General Statement of Duties
Operates small and medium transit buses and para - transit vehicles to provide public transportation; does related work as required.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
This is responsible and technical transportation work involving the operation of transit vehicles for public transportation purposes. The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Bus Operator II but some leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with the Transit Coordinator, Bus Operator II, transit users and the general public.
This position requires membership in the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 381.
Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
• Operates a small and/or medium duty public transit bus for a fixed or demand and response route; operates para-transit vehicles as needed;
• Collects monies, tickets, passes and transfers and maintains records;
• Cleans buses and conducts pre and post-trip inspections;
• Fuels buses, conducts minor preventative maintenance and inspections and reports findings and problems;
• Responds to inquiries and public requests for operational information;
• Attends meetings, conferences and workshops as requested and authorized;
• Performs related work as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Good knowledge of small and medium bus operation and maintenance;
• Good knowledge of bus routes and procedures for route variance;
• Some knowledge of standard first aid practices and procedures;
• Ability to maintain proper passenger behavior and discipline on the bus;
• Ability to fuel buses and perform routine fluid checks and preventative maintenance;
• Ability to communicate well with others both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisory personnel, transit users and the general public;
• Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, statistics, conclusions, recommendations and receipt accounting;
• Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
• Ability to perform a wide variety of driving and passenger loading and unloading tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
• Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
• Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Acceptable Experience and Training
• Graduation from high school; and
• Some experience driving commercial transport or buses preferred; or
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Required Special Qualifications
• Possession of a Commercial Drivers License issued by the State of Montana.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screen;
• Must be a resident of Butte-Silver Bow during employment according to Butte-Silver Bow Ordinance. See below.
"2.08.010 Residence during employment.
From and after October 1, 1979, all employees of the local government of Butte-Silver Bow shall be bona fide residents within the boundaries of Butte-Silver Bow during the period of their employment by the government of Butte-Silver Bow.
(Ord. 85 § 1, 1979)"