Customer Service & Sales Representative

- Eatonville and/or Tacoma

Rainier Connect is a premier provider of telephone, cable TV, and internet service in the South Puget Sound. We have a full time position open for a customer care representative in our Eatonville or Tacoma office.

This position actively seeks to create and sustain a relationship with customers by optimizing company benefits, and focuses on the customer’s need by utilizing exceptional customer service skills, technical expertise, and necessary resources. This position also greets and directs customers and performs a variety of other clerical duties such as accepting customer payments, answering and routing telephone calls, as well as providing answers to standard customer questions.

Must have excellent phone, communication, and listening skills as well as maintain and prioritize workloads independently. Must be proficient on computers, be able to communicate, collaborate, and cooperate with vendors, customers, peers, and managers as necessary to meet company objectives. Must possess a valid driver's license, high school diploma or GED, and at least 1 year of office experience preferably in the telecommunications industry. 

Hours: Rotating 8 Hour Shifts between 8am and 7pm

Customer Support Technician

- Tacoma and/or Eatonville

This position combines functions of both Customer Service and Technical Support.  Responsible for promoting, selling, and supporting Rainier Connect products and services to new and existing customers. Communicate effectively with customers to inform them of the features, benefits, and use of all products and services. Educate and assist them on their purchase decision and offer the best possible solution to meet their needs. Explain and the advantages of their purchase decision and place the order. Demonstrate strong customer-focused service, to enhance the customer experience.  Customer support includes troubleshooting and diagnosing voice, internet and cable related problems primarily over the phone and occasionally in person.  Position includes the ability to provision voice and data services.  Escalate trouble tickets for additional troubleshooting when necessary, and follows up to make sure the problem has been resolved and the customer is satisfied.  Customer Service-related functions include accepting and recording payments, suggestive up-selling and service orders.  This position requires excellent customer service skills to achieve customer satisfaction and loyalty.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides strong understanding and enthusiasm about technology, especially around Rainier Connect products and services. Able to demonstrate an understanding of product knowledge, including staying current on competitive information. After a 90-day evaluation period, must meet certain sales-related objectives.
  • Evaluates customers' needs and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Able to Work in a fast paced, high-volume environment with the ability to quickly adapt to change.
  • Represents the company in a professional manner as the first level of contact for a customer with a technical problem or service issue by following the departmental processes for call answering. 
  • Serves the customer by effectively creating and managing trouble tickets for all services (Voice, Internet and Cable TV) provided by Rainier Connect.
  • Expediently resolves customer problems, by educating the customer to appropriate use of the product, correcting provisioning errors, or escalating problems to the appropriate resource for resolution.
  • Proactively resolving potential service issues by monitoring trouble tickets for trends that may indicate common problems or network issues and notifying the appropriate department of these issues.
  • Handles inquiries or complaints concerning billing or service rendered, referring complaints to designated departments for investigation & follow-up.
  • Supports department objectives by utilizing call criteria on every customer interaction.
  • Receives and processes customer payments.
  • Serves internal customers by communicating effectively, providing timely responses to requests and treating coworkers in a respectful manner.
  • Has Regular, consistent and punctual attendance.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and overtime as necessary.



  • Must have excellent phone and people skills as well as maintain the ability to multi task and prioritize workloads independently.
  • Has the ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Goal-oriented with initiative and resourcefulness.  Works well in a team environment.
  • Strong working knowledge of the billing, provisioning and service order processes.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software is required as well as the ability to multi-task and prioritize workloads and time lines independently.
  • Must have a good understanding of our products and services and demonstrates sales skills.
  • Ability to learn and understand the company’s products and services.
  • Knowledge of most common versions of PC and MAC Operating Systems.
  • General knowledge of voice services, cable TV and data technologies.
  • Knowledge of analog and digital circuit concepts.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to apply logic, creativity and good judgment to resolve problems.
  • Must be able to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with vendors, customers, peers and managers as necessary to meet company objectives.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to be insured under the company policy.



  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) is required.
  • Technical Degree or Equivalent Experience in Electronics, Telecommunications or Information Technology preferred.  
  • Some Customer Service Experience preferred.



  • Three to five years of customer support and/or technical support experience, preferably in the telecommunications / Internet industry.

