CITY OF YAKIMA: Transit Operator Part-Time - Yakima, WA

Employer: City of Yakima

Job Description:
Initial candidate eligibility is based on the job application and any accompanying documentation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide sufficient information and details within the body of the application (education and work experience sections) to permit the City of Yakima to properly evaluate the candidate's qualification, abilities and experience as it relates to the requirements of the position. Additional required documents must be attached. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of application fields.

Overview and Minimum Class Requirements
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Do you have a valid Commercial Driver's License? Are you looking for a new career or change of scenery? If you answered YES, then Yakima Transit has the job for you!

Yakima Transit needs drivers to provide transportation and exceptional customer service to the riders in our community.

This position is scheduled part-time, but has flexibility and availability for full time hours!


CDL license as defined. High school diploma/GED AND six (6) months driving and/or customer service experience is preferred.

Shall be subject to drug and alcohol testing, pursuant to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations (49 CFR Part 40) and the Federal Transit Administration’s Regulations (49 CFR Part 655).


Must possess and maintain a valid Class A or B Commercial Driver's License. Passenger endorsement is preferred and must be obtained within six (6) weeks of hire. Must obtain and maintain a valid First Aid/CPR Certificate within six (6) months of appointment.

Job Summary
Under general supervision; operates a City bus in a safe and efficient manner to transport passengers over local routes according to prescribed time schedules; performs related work as required.

Essential Functions
Drives transit vehicles over prescribed City routes in accordance with established safety procedures; provides information to passengers about business locations, routes, time schedules, and transfer points; collects fares from patrons and issues transfers on request; must maintain an attitude of professional concern for passengers, pedestrians and vehicular traffic around bus while operating bus in a manner to avoid traffic and pedestrian hazards, providing the greatest personal safety to passengers being transported.

Works to ensure passenger and operator safety by enforcing passenger rules, regulations and City policies and procedures. Helps ensure bus is kept clean and orderly for passenger safety and comfort.

Assists passengers with physical disabilities and secures wheelchair passengers. Cares for and turns in lost-and-found articles.

Inspects transit equipment such as lights, horn, and brakes to insure the proper and safe operation of the vehicle; cleans buses, on occasion; may periodically use two-way radio to communicate with transit office to report accidents, emergencies, or unusual operating conditions.

Participates in special events and/or operate buses on special routes that involve or promote public transit; participates in meetings with supervisors and general staff as required; completes mandatory and recommended trainings timely and as directed.

Fosters an attitude that encourages cooperation and coordination of efforts and efficient use of resources. Provides continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

Requires regular and reliable attendance.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Major Worker Characteristics
Knowledge of Federal, State and local transit safety rules and regulations, passenger safety rules, and City of Yakima rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Strong working knowledge of streets witin urban area and scheduled bus routes. Knowledge and ability to operate and communicate via two-way radio transmission and mobile data terminals.

Knowledge of record keeping systems, processes, and practices; municipal records retention procedures, and techniques. Demonstrates knowledge and sound judgement with regard to public disclosure, and confidentiality standards.

Working knowledge of: industry applications; division procedures and practices. Ability to operate standard office equipment including but not limited to: computer, copy machine, telephone etc.

Knowledge of techniques and/or strategies for dissemination information to a wide range of individuals. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, with employees, members of the public representing diverse education and background utilizing well-developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of English, including but not limited to correct grammar and vocabulary. Must be able to respond in a diplomatic and confident manner to upset individuals. Must routinely and regularly maintain confidentiality and discretion through all forms of communication.

Ability to operate transit vehicle safely in varied weather conditions with passengers in an urban environment with typical and unexpected hazards. Must possess ability to read maps and understand verbal direction, maintain vehicle inspection records, prepare incident/accident reports, maintain ridership records and passenger counts as needed.

Ability to consistently work safely and in compliance with the federal, state and local regulations, laws, policies and standards. Ability to maintain constant attention to detail while operating a bus, and awareness of surroundings. Ability to recognize traffic hazards and other potential safety concerns. Must have ability to sustain consistent attention to maintaining bus schedules and timeliness standards.

Ability to respond to emergency situations encountered from traffic accidents, medical emergencies or bus passengers, and community disaster evacuation plans. Ability to stay calm under adverse conditions is essential.

Ability to work independently with self-direction and minimal direction or oversight; maintain sustained attention to detail; and work under timeline pressures. Must possess ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and demands.

Ability to perform a basic mathematical computations with ability to read, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Must possess ability to identify problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to establish, facilitate, and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, and the public; to continually demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and respect to individuals, groups and organizations representing a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultures, opinions, and beliefs. Ability to positively receive feedback and take direction is essential.

The City of Yakima is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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Location: Yakima, WA
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Base Pay: $20.39 - $24.38/hr

Posted on September 19, 2023

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