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Gainesville Regional Utilities Transit Operator Trainee - RECRUITMENT EVENT 5/22/2021 in Gainesville, Florida

Transit Operator Trainee - RECRUITMENT EVENT 5/22/2021

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Transit Operator Trainee - RECRUITMENT EVENT 5/22/2021


$14.25 - $14.75 Hourly


Gainesville, FL

Job Type

Full-Time Regular



Job Number



5/22/2021 11:30 AM Eastern

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Job Ad

RTS invites you to the RECRUITMENT EVENT

on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 34 SE 13th Road!

Job interviews and Conditional Job Offer extended on site!

Why Work for RTS?

  • Excellent Health Benefits

  • Retirement Options

  • Supplemental Insurance For You and Your Family

  • Free Health and Wellness Programs

  • PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Shift differential pay for eligible shifts

What are the working hours?

  • Work schedules may require weekends, late night hours, split shifts and non-consecutive days off, including having to fill in for a vacant shift with short notice.

When & Where is the Recruitment Event?

  • Saturday, May 22nd from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. @ RTS, located at 34 SE 13th Road (just off South Main Street).

How does the Application Selection Process work?

  • Submit the online application as instructed above.

  • If your application is provided with additional consideration, you will be interviewed on that day.

  • You can also complete the application onsite from 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (*Note: Applications completed onsite on the event day may not warrant the same-day job interview.)

What qualifications do I need for consideration?

  • Three (3) verifiable, consecutive years of driving experience

  • Driving record shall reflect a three (3) year period with a maximum of four (4) points and no more than one (1) moving violation, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or license currently suspended or revoked.

  • Valid State of Florida Driver License.

Are benefits offered?

The City of Gainesville/RTS is one of the premier employers in Gainesville. In addition to having a rewarding job with good pay and an excellent team of co-workers, RTS employees also enjoy other great benefits. Please visit our site for additional information.

Click here for more information on the City of Gainesville's Benefit Program (

Job Description


This is entry level work learning the skills necessary for operating revenue service vehicles in a safe, courteous and timely manner with the goal of satisfied and loyal customers of the public transit system.

Positions in this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under direct supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on learning Transit Operator skills.


*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.


Learns how to become proficient in the performance of the following duties:

Safely operates all models of agency revenue service vehicles through traffic along assigned routes under various environmental conditions in accordance with published schedules, traffic laws and departmental regulations.

Manages farebox transactions, and records passenger data by fare type.

Collects fares from passengers and issues transfers; checks passenger transfers, passes, and identification cards to ensure they are valid. Passes may be both physical printed medium or digital.

Acts as first-line customer service representative by cultivating and maintaining positive customer relations with the riders. Ensures a clean, safe rider environment, provides accurate and timely information regarding routes, and assists and accommodates riders with boarding and discharging the vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.

Performs pre- and post-operation vehicle inspection. Records any physical deficiencies on required documents.

Contacts Control Center regarding various emergencies, such as, medical emergencies, vehicle malfunctions, vehicle evacuations, vehicle accidents, etc.; as well as, other circumstances that may affect service, such as, heavy traffic, road hazards, road obstructions, etc..

Completes accident, incident, and/or other miscellaneous reports to document unusual occurrences.

Operates the disability access lifts and ramps for wheelchairs or upon request by any passenger. Assists wheelchair patrons on and off vehicles upon request. Secures all onboard wheelchairs or other mobility devices in accordance with department policy.

Complies with all applicable Federal, State and local safety regulations and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to include stop announcements for all visually impaired.

Operates communications equipment in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and department rules and regulations.

Wears and maintains prescribed uniform and maintains a clean, well-groomed appearance at all times.

Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.


Three (3) verifiable, consecutive years of driving experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience, which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Pre-employment medical examination required, including satisfactory drug screening.



Valid State of Florida Driver License. Driving record shall reflect a three (3) year period with a maximum of four (4) points and no more than one (1) moving violation, including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or license currently suspended or revoked.

Valid State of Florida Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class A or B with passenger endorsement preferred.

Once hired, employee must obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) class “A” or “B” with passenger endorsement in a period not to exceed three (3) weeks after training starts.




Ability to learn the City’s geography.

Ability to learn the operation and use of diesel powered and/or alternative fuel vehicles.

Ability to learn Federal, State and local traffic and other regulations governing the use of passenger-carrying vehicles in the city.

Ability to learn occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary in operation of a transit vehicle.

Ability to learn, understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations.

Ability to read and comprehend written materials, such as, training materials, departmental rules, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handbook, etc. using the English language.

Ability to report to work punctually and adhere strictly to projected schedules.Ability to work effectively with coworkers, management and the general public.

Ability to maintain continuous professional attitude, appearance and conduct at all times.

Ability to verbally communicate with others using the English language.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.


Work will require performing tasks in and around heavy traffic.

Work will require tasks that involve walking, sitting, standing, twisting, bending, crouching, and/or kneeling and balancing while simultaneously manipulating and fastening wheelchair tie-down straps, lifting up to 20 lbs., pushing/pulling up to a maximum of 100 lbs., climbing stairs and overhead work.

Must be physically able to safely maneuver and operate a bus that includes hand eye coordination with repetitious head movements, such as, turning the head left and right frequently.

Work requires normal color vision to distinguish the color and severity of many traffic control and safety devices.

Must be able to communicate orally in the English language, see physical surroundings, listen, hear others, respond, and demonstrate good communication skills.


Work schedules may require weekends, late night hours, split shifts and non-consecutive days off, including having to fill in for a vacant shift with short notice.

Will require direct contact with the public.

Work may require exposure to moderate noise levels.

Work may require exposure to dust and/or to exhaust fumes and vapors.

Work will require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.

Work may require performance of tasks in extreme road and/or weather conditions.

To learn more about benefits available to eligible City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities employees, please CLICK HERE ( Benefit Booklet.pdf) .


Do you have three (3) verifiable, consecutive years of driving experience supported by a valid driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No


    IMPORTANT NOTE: Having more than four (4) points and more than one (1) moving violation in the last three years on your driving record will disqualify you from consideration for this position. To your knowledge, at any point in the last three (3) years have you had more than four (4) points or no more than one (1) moving violation on your driving record?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you understand that on your first day of employment you will be required to bring the written portion of the CDL with passenger endorsement?

  • Yes

  • No


    What do you know about RTS and fixed route service?


    This is a full time position with hours that may vary, so you may be asked to work anytime during our operating hours. That would be Monday – Saturday 24 hours and Sunday 9 am – 11 pm. Do you have any conflicts that would prevent you working during these periods?

  • Yes

  • No


    What experience do you have transporting people and/or driving large vehicles?


    What previous work experience have you had providing customer service?


    What skills do you possess that you feel qualify you to be a Transit Operator?


    There are a few things that are very important to being a Transit Operator; so how would your current or former employer describe your performance in safety, responsibility, courtesy and punctuality?


    Do you understand successful pre-employment physical examination is required?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you understand that successful pre-employment background screening is required?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


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