Transit Operator Trainee

City of Gainesville
Job Description
Salary 
$14.25 - $14.75 Hourly
Location 
Gainesville, FL
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
Department
REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM
Job Number
09378
 
 
Closing
Continuous
Job Ad

 

Inviting applications for the role of:

Transit Operator Trainee
 Transit Operator Trainee description image
The City of Gainesville is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual who is innovative and forward thinking that will embrace the organization's citizen centered vision. The community, its elected leaders, and executive leadership team have embraced this vision. This highly responsible, self-starter will work to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing safe, courteous, equitable, reliable and energy-efficient transportation services.
 
Are you customer-focused with great interpersonal skills?  Do you have a willingness to serve the citizens of Gainesville?   Do you value a career opportunity with great benefits?  Then this is the job for you!
 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, and three (3) verifiable, consecutive years of driving experience.
  • Valid State of Florida Driver License. 
  • Driving record shall reflect a three (3) year period with a maximum of four (4) points and no more than one (1) moving violation, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or license currently suspended or revoked.   
  • Valid State of Florida Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class A or B with passenger endorsement preferred.
 
Notes:
  • Successful Pre-Employment Background Screening is Required before hire.
  • Pre-employment medical examination required, including satisfactory drug screening.
  • Once hired, employee must obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) class "A" or "B" with passenger endorsement in a period not to exceed three (3) weeks after training starts.
  • MAY REQUIRE ASSESSMENT(S)
  • MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE
  • MAY ESTABLISH AN ELIGIBILITY LIST
 
Working Conditions:
  • Work schedules may require weekends, late night hours, split shifts and non-consecutive days off, including having to fill in for a vacant shift with short notice. 
 
Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life.

Come join our team as we shift the culture from "No to Yes", "from reactive to proactive," "from policy-oriented to services-oriented", and "from silos to teams".

 

Job Description

SUMMARY
This is entry level work learning the skills necessary for operating revenue service vehicles in a safe, courteous and timely manner with the goal of satisfied and loyal customers of the public transit system.

Positions in this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under direct supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on learning Transit Operator skills.

EXAMPLES OF WORK*
*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Learns how to become proficient in the performance of the following duties:
Safely operates all models of agency revenue service vehicles through traffic along assigned routes under various environmental conditions in accordance with published schedules, traffic laws and departmental regulations.

Manages farebox transactions, and records passenger data by fare type.

Collects fares from passengers and issues transfers; checks passenger transfers, passes, and identification cards to ensure they are valid.  Passes may be both physical printed medium or digital.

Acts as first-line customer service representative by cultivating and maintaining positive customer relations with the riders.  Ensures a clean, safe rider environment, provides accurate and timely information regarding routes, and assists and accommodates riders with boarding and discharging the vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.

Performs pre- and post-operation vehicle inspection.  Records any physical deficiencies on required documents.

Contacts Control Center regarding various emergencies, such as, medical emergencies, vehicle malfunctions, vehicle evacuations, vehicle accidents, etc.; as well as, other circumstances that may affect service, such as, heavy traffic, road hazards, road obstructions, etc..

Completes accident, incident, and/or other miscellaneous reports to document unusual occurrences.

Operates the disability access lifts and ramps for wheelchairs or upon request by any passenger.  Assists wheelchair patrons on and off vehicles upon request.  Secures all onboard wheelchairs or other mobility devices in accordance with department policy.
Complies with all applicable Federal, State and local safety regulations and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to include stop announcements for all visually impaired.

Operates communications equipment in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and department rules and regulations.

Wears and maintains prescribed uniform and maintains a clean, well-groomed appearance at all times.

Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, and three (3) verifiable, consecutive years of driving experience.

Pre-employment medical examination required, including satisfactory drug screening.

CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES
Licenses
Valid State of Florida Driver License.  Driving record shall reflect a three (3) year period with a maximum of four (4) points and no more than one (1) moving violation, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or license currently suspended or revoked.    

Valid State of Florida Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class A or B with passenger endorsement preferred.

Once hired, employee must obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) class "A" or "B" with passenger endorsement in a period not to exceed three (3) weeks after training starts.

Certifications
None.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to learn the City's geography.

Ability to learn the operation and use of diesel powered and/or alternative fuel vehicles.

Ability to learn Federal, State and local traffic and other regulations governing the use of passenger-carrying vehicles in the city.

Ability to learn occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary in operation of a transit vehicle.

Ability to learn, understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.

Ability to read and comprehend written materials, such as, training materials, departmental rules, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handbook, etc. using the English language.

Ability to report to work punctually and adhere strictly to projected schedules.Ability to work effectively with coworkers, management and the general public.

Ability to maintain continuous professional attitude, appearance and conduct at all times.

Ability to verbally communicate with others using the English language.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 
Work will require performing tasks in and around heavy traffic. 

Work will require tasks that involve walking, sitting, standing, twisting, bending, crouching, and/or kneeling and balancing while simultaneously manipulating and fastening wheelchair tie-down straps, lifting up to 20 lbs., pushing/pulling up to a maximum of 100 lbs., climbing stairs and overhead work.

Must be physically able to safely maneuver and operate a bus that includes hand eye coordination with repetitious head movements, such as, turning the head left and right frequently.

Work requires normal color vision to distinguish the color and severity of many traffic control and safety devices.

Must be able to communicate orally in the English language, see physical surroundings, listen, hear others, respond, and demonstrate good communication skills.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 
Work schedules may require weekends, late night hours, split shifts and non-consecutive days off, including having to fill in for a vacant shift with short notice.
 
Will require direct contact with the public.

Work may require exposure to moderate noise levels.

Work may require exposure to dust and/or to exhaust fumes and vapors.

Work will require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.

Work may require performance of tasks in extreme road and/or weather conditions.

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