How to Apply

Thanks for considering a career at TriMet. See below for tips about our application process. If you don’t find an answer to your question here, give us a call: 503-962-7505 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) or email us at

General information

Applications are accepted only for positions that are open and posted. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the job closing date to be considered. If you are currently a TriMet employee, you still need to complete an application if you are applying for a different position.

Your first step is to browse our current openings. If you are currently a TriMet employee, be sure to also check the internal-only postings.

Applying online

First-time users

If this is your first time applying online, when you click the “Apply” button on the job posting, you’ll be asked to create an account and select a username and password. This allows you to save your application in our system and use it to apply for other jobs at TriMet. Completing the application can take between 1 and 2 hours. Having information handy about your education and previous work experience will help speed the process.

From time to time, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the application form so you dont lose your work. You can save and close your application at any time. Just click Sign In to log in and open your application with your username and password. If you forget your username or password, click the “I forgot my password” link on the log in page and follow the directions.

Returning users

If you have already created an account, click Sign In to log in and open your application. You can then make any necessary changes and submit your updated application for a new position.

Application steps

The application steps appear as tabs at the top of the screen. This allows you to move back and forth between steps of the application. Click on a tab to open that section. Once you have completed a section, you will automatically be taken to the next section you need to complete.

Submitting your application

When you have finished your application, click the “Submit” button. A screen will pop up to confirm the application was successfully submitted. You will also receive a confirmation email. You can also log into your account and click the “Application Status” tab to check on the status of your application. Note: If you do not see a confirmation email in your email box, make sure that it has not been automatically filtered to your email trash or junk mail. You may need to set your filters in your email account to accept emails from

Attaching information to your application

If you have additional application materials (such as a resume, cover letter, etc.), please attach to the last section of the online application or submit to us by:

Please be sure to include your name, contact information and the title of the job you are applying for.


Frequently asked questions

I receive your job listings via email but I can’t log in to the application system.

The automated email sent about TriMet’s job openings is on a different system than the online application. You need to go to the application log in page and either create an account or log in to your previously created account.

When I try to create an online account, I get a message that says “Email is already in use.” I have never applied with your company before.

TriMet shares an applicant database with government and public agencies across the U.S. The website behind the scenes is You probably have applied with another agency and the system is giving you a message that your information is already in the government database. Click the link “Reset Password” and follow the directions. You will then be able to see which application is in the system and you may edit and submit it to apply for the TriMet position.

May I apply for more than one job?

Yes. We encourage you to visit Current Openings often to review our posted positions and apply if you are interested and qualified. You will need to resubmit your application for each position.

Why am I not seeing the application step tabs?

If you can’t see the application step tabs, it may be that you are not at the correct website location or that your browser settings need to be adjusted.

To be sure you are at the correct website location:

  1. Go to Current Openings
  2. Click on the name of the job you want to apply for
  3. Click the “Apply” button
  4. Log in to your account
  5. Click on the link that says “To apply for the position of, click here”
  6. You should see the steps at the top of the page

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may need to adjust your browser settings:

  1. Click on the browser’s “Tools” menu
  2. Select “Internet Options”
  3. Click on the “Content” tab
  4. In the “Content Advisor” section, if there is a button labeled “Disable”, select it and enter your personal computer administrator password you previously established for the Content Advisor

After completing the application, you may wish to repeat steps 1–3 to “Enable” the Content Advisor again.

Why is the system returning me to the application profile instead of permitting me to complete my application?

If you are having trouble completing the application steps, check to be sure you have completed all the required fields. If all the required fields have been completed, and you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may need to adjust your browser settings (see above previous question).

How do I edit information I’ve already entered on my online application form?

If the application has not been submitted, log in to your online application and click the tab for the section you want to edit. After you’ve made your changes, be sure to click the “Save” button. If you need to make a change and have already submitted your application, you will need to call us at 503-962-7505.

What if I forgot my username and/or password for my online application?

On the log in screen, click “Forgot Username?” or “Reset Password”. Follow the directions and you will receive your username and your password via email.

When will I hear from you about my application?

Due to the high volume of applications TriMet receives, we are able to contact only those applicants who are continuing on in the process. We are unable to estimate when you might hear if you have been chosen to continue, as it varies by position.


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