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Operator Trainer

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Director of Safety, Security and Training

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department:  Safety, Security and Training

SUMMARY:

This position develops course materials, presentation documents, and conducts training for vehicle operators. Researches, conducts, coordinates training, and maintains training records related to operators.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Conducts classroom and behind-the-wheel bus driver training for the purpose of presenting, reinforcing and/or developing bus driver skills.
  • Evaluates performance of bus drivers and driver applicants for the purpose of ensuring that basic skills levels are met and are in compliance with State, Federal, agency, and other requirements; including certification and licensing requirements.
  • Informs bus drivers and prospective drivers regarding rules, regulations, laws, procedures for the purpose of providing information, requesting follow-up actions, and/or implementing procedures.
  • Maintains manual and electronic documents, files and records for the purposes of documenting activities and/or providing an up-to-date reference and audit trail. Provides duplicates of all training records to Human Resources for inclusion into personnel record.
  • Monitors passengers during transit for the purpose of ensuring training standards and the safe transportation of all passengers.
  • Oversees bus driver training requirements and certificate status for the purpose of ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Participates in meetings, in-service training, workshops, etc., for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions.
  • Prepares a variety of documents and reports such as activity reports, training handouts, safety information guidelines, driver evaluations, etc. for the purpose of providing information and/or training materials to bus drivers, other district personnel and outside agencies as required by established policies and/or regulatory guidelines.
  • Schedules training and testing of and/or by non-district personnel for the purpose of ensuring compliance with District policies and established regulatory requirements.
  • Trains employees by preparing , coordinating, and conducting operator training and development programs, preparing training curriculum, overseeing employee participation behavior and attendance during training, coordinating physical setup of activities in training facilities, supervising behind the wheel training, supervising and conducting training, and facilitating motor vehicle testing with new operations.
  • Develops training by designing and developing orientation programs, implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of training, consulting with departments on operator training needs, assessing the operator training needs for the District, formulating routine training plans and instructional methodologies, selecting basic training aids, examples, manuals, and visual aids, developing training evaluating standards and procedures, and maintaining knowledge on all transit equipment in order to train personnel.
  • Assists in other areas of the department such as driving routes as needed, attending to situations requiring assistance on routes and stops, assisting in the dispatch and scheduling office, monitoring the radio and receiving route calls
  •  Instructs drivers, paraprofessionals and transition drivers on proper and safe usage of wheel chair lifts to include manual operations.
  • Instructs in proper procedure for applying safety restraints on wheel chairs as well as the placement of wheelchairs on buses.
  • Assists with the development and coordination of the bus road-eo.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Must be skilled in training techniques and presentation skills.
  • Must be current on applicable Federal, State, and Local laws pertaining to safety and training.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills.
  • PC literate, basic skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Internet research.
  • Ability to do basic math. Must be a self-starter; able to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management, internal staff and external vendors.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, various County and City employees, customers, and the general public.
  • Uses sound, independent judgment in daily work activities and exercises discretion; has strong ethical standards.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

A.A. or A.S. degree in related field; courses in curriculum development, public speaking and/or technical training a plus. A minimum of one (1) year of teaching experience; one (1) year of experience in the operation of a bus. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the specific requirements may be substituted.

OTHER CERTIFICATES/LICENSES:

Must have valid Florida license. Must have the ability to attain third party CDL license within 60 days of hire.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The work environment and physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

This job is sometimes performed in a normal office environment; however, it frequently will perform duties on an air-conditioned bus.

It may include the need to be able to lift up to 100 lbs.

Utility Worker

Position Type: Part-Time

Reports To: Fuel Island Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Department:  Revenue Services

SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, performs semi-skilled work in fueling, lubricating, washing and cleaning vehicles for a public transit system. This position is a TEMPORARY POSITION. As such the position could be terminated if funding for the position changes.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Responsible for a standardized service program which includes re-fueling, lubricating, interior cleaning and exterior washing of heavy duty diesel public transit vehicles.
  • Maintains routine records of activities performed and materials used.
  • Makes visual inspections of transit vehicles for accident damage, broken glass and burnt out lights.
  • Reports damage, defects or malfunctioning parts to proper authority.
  • Cleans garage and parking areas and performs other related cleaning, sweeping, mopping or dusting duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records of the work performed and materials used.
  • Must be available to work various shift, weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Ability to do basic math.
  • Must be a self-starter; able to work independently.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, customers and the general public.
  • Use sound independent judgement in daily work activities and exercise discretion; has strong ethical standards.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

High school diploma or G.E.D. and basic knowledge of vehicle terminology required. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the specific requirements may be substituted.

