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Transit Operator (Relief) - Bus Driver

Logistics/Transportation Jobs
Pierce Transit

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 31, 2019
Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA
Years of Experiences
< 1
Career Level
Student (Undergraduate/Graduate), Entry Level, Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Some High School Coursework, High School or equivalent, Vocational, Some College Coursework Completed , Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Professional

About Pierce Transit

Pierce Transit really is a great place to work! The agency was recently named a “2017 Best Workplace for Commuters” by the University of Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. Pierce Transit received the award because of the many benefits offered to employees that help them use alternative transportation methods to get to work, including transit and vanpool subsidies, preferred vanpool parking, and onsite amenities such as showers and food service. Pierce Transit Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. 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. Pierce Transit's Equal Employment Opportunity (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. EEO AA

Contact name
Randal Shultz

Job description

Pierce Transit is now hiring!

Our mission is to connect our communities with safe, reliable, customer-friendly transit options.

Pierce Transit drivers have been assisting people who are on the go in Pierce County for over 35 years. The first step to becoming a driver begins with an application to become a Relief Transit Operator (RTO).  If you are selected for this role you will receive paid training from the experts who will ensure that you gain hands-on experience and are fully prepared for success. Upon completion of the six-week training course, you will be eligible and in line to be  promoted to full-time positions based on your seniority.

As a Trainee you will initially be paid at $18.14 per hour. The pay rate gets better quickly! The hourly rate increases to $20.15 upon successful completion of the first three phases of training when Trainees graduate to the role of Relief Transit Operator (RTO). After successfully completing the probationary period, (6 months/1040 hours), you will look forward to earning $21.42 per hour.

As Transit Operator positions open up they are filled by Relief Transit Operators on the basis of seniority. As a full time Transit Operator, the hourly salary begins at $24.34 per hour. Our Transit Operators salary range is currently going up to $30.88 per hour, which equals a base annual salary of $64,230.40, plus benefits.

As a Relief Transit Operator, you will be a member of a very important team that is relied on to drive routes in the absence of the regular full-time operators. The work of the RTO ensures that the operation continues to run smoothly while the regular drivers are attending training, on temporary assignments, taking vacation or other leave, or away for other reasons.

While many of our Operators choose to remain in that role, many others have pursued a variety of opportunities and have become supervisors, managers and executives throughout the agency.

Relief Transit Operators are eligible for benefits and guaranteed at least 25 hours of work per week. Our current Relief Transit Operators work 35 hours per week and sometimes more, although hours in excess of 25 are not guaranteed and will depend on the needs of the Agency in any given week. 

The Commitment

  • If selected from this recruitment, you must be available to attend full-time training for a period of six (6) weeks, beginning Monday September 16, 2019.

  • Relief Transit Operators are a critical role at Pierce Transit and the individuals selected must be available seven days a week.

  • Schedules can change with little, or no, notice and will vary from day to day. 

  • Pierce Transit's operating hours begin at 1:50 a.m. and continue until 1:29 a.m. 

  • Relief Operators are expected to drive any shift and any route including nights, holidays, weekends, mornings, split shifts, and days off, if necessary.

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