Part-time Transit Driver

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Mitchell County is accepting applications from qualified applicants for Part-Time Transit Driver positions.  An employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of activities associated with providing transportation services.  An employee in this position drives and operates a passenger vehicle on fixed routes to transport passengers, preforming pre and post-trip vehicle inspections to identify damage or defective equipment; assisting elderly, disabled and transportation deprived citizens to and from various designations and enforcing rules of operation and conduct to ensure safety of the passengers. The work also involves completing and maintaining daily records, logs and various reports.  The work subjects the employee to inside and outside environmental conditions, fumes and gases. Duties may expose the employee to human body fluids thus the work is subject to OSHA requirements on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under the general supervision and is evaluated based on the safe and efficient operation of the vehicles, records and reports, and client feedback.

  • Drives and operates multi-passenger vehicles safely through traffic on assigned routes in accordance with traffic laws and departmental regulations to transport passengers.
  • Operates the disability wheelchair lifts to assist handicapped individuals in boarding, riding and exiting in a safe manner; secures wheelchairs, seatbelts and mobility devices on the vehicle.
  • Assists passengers with seat belts, getting in and out of vehicles as needed and required; operates wheelchair lifts.
  • Maintains first aid supplies and fire suppression equipment on the vehicles.
  • Ensures the vehicle is clean and free of litter.
  • Checks vehicle prior to initial trip and at end of each day. Refuels vehicle at end of day; washes van as needed.
  • Uses some discretion to determine order of passenger pick-up and delivery.
  • Contacts dispatcher regarding circumstances that may affect service such as heavy traffic, road hazards, road obstructions and various emergencies.
  • Monitors and reports status and needs of the vehicles for maintenance and safe operation.
  • Records mileage, number of passengers, times, and other required information on forms.
  • Collects and keeps account of fares; turn in receipt book and monies daily to Transit Operations Supervisor.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Working knowledge of the geographical layout of the County and surrounding counties.
  • Working knowledge of safe and efficient operation of vehicles.
  • Ability to work effectively with special populations.
  • Ability to maintain and keep accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Ability to deal with the public in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to read and understand written materials (training materials, departmental rules, DMV Handbook, etc.).
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to accurately complete and maintain departmental various forms and records including incident reports and route sheets.
  • Ability to read, interpret and respond to traffic signs and signals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, customers and general public.

Graduation from high school and considerable public driving experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

  • Must be able to perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting, reaching, fingering, talking, hearing, visual acuity and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to operate the vehicles safely, do visual vehicle inspections and maintain simple records.
  • Must possess of an appropriate and valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain CPR certification within 6 months.

These part-time positions have a starting pay rate of $12.24 per hour. The position requires flexibility to work some weekend hours.

  • Applicants must submit a Mitchell County Employment Application. The position is subject to employment reference checks, pre-employment drug testing and a criminal background check.
  • All interested applicants must submit their application to Glenda Shuffler, Human Resources Director, at or 26 Crimson Laurel Circle, Suite 2, Bakersville, North Carolina 28705. Applications are receiving immediate consideration.


Mitchell County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or in the provision of services.