Bus Driver/Custodian

Under the general direction of the HS Director but working closely with the lead facilities Maintenance staff


Head Start

Pay Grade:

$ 13.39

Job Description:

Under the general direction of the HS
Director but working closely with the lead facilities
Maintenance staff. Will serve as the main Head Start
transportation (bus) and will ensure the safe and efficient
transport of children between program activities, home and
on field trips. Responsible for complying with Head Start
Performance Standards, safety and other regulations and
rules related to safe transport of children. Also on the times
the incumbent is not transporting, the incumbent will be
responsible for custodial work as well as working and taking
direction from the Facilities Maintenance in assisting in the
cleanliness of the Head Start facility including the vehicles
and buses.


Custodian Duties/Responsibilities

  • Cleans restroom daily, empties trash, mops, sweeps and vacuums daily.
  • Does minor repairs as instructed or directed by Facilities Maintenance.
  • Assists Facilities Maintenance in other maintenance repairs such as painting, putting together office furniture,moving furniture, etc.
  • Changes lightbulbs and cleans light fixtures.
  • Adheres to Employee Handbook and other HS regulations related to a safe work environment.
  • Maintains grounds to keep it free from weeds, litter and any other health hazards.
  • Checks all playground equipment to make sure all equipment is in good repair and no hazards.
  • Makes safety checks of the facility and grounds on a daily basis and provides work work-ups on major problems.
  • Maintains and monitors a safe and clean environment.
  • Will be expected at times to assist in the kitchen and help prepare meals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Bus Driver Duties/Responsibilities

  • Check bus tires, oil, lights and conduct basic maintenance on the vehicle and including other vehicles at the school.
  • Keep the buses clean at all times.
  • Pick up and drop off children in their designated areas.
  • Follow a plan route according to time schedules.
  • Help children on and off the bus if needed.
  • Obey all traffic laws, state, federal and tribal including transit regulations.
  • Keep passenger informed of possible delays.
  • Follow procedures to ensure the safety of the children/passengers at all times.
  • Resolves emergency and non-emergency situations that occur on the way to and from school.
  • Conducts bus inspections for potential maintenance issues and completes inspections reports.
  • Attends training for CDL renewal.
  • Maintains log and accurate count of children riding the bus.
  • Ensures proper use of child safety restraints by children
  • Ensures that all licenses, permits and inspections are completed as required by local, state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains all sidewalks to make sure it is safe, especially during winter time when it snows.
  • Follows rules and regulations as set forth by the Tribal Council in Tribal Policies and Procedures.
  • Adheres to Head Start Performance Standards and follows Head Start in-house Policies and Procedures
  • Follows necessary protocols for transporting children with special needs.
  • Maintains gas receipts and submits these to the Office Manager for payment.
  • Determines appropriate training needs and makes necessary recommendation to the Director.
  • Willing to familiarize self with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) rules and other local transportation regulations as applicable
  • Understands Head Start Transportation Performance Standards and specific local, state and federal transportation regulations.
  • Assures that all buses have two-way communication system (cell phones and/or two-way radios) that are fully charged and in good working order.
  • With input from the teaching staff, prepares the bus schedule for bus monitors for the school year.
  • Assures that all busses are equipped with the appropriate safety equipment, including fire extinguisher, seat belt cutters, blood bourn pathogen kit and up-to-date First Aid kit.
  • Works with Family Service Coordinator to assure all buses have emergency contact information for all enrolled Head Start children.
  • Addresses any special transportation needs of children with disabilities including special pick-up and drop-off requirements, special seating, special equipment needs, special assistance and special training for bus drivers and monitors.
  • Attends meetings, conference and participates in staff trainings when necessary.
  • Works with custodian with the daily cleaning of classrooms, bathrooms, offices, and other areas of the building.


  • Education: HS Diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Experience/Basic Knowledge: 2 years’ experience.
  • Required to be a mandated reporter of all suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect.
  • Required Licenses/Certifications: A CDL License.
  • Must pass a driver’s license check.
  • Must possess a CPR/First Aid Certification or willing to obtain within a certain time frame.
  • Must possess a food handler’s certificate or willing to obtain within a certain time frame.
  • Other Requirements: Must pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol test.
  • Must pass a thorough background check.
  • Must pass a sex offender registry check.
  • Preferences: San Felipe Preference and Veteran’s Preference.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff and parents.
  • Computer knowledge helpful.
  • Basic math skills helpful.
  • Knowledge in basic bus maintenance, identifying problems and making decisions for resolution.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations related to Department of Transportation and Commercial Driver’s Licenses, as well as state and local driving regulations.
  • Ability to organize time efficiently and accept responsibility at times with limited supervision.
  • Ability to speak in Keres and English.
  • Ability to resolve emergency and non-emergency situations that occur on the way to and from school.
  • Knowledgeable in all health and safety regulations including chemical safety.

Working Conditions:

Works in office. Sits for long periods of time and types. Must be able to life 50
lbs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essentials functions.
Noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate: Must have manual dexterity to enter and retrieve data from a
computer. Ability to sit and stand for long periods. Bends and stoops regularly. Must have the physical, emotional and
mental ability to drive a vehicle full of children in a safe and pleasant manner. Requires driving in all weather conditions.

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