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Position: Bus Driver
Reports to: Transportation Supervisor/Director
Site: Transportation Barn
FLSA: Non - Exempt
Contract Length: 9 Month/184 days
Purpose: Under general supervision, drives a school bus to transport students over specific routes according to time schedule, to and from school and on special trips in a safe and professional manner.
High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED);
Must be 21 years of age;
Valid Commercial Driver’s License with required endorsements to operate a school bus in the state of New Mexico, this license must be maintained of the duration of the assignment;
A valid copy of the Department of Transportation Physical Examination Certification, indicating that the employee is physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) 391. (Physical must be maintained for duration of assignment);
Must provide a copy of current driving history issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles at time of application;
Must be able to pass a drug test upon employment and participate in required drug testing and abides by regulations;
Must have a clear/safe driving record with no points against the record;
Ability to establish and maintain an effective relationship with students, peers and parents;
Ability to communicate with students effectively;
Ability to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and effectively present information and respond to question from supervisor, principals, and the general public;
Able to perform the following essential duties, physical and mental functions and utilize the essential equipment of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Drives a school bus to transport students to and from school and on special trips safely and professionally;
Supervises students and maintains order on the bus and issues citations as necessary;
Perform, properly complete and submit daily pre-trip inspections, transportation reports and other necessary reports as required;
Checks mechanical conditions, gas, oil, other fluids, and tires, and inspects safety equipment of assigned bus before leaving on route;
Conducts emergency evacuation drills for students on buses;
Deals with stressful conditions in a professional manner;
Conforms to safety standards prescribed;
Complies with all traffic ordinances;
Complies with discipline policies set forth in the School Code of Conduct for Transportation;
Must have patience, be neat, personable, kind, and courteous;
Participates in on-site training;
Shows proficiency in handling and maneuvering school bus;
Confers with the Transportation Supervisor and/or Principal on students’ behavior;
Assist students with disabilities and makes accommodations as addressed in their Individual Education Plan;
Creates an environment that is conducive to safe and appropriate for passengers;
Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, and the bus;
Perform assigned duties in a timely basis.
Majority of tasks and duties are performed outdoors and in confined work areas. Work area involves being in and around large vehicles/buses.
Frequent travel in parking lots, freeways, roadways, private streets, and private complexes as needed.
Frequently required to sit, reach, grasp, bend, twist, stoop, talk, listen, walk, and climb;
Usually walks on uneven surfaces outdoors and on even surfaces inside the vehicle;
Must possess enough strength and power grasp to properly secure straps when securing special equipment and/or students.
Pushing/pulling: up to 150-175 lbs., transitioning of student(s) in wheelchairs on/off the bus.
Lifting: up to 150, occasionally 50-60 lbs, frequently 10 -25 lbs. constantly,
Carrying: up to 20 – 25 lbs., up to 30 minutes a day;
Hand and eye coordination in operating the bus in transportation of students;
Exposed to various degrees of noises (talking, music, traffic, etc.). The noise level in the bus environment is usually moderate to loud;
Exposed to outdoor weather temperatures ranging from mild/moderate to extreme cold/heat, icy and windy conditions;
Works in close proximity of other individuals;
General vision, corrected to 20/20, reads a multitude of road signs, maps, forms, logs and correspondence. Ability to adjust visual focus from varying distances (dash board to road).
Must be able to:
apply knowledge of requirements of bus drivers and safe driving;
plan and implement bus inspections and preventive maintenance for assigned bus;
read, analyze and interpret vehicle gauges, maps and road signs;
interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written and oral form;
deal with students and parents in such a way to maintain their goodwill;
respond appropriately to student behavior and discipline;
respond appropriately to supervision and accept recommendations;
present information effectively and respond to questions from students parents, peers, mechanics and supervisor.
Zuni Public School District #89 is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
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