Installation Technician

- Eatonville, WA

Rainier Connect is currently accepting resumes for an Installation Technician. Installation Technicians work both inside and outside to build, install, test, and repair services for customers. Candidates need to be comfortable with the primary responsibilities, and qualifications listed below. If you feel you are a close fit, but have weaknesses, please list them. For immediate consideration for this position, email your resume to with "Installation Technician" as the subject.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Installation of Phone, Cable, and Internet services
  • Installation of aerial or underground drops
  • Place aerial or underground copper and fiber cable
  • Educate customers on use of service
  • Analyze quality and determine acceptability of video/audio delivered upon completion of installation
  • On call during scheduled time periods, and respond to calls as needed
  • Operate and maintain assigned vehicle in accordance with company guidelines
  • Ensure vehicle is stocked with necessary equipment
  • Coordinate with other departments as necessary to ensure customer satisfaction and problem resolution
  • Maintain a sense of urgency and consistently meet deadlines
  • Accurately completes required paperwork and documentation associated with each job assignment

Secondary responsibilities include:

  • Performing copper and fiber splicing
  • Construction work such as placing cable, installing conduit, and working in open excavations
  • Work with heavy duty power equipment as well as small tools in the installation, repair and maintenance of outside plant facilities

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comfortable using computers including hand-held models to update work status and check new assignments
  • Technical training in phone installation, cable installation, or similar field
  • Current first aid, CPR, or Flagger training is a plus
  • At least 1 year experience as an Outside Plant Technician or Installer


High-school diploma or equivalent required

Possess a valid state drivers license and non-negligent driving record

Ability to frequently move/lift 75lbs

Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions

Willingness to work in attics, basements, crawl spaces, manholes and other similar places

Climb poles, ladders, and is comfortable working aloft with hand tools

Work overtime and holidays as service conditions require

Typical traits required for this position:

Excellent customer service skills

Desire to learn new skills

Comfortable supporting customers on site, and in person

Desirable Certifications:

NCTI/Jones, TIA, WA state low voltage license, or relevant industry certifications a plus

Systems Administrator

- Tacoma, WA

Primary responsibility is to plan, organize, budget, and control activities of the information systems function, including but not limited to network administration, hardware and software administration and support. Oversees technology decisions and implementation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Test new systems and software providing comparisons and analysis as required.
  • Creates and maintains documentation including software inventory, server addressing, network diagrams, and continuity documentation.
  • Maintains relationships with partners and vendors. Such as software vendors, equipment vendors, solutions providers, etc.
  • Responsible for the configuration, monitoring, reporting, and maintenance of all systems.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and projects data on current services, equipment capacities, current traffic data, potential equipment acquisitions, and installation costs. Uses data to determine necessity, type, size, and quantity of equipment required.
  • Performs systems installation, testing, and hardware upgrades.
  • Creates implementation plans for systems equipment installation, upgrades, configuration changes, and uninstallation.
  • Attends weekly meetings with Network Operations Manager to report status of tasks, projects, and analysis.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below represent the level of knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
  • Education, Certifications, and Experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience administering systems in an enterprise or service providers network.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with systems such as RedHat Linux or Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008.
  • Experience working in a datacenter or Colocation facility.
  • Extensive knowledge of differences and functionality of various Information Technology infrastructure options.
  • Experience with Active Directory and a Windows Domain environment.
  • Experience with Linux infrastructure is desired (DHCP, DNS, Apache, and MySQL services).
  • Experience with virtualization with either VMWare, KVM, or Xen desired.
  • Experience or exposure working with virtual desktop infrastructure desired. Industry or vendor certifications from RedHat, VMWare, Microsoft, CompTIA, etc. Preferred Certifications: RHCSA and/or MCSE.
  • An industry relevant Technical, Associates, or Bachelors degree.

Language Skills and Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret business documents, technical specifications, technical instructions, or procedures. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, create diagrams, and procedures.
  • Demonstrates ability to problem solve and develop technical solutions. Must be capable of testing, troubleshooting, and implementing hardware, software, and operating systems on a network.

Network Technician

- Tacoma, WA

Rainier Connect is accepting resumes for Network Technician positions. Candidates need to be comfortable with the Technical Requirements listed for the position below. If you feel that you are a close fit, but have weaknesses please list them. For immediate consideration for this opportunity please email your resume with "Network Technician" in the subject line.

