Transit Specialist II

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 16, 2022
Full Time Public Health Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $83,234.35 - $101,162.71 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Grow your career in transportation planning and improvement with the County of Sonoma!

Starting salary up to $48.47/hour ($101,162/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Transportation and Public Works (TPW) is currently recruiting to fill a Transit Specialist position at either the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at either level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for those levels.

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing your contributions work to better our shared community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
Join Our Team

TPW leads the way to a safe and sustainable community by planning, building, managing, and maintaining Sonoma County's investment in quality services and infrastructure. It is the responsibility of the Transit Division of TPW to administer Sonoma County Transit , the County's own public transportation system. This state-of-the-art fleet serves numerous locations across the County, benefiting Sonoma County residents and visitors alike. Currently, TPW is recruiting for a Transit Specialist who will effectively prioritize and coordinate transit program objectives, analyze data to assess transit programs and systems, and address public inquiries and complaints related to the transit system.

The ideal Transit Specialist candidate will:

  • Thoroughly understand transit system operations, including fixed-route schedule development, vehicle deployment methods, transit service cost/benefit analysis, ridership analysis, and development of fare alternatives
  • Have knowledge of the Short-Range Transit Planning process including, its purpose, preparation, approach, service and financial evaluation methods, and public review processes
  • Possess knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its impact on County-provided, fixed-route, and paratransit services
  • Have experience preparing federal, state, and/or regional grant applications for capital and/or operating projects
  • Be able to develop and effectively use spreadsheets to conduct transit operational analysis of fare revenue projections, level of service alternatives, ridership projections, service costs, and subsidy evaluation
  • Have experience in participating on technical advisory committees that are related to the coordination of County-wide and regional fixed-route and/or paratransit services
  • Be able to evaluate customer service requests and complaints, establish validity, and determine corrective action(s) and an effective response
Bring Your Commitment to Public Service to the County of Sonoma

The County of Sonoma is the place to live, grow, and build your career legacy. When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award-winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about the beauty of our community and the valuable services and support that the County provides our communities, please visit and .

TPW is currently recruiting to fill a Transit Specialist position at either the I or II level. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory .


Minimum Qualifications

Either of the following patterns would provide the minimum qualifications for this class:

Education and experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in transit, transportation or engineering, or related planning field which provides the knowledge and abilities listed above, and one year of direct experience in a work environment related to transit, transportation or relevant planning field which would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and abilities.
One year of educational course work in transit or transportation planning or engineering, or other related field which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, and four years of continuous work experience in transit, transportation or relevant planning field which would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Additional years and academic course work may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of public transit planning, development and operations; federal, state and local laws and ordinances which regulate the funding, operation and maintenance of public transit and transportation systems.

Working knowledge of: travel and routing systems analysis which relates to public transit and transportation systems; federal and state funding sources leading to the development of new and improved county-wide transportation systems; public transit, policy and administration; of public finance administration; county government organization and functions and their relationship with the organization of local government and districts; laws, rules and regulations governing the operations of public and private transit and transportation systems.

Some knowledge of: computer modeling techniques and programming which relates to transit and transportation systems planning.

Ability to: research, assemble and present, either in written or oral forms, data and recommendations on transportation systems; identify and secure federal and state funds relating to transportation development and systems; analyze costs and effects of current and proposed county-wide transportation systems; establish and maintains effective working relationships with county and city officials, employees and public and private transportation operators and the public; speak effectively before groups, organizations and related audiences.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process

Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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