Bus Driver Job at Seaside, Monterey County, California

Bus Driver

City of Seaside , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$18.83 - $22.89 Hourly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


IMPORTANT: Interviews will be scheduled on an on-going basis until position(s) are filled.

Under general supervision, operates buses or transportation vehicles in the transportation of recreation program participants over designated routes within an established time schedule and on field trips; cleans, refuels, and performs safety checks and inspection on assigned vehicles; and performs related duties as assigned.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general supervision from Recreation Services Supervisor.  Exercises no supervision of staff.


Examples of Duties

This classification is assigned to provide safe and efficient transportation for all recreation program participants.  Incumbents are expected to be proficient in the operation of all classes of vehicles in the City's transportation fleet.  Work requires skill in interacting with participants of various ages and backgrounds. 
  • Operates a bus or other transportation vehicle to transport program participants over designated routes in accordance with specified time schedules; oversees the loading, seating, and unloading of participants from buses; assists participants on and off buses as needed; ensures compliance with departure and arrival times.
  • Maintains order and safety and enforces City rules for participant behavior on buses.
  • Assists participants with special needs in accessing and departing from buses, including using wheelchair lifts to load participants onto buses and securing participants using restraint harnesses and child seats; secures wheelchairs and other assistive devices for safe transport.
  • Evacuates buses in emergencies pursuant to City rules and procedures; reports emergencies by radio and administers basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as needed; instructs program participants on bus safety and emergency evacuations.
  • Performs required pre- and post-trip maintenance and safety checks and inspections on assigned vehicles and notifies supervisor of defects and needed repairs; maintains vehicle operation records and logs, including fuel consumption, driving hours, and mileage records; cleans and washes bus interior and exterior, sweeps, refuels, and performs equipment checks on assigned vehicles.
  • Assists in evaluating transportation routes and schedules.
  • Utilizes two-way radio for bus-to-bus and bus-to-base communications.
  • Attends in-services and safety meetings as assigned.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical background would be:

Equivalent to the completion of high school and one (1) year of experience operating a bus.


A current H6 printout from DMV (Less than 30 days old) will be required prior to appointment.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class B Driver's License with passenger endorsement. 
  • A valid California Department of Motor Vehicle DL 51 and DL51A medical certificate.
  • Ability to obtain American Red Cross First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate.
  • Must maintain and renew certification per the American Red Cross guidelines.

The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug test; Must be willing to work weekends, evenings, early mornings and holidays as needed. 

Knowledge of:

  • Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code, City of Seaside policies and procedures, and California Highway Patrol regulations applicable to the operation of vehicles in the transportation of children.
  • Safe driving practices as set forth by the California Highway Patrol.
  • Proper operation of buses and transportation vehicles of various sizes.
  • Basic first aid and CPR procedures and methods.
  • Basic principles of record keeping.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with program participants, parents, and City staff.
Ability to:
  • Skillfully operate buses of various sizes safely and efficiently over designated routes.
  • Monitor, encourage, and ensure participant compliance with City policies and regulations.
  • Observe and control participant behavior according to approved policies and procedures.
  • Lift and restrain participants according to approved policies and procedures.
  • Learn and follow designated routes and time schedules.
  • Read and interpret maps and determine efficient routes to/from destinations.
  • Maintain assigned vehicle in a clean and safe operating condition.
  • Recognize equipment malfunctions and take appropriate action.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices and maintain a safe driving record.
  • Handle medical emergencies and injuries in a calm and effective manner, including providing basic first aid and CPR.
  • Maintain assigned work area in a clean, safe, and secure manner.
  • Maintain routine records.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Operate two-way radio.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Supplemental Information

Physical Demands
Must possess mobility to operate a motor vehicle and drive on surface streets; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work and to climb and descend vehicles; vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, use of both eyes, and the ability to adjust focus; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio.  The job involves work requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards.  Finger dexterity is needed to operate vehicles, objects, tools, or controls.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work vehicles.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 75 pounds, and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.
Environmental Elements
Employees primarily work in the field and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, chemicals, and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Must be able to work a varied schedule that includes weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays.


440 Harcourt Avenue

Seaside, CA 93955