School Bus Driver (10 Months/YR)

  • Berkeley, California
  • Apr 11, 2024
Full Time Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $28.65 - $34.94 Hourly USD

Job Description

Basic Function and Representative Duties



Under general supervision, drive a school bus to transport students safely and efficiently to an assigned location on a designated route; perform daily pre-trip safety inspections and assist in general cleaning of school buses



• Drive a school bus on designated routes; pick up and discharge students in accordance with time schedules; observe legal and defensive driving practices; assure compliance with applicable traffic and student transportation laws, codes and regulations; assure only registered students board and exit at assigned bus stops unless otherwise approved by school district or parents

• Maintain order and discipline among passengers on the bus and while waiting at bus stops in accordance with policies related to disciplining students; communicate effectively with school staff and parents regarding student behavior as needed; prepare behavior/conduct reports to document incidents and negative behaviors of students

• Perform required daily safety inspections of buses inspect the interior and exterior of buses according to California Highway Patrol pre-trip regulations to assure safe operational condition; report mechanical malfunctions or other problems as required

• Determine appropriate action in emergency situations according to established guidelines; administer first aid to passengers as needed

• Maintain bus in a clean and safe operating condition which includes sweeping passenger areas; cleaning windshields, mirrors, dashboard, and driver compartment

• Transport students, and designated adults on school routes or school related activity trips; adhere to scheduled departure and arrival times as assigned; prepare related logs and reports

Maintain records of vehicle condition, incidents/accidents, route times and mileage; conduct student counts and prepare related records

• Assist students as needed in boarding, buckling, and loading, securing and unloading students in wheelchairs as assigned; operate a wheelchair lift as assigned

• Utilize two-way radios for bus to bus and bus to base communications

• Communicate with Transportation Operations Staff and Maintenance Shop on a daily basis regarding safety concerns, safety of school bus stops and the mechanical condition of the buses

• Be available to respond to emergency or natural disaster situations when there is an urgent need to transport students, designated adults, victims, or others as needed


Perform related duties as assigned

Knowledge and Abilities


Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code, California Highway Patrol Regulations, and Education Code applicable to the operation of vehicles in the transportation of students

California Vehicle Code and local traffic ordinances

District policies and practices regarding pupil transportation

Safe and defensive driving practices

Proper operations of school buses

Applicable traffic and student transportation laws, codes and regulations

Basic first aid procedures

Basic record-keeping techniques

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy

Health and safety regulations

Oral and written communication skills as related to the position


Drive a school bus safely and efficiently

Communicate about mechanical issues and defects verbally and in writing

Perform daily pre-trip safety inspections; and assist in general cleaning of school buses.

Learn and apply District policies and procedures related to student discipline on buses

Maintain a safe level of discipline among passengers

Observe legal and defensive driving practices

Learn and follow designated routes

Learn the functionality and tolerance of the dual air braking system

Learn the proper use of the electronically controlled transmissions installed in the fleet

Maintain bus in a clean and orderly condition

Administer first aid

Maintain routine records as related to the position

Understand and follow oral and written directions

Communicate effectively with others

Adhere to schedules and assigned time lines, except under extenuating circumstances

Operate a two-way radio

Maintain a clean driving record

Maintain the safety and security of assigned students and all passengers

Education, Experience and Other Requirements


Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above


Valid and current California Class A or B Commercial Driver License with appropriate passenger, school bus and air brake endorsements

Valid California Special Driver Certificate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for school bus drivers

Valid Medical Examiner's Certificate

Valid First Aid and CPR Certificate (as required) issued by an authorized agency

Department of Justice fingerprint clearance through the California Highway Patrol

Good DMV driving record and ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance policy

Incumbents in this classification are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing requirements

Working Conditions and Additional Information


The school bus and outdoor environment

Seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions

Evening or variable hours

Exposure to fumes, dust, odors, oil/grease, and gases

Driving a vehicle to conduct work


Sitting for extended periods of time while operating buses

Hearing and speaking to exchange information

Reaching, pulling and pushing to open bus doors

Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to inspect buses

Seeing to monitor passengers and operate a vehicle

Perform work which involves the frequent lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects weighing up to 50 pounds, and occasionally and with assistance up to 100 pounds

Pushing or pulling wheelchairs

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate school bus control panel


Traffic hazards

Exposure to seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions

Exposure to fumes, dust, odors, oil/grease, and gases

Exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases

Abusive, irate or violent students, parents or the general public


This is an open and continuous recruitment. This recruitment will have a cut-off date every 90 days.