Technical Requirements Include the Following:

Planning & Designing:

Extensive knowledge of differences and functionality of various LAN and Wan technologies

Extensive knowledge of basic routing protocols, Specifically OSPF and BGP

Implementation & Operation:

Configuration of routing protocols

Configuration of IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses

Configuration of additional administrative functionality

Configuration of VLANS and inter-switch communication

Configuration and Management of system and device configurations


Utilize the OSI model as a guide for systematic network troubleshooting

Perform LAN and VLAN troubleshooting

Perform Troubleshooting of basic routing protocols

Perform Troubleshoot IP addressing and host configurations

Perform Troubleshooting of access lists

Perform simple WAN troubleshooting

Interpersonal Skills:

Interact and communicate effectively with other staff

Provide training to less experienced network technicians

Provide oversight on assigned projects


Describe network communications using layered models

Describe the Spanning Tree process

Compare and contrast key characteristics of LAN environments

Can describe the basic characteristics of routing protocols

Can describe the TCP/IP communication process and its associated protocols

Can describe the components of network devices

Can describe rules for packet control

Can describe key characteristics of WAN Technologies

Typical Skills Required:

5 to 10 years experience in Network systems

Lead and completes tasks independently, with attention to detail and while under pressure

Network systems documentation and architecture diagram skills

Familiarity with basic project management methodologies

Familiarity with Internet web applications

Identifies, analysis, and drives problems to resolution, handling complex issues simultaneously while effectively communicating across teams

Builds team relationships across the organization

Maintains strong values of integrity, commitment, and self-improvement

Effectively communicates technical actions, ensures audience understands why/what/when work will be accomplished

Delivers customer service excellence by knowing customer's business needs, identifying appropriate technical solutions, and meeting/exceeding service expectations

Preferred Certifications: CCNA and/or CCNP/CCIP

All potential candidates as part of our employee screening process must pass a background check, drug test, and posses a valid Washington state drivers license.

Network Engineer

- Tacoma

What does a network engineer do at Rainier Connect?

As a network engineer at Rainier Connect, you will be part of the networking team that is responsible for Ethernet, SONET, DOCSIS, GPON, and TDM networks. That means you will be part of the team that designs, implements, monitors, and maintains equipment used to deliver these services. Each team member shares an On-Call rotation, typically one week at a time.

Want to learn more?

Below is a short list of typical tasks we would expect a Rainier Connect network engineer to perform on a regular basis:

  • Set up a peer via BGP
  • Troubleshoot MPLS L2 VPN and L3 VPN
  • Configure a SONET ADM to deliver an OC-n circuit to a customer site
  • Create detailed network diagrams
  • Go onsite with sales representatives to answer technical customer questions
  • Install switches to provide Metro Ethernet services
  • Troubleshoot Internet routing issues
  • Troubleshoot routing issues on the Rainier Connect core with BGP, OSPF, and ISIS
  • Add a channel to a CMTS for capacity
  • Install, configure, and test GPON ONT at commercial customer location
  • Provide impromptu training for team members, and our technical support group

What additional qualifications are important for this position?

Our ideal candidate will have 5-10 years of network engineer experience at a professional level, be accustomed to working independently, as well as in a team environment, adapt quickly to new technology, effectively communicate issues with vendors and staff, all while delivering an excellent customer experience.

At Rainier Connect we believe all of your knowledge is important and weigh your education, industry certifications, and experience as a whole when selecting the best candidate. To be successful as a network engineer at Rainier Connect, you will be the kind of person with a natural curiosity for how things work behind the scenes, and interested in how each system is used to deliver services—from beginning to end. You will need an entrepreneurial mindset, a dedication to network engineering, and be excited about being part of a dynamic team.

The ideal candidate has professional level network certifications such as Juniper or Cisco. Additional skills in Linux server administration, DNS, DHCP, MySQL, Radius, Python, and shell scripting are desirable.

We want the best person for our team, if you feel like you can meet our expectations; put your communication skills to the test by sending us an email and telling us why you are qualified for this position. Be sure to include your resume and use Network Engineer in the subject line of the email.

All potential candidates, as part of our employee screening process, must pass a background check, drug test, and posses a valid Washington state drivers license.

To Apply

By Mail
Resumes & Cover Letters can be mailed to:

Human Resources
Rainier Connect
2516 Holgate St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
By E-mail
Resumes & Cover Letter can be e-mailed to

About Rainier Connect

Rainier Connect, a division of Mashell Telecom, Inc. is a 101 year old telecommunications service provider that is strongly committed to customer service, value, and innovative products & services. We offer voice, data, internet and cable television services to residential and business customers in Eatonville, Graham, the South Hill of Puyallup, Tacoma and Centralia. We also offer business telephone systems, installation, training and maintenance.

Rainier Connect is a 5th generation owned and operated company and as a registered Public Utility is required to be held to a higher standard than our competitors.

Rainier Connect is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mashell Telecom, Inc. d/b/a Rainier Connect is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against persons because of their age, sex, race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, genetic information, or any disability which can be reasonably accommodated, in determining suitability for employment, compensation, promotion, transfers, training, education, social and recreational programs, or termination.