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For whatever reason I thought over the weekend the answer (for me) was moving to Las Vegas and driving a transit bus over there. That bubble quickly burst when I found out they are not hiring transit drivers at that time.


I thought it would be cool to keep a thread where we could post job openings for transit drivers in different cities around the US for when members get "the itch" to go anywhere but here.

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The City of Irvine seeks an experienced and skilled Para-Transit Driver to transport seniors and disabled persons to local destinations. This position is Extended Part-Time with a schedule requirement of 30-32 hours per week; weekday and weekend availability is required. A valid Class B driver's license with passenger endorsement required.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


· Operate vehicle and safely transport seniors and persons with disabilities to destinations.


· Inspect vehicles prior to operation and perform basic preventive maintenance functions.


· Provide safe door-to-door transportation service and assist elderly and disabled passengers on and off wheelchair accessible vehicles.


· Prepare, complete and submit daily reports, driver manifests and accident/incident reports when appropriate.


· Ability to successfully complete the following pre-employment examinations: Class B physical, DOT substance/alcohol exam, back x-ray and driving examination.


Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:


· Completion of High School or equivalent and experience dealing with the public, preferably with the elderly and/or persons with disabilities, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.


· Valid Class B driver's license with passenger endorsement required.


· Must provide a current DMV printout demonstrating a safe driving record with application.


· Ability to safely operate 17-passenger van, equipped for wheelchairs.


· Ability to listen and respond to public’s need for information and assistance in a courteous manner.


· Sincere interest and experience working with seniors and persons with disabilities.


· A good work ethic, positive attitude and ability to work as a member of a team.


· Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in person and over radio equipment.


· Knowledge of appropriate and lawful driving standards, emergency procedures and vehicle maintenance.


· Good knowledge of Irvine and Orange County roadways.


· Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on occasion. Ability to push, pull, lean, stoop and bend in the performance of various job duties and responsibilities.


· Please Note: If hired, random drug and/or alcohol testing is conducted as a part of employment.


Supplemental Information:




The City of Irvine encompasses over 65 square miles and has a current residential population of over 212,000. Since its incorporation 35 years ago, Irvine has grown into an international hub for firms specializing in high-tech, bio-science, and automobile design. The City is ideally located adjacent to John Wayne/Orange County Airport and close to many of Southern California's largest tourist attractions, numerous resorts, and some of the state's finest beaches. Irvine has also been recognized as "one of the ten (10) best places in the nation to live," according to U.S. News and World Report. Other notable publications such as Parents Magazine indicate that Irvine is "one of the best places in the U.S. to raise a family." The City of Irvine also has the distinction of being one of the safest cities in the nation with populations in excess of 100,000, according to FBI statistics for four consecutive years. The Irvine community features myriad entertainment and recreational opportunities, parks and open space, a nationally recognized school district, a vibrant business environment, and an exceptional quality of life that makes it one of the most desirable cities in which to live and work. Irvine is a charter city, operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is the appointing authority for two Assistant City Managers and Department Directors for the Administrative Services, Community Development, Community Services, Great Park, Public Works and Public Safety Departments. Irvine contracts for fire and emergency medical services with the Orange County Fire Authority and has three independent districts: library, educational, and utility services. The City employs approximately 783 full-time and 650 part-time personnel and has an operating budget of $148 million and a $31.4 million Capital Improvement budget.




The Community Services Department has developed over the City's history into an award winning mixture of programs and services. The Department employs 114 full-time and 500 part-time personnel and operates under a $28 million budget. Community Service programs/functions include Senior Services, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Animal Care, Recreation and Park Services, Disability Services, Athletics, Aquatics, Fine Arts Center, Facility Reservations and Contract Classes, Facility Maintenance Services, Public Facility Construction and Rehabilitation, Development and Park Planning, Open Space, Community Relations, Volunteer Coordination, Public Information and Special Events, and Transportation Services (TRIPS). The Department oversees development and maintenance of over 700,000 square feet of high quality public facilities, creation of community and neighborhood park systems, and operation of existing parks and facilities, which includes: athletic fields and two aquatic centers; eighteen community parks; two senior centers; seven community centers; a Fine Arts Center; thirty-two neighborhood parks; an adventure playground; a nature center; an animal care center; and a skate park. The Community Services Department's vision is to create a lasting contribution to the health and well-being of the community. The Department's mission is to provide exceptional service, innovative programs, and diverse cultural experiences in vibrant and sustainable spaces.




The selection process will include an application review and evaluation and an oral interview. Questions asked during the selection process are based on the knowledge and abilities required to successfully perform the job. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least 24 hours prior to the first phase of the selection process. The successful candidate will be required to take and pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug screening, by a City physician to ensure their physical suitability to perform assigned duties. In addition, the City of Irvine conducts a thorough background investigation prior to appointment. The City of Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.




Part-time employees are employed "at will" and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. As such, their services can be discontinued without cause.

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Job Title: PT TRANSIT DRIVER 10 10

Salary: $13.09 Hourly

$13,613.60 Annually


Location: City of Sierra Vista, Public Works, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Department: Public Works


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Definition & Essential Functions Benefits Supplemental Questions


Under the general supervision of the Public Works Transit System Supervisor, this position may require the employee to be able to perform both the duties of Transit Dispatcher and Transit Driver. Works a variety of hours and days of the week including Saturdays, holidays, and split shifts.


Essential functions included in the job description may include tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.




Performs pre and post trip inspections of assigned transit bus. Operates a variety of vehicles in a manner, ensuring passenger, and vehicle safety.

Operates Transit bus on a fixed route while strictly adhering to time schedule.

Cleans transit equipment and vehicles.

Assists customers on and off the transit vehicles.

Collects fares and checks passenger passes or transfers.

Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledges, Skills & Other Characteristics:


Understanding of:

Federal and State Traffic laws and regulations.

Understanding of and the ability to perform CDL inspections.

Knowledge of:

Local community and street system.

First aid and emergency procedures.

Operation of small and large transit buses and vehicles.

Ability to:

Read and write.

Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Maintain a cooperative working relationships with the public and fellow employees.

Maintain logs, daily schedules and various records.

Be friendly, courteous and assist all passengers including passengers with wide ranges of special needs, including physical and developmental disabilities..

Learn operations, services and activities of a customer service program.

Learn and drive all Vista Transit routes.



Required: A high school diploma or GED equivalent; an Arizona Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) (Candidate must be a minimum of 21 years old) class “B” with "P" bus endorsement. Prefer experience in driving commercial vehicles and CPR certification. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.


Five (5) year driving history record required. An acceptable driving record shall have no more than two (2) moving violations in the last three (3) years; no more than three (3) moving violations in the most recent 5 year period; and no more than four (4) current driving penalty points.




Agency: City of Sierra Vista

Address: 1011 N. Coronado Drive Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635 Map/Directions

Phone: 520-417-4411

Web Site: http://www.sierravistaaz.gov

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Interesting thread Burrstone, California,Nevada and Arizona, 3 states with very high unemployment rates. No thanks, unless I had solid connections. I would rather go to North Dakota or Iowa if I could land a decent paying job within a few months of moving there. I prefer the cold,snow over the heat anyway.


Is NYC the only city where they give exams to be considered

for the title of B/O? I figure all of the others hire through the

usual job interview/resume process.

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Posting Title:

Metrobus Operator



Carmen Turner Facility

Reference: Union Code

110204 689

Hrly Rate Range


FLSA Nonexempt


Opening Date








Work Hours: Various

Days Off: Various



This position is responsible for the safe and courteous operation of a public transit bus through assigned scheduled routes. The incumbent must adhere to all safety and traffic rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure the well being of Metro customers, employees, self, and the general public. Additionally, an individual in this role provides schedule and fare information, collects fares, and ensures the safe boarding and alighting of all passengers. The individual in this role must demonstrate a professional, pleasant, courteous and helpful demeanor towards the public at all times and must be able to maintain composure in stressful situations. This role is a safety sensitive position with high visibility and responsibility involving the operation of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) commercial passenger bus.




Drives and operates a commercial passenger bus, transporting passengers to and from scheduled stops.


Conducts routine bus inspections of assigned vehicle before and after daily run in conformance with all applicable safety and operating procedures. Documents inspection findings.


Prepares and submits accident and incident reports in a timely manner utilizing proper forms and in accordance with established guidelines. Periodically collect data for use in traffic analysis.


Collects proper fares and validate passes and identification cards, utilizing electronic fare registering and collection equipment.


Courteously provide schedule, route, and fare information to passengers seeking assistance.


Operates wheelchair lifts or scooters and secure equipment of affected passengers in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Assist disabled passengers in boarding, riding, and alighting in a safe manner.


Uses 2-way radio and logs into the Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) to communicate with Bus Operations Central Control (BOCC). BOCC communication will include reports of accidents, equipment failures, schedule delays, hazardous or dangerous conditions along bus route and passenger loading zones, to include such hazards as unusual traffic, road conditions, obstructions, construction, and potential criminal activity.


Complies with State driving regulations and all of Metro's safety rules, policies, and procedures.


Exercises reasonable care in the handling of funds and other valuables, to include proper reporting of lost articles.


Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment at all times.


Promptly engage Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) in cases of passenger unruly conduct and/or any threat to passenger or safety of self.


The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of this position. They are not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.




Knowledge of or the ability to acquire knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle code of the jurisdiction in which the incumbent will operate vehicle.


Knowledge of or the ability to acquire knowledge of an assigned vehicle in order to evaluate its general operating condition.


Ability to memorize routes, transfer points, and fare structures and adhere to timetables.


Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions and strictly comply with safety and traffic rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.


Ability to deliver stellar customer service and communicate effectively and courteously even under adverse circumstances.


Ability to work various shifts, hours, locations, and holidays with varying days off yet maintain regular good attendance and punctuality.


Ability to consistently report to work in a timely fashion in order to receive service runs instructions.


Ability to professionally represent WMATA as a uniformed employee.


Ability to communicate effectively.


Qualification Requirements

In order to be considered for employment all applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience on their application.


Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate (GED). Must have three (3) years of continuous and verifiable post high school employment or a combined three (3) years of verifiable full or part-time student status and employment history. At least one (1) year of direct customer service and/or prior commercial bus, taxi or limousine driving experience.




A current valid driver's license is required and the ability to acquire a valid Commercial Driver Learner's (CDL) Permit from jurisdiction of residence is required prior to appointment with proper endorsements for Passenger bus and Air Brakes. Must acquire a valid Commercial Driver's License with Passenger bus and Air Brakes endorsements by the completion of training.




Applicants with felony convictions within the last 10 years or two (2) or more misdemeanor convictions for drug possession or any crime against person, property or society will not qualify for the position.


Applicants with criminal convictions for crimes of violence and/or for sexual abuse or sexual assault is an automatic disqualification regardless of timeframe.




Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position is required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this particular position either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

1. Education, training and experience

2. Personal interview

3. Medical examination which may include alcohol and drug screening

4. Performance and attendance record

5. Background check which may include verification of employment, education,

criminal history, and driver's record.

Closing Statement

Posted salary ranges and employment offers are subject to any union contract agreements and WMATA salary administration guidelines. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from minorities, females and persons with disabilities.


ORDER OF PREFERENCE: The selection for Operating positions is made on the basis of fitness and ability with preference given to Operating District, System Wide (L689), Authority wide and external candidates, respectively.

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