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City of Ames Transit Driver in 50010, Iowa

Transit Driver



Transit Driver


$16.51 - $26.83 Hourly


50010, IA

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6/30/2021 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames is currently accepting applications for part-time Transit Drivers. Under direction, operates passenger bus on fixed route and/or demand response basis; performs related work as required. Various routes are available.

Starting rate is $16.07. Pay is figured on a step-based pay plan depending on hours of service. Due to the extensive training program that is available to all new CyRide employees, we request all applicants be committed to employment with CyRide for no less than two semesters.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Operates passenger bus on a fixed route or demand-response basis; picks up and discharges passengers; collects fares and transfer slips; maintains communication with dispatcher using 2-way radio; maintains scheduled route and trips as directed by dispatcher; announces transfer points over bus intercom; ensures safety of bus and passengers while on route. May operate wheelchair lift and tie downs. Promotes a positive image of CyRide and the City of Ames by fostering positive public relations; provides passengers with schedule and route information; assists passengers needing help boarding and departing the vehicle. Performs pre-and post-trip vehicle inspections to identify damaged or defective equipment; performs minor maintenance to vehicle en route; reports accidents and equipment malfunctions to proper authority. Prepares end of route reports including route tallies, trip sheets, etc.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Operates passenger bus on special or group trips. Turns in lost articles. Reports unusual, unsafe or emergency situations such as stranded motorist, drunk drivers, etc. Participates in informational and training meetings. Provides input to safety committee. Provides feedback concerning operating policies and procedures. Provides in-service training and evaluates performance of new drivers. Performs general department duties as assigned.


Employment Qualifications: No record of more than two total moving violations and/or accidents in the last three years; no more than two serious accidents within the last five years; no record of operating a vehicle while under the influence (OWI); no record of revoked or suspended driver's license in last five years; no record of hit and run accidents. An offer of employment is conditional upon the following: satisfactory background check; obtaining a CDL Permit; employment physical; drug and alcohol test; and obtaining a CDL license.

Licenses and Certificates: Ability to obtain a valid Iowa Drivers License; ability to obtain Commercial Driver's License Permit within 30 days of start date; ability to obtain Commercial Driver's License (Class A or B with passenger and airbrake endorsements) within three attempts; must maintain Commercial Driver's License (Class A or B with passenger and airbrake endorsements).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Extensive knowledge of traffic laws, and rules and ordinances involved in operating a passenger bus. Knowledge of safety precautions in passenger bus operation. Knowledge of street names and locations in Ames. Knowledge of the principal causes of bus malfunctions and appropriate preventive measures.

Ability to operate a commercial passenger bus safely and in accordance with traffic laws and regulations; ability to deal with the public in a tactful and courteous manner; ability to identify vehicle malfunctions; ability to maintain records of fares received and complete end-of-route reports; ability to follow written instructions.

Supplemental Information

Physical & Environmental Characteristics:

Required Physical Activities: Climbing stairs, stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Work requires exerting 10 pounds of force frequently and may require up to 50 pounds of force occasionally. Requires the use of arm and leg controls.

Vision Requirements: Standard for use with those who operate cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles.

Environmental Conditions: Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions, noise, vibration, and vehicle exhaust fumes.

Equipment Essential to the Job: Transit bus, two-way radio, fare box, tally counter, intercom, maps, schedules, wheelchair lift and tie downs, transfers and cutter, anti-slip pellets, maintenance card, gate card, fire extinguisher, emergency triangles, ice-scraper, and de-icer spray.

Other Equipment Used on the Job: First-aid kit, anti-odor absorbent pellets.

Residency Requirement:

Within three months of completion of six-month probation period, must reside within an area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west; County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderline, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, an interview, and completion of a commercial and motor vehicle record check, FMCSA PSP driver search, and criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

Veteran's Preference Points

The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of your DD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to 515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.