Careers at COTA

Join Team COTA


Now is the perfect time to join Team COTA!

Together, we move every life forward

At COTA, we’re looking for people with drive – the drive to advance your career, the drive to help your colleagues grow, and the drive to move every life forward. If that sounds like you, then consider a career with Team COTA! We offer fantastic benefits, a pension, tuition reimbursement and so much more. If you’re ready to switch lanes, then apply for an open role at COTA today.

We provide solutions that connect people to prosperity through innovation, dedication and teamwork.

Open Positions

COTA hires for a wide range of positions, including:

  • Transit Operator
  • Mechanic or Technician
  • Coach Cleaner
  • Customer Care Advocate
  • Administrative Staff (Innovation, Development, Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Legal, Government Affairs & Communications)
  • And more!

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Employee Benefits

COTA is a people-first company focused on building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. To help you thrive personally and professionally, we offer comprehensive benefits.

  • Industry-leading wages for frontline employees
  • Comprehensive insurance for employees and their dependents: medical/prescription, dental, vision
  • Health flexible and dependent care spending accounts
  • Retirement/savings benefits: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), 457(B) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Time off: vacations, holiday, sick pay
  • Healthy living benefits: biometric screening, fitness and wellness reimbursement
  • Basic life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Disability insurance: short-term and long-term
  • Unlimited fixed-route COTA access
  • Moving your life forward: personal training and development, job advancement, and employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Full-Paid Family Leave: full-time and part-time employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave
  • Tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment programs

CULTURE AND community

We intentionally create opportunities to gather and celebrate as a team, with family fun days, a “Roadeo” and so much more. COTA consistently earns recognition for our workplace culture, community involvement and industry leadership.

COTA 2022 Employer of the Year
Proud Supporter of
2020 APTA Award Winner, Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, COTA Veteran Hiring Pledge
Columbus Women's Commission, City of Columbus, 100% Committed


Team COTA is actively involved in our community. Through our internal Ambassador program, members of Team COTA can earn credits for joining us at local festivals and celebrations to help educate our community about COTA’s services and impact.


Through our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), we organize food drives, free produce drops, resources for Veterans, toy donations and so much more. ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups organized around a shared interest or identity. They serve as a resource for members and organizations by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned by organizational mission, values, goals, business practices and objectives.

Veterans Employee Resource Group
Parents Actively Collaborating Together
Women for Inspiration, Strength & Excellence
Black Employees Leading in Inclusion, Excellence, Vision & Education
People Respecting Individual Definitions Everywhere

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COTA Veterans

At COTA, we value the service that Veterans and their family members have given to our country. If you are a disabled Veteran (or any other person with a disability) applying for a career with COTA and need assistance with our application process, please contact our Diversity and EEO Administrator at DAVISJL@COTA.COM.


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