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Bus Operator Fixed Route Service (Full Time)

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Supervisor, Fixed Route Service

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Department:  Revenue Services

SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing service to bus riders by safe, reliable, and expert transportation to the community.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Operates a bus for the safe transportation of the public.
  • Responsible for following all District rules, policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for pre and post trip activities for the bus and reporting of any issues related to same.
  • Responsible for reporting accidents and/or incidents and following District procedures in accordance with the accident reporting procedure.
  • Responsible for dealing with passengers and the public with courtesy and patience.
  • Assists impaired passengers in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Loads and secures up to two (2) wheelchair scooters.
  • Assists passengers with grocery packages upon request
  • Assists Paratransit passengers at pick-up and drop-off points.
  • Provides customer service as defined in District Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for handling emergency situations appropriately.
  • Monitors cleanliness of bus interior.
  • Assists with training of new operators.
  • Checks bus and reports lost or left behind items; communicates and reports to appropriate personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of the geography of the county and bus routes.
  • Skill in safely operating a bus or other vehicle in a variety of weather and traffic.
  • Ability to work under pressure; ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Must be a self-starter; able to work independently.
  • 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:

High school diploma or G.E.D. required; two to four years’ customer service experience.  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 CDL Class “B” license with (P) Passenger Endorsement and Airbrakes.

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 performed in all weather conditions.

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

Transportation Coordinator

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Call Center Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Department:  Operations, Support Services

SUMMARY: This position requires positive customer service skills while dealing with consistent radio and phone work while at the same time, performing various dispatch and clerical duties such as faxing, copying, filing and compiling research. Successful employees in the call center demonstrate high standards of excellence, hard work/dedication/professionalism, respect, adaptability, dependability, patience and team work.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Responds to incoming calls and other forms of communication that require action to complete a transportation opportunity.
  • Forecasts clients needs and proactively works to address questions, issues and concerns.
  • Responds to complex inquiries from clients in order to provide or clarify information on departmental services, procedures and policies.
  • Ensure all booked trips are checked daily for accuracy.
  • Provides centralized point of contact for daily movement of buses within the County.
  • Responsible for monitoring the Compute-aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Locating (CAD/AVL)System.
  • Responsible for coordinating communications by radio.
  • Adjusts assignments weekly and daily as required.
  • Assigns Extra Board Operators to unfilled duty schedules.
  • Dispatches “paper” trips if necessary.
  • Responsible for Operator and vehicle assignments.
  • Responsible for monitoring Operator reports and end-of-day turn in.
  • Responsible for following District, Local, State, and Federal rules, policies and procedures for public transit operators.
  • Responsible for general clerical duties.
  • Keeps Control Center/Operations staff apprised of any escalated service issues.
  • Prepares and maintains log sheets.
  • Communicate to management personnel any issues that impede the efficient operation of the call center.
  • Attend department/district meetings and trainings.
  • Participates in community outreach events, workshops and presentations.
  • Process ADA, Intake and Transportation Disadvantage applications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Must be able to read, understand, and communicate in English.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • PC literate, basic skills in Microsoft Office Suite, Internet Research, and dispatching software.
  • Ability to do basic math.
  • Must be a self-starter; able to work independently.
  • Consistent in attendance and stable work history.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • 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.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

High school diploma or G.E.D. required; one (1) year of customer service, dispatching, or related duties. Computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office required. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the specific requirements may be substituted. Trapeze and previous dispatch experience preferred.

PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED

Bilingual

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.

Transportation Coordinator must be able to work in an environment that may be crowded or noisy, where work can be repetitive or stressful, with little time between calls.

Employee will be sitting for long periods of time, operating a computer, radio and phone, using repetitive movement requiring manual dexterity and fine motor skills. Employee is frequently required to talk, walk and sit. Employee may regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and infrequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Senior Accountant

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Chief Financial Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department:  Finance Department

SUMMARY: The position is responsible for the Districts financial management/accounting activities and functions, audit governmental tracking and support the Chief Financial Officer in the oversight of the Finance Department.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • 1. Provides development and interpretation of financial policies, governmental legislation, accounting theory, or other financial regulations.
  • Oversees the preparation of audit work-papers supporting the annual external audit process, including drafting of the required annual Management Discussion and Analysis report.
  • Supervises the accounting for and preparation of reports in conjunction with Federal, State, and Local grant assistance programs awarded to the District.
  • Prepare end of year Working Trial Balances for the Districts grants.
  • Prepares journal vouchers for the reallocation of payroll costs to other grants.
  • Compiles regular monthly financial statements, statistical reports and analysis, special reports and analyses.
  • Assist in the development of automated systems used to accumulate, track and report financial transactions.
  • Performs analysis of financial transactions being considered by the District upon request.
  • Reviews and evaluates regulatory compliance rules and establishes compliance procedures as required.
  • Assists with budgeting, audit, accounting for the District.
  • Responsible for assisting with the planning and preparation of annual budgets.
  • Responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the use of a financial fiscal and accounting database and system programming for the division within the District.
  • Makes recommendations to management regarding cost saving or profit generating opportunities and profitability improvement strategies.
  • Advises management regarding compliance requirements and develops programs as necessary to achieve compliance with the regulatory agencies.
  • Oversee the work of clerical/fiscal employees engaged in preparing and maintaining ledgers and budgetary control accounts.
  • Work with external Auditors on the annual audit.
  • Work with the CFO in planning and preparing the annual financial statements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Able to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality.
  • Thorough and complete knowledge and understanding of governmental accounting principles and procedures related to GASB.
  • Ability to prepare financial reports and statements in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of financial systems and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve a wide variety of complex financial transactions and reports.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills.
  • PC literate, advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Internet research.
  • Ability to learn the computer software associated with position.
  • 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, peers, 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:

