When hiring employees, Yakima Transit has two separate hiring processes.  If the position has a temporary status, the selection process is facilitated through Yakima Transit.  If the position is permanent, the selection process is facilitated through the City of Yakima Human Resource office When Yakima Transit has job openings they are posted in the Yakima Herald, El Sol de Yakima, and on Yakima Transit’s or the City of Yakima’s website.

Current Openings

All Transit positions require a valid Washington State Drivers license.  If you want to become a permanent employee, you will need to have a high school diploma or obtain a GED.

Yakima Transit is currently hiring for:

Transit Bus Operator -Temp

Temporary Transit Bus Operator – $17.36 hr Yakima Transit is seeking candidates for Temp. Transit Operator.  “Temp” means limited in hours per year.

Applicants may apply by: obtaining a City of Yakima application packet from Public Works @ 2301 Fruitvale Blvd. or download the application from Yakima Transit’s website. Applications must be submitted online. Yakima Transit is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

If this position does not interest you, please check back or fill out a job application indicating your interest in a particular position.

Temporary Operator applications will be used to create a roster to hire Temporary Transit Operators.

Permanent positions must be applied for through the City of Yakima’s Human Resource website.

Openings for Active Roster

Yakima Transit accepts applications year-round for Transit Operator, Vehicle Cleaner, and Service Worker.  All other Transit openings are typically processed through the City of Yakima’s Human Resource Division when openings become available. To become a Transit Operator, Yakima Transit usually tests for the position at least once per year.  An active waiting list is created from that hiring process that fills positions as they become available throughout the year.   Vehicle Cleaner and Service Worker positions are filled when openings occur. Yakima Transit maintains active rosters for various positions that they intend to fill on a permanent basis.  When a permanent position is opened up, temporary employees along with other general application employees may apply for positions, with the exception of the transit operator position.  Only temporary transit operators may apply for a permanent transit operator positions.  Temporary employees do not typically receive employee benefits like vacation time, sick leave, or retirement.  The roster is only good for one year from the date it is finalized. For further information or to submit an application, please contact Naeem Kara, at 509-576-6419 or by email at naeem.kara@yakimawa.gov.  Applications can be submitted at anytime to Yakima Transit.  

All positions posted on the City Human Resource website should be submitted to the City of Yakima Human Resources Department.  All positions posted on Yakima Transit’s website should be submitted directly to Yakima Transit.   Applicants for Transit Operator (Temp), Vehicle Cleaner (Temp), Vehicle Service Worker (Temp), or Department Assistant II (Temp) positions must fill out a job application and submit it to Yakima Transit at 2301 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902 in order to be considered for employment.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Yakima Transit is a division of the City of Yakima and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Click here to read the Equal Opportunity Policy.