The first step in the examination process is the application screening and whether or not the candidate meets the minimum qualifications listed. Applicants invited to advance in this recruitment will be scheduled to take the first test soon after the cutoff date.

The testing process may consist of a written exam; an oral exam; a performance exam; a structured interview (SI); a qualification appraisal interview (QAI); an evaluation of training & experience/education (T&E) and/or any combination thereof.

All exams will have a passing score set between 50 and 99 depending on a variety of factors affecting that specific recruitment.

All candidates must pass the first examination process to be invited to the next step/test in the process.

As the testing process consists of a minimum of two examination processes; the weight of each of those processes may be determined at any step in the processes.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination(s)/test(s).

Candidates will be notified of the minimum pass points/test score for each examination and/or test in the examination process.

OTHER: Proof of identification for completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be submitted at the time of processing for employment.

SALARIES: All salaries as stated are based on present information and are subject to change. Appointments are made at the minimum salary shown in the posting and increases are granted at intervals based on the anniversary date.

Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy

The Berkeley Unified School District is committed to fostering a positive working environment for its employees. Accordingly, BUSD practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying of any employee based on an employee's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The Board also prohibits retaliation against any district employee or job applicant who complains, testifies or in any way participates in the district's complaint procedures instituted pursuant to this policy.

The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination regarding Board Policy 4030:

Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator

2020 Bonar Street, Room 116

Berkeley, CA 94702

Phone: 510-486-9338


SALARIES: All salaries as stated are based on present information and are subject to change. Appointments are made at the minimum salary shown and increases are granted at intervals based on satisfactory service.

BENEFITS (FOR PERMANENT EMPLOYEES): Health plans provide for full coverage for employees and family in the area of medical and dental insurance to a negotiated maximum. All employees who work an average regular assignment of less than 5-1/2 hours a day (.72 FTE or less) shall be entitled to health insurance coverage and dental insurance coverage on a pro-rated basis. This position is covered by Social Security and may be eligible for California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), with joint employee and employer paid contributions. Current members of CalPERS working in other California state, county, city, and school districts can transfer retirement service credit to the District. All employees are enrolled in an Employee Assistant Program (EAP). The District also offers various optional benefits including life insurance, short term disability, Vision Service Plan (VSP), and a medical and dependent care flexible spending option.

VACATION: Regular, non-management, District employees shall accrue vacation as follows:

1-3 Years: Ten (10) working days per year until he/she has completed four (4) years of service.

4-9 Years: Fifteen (15) working days per year until he/she has completed ten (10) years of service.

10-14 Years: Twenty (20) working days per year until he/she has completed fifteen (15) years of service.

15+ Years: Twenty-five (25) working days per year.

Regular twelve (12) month employees shall accrue two (2) additional days of vacation per year at each step indicated above.

HOLIDAYS: Annual employees receive seventeen (17) paid holidays per year:

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans' Day

Thanksgiving Holiday (3 Days)

Winter Board Holiday (3 Days)

New Year's Holiday (2 Days)

Martin Luther King's Birthday

Lincoln's Birthday

Washington's Birthday

Spring Board Holiday

Malcolm X's Birthday

Memorial Day

School Year employees may receive sixteen (16) paid holidays, including all of the above except Independence Day (4th of July).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Classified employees may also participate in professional development activities to enhance their careers.


Candidates selected for appointment may be required to pass a medical examination given by a Commission-designated physician to determine physical fitness for District employment. The Commission may disqualify any eligible candidates on the basis of the examining physician's report. The District also conducts a fingerprinting background check for all potential candidates for hire. All convictions must be declared and explained on the application; failure to do so will automatically disqualify the application. Tuberculosis tests must be completed and a negative result must be supplied prior to beginning work.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

Berkeley, California United States View Map