Overview

Bus Operator Trainees will temporarily start at the maximum Trainee salary range, which is $20.37 per hour. The training period is 5-8 weeks.HOW TO APPLY: THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR BUS OPERATOR TRAINEE. YOU MAY APPLY ONLINE OR SUBMIT A PAPER APPLICATION.APPLICATION MATERIALS: Paper application packets may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 1, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, Tel. (707) 543-3060 OR you may apply online at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/srcity/default.cfmThe Benefits of City EmploymentIn addition to offering a rewarding work environment, opportunity for career growth, and an excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including:Retirement through CalPERSA competitive leave accrual package, to include:Sick Leave – 8 hours per month, 96 hours per yearVacation – Up to 80 hours of accrual annually, with additional accrual for 5+ years of serviceHolidays – Part-time and Trainees get in lieu holiday pay equal to 14 days/year; Full-time Bus Operators get 7 paid holidays and 7 paid floating holidaysYour choice of three health plansTop of the line vision and dental coverageSee brochure for additional benefit information!Salary and Working Hours InformationAll new Bus Operators are part-time. Bus Operator Trainees will temporarily start at the maximum Trainee salary range, which is $20.37 per hour. The training period is 5-8 weeks, which will include classroom training and obtainment of a valid Class B driver’s license with Passenger Endorsement. Part-time Bus Operator Trainees will operate buses in route training with or without another CityBus employee for up to 90 days or until deemed to be fully competent to operate the bus. Upon completion of training, Part-time Bus Operator Trainees will transition to regular Part-time Bus Operator position status at a starting salary of $24.26 per hour.Part-time Bus Operator Trainees work on average 37 to 40 hours per week. Regular Part-time Bus Operators work varied hours and are expected to be available on short notice seven (7) days per week. Regular Part-time Bus Operators may be considered for Full-time positions without further testing should those positions become available. Bus Operators (Part-time and Full-time) are expected to work a variety of shifts including weekends and holidays. The types of shifts vary from early morning to late evening.CityBus, the City of Santa Rosa’s award-winning municipally owned transit system, is actively seeking individuals interested in making positive contributions to the public transportation service provided to the community. The fundamental reason this position exists is to safely operate a transit bus, transport passengers on a fixed route basis, and to effectively interact with the public. This recruitment is being conducted to establish and maintain a candidate list to fill current and anticipated future vacancies.The Ideal Candidate will have:A strong public service orientationThe ability to conduct oneself in a courteous, professional and responsible mannerA satisfactory and safe driving record that meets the City’s Driving Standard* (professional driving experience is not required)A proven commitment to providing excellent customer serviceIf you possess a satisfactory driving record (*click HERE to view the Driving History Standard), you will be trained in the safe and proper operation of a public transit bus and assisted in obtaining your Class B license with Passenger Endorsement from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.SELECTION PROCESS: A completed City of Santa Rosa Application for Employment, Supplemental Questionnaire is required. The selection process for this position will consist of an application materials screening, a written examination, and a selection interview. At a later time in the recruitment process, you may be required to provide a current, original copy of your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving history printout to the Human Resources Department. DMV printouts will be screened in accordance with the City of Santa Rosa Driving History Standard for the classification of Bus Operator Trainee.FILING PERIOD: THIS RECRUITMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED. INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY SOON AS IT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:The following duties are considered to be essential for this job classification:Safely drive and operate a transit bus in transporting passengers on a fixed route basis;locate and board persons desiring service at designated bus stops;discharge passengers at desired destinations;assist elderly and disabled persons in boarding and leaving the bus;collect and account for fares;maintain ridership information according to departmental procedures;operate a mobile radio and public address system;complete incident and accident report forms as necessary;provide information and directions to the public;observe and report hazardous road conditions and vehicle and passenger safety concerns;and perform related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:Knowledge of: Basic automotive care and maintenance requirements; basic safety practices related to driving; basic business writing and arithmetic; vehicle operation and state and local traffic laws.Ability to: Read a street map and physically locate landmarks; read transit schedules and timetables; understand and carry out oral and written instructions, including departmental Standard Operating Procedures; recognize hazardous driving conditions quickly and accurately and adopt effective courses of action; communicate clearly both orally and in writing; deal effectively and tactfully with the public; and perform assigned duties with minimal supervision. Ability to work a flexible schedule is required.Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.License or Certificate: Possess and maintain throughout employment, a valid Class B California motor vehicle operator‘s license and medical certificate and have a satisfactory driving history as defined by the City. Incumbents will be assisted in obtaining the Class B license with Passenger Endorsement from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

In the course of driving a bus, incumbents are required to: sit for extended periods of time with limited ability to move about, using their stomach and lower back muscles to support their body; coordinate repetitive, concurrent hand and foot movements while simultaneously operating a vehicle and using a two-way radio or public address system; manually enter fare and passenger data into an electronic fare box; and listen for passenger’s signals requesting a stop. While assisting passengers in wheelchairs, operators are required to move and secure the wheelchairs in their proper location. This class often requires working weekends, holidays and a variety of shifts. Operators work in a variety of weather conditions including hot and very cold temperatures.IMPORTANT INFORMATION: In compliance with the Sonoma County Health Officer’s Order and Recommendation, and to protect our employees and the public we serve, the Santa Rosa City Council has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All City employees must have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.