Heavy Bus Driver (Transportation)


: $23.00 - $30.32 /hour

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

Job Description

A Heavy Bus Driver operates a large “transit” school bus of at least 24,000 pounds gross vehicle weight with an engine under or behind the driver, typically with a passenger capacity of 78 or more.

Job Responsibilities The duties consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Operates a school bus in transporting students to and from school and other locations as scheduled
  • Maintains proper student behavior and safe riding practices on a bus
  • Inspects assigned bus prior to and at the end of each run for mechanical condition affecting safety of operation, physical condition, and to ensure that no students remain on the bus
  • Renders first-aid and operated fire extinguishers when necessary
  • Performs related duties as assigned

 Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • California Vehicle Code, District School Bus Driver’s Manual, and traffic ordinances of local governmental agencies within the District boundaries
  • Minor bus repairs and adjustments
  • State Department of Education, Department of Vehicles, and California Highway Patrol regulations pertaining to student transportation and bus operations

Ability to:

  • Dive a bus safely in heavy metropolitan traffic in accordance with the requirements of transportation schedules and traffic laws Promote and maintain student safety and proper behavior on a school bus
  • Promote and maintain student safety and proper behavior on a school bus
  • Act quickly and appropriately to emergencies
  • Relate effectively with students on the bus and with their parents
  • Work effectively with District personnel

Minimum Requirements

Education: Graduation from a high school or evidence of equivalent educational proficiency.

Experience: One year if experience in driving a bus or truck of at least 16,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Successful completion of an accredited course in school bus driver training can be substituted for six months of the experience.


Successful completion of LAUSD’s Transportation Services Division course in heavy school bus driver training can be cab be substituted for the one year of experience

Special Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to reach overhead and safely lift, carry, push, or pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds; and to assist students with disabilities on and off the bus
  • Good physical condition as required in order to obtain a California School Bus Driver Certificate


Insurance: Paid premiums for your choice of several medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans

Retirement: Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

Vacation: Two Weeks of Paid vacation to start; three weeks after five years of year-round paid service

Paid Holidays: 12 days

Interested candidates should visit LAUSD’s Talent Acquisition & Selection Branch site to apply

NOTE: Positions in this job classification my be offered on a 9, 10, 11 month basis per year- salary and paid time off will be adjusted accordingly. Positions in this job classification may be subject to additional furlough days.

Special Note: A valid California Driver License, Class A or B, with Passenger, Air Break, and School Bus endorsements.

A California School Bus Driver Certificate with no restrictions except: ·

  • A First-Aid Test Waived restriction if in possession of valid First-Aid Card
  • A Conventional or Type 2 Bus Only restriction (41 passenger or more)
  • An Automatic Transmission Only restriction
  • Effective January 1, 1995, all employees in these classifications are subject to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations for drug and alcohol testing as required by the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991

Important Note: In order to be considered for employment, it is the responsibility of ALL candidates who pass the exam to maintain a valid CA Driver License and California School Bus Driver Certificate at all times.

HOW TO APPLYIn order to be considered for this position, qualified candidates must visit http://www.lausdjobs.org to apply. Click on the link “Jobs Open to the Public” to find job opportunity The Los Angeles Unified School District intends that all qualified persons shall have equal opportunities for employment and promotion Reasonable accommodations in completing an application and testing are available to individuals with disabilities. Please call (213) 241-3455 for more information

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