Community Transit is looking to hire 100 new employees this year. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Community Transit is looking to hire 100 new employees this year. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Community Tranist hiring frenzy continues

Since 2016, the agency has expanded by 25 percent. New recruits include PhDs and retirees.

EVERETT — Looking for a career change that’s out of an office and have a clean driving record? Community Transit wants to talk.

With bus service continuing to expand in Snohomish County, the agency’s hiring push carries on.

“As we add more service, the primary thing we need is drivers,” said Martin Munguia, a spokesperson for the transit agency. “Once you are in a growth cycle you are always hiring.”

Community Transit hired over 100 new employees last year, partly to support the launch of Swift Green Line, as well as for increasing hours on the Blue Swift Line. This year, the agency wants to hire 70 more people, including drivers, mechanics, planners and administration staff.

The next expansion of bus services is expected in September, with another to follow in March 2020, Munguia said.

Since July 2016, the organization has hired about 172 new employees, increasing its workforce by 25 percent. Community Transit employs about 840 people.

With a tight labor market, the agency is trying to recruit people looking for a change in careers. Munguia said new employees have a variety of backgrounds, ranging from PhDs looking to try something different, to retirees wanting to earn some extra income.

Trainee drivers are paid $21.58 and receive benefits. After drivers complete their training, that pay is bumped up to $25.39, according to the agency’s website. Prospective drivers only need a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record for the past five years. About 70 percent of trainees go on to become drivers, Munguia said.

More information is available on Community Transit’s website.

Lizz Giordano: 425-374-4165; egiordano@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @lizzgior.

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