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Now Hiring Drivers
February 23, 2018

Now Hiring Drivers

Are you interested in a stable, rewarding career that offers an excellent salary and benefits package? Big Blue Bus is looking for customer service and safety-minded Motor Coach Operators to join its growing team.

Every day, Big Blue Bus connects thousands of people to new opportunities that await them. As a Motor Coach Operator, you will have a unique opportunity to enrich the lives of our customers, by ensuring they arrive safely and on time to their destinations. Further, you’ll meet new people, be an ambassador for the City of Santa Monica, and experience growth opportunities at every stop!

If you enjoy driving, seek real opportunities for career advancement, and are passionate about making a difference in the community, then we invite you to drive Blue.

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No Experience Necessary

Previous Bus Operator or commercial driving experience is not required. We will provide an eight (8) week, full-time (40 hours/week) paid training program, consisting of both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. We’ll also provide training and testing for your Commercial Driver’s License Permit (CDL).

Excellent Salary

Upon successful completion of the training program, you’ll earn $18.75/hour. After five years, full-time bus operators may earn up to $28.85/hour.

Great Benefits

In addition to a friendly, flexible, and fast-paced work environment, Big Blue Bus offers great benefits, including:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Transit Passes or Reimbursements
  • Retirement with CALPERS
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation/Sick Leave and Paid Holidays

What it Means to Drive Blue


Motor Coach Operators must be available to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays. All applicants must also meet requirements that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Valid California Class C driver’s license
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent
  • Minimum 21 years of age at time of application
  • One year of recent, paid customer service work experience

    Getting Behind the Wheel of a Big Blue Bus - 4 Steps

    You must obtain a copy of your driving record (known as an “H6”). Your H6 must be purchased in-person at a DMV office, and issued within 30 days of your application submittal. H6 printouts from the DMV website and other agencies (e.g. AAA) will not be accepted. Your H6 must show that you have not been at fault in three (3) or more accidents, within the 12 months preceding the date of your application.

    Step 1: Obtain an H6 Printout from the DMV

    Step 2: Submit Your Application and H6

    All materials must be submitted on-line and received by the Human Resources Department no later than the specified closing date and time indicated on the application materials. You can scan and upload your H6 printout to your electronic application. You may also email (, fax (310.656.5705), or drop off your H6 at the following location:

    Human Resources Department
    City of Santa Monica
    1685 Main Street, Room 101
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Step 3: Interview, Testing and Potential Job Offer

    If your skills match the qualifications, and you successfully pass the components of the selection process, we’ll be in touch to schedule an interview. You may receive a job offer contingent on passing several pre-employment tests, which will be administered at no cost to you. You must pass each test before moving on to the next step.

    Step 4: Orientation and Training

    You will be scheduled for orientation and eight (8) weeks of paid training at Big Blue Bus. Prior to the first day of training, you must possess a California Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License Permit. Upon successful completion of the training program and a proficiency examination, you will be eligible to become a part-time Motor Coach Operator! Motor Coach Operators serve a one-year probationary period.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Big Blue Bus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability.

    About Big Blue Bus

    Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of 195 vehicles transporting more than 44,000 customers daily across a 58-square mile service area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG) a form of liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG), which helps cut emissions by up to 90 percent. Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big Blue Bus has won numerous awards for its safety, efficiency, marketing, and customer service.