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Become a School Bus Operator

Drive a Yellow Bus to School!

The Escambia County School District is seeking professionally-minded individuals to transport students to and from school. Applicants must be determined to make a positive difference in the lives of students and they must be committed to safety and excellence. We will train qualified applicants. Apply now!

District Hiring Guidelines

In general, any of the following would disqualify a candidate for a position with the District:

1. Conviction for a crime of moral turpitude.

2. Two (2) or more misdemeanor charges within the past five (5) years, with findings of guilty or plea of nolo contendere (no contest), regardless of adjudication(s) withheld.

3. A criminal history screening which demonstrates irresponsibility in private or social environments.

4. Any other felony crime not listed in Sections 435.04, F.S.. or 1012.315, F.S., with a finding of guilt or plea of nolo contendere (no contest), regardless of adjudication of guilt.

5. Enrollment in or failure to successfully complete a pre-trial diversion or intervention program for a disqualifying offense.

6. Any unlawful possession, sale, manufacture or association of controlled substances and drug related activities unless charges were dropped or dismissed or a verdict of nolle prosequi or a not guilty was delivered.

7. School bus operators cannot have a DUI or DWI conviction, regardless of adjudication(s) withheld.

8. Any incidence of violence misdemeanor or felony, with final disposition of guilt or plea of nolo contendere (no contest), regardless of adjudication(s) withheld.

9. Any omission, misrepresentation or falsification of information listed on any employment application or documents related to employment and benefits.

10. Noncompliance with the District hiring requirements.


Consult District Hiring Guidelines at:

Your Training Progression

1. Obtain a CDL permit from the DMV (we have study materials to help you prepare for the test).


2. We will conduct a motor vehicle record check.

3. Obtain an approved fingerprint/background check through the Escambia County School District.

4. The dexterity (flex) test will be administered as the first phase of of the physical examination process.  Once you complete the physical, you will hold a current Florida Department of Transportation Medical Examiner’s certificate granted by a District-designated physician.

5. Successfully complete a pre-employment drug test.

6. Successfully complete our forty-hour school bus operator’s training course which will provide you the required valid Florida Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B (or higher) with Passenger (P) endorsement and a School Bus (S) endorsement.

7. Once you complete your classroom training, you will begin your over-the-road training with one of our trainers.

8. Once your training is complete, you will be given a state examination consisting of a pre-trip inspection evaluation, a skills test, and a road test.  You must successfully complete all three parts of the examination.

9. Once you complete your training and testing, you'll go to the DMV to get your CDL license.

10. You'll return to us with your license and we'll sign off on your certification.  Then, you'll be ready to start work! 

Good luck, and let us know if we can assist you in your endeavors!


Setting an Important Example for Kids

While on duty, be clean and neat in appearance at all times and do not use profane language.  The District is a tobacco-free workplace.


Contact the District Transportation Training and Safety Office at (850) 469-5328 or apply in person at the Transportation Office (100 E. Texar Dr., Pensacola, FL 32501).