HISD hosting job fairs to recruit new bus drivers

Transportation Services is hosting more than a dozen job fairs over the next four months to recruit new bus drivers in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year.

Though no decisions have been made about next year, the department is ramping up recruiting efforts to prepare for the possibility of transporting more students this fall. Bus service was limited during the 2020-2021 school year due to physical distancing restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re looking for drivers who are committed to our students and their safety,” Transportation Services General Manager John Wilcots IV said. “These job fairs help us find dedicated candidates who are ready to make a difference for HISD students.”   

Most job fairs will be held at the at Northwest Motor Pool from 9 a.m. to noon on select Wednesdays through August. An additional three will be held at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center from 9 a.m. to noon on select days in May, June, and July. Dates and locations are listed below.  

Northwest Motor Pool, 6351 Pinemont Drive; 9 a.m. to noon

  • Wednesday, April 14 and 28  
  • Wednesday, May 5, 12, and 26 
  • Wednesday, June 9, 16, and 23
  • Wednesday, July 7, 14, and 21
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4, 11, and 18

Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St.; 9 a.m. to noon

  • Saturday, May 22
  • Saturday, June 26
  • Saturday, July 31

Applicants must be at least 18 and have a valid Texas driver’s license and a motor vehicle report with less than six points. Candidates must bring their social Security card and employment authorization card, if applicable.

All applicants must be able to pass a background investigation, drug and alcohol screening, and a Department of Transportation physical. Applicants also must be able to communicate in English.  

Drivers will earn a starting hourly wage of $18 and will receive free CDL training. Other benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, Teacher Retirement System participation, and special trip pay options. 

For immediate consideration, interested candidates can apply online at DriveHISD.org.