Trainee Bus Driver
Baltimore, MD 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description


REPORTS TO: Area Supervisor, Office of Transportation

DEFINITION: This is a temporary, trainee position. Candidates that successfully complete training will be eligible for hire as a Temporary (Substitute/part-time) or Regular (full-time) Bus Driver. Operates school buses to transport students, faculty, and others to and from school, field trips, athletic events, and other events. Travels to and between Office of Transportation worksites throughout Baltimore County. Drives various routes of regularly assigned bus drivers as needed. Performs other duties as assigned. Performs other duties as assigned.


Trainees will learn to perform the following functions:

Operates school buses in compliance with laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Adheres to established schedules to safely pick up, transport, and discharge students and staff.

Maintains student discipline on the bus. Coordinates with school principals and area transportation supervisors to resolve serious disciplinary problems.

Transports students and faculty members on special field trips and to and from athletic events.

Travels to and between Office of Transportation worksites throughout Baltimore County. Drives various bus routes. Fills in for regularly assigned bus drivers as needed. Reports to worksites and shifts as assigned.

Completes pre- and post-trip inspections of bus. Fuels bus.

Responsible for appearance of assigned vehicles. Reports suspected mechanical defects and malfunctioning equipment on assigned vehicles.

Responsible for the cleanliness of vehicle, inside and outside. May wash, clean, wax and polish vehicle.

Notes and reports any damage to assigned bus.

Places wheelchairs securely on wheelchair lifts. Transports students' medical apparatus.

Keeps records of bus operations and submits required reports; compiles and submits accident report information; and communicates prolonged traffic delays.

Develops emergency evacuation plans for all students with all pertinent information for all groups of students transported.

Attends meetings.


May take vehicles to service when necessary.

Performs other duties of similar scope and complexity as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience:
Possession of a high school diploma or an appropriate equivalent is preferred.

Must be 21 years of age.

Meets and maintains all qualifications and certifications for school vehicle drivers required by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 13A.06.07.01).

Note: Other combination of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, may be considered.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid commercial, class B Maryland driver's license is required. (The license may require certain endorsements and/or the absence of certain restrictions.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of school safety, procedural, and policy guidelines and applicable regulations.
Skill in communication and human relations.
Ability to pass an annual physical examination and random drug tests for CDL. Ability to read and write. Ability to use and care for school bus and related equipment and supplies according to written and oral instructions. Ability to maintain good relationships with administrators, teachers, students, other employees, and the general public.

Work requires the performance of physical labor including the operation of vehicles and travel throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area, under a variety of weather and road conditions and topography. Work includes prolonged periods of sitting, lifting students, climbing on and off buses, using foot controls to operate gas and brake pedals, and pushing manual door openers.

Persons appointed to this class must be physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations and must remain physically qualified to operate such vehicles throughout their employment. Persons holding a commercial driver's license (CDL) are subject to alcohol and drug testing in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations and Board of Education policy.

Persons appointed to this class must successfully complete the Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training program within an assigned period of time. Failure to successfully complete the training may result in termination.

Annual successful completion of Baltimore County Public Schools in-service instruction for school vehicle drivers is required to maintain employment.

The job requires the ability to travel to worksites throughout Baltimore County in a timely manner.

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.

Trainee and Substitute/Part-time Rate: $16.69 per hour

Regular Rate: $16.69 - $23.79 per hour

FLSA: Non-exempt

Regular Bus Drivers are eligible for the Baltimore County Employees' Retirement System.

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
  • Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references). The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.
  • Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted. Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools. Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.
  • Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
  • Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $81.00. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
  • Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
  • If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
  • Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
  • All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefitssession.
  • Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 219, Baltimore, Maryland 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information
Katie Griss
HR Associate, Office of Staffing
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 443-809-7872


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full or Part Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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