Mount Helena

Transit Operator

City of Helena
Job Description
Job Purpose The purpose of this position is to drive a municipal bus for the general public over designated routes or as dispatched in a safe, courteous manner in accordance with all traffic rules. Essential Duties These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties the incumbent may be assigned. Transit Operation The position performs pre-trip and post-trip operational inspections that include: cleaning windshields and mirrors; cleaning interior and exterior of buses including picking up debris, sweeping floors, and wiping upholstery; servicing buses with fuel and oil; and reporting any needed mechanical repairs. The position reports transit bus problems or equipment malfunctions; reports passenger emergencies or incidents which affect the safety of passengers; and completes all required documentation for all situations. The incumbent uses the computerized scheduling system to receive all information pertaining to routes, road conditions, and related items. The individual will maintain route directions as shown on computerized scheduling system tablet. The position drives a transit bus over designated routes or as dispatched in accordance with time schedules; notifies appropriate individuals of delays or route problems; and recommends necessary corrections or changes in equipment or routing. The position loads and unloads special needs, wheelchair confined, and elderly individuals to and from buses; ensures safety belts and harnesses are securely fastened as instructed by PASS Trainer. While operating para-transit buses, the incumbent provides origin to destination service as requested or provided as conditions warrant. The position responds to route and fare inquiries from the general public. The incumbent participates in staff development and in-service training programs as assigned. The individual in the position also attends scheduled safety meetings and safety programs. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Related to this Position: - Knowledge of: Safe driving principles and practices. Principles and practices used in dealing professionally with the public. Procedures to properly secure wheelchairs into vehicles. Local geography, streets, points of interest and locations of City offices. Basic mathematical principles. Skill or ability to: Operate at a minimum with a class C type 2 driver’s license with passenger endorsement, a transit bus in a safe and efficient manner (additional endorsements may be required). Operate a two-way radio communication system. Perform manual labor tasks such as: snow removal, installation or removal of tire chains, successfully tie down and remove securement devices, lawn mowing, washing transit buses, and maintenance of transit facilities. Respond to inquiries and requests for information from the public and City personnel regarding policies and procedures. Analyze situations carefully and adopt effective courses of action. Independently prepare incident reports. Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs. Understand and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Work independently in the absence of supervision. License and/or Certificate Requirements In addition to the CDL requirements above, if license is out of state, you must obtain a Montana license within 6 months of hire. Subject to pre-employment drug screening as well as random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident and follow-up drug and alcohol testing as pre the City of Helena FTA & FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Policy.
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