B.S. degree in accounting; five (5) to seven (7) years of accounting, governmental financial accounting, grant accounting or related business administration experience which included budgeting preparation, analysis and forecasting experience and two (2) years of supervisory experience. 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 FL Drivers' License

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 usually performed in a normal office environment. Must be physically able to lift and carry 20-25 lbs. infrequently.

Apprentice Technician

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Shop Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Department:  Fleet Maintenance

SUMMARY: Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled work in servicing, lubricating, repairing and maintaining vehicles for a public transit system. This position is  as safety sensitive.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

1. Responsible for a highly standardized maintenance program which includes tire repair, lubrication and general garage duties.
2. Maintains routine records of activities performed and materials used.
3. Fuels transit vehicles and checks water, oil, battery and tires; adds water, oil and air if needed; drains air tanks.
4. Reports damage, defects or malfunctioning parts to proper authority.
5. Changes tires in the garage and, when necessary, on the road.
6. Washes engines, bus units and bus interiors and exteriors as necessary.
7. Cleans garage and parking areas and performs other related cleaning, sweeping, mopping or dusting duties.
8. Operates service truck and fork lift.
9. Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of the location, nomenclature, and function of the less complex parts of transit equipment.
  • Knowledge of the types, grades, and uses of standard diesel lubricants.
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods and equipment typically used in diesel maintenance work.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records of work performed and materials used.
  • Must be able to understand, read and communicate in English.
  • 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 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:

High School diploma or G.E.D. required; one (1) year of experience servicing heavy duty diesel equipment. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the specific requirements may be substituted. Must be able to provide an assortment of general hand tools and basic tool box.

OTHER CERTIFICATES/LICENSES:

Must possess a CDL/Class B license or provide proof of passing the General Knowledge Test for the CDL.
Must be able to obtain a CDL with P (passenger) endorsement license and air brakes testing within 30 days of employment. Must be maintained in good standing while employed with the District.

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 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. This position is exposed to various chemical and gas/diesel fumes on a daily basis.
Must be physically able to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 100 lbs. on a daily basis.

Utility Worker II

Position Type: Part Time

Reports To: Fuel Island Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt/Part Time

Department:  Fleet Maintenance

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

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

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

Bus Operator, Paratransit

Position Type: Full Time

Reports To: Revenue Service Director; Revenue Service Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Department:  Revenue Service

SUMMARY: This position is a limited duration training position in which the employee is taught the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Paratransit bus operator.
After successful completion of the training, the employee will know how to transport, safely and expediently, passengers on District buses.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

1. Learns to be responsible for the safe transportation of passengers.
2. Learns to and aids in the loading and unloading process of passengers needing assistance in boarding.
3. Learns how to and performs daily pre and post-trip inspections of the bus in accordance with applicableregulations and District guidelines.
4. Learns how to complete daily post-trip inspections, including checking the condition of the bus.
5. Learns how to maintain the cleanliness of the bus interiors.
6. Learns how to communicate routine, urgent and emergency situations.
7. Attends all meetings and training sessions including all in service and driver meetings, first aid and CPRclasses that are required by the District.
8. Responsible for learning all District rules, policies and procedures.
9. Learns how to verify route times to maintain the accuracy of the schedulers’ assignments.
10. Learns how to provide information to the scheduler and dispatcher for updating maps and routes.
11. Learns how to report accidents and/or incidents and follow District procedures in accordance with theaccident reporting procedure.
12. Learns how to deal with passengers and the public with courtesy and patience.
13. Learns how to assist impaired passengers in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.
14. Learns how to assist Paratransit passengers at pick-up and drop-off points.
15. Learns how to deal with passengers who may have a wide range of mental acuity.
16. Assists impaired passengers in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.
17. Learns how to load and secure up to five (5) wheelchair scooters.
18. Learns how to deal with emergency situations.
19. Learns how to perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ability to work under pressure; ability to multi-task.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize mobile data terminals.
  • Ability to maintain required records.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Must be a self-starter.
  • 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:

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 CDL Class “B” permit with (P) Passenger Endorsement and Airbrakes upon hire. Must be able to obtain license within sixty (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 performed in all weather conditions.
It may include the need to be able to lift up to 100 lbs. infrequently.

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