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Transit Operator Recruitment Search

BC Transit is looking for customer focused and safety conscious individuals who are passionate about serving the local community to join the Transit Operator team in Victoria! Not only is a paid, 7-week training program provided for you to learn how to operate every kind of bus in our fleet, we will also support you to earn your Class 2 commercial license with air brakes. Bring your passion for driving, and we’ll do the rest!

Click on any of the sub-pages (below or to the right) to learn more about the Job Description, Physical Demands and Work Environment, Minimum Qualifications, and the Application Checklist.

Job Description

Do you have what it takes to be a Transit Operator? The right candidate is someone who is familiar with the Victoria regional transit system through regular use and experience and enjoys working independently.

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Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands of a Transit Operator most often require manual handling of loads between 5 kg and 15 kg.  Manual handling requirements are considered to occur on a rare basis throughout the work day/week. Physical demands may include but are not limited to, activities such as:

  • Assisting with securing bikes on/off the bike racks; lifting/lowering the bike racks; and securing customers in wheelchairs and scooters
  • Reaching between shoulder and ground level to assist/serve customers, access emergency exits/hatches, secure/strap scooters and wheelchairs; or steer and adjust mirrors etc.
  • Rotating the neck and spine to shoulder check, view travel path and greet customers.
  • Squatting, crouching or kneeling to secure wheelchairs and scooters and conduct pre and post trip inspections.
  • Sustained sitting while driving
  • Navigating steps and stairs to access the buses, including staircases in bi-level bus designs.
  • Extended exposure to an indoor environment (95 % of the work is completed inside the bus)
  • Working outside to complete pre/post trip inspections if a bus breaks down on a route or to assist passengers when needed.
  • Working in close proximity of moving traffic.
  • Exposure to noise (running bus engine, air brakes, radio, background dialogue of riders, traffic noise, etc); vibration (associated with operation of the bus); and odours (exhaust fumes; pets/animals confined in carriers and/or service animals; passenger fragrances/perfumes and/or conditions associated with passenger personal hygiene).
  • Exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • Interactions with the public in various situations; most public interactions occur inside the bus.
  • If you would like to learn more about the physical demands and work environment of the position, please read the full Job Demand Analysis

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for employment as a Transit Operator, applications must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Willing and able to work shifts (both straight and split shifts) anytime within BC Transit’s operating hours (22 hours each day with shifts beginning as early as 4am and ending as late as 2:45am) with non-traditional and sometimes undefined breaks.  All shifts and work adhere to National Safety Code standards.
  • Clearly demonstrated customer service skill set including conflict resolution, problem solving and sound decision-making.
  • 2 years’ non-learners driving experience if not a current commercial licence holder.
  • 5 years’ Claims Experience Summary dated within the past 14 days with no more than 1 at-fault claim in the past 5 years. Preference will be given to those with a clear Summary.
  • National (N) and Provincial (P) driver’s abstracts, each dated within the past 14 days indicating safe and responsible vehicle operation over the past 5 years with no more than 3 points in the past 3 years and no more than 1 violation in the past 5 years.  Preference will be given to those with a clear driving background.
  • Minimum valid BC Class 5 driver's licence or out of province equivalent. Class 1 or 2 also accepted.  For non-commercial licence holders: your Class 2 Learners Licence will be required for first day of employment (cost for a Class 2 Learners Licence is $15.  For more information on how to obtain a Class 2 Learners from ICBC please click here.
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive ICBC medical examination relating to the Motor Vehicle Act requirement for a Class 2 driver’s licence and capable of, after on-the-job training, holding a Class 2 driver’s licence.
  • No criminal convictions or pending charges relating directly to the Transit Operator position.
  • Ability to understand, speak and write English in order to comprehend BC Transit policies, effectively communicate with the traveling public and report on incidents involving safety and/or service.
  • A good knowledge of the Greater Victoria area is an asset.

Application Checklist

During the online application process, ensure you attach the following three documents in the Attachments step (this is a mandatory step; attachments must be in PDF format):

A 5 year Driver's Abstract dated within the past 30 days. Please include both the Provincial (P) abstract and the National (N) abstract. If you have lived in more than one province or jurisdiction within the past 5 years, please include your driver’s abstract from all applicable insurance providers, such as ICBC.

An unaltered copy of your Class 5 Driver's License.  If you already hold a Class 1 or 2 commercial license or Class 2 leaner's with #15 air brake temporary restriction, please include an unaltered copy of your driver’s license (both front and back).

  • A current 5 year insurance Claims Experience Summary from your insurance provider, such as ICBC.
  • If you have lived in more than one province or jurisdiction(s) in the past 5 years, please include your claims history from all applicable auto insurance providers from the past 5 years.
  • If you have not resided in BC for the past five years or have not held ICBC motor vehicle insurance for a period of time within the past five years, please attach an unaltered copy of your insurance claims history letter from the insurance company with which you have previously held vehicle insurance.
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