OTHER CERTIFICATES/LICENSES:

Bio Hazard Certification (training provided).
CDL B w/Passenger and Air-Brakes License is desired.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The work environment and physical demands requires light to medium work involving lifting up to twenty five (25) pounds on a regular basis. This job is sometimes performed in essentially an outdoor environment, subject to extremes of both hot and cold weather and wet conditions. Employee must be able to work outside on a daily basis. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Citrus Connection is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (“EOE”) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

We believe that our employees are our most valuable asset. As a member of the Citrus Connection Team, you’ll find an environment that celebrates diversity and welcomes the open exchange of ideas and individual perspectives. We are proud to offer an attractive salary along with a generous benefits package designed to support you while addressing work/life balance issues.

Thank you for your interest in Citrus Connection.


DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

The Citrus Connection is a Drug Free Workplace (“DFWP) and is committed to providing a safe, efficient, and productive work environment for all employees, to help ensure a safe and healthful working environment.


OFFICIAL APPLICATION

To be considered for employment, the employment application must be completed in its entirety, signed in the application Acknowledgement section, and the position for which you are applying, specified.

Please review our current job openings. If your qualifications match the minimum requirements of any of our openings, please click the Application Request Link or download an the Citrus Connection Employment Application. Once you complete the application, you may also print it, email it to Recruiting@ridecitrus.com or drop it off at our location at: 1212 George Jenkins Blvd ~ Lakeland, FL 33815.

Applications are screened by the Human Resources Department. Applicants that meet the minimum requirements will be forwarded to the Hiring Manager for review and consideration for interviews. The Hiring Manager will only contact the most qualified applicants.

BENEFITS

  • Paid Vacation Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Company-Paid Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance for Employees
  • Voluntary Insurance (AFLAC)
  • Health & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Company-Paid Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Uniforms for select personnel

HOLIDAYS

Full time regular employees receive the following paid days off:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Citrus Connection operates in accordance with Title VII. Click here for more information.

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer (“EOE”) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, pregnancy, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Employment opportunities include all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotions, terminations, inter-departmental transfers, layoffs, compensation, training, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment. No person shall be excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in employment under any project, program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the federal transit laws.

The overall goal of the District is to have, in its employ, individuals within its workforce that reflect each segment of the various demographical backgrounds that make up the Lakeland urban area. This goal is extended to having members of the various ethnic backgrounds in various positions, such as supervisory, professional, and clerical and service delivery positions.

As part of the EEO (“Equal Employment Opportunity”) Program, the District will make reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and current employees and strongly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of law. We are committed to providing a fair and respectful work environment that is free from unlawful discrimination.

It is important to the District that each employee who joins our team be qualified to perform job duties set forth in the job description. All applicants are recruited and selected based on transferable skills, knowledge, previous work experience, and the minimum educational level for the specific position that is required for successful job performance. We are proud to offer equal employment opportunities, and we embrace the diversity that makes up our family of employees.

The District is a government agency, operating under the Federal Transit Administration and Florida Department of Transportation’s employment rules, laws, guidelines, policies, and regulations. Every safety-sensitive applicant’s background will be carefully reviewed to ensure the safety of all workers and the general public. Each applicant applying for a safety-sensitive position is required to complete and successfully pass a pre-employment drug test and Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Physical. All non safety-sensitive applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Steven Schaible, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
EEO & Human Resources Director
Citrus Connection
1212 George Jenkins Blvd.,
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: (863) 327-1308
E-mail: sschaible@ridecitrus.com

Federal Transit Administration
230 Peachtree St. N.W., Suite 800,
Atlanta, GA 30303
Attention: Region IV Civil Rights Officer
Phone: (404) 865-5620