Transit Facilities Specialist I (Transit Custodian I)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Housekeeping / Janitorial
Posted on March 15, 2023
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$19.69 - $28.13 Hourly

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number


3/28/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


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* This position is open to all King County employees and the general public. *

King County Metro Transit's Facilities division has an exciting opportunity for a Transit Facilities Specialist I (also known as Transit Custodian I). The Transit Facilities Specialist I performs a wide variety of general cleaning tasks and minor maintenance duties at transit and maintenance facilities throughout the King County Metro Transit service area. Work also involves operating various types of cleaning equipment and using cleaning solutions and chemicals.

Our ideal candidate will have professional cleaning experience as well as a positive attitude and is passionate about helping Metro Transit provide a clean, safe experience for our community.

This recruitment will immediately fill one (1) Career Service position, and may be used to create a list to fill future Career Service, Term-Limited Temporary, and/or Special Duty Assignment openings in this classification. Eligibility lists remain valid for 12 months upon creation, or until the list is exhausted, at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Interviews are currently anticipated to occur during the week of April 3-7, 2023, but dates are subject to change.

This position is open to King County employees only and the general public. Please note: Vacancies in the Transit Custodian I classification will first be filled from current employees within the Metro Transit Facilities Maintenance Worker classification by seniority, in alignment with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Required Application Materials:
  1. An online King County application, updated with accurate contact information, and relevant work history going back 10 years (or more, if necessary) , with all duties, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving explained clearly.
  2. Completed supplemental questions

Note: A cover letter/letter of interest and/or resume is highly encouraged, but not required. Other uploaded documentation will not be reviewed.

Want to make sure your application materials are as competitive as possible?
We highly recommend visiting the Career Support Services website for tips and examples on how to make your application materials most effective: Career Support Services - King County .

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Erica Minshull, Talent Advisor for King County Metro Transit or 206-477-6059

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. All employees are expected to model and apply our equity and social justice shared values, behaviors, and practices. As the Transit Facilities Specialist I, you will also:
  • Provide routine maintenance on floors consisting of vinyl, slate, terrazzo, concrete, and commercial grade carpeting using dust mops, vacuums, sweepers, and motorized floor buffers.
  • Clean, sanitize, and stock lunchrooms, restrooms, elevators, and other transit facilities, including tables, toilets, showers, sinks, and walls.
  • Empty trash and recycle bins.
  • Dust, wash, and vacuum surfaces; clean glass windows, including graffiti; clean surfaces up to 10 feet high.
  • Sweep and clean facility perimeter; clear snow and ice.
  • Request and stock various types of supplies.
  • Operate and maintain task specific equipment, such as vacuums, carpet cleaners, shop vacs, floor sweepers, scrubbers, and steamers.
  • Mix and use cleaning solutions and chemicals, as directed.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

To be considered eligible for this role, applicants must possess these MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience and/or training which give evidence of the ability to perform the essential functions of this position.
  • Knowledge of basic janitorial cleaning techniques.
  • Knowledge 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.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to work effectively with others in a work environment that embraces and encourages diversity in its workforce and where differences are valued.
  • Ability to demonstrate behaviors that include fairness, respect, and inclusiveness.
  • Ability to perform repetitious tasks.
The most competitive applicants will possess these DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS :
  • One (1) or more years of recent professional i ndustrial cleaning/janitorial work experience.

Necessary special requirements :
  • A valid Washington State driver license with an acceptable driving record.
Physical Requirements :
  • Lifting/moving/carrying objects of up to 50 pounds, such as tools and equipment, may occur on a regular daily basis.
  • W ork may be performed at heights, up to 10 feet.
Supplemental Information

Union Membership This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 587.
Class Code / Pay Grade 9102100 / 10

Work Environment and Location

This position performs work both indoors and outdoors, which may include in inclement weather. Indoor environments may involve dust and noise. Some environments may require the use of a respirator and/or hearing protection.

Employees report to our Central Facilities Maintenance location (1301 Airport Way S; Seattle, WA 98134). Work occurs throughout the King County Metro Transit service area.

Work Schedule
These positions are anticipated to be full time, assigned 40 hours per week. Schedules can include day and swing shifts, and work on weekends, holidays, and other non-standard workdays. These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are eligible for overtime pay with supervisor approval. These positions are not eligible for telework/remote work.

Physical Requirements

These positions require physical skill which may involve bending, kneeling, standing, walking, reaching, climbing, stooping, squatting, pushing, pulling, twisting, and lifting/moving up to 50 pounds in order to perform assigned duties.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications, and for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the application instructions above . Highly competitive applicants may be asked to interview. Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any necessary pre-employment processes, such as pre-employment driver's abstract review, internal record reviews, and/or reference checks .

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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
  • 12paid 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.