one year or more of professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience?
  • Yes
  • No
If you selected yes for previous question, please describe how and for which company you have obtained this experience?
Please select the type of work environments you have experience cleaning.
  • Hotels
  • Warehouses
  • Retail Stores
  • Airports
  • Office Buildings
  • Other
Do you have one year or more of lead/supervisory experience?
  • Yes
  • No
How many years of lead/supervisory experience do you have?
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-5 years
  • 5-7 years
  • 7-10 years
Indicate which of the tasks you have completed in your professional experience as a lead. Check all that apply.
  • Prioritize, schedule and assign work
  • Oversee and evaluate the work of subordinate crew members
  • Monitor work in progress
  • Investigate and resolve complaints
  • Provide training to staff
  • None of the above
Do you have experience in operating a forklift and/or aerial lift?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience using, mixing and disposing of cleaning chemicals and solutions?
  • Yes
  • No
What is your proficiency with Microsoft Office applications - Word, Excel and Outlook?
  • Limited - Will need training
  • Beginner - Up to 1-year experience in all 3 applications
  • Intermediate - Moderate use with 2-3 year's experience in all applications
  • Advanced - Fully proficient in all three applications, used daily with over 3 years of experience
Are you a current King County Employee?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you a current King County Rail employee?
  • Yes
  • No
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.
  • Yes
  • No
I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By checking this box and completing by name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.
  • Yes
  • No

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