Placer Employment Opportunities

Bus Driver - II

Placer County Transit (PCT)

Recruitment #2023-11641-02

Introduction

*This classification received a general wage increase of 4% effective 7/2/22 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4% in July 2023 and 4% in July 2024.

Placer County is currently accepting applications for Bus Driver - I and Bus Driver - II in both Tahoe and Auburn/South Placer. Each level in this job series has different minimum qualifications.

To participate in one or more of these recruitments, you must complete and submit separate applications and supplemental questionnaires for each:

Bus Driver - I (Tahoe - TART) #2023-11640-01

Bus Driver - I (Auburn/South Placer - PCT) #2023-11640-02

Bus Driver - II (Tahoe - TART) #2023-11641-01

Bus Driver - II (Auburn/South Placer - PCT) #2023-11641-02

This recruitment is for Bus Driver - II in Auburn/South Placer only. For more information regarding PCT's services and routes, please click here.

POSITION INFORMATION

Placer County Bus Photo

Placer County Transit (PCT) provides a safe and direct means of transportation service for western Placer County residents and visitors. PCT is committed to providing comprehensive and reliable transit service to its passengers.

PCT is accepting applications for permanent full-time, permanent part-time, and temporary/extra-help assignments. Applicants who are hired as temporary/extra-help may be eligible to transition to permanent status. Temporary/extra-help positions are limited to 999 hours per fiscal year (960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants).

The selection process includes an interview and a criminal background check. Candidates are then required to pass a physical and DOT drug clearance.

This continuous recruitment will remain open for the calendar year, or until the final filing date, whichever occurs first. The eligible list established from this continuous recruitment will expire by the end of the calendar year. Applicants will be eligible to reapply and take an examination if a new recruitment opens the following calendar year.

BENEFITS

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: 6% of employee’s salary will be contributed towards employee to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view General benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.

DEFINITION

To operate and perform routine maintenance on a public transit vehicle in passenger service; to operate a public transit vehicle safely and legally; and to practice principles of good customer service.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the full journey level class within the Bus Driver series.  This class is distinguished from the Bus Driver I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  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 within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Bus Driver in that the latter performs Bus Driver training and various administrative duties.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives general supervision from the Transportation Supervisor and technical and functional supervision from a Senior Bus Driver.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Drive a bus or other transit vehicle in passenger service over designated routes in accordance with time schedules or dispatcher instructions.
  • When assigned, transport passengers on field trips and to special events.
  • Assist passengers in entering and leaving the vehicle, as necessary; load and secure wheelchairs.
  • Assist passengers with schedule, route and direction information.
  • When applicable, make sure safety belts are properly fastened.
  • Observe behavior of passengers and maintain order as necessary.
  • Render emergency aid to passengers, when necessary.
  • Conduct safety inspections of transit vehicle prior to operation in accordance with Department of Motor Vehicles and other applicable standards.
  • Perform minor maintenance, repair and cleaning work on transit vehicles; fuel vehicles and check fluids.
  • Collect fares, sell tickets, count passengers and keep records of bus operation.
  • Operate a two-way radio.
  • Install and remove tire chains, when necessary.
  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: One year of responsible paid driving experience involving the carrying of passengers or six months of training as a Bus Driver I in a Placer County transit system.

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 with passenger endorsements and no air brake restrictions. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • California Vehicle Code applicable to the operation of vehicles for the transportation of passengers.
  • Applicable Placer County policies and regulations.
  • Emergency procedures; elements of first aid and CPR.

Ability to:

  • Drive a transit vehicle safely and efficiently.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Conclusion

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jenny Junkins, Administrative Technician, at jjunkins@placer.ca.gov or (530) 886-4661.


Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.

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