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Bus Operator

City of Fort Collins Transfort

This is a Full-time position in Fort Collins, CO posted September 17, 2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, motor vehicle report, drug test and Post Offer Employment Test (POET) required within 48 hours of offer.

We include paid cdl training!

Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University (CSU), the City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture, educated and engaged citizens, outdoor recreation, bicycles, breweries, historic charm, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • Potential for paid personal leave and paid holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, and financial assistance
  • Wellness program, workout facilities
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities plus potential for career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment
  • Reports for work by start time and fit to perform job duties.
  • Keeps all required licenses and certifications current and in possession while driving.
  • Operates buses and other vehicles in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations.
  • Operates a variety of wheelchair lifts, securement devices, bike racks and other safety-related equipment.
  • Makes quick and safe decisions based on traffic and unexpected obstacles; practices defensive driving.
  • Handles emergency and occasionally stressful situations appropriately.
  • Performs required vehicle inspections and reports any defects appropriately.
  • Complies with all traffic regulations and reports delays or accidents.
  • Uses sound professional judgment in accordance with City of FC and Transfort Vision, Mission and Values.
  • Operates different types of buses and other City vehicles in a wide variety of traffic, road and weather conditions.
  • Possesses knowledge of basic math skills.
  • Attends meetings and ongoing training as needed.
  • Possesses knowledge of city streets and surrounding areas.
  • Possesses basic vehicle and equipment maintenance knowledge.
  • Operates a two-way radio and mobile data terminal to communicate with other drivers, dispatchers and supervisors.
  • Utilizes good time management skills and is able to stay on schedule.
  • Follows all operational policies and procedures.
  • Effectively uses email and other software systems to communicate with coworkers
  • Attends meetings and completes training as directed by the Operations Supervisor
  • Treats all co-workers with respect
  • Extends common courtesies to co-workers.
  • Respects diversity.
  • Provides safe, reliable, on-time service.
  • Treats all customers respectfully, providing information and answers to any questions.
  • Regulates heating, lighting and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  • Communicates policies and procedures, as well as routes and schedules to passengers.
  • Collects tickets, bus passes, or cash fares and makes transfers.
  • Projects a tidy and professional image at all times.
  • Acts in a positive manner and actively promotes the mission and values of the City of Fort Collins/Transfort.
  • Uses meetings with supervisors/managers to constructively problem-solve.
  • Proactively inspects and reports any equipment defects.
  • Keeps a tidy work environment by cleaning up after themselves and others.
  • Neither abuses nor misuses the City of Fort Collins’ facilities or equipment.
  • Respects the personal property and privacy of co-workers.
  • Adheres to City cyber security requirements including device use guidelines and required training

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?


Operates transit vehicles to transport passengers of all abilities for fixed route service according to specific time schedules for the City of Fort Collins and surrounding areas. Assists passengers as needed per division guidelines. Duties include carrying out those functions pertaining to the safe, courteous, and efficient operation of assigned transit vehicles on routine and/or special service routes and exercising prudent judgment under a variety of constantly changing operating conditions.


Requires varied work hours, including early mornings, nights, split shifts, weekends and holiday work. Service hours run from 4 am- 12:30 am.


The following duties, responsibilities, and qualifications are illustrative of the primary functions of this position, and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

Reports to work on-time and fit for duty

Practices safety in all work activities

Demonstrates high level of skill in their job

Treats co-workers with dignity and respect

Treats customers with dignity and respect

Presents a positive image of the City of Fort Collins when performing job duties

Respects the property of the City of Fort Collins and co-workers


High school diploma or GED, three to five years driving experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be at least 21 years old and have a good driving record.


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization.


Basic computer skills necessary; read and send email messages, ability to learn specific Transit and City of FC related computer programs.


Valid Driver’s License with ability to obtain Commercial Driver’s License with passenger endorsement and no air brake restriction. Ability to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination by obtaining a DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate for a minimum of a 2-year qualifying period and continue to maintain a current DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate thereafter.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; use legs repeatedly to push down on or lift off of the vehicle’s floor controls; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; turn head/neck. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, lift, balance, stoop, kneel, squat, crouch, twist torso or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift, pull and/or move up to 47 pounds and push up to 79 pounds without assistance


The work environment characteristic described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemical, and outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.