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Transit Operator

Open Until Filled
Reference: 2018-041
Salary: $13.965-24.876
Status: Full Time


Under supervision, performs as a transit bus operator for the Transit Division's city bus system transporting the general public on scheduled routes throughout city streets in a safe reliable manner.


Works under the general guidance and direction of Transit Operations Dispatch Supervisor.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  (A position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all duties, which may be found in a position of this class).

Ensures that the highest quality of bus service is delivered to customers.

Gives attention to safety and security issues during the performance of job duties.

Operates various types of vehicles on prescribed routes as directed.

Complies with the Transit Operator’s Handbook, as well as all federal, state and local laws pertaining to the operation of buses, traffic and safety.

Performs pre-trip and post-trip inspections to ensure bus and equipment are in safe and proper working condition.

Effectively utilizes paddles to follow routes and ensure on-time performance.

Assists customers in a friendly, courteous and helpful manner.

Shows special sensitivity to the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities. Assists persons with mobility devices to board and alight from the vehicle, and to secure their mobility devices inside the vehicle.  

Utilizes electronic fare box to collect passenger fares according to Transit Division policies and procedures. Provides periodic ridership tallies as requested by management. 

When assigned to standby duty, may perform on-board passenger counts, on-time performance monitoring and other ridership surveys; assist administration personnel with answering telephones and filing; run errands; and relieve the dispatcher in the dispatch office.

And other duties as may be required.



High school diploma or GED equivalent; and

One (1) year of experience in customer service and/or dealing with the general public.

Must possess and maintain a valid NM Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A or B) with (P) endorsement and airbrake certification or must obtain and maintain a NM Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A, or B) with a P endorsement through the City of Santa Fe within six (6) weeks of hire date.


Extensive knowledge of: operating buses, including pre-trip inspection of equipment, handling various forms of script, submission of daily trip summaries and experience working with the public. Good knowledge of methods, systems, equipment, and materials to be used, as well as high levels of proficiency in operating vehicles in a safe, dependable, efficient and timely manner; must have interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and the general public

Ability to read and write; to complete required reports and records; to operate two-way transit radio system in accordance with internal operating procedures and the F.C.C. Must have a telephone in the residence or be available by an equally effective means of communication as approved by the supervisor.


Must successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening prior to employment. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing during employment.

Must successfully pass a background check.

Must obtain DOT medical certificate and maintain for the duration of employment as a Transit Operator.

Must possess and maintain a valid NM Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A or B) with (P) endorsement and airbrake certification or must obtain and maintain a NM Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A, or B) with a P endorsement through the City of Santa Fe within six (6) weeks of hire date. 

Must obtain a City of Santa Fe driving permit within three (3) months of hire date.


Work is performed primarily inside a vehicle and according to shift schedule; may be required to work extended hours or be on call.

Drives vehicles in all kinds of weather.

Good hearing and visual acuity is required.

Is exposed to hazardous or unpleasant working conditions, due to dust, noise, temperature, road and weather conditions, traffic and vehicle fumes.

Requires ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; to sit for long periods of time; to bend and twist the neck or body repeatedly; to maneuver arms in continuous repetitive motion.

ADA/EEO Compliance

The City of Santa Fe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

TO APPLY: Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the city application form. Submit City of Santa Fe Application by one of the following methods: Fill out application at Human Resources Department, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM; mail application to P.O. Box 909, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0909; or fax application to (505) 955-6810. Applications may be downloaded from our website:; or apply online at Applications become public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection upon request.

When required of the position, attach a copy of certification(s) or license(s). Copies of high school diploma/GED & college degree must be provided at time of interview. Pre-placement physical exams are required for some positions. Incomplete applications may delay or exclude consideration of your application.

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