Placer County

Bus Driver - Senior (#11643)

$23.72-$29.62 Hourly / $4,111.47-$5,134.13 Monthly / $49,337.60-$61,609.60 Yearly


To coordinate driver training; to train Bus Drivers to required standards for operating buses in Placer County transit systems; to operate a bus in transporting passengers on Placer County transit systems; and to assist in transit system administration.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Bus Driver series.  Employees within this class are distinguished from the Bus Driver by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including training of Bus Drivers.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.  Employees in this class provide direct supervision to Bus Drivers in terms of training of staff and directing day-to-day operations.  This class is distinguished from the Transportation Supervisor in that the Senior Bus Driver does not conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline or implement discipline procedures as directed.


Receives general supervision from the Transportation Supervisor.

Exercises direct supervision over Bus Drivers.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plan and conduct classroom and behind-the-wheel training for new drivers; plan and conduct refresher and safety training for experienced drivers; document training provided in driver files.
  • Acquire and maintain training and safety materials.
  • Drive bus in the transportation of passengers on a fixed-route or request basis; maintain on-time service and safe operation; clean bus and perform routine bus maintenance as required.
  • Perform communication and dispatch duties on a relief basis or when assigned.
  • Maintain records and statistics and enter data in a computer.
  • When assigned, count fare-box receipts; prepare and make bank deposits.
  • When assigned, assist in maintenance of bus shelters, stops and the transit system office.
  • When assigned, order and pick-up supplies.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible journey level experience equivalent to a Bus Driver for one of the Placer County transit systems.

Training: Successful completion of the experience requirement is proof of sufficient training for this class.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid Class A or B driver's license or the equivalent with passenger endorsements and no air brake restrictions.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to completion of the probationary period, a Mass Transit Training Certificate issued by the Transportation Safety Institute or California Department of Education.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Verification of Transit Training (VTT) certificate issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles or the equivalent training to operate a public transit vehicle in passenger service prior to the completion of the probationary period.
  • Possession of valid CPR and First Aid certificate is desirable.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of transit system operation.
  • Principles and methods of training.
  • Large vehicle operation and maintenance.
  • Safety and emergency procedures.
  • Principles of customer service.
  • Transit-related laws and regulations.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Drive a bus and maintain the necessary licensing and physical standards.
  • Train others through classroom presentations and behind-the-wheel instruction.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand bus driving activities and observe safety rules.  Intermittently analyze driving conditions; identify safety hazards; and remember how to operate a bus.
  • Intermittently sit while driving a bus; stand and walk while performing routine maintenance on a bus; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

CLASS: 11643; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 7/8/2013;