Bus Operator (Full Time) - No Exp Rqd (We Train) - Job Code #4365

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Bus Operator (Full-Time): “US News & World Report: Sarasota is No. 1 in Florida and No. 18 in the country for best place to live.” We need you to help create wonderful experiences for residents and vacationing guests navigating Sarasota.

• Welcome and interact with riders.

• Focus on the safety of our guests as they travel throughout our beautiful County.

• Be “in the know” with other routes and schedules. 

• Enjoy being “outside” with the comfort of air-conditioning on all buses.

• Join a dedicated high-performing team of County professionals.

• Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!

• Award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at 7 Sarasota County Government locations. 

• Optional insurance options for Accident, Cancer, Long Term Care and Identity Theft.


Drivers hired for these positions will have six (6) weeks paid training period during which time they are scheduled for 40 hours per week.   

Is a Commercial Driver License Required to Apply?


A Commercial Driver License (CDL) is not necessary to be considered for the Bus Driver role,

although candidates must obtain/possess a valid Florida driver license to begin the CDL

process. The new hire will receive paid training to obtain their CDL and the cost of the CDL will be covered by the County. You must obtain your CDL permit before your first day.


Pay: All Sarasota County Bus Operators are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union. It is your decision if you would like to be a dues-paying member. All Sarasota County Bus Operators begin in Step 1 at $13.50/hour.


  • Safely operates bus and transports passengers.
  • Collects and accounts for fares, gives transfers and provides information and directions to passengers.
  • Controls access to vehicle and denies entry to persons presenting a danger to others or who will not provide an acceptable transfer or fare payment.
  • Provides effective passenger relations while maintaining a safe and orderly vehicle.
  • Reports accidents; maintains records.
  • Inspects bus and ensures vehicle is in safe and proper mechanical condition.
  • Operates radio to coordinate with other operators, report problems and delays.


Minimum Qualifications:   A High School Diploma or its equivalent and possession of a valid Florida Driver License.  All persons appointed to a position in this class must obtain a valid Florida Commercial Driver License (CDL), Class "B" with passenger and air-brake endorsement within six (6) weeks of employment and must maintain such a license and endorsement in order to remain employed in this class.  

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