Work Where You Live - Drive Your Community Our transit operators are community ambassadors who love to help. You’ll get to know them on a first-name basis if you’re a frequent rider. They’re often a guide for visitors or new transit users, helping them understand how to get from point A to B. And they’re a lifeline for customers who use our ACCESS service. At Kitsap Transit, we’re hiring transit operators. As we prepare to expand bus service in the coming years and face a wave of retirements, we’re going to need more drivers. We want our new drivers to be successful and understand the demands of the job, and here you’ll learn more about the job’s wages, benefits, and work requirements. If you think you’re a match, we welcome you to apply and join the team!
Training Wage: $16.13/hour; Post-Training Wage: $17.97/hour + some paid leave
Post-Probation Wage: $18.33/hour + medical insurance after 6 months
ACCESS service is door-to-door or curb-to-curb transit service provided to eligible elderly passengers and persons with disabilities.
HOURS OF WORK:
You will attend up to three weeksof classroom and bus maneuvering trainingand up to 160 – 200 hours of additional ACCESS specific training.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary is $16.13/hr. during training, increasing to $17.97/hr during the 6-month probation period. After probation, operator pay increases to $18.33/hr. Part-time A-Board Operators receive medical insurance for themselves and up to two dependents, beginning the 7th month of employment. They also accrue a total of 64 hours of general leave per year, in bi-weekly increments. Part-time B Board Operators are eligible for medical insurance for themselves, beginning the 7th month of employment, for which Kitsap transit pays 50% of the premium. In addition, all part-time operators are eligible for quarterly individual merit pay, when they qualify.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Operators are required to report to work on a daily basis at any one of Kitsap Transit's bases. These bases are currently in Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo and are required to provide their own transportation to/from all work report locations.
You must be at least 18 years old at time of hire.
Requires a High School Diploma or GED
You must be in good physical condition including eyesight correctable to 20/40, and have normal speech and hearing ability. You must pass a pre-employment physical capacities test, CDL physical examination and a drug screen prior to hire. Additionally, you must pass a practical fit test to ensure that you have sufficient strength to operate a large vehicle and help passengers in wheelchairs with their personal belongings. You must be able to fit comfortably in the driver’s seat, safely and effectively reach and operate pedals and equipment and push/pull manual wheelchairs with passengers in them.
As a Kitsap Transit ACCESS Driver, you may be assigned to drive in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and/or Naval Base Kitsap. In order to do so, you must pass a criminal history check and be able to obtain a B8 security clearance badge. We have been informed that under the new security guidelines, only those individuals who are US citizens or permanent residents can apply for this clearance. Additionally, individuals with convicted felonies in the last ten years and/or individuals who have been convicted at any time as sex offenders or have been required to register as sex offenders will not qualify. As our routes include this area, we are unable to accept applications from candidates who may be disqualified under any of the above criteria.
Operators must be able to:
TO APPLY: If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at http://kitsaptransit.appone.com/. Please contact Marisol Castro in the Human Resources Department at (360) 475-0211, if you have any questions.
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.
If you qualify for Veteran's preference under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must submit at the time of application, a DD214 and a completed Veteran's Preference Declaration form (available at the employment link of Kitsap Transit’s website or by calling (360) 479-6962).
Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.
Kitsap Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer