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Applications are currently being accepted for Transit Drivers.  Periodically, there are openings for Lane Workers as well.  (See all open positions at CyRide.)  See the newest opportunities for employment with CyRide by visiting the City of Ames' City Employment - Current Job Opportunities webpage.  CyRide, as an agency of the City of Ames, is an equal opportunity employer.  If you need assistance with your application, including computer access, please call the City of Ames' Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.


How To Apply

Visit the City of Ames' City Employment - Current Job Opportunities webpage for transit positions.
  1. Click on the position you wish to apply for; and then
  2. Click the "Apply" link to fill out an application.
  3. If you applied for a transit driver position, please attend the next scheduled 'Written Test Session' listed below. 

Please note that the City of Ames (CyRide) does not accept paper copies of applications; therefore you must submit your application online. Please create an online account with your own unique e-mail address. If you need access to a computer or to the web, please call the City of Ames' Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or visit them in person during business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., located at 515 Clark Ave.; Ames, IA 50010. Computers are available free of charge within the HR Office as well as the Ames Public Library.  For more options, please visit the Human Resources' Frequently Asked Questions page for several options to access the City of Ames' online application process.

If you need assistance with your application, please click on any of the following City links (FAQ, Online Application Guide, How Do I Check My Application Status?) or call the City of Ames' Human Resources Department at (515)239-5199.


Written Test Sessions Held:  (Transit Driver Applicants ONLY)

Transit Driver applicants that have filled out an online application will need to also take/pass a written test prior to the interview process.  These tests are periodically offered as shown below:

Location: CyRide Conference Room; 601 N. University Blvd.; Ames, IA 50010
Phone:  515-292-1100
Test Offered on Days/Times Listed Below:

  • TBD


CY (see why) you should work for CyRide in Ames!  For more information about CyRide's driver positions, see the information below:


  • No driving experience needed; get paid $16.51 per hour while we train you
  • Perfect job for university students or semi-retired persons
  • CyRide drivers that are Iowa State University students have priority over other classmates when registering for classes
  • Work between 15 - 35 hours per week (you build your own schedule)
  • CyRide staff trains drivers to obtain their class B Commercial Drivers License (pre-trip vehicle inspection test, skills test and driving test)
  • CyRide drivers provide transportation to over 6 million passengers in Ames each year
  • Articulated (60-foot) buses hold approximately 110 passengers each while large (40-foot) buses accommodate approximately 60-65 passengers
  • Flexible schedule (tell us when you're available to work; guaranteed time off for exams or school related issues)

Job Requirements

  • Good driving record (no more than two accidents or moving violations the last three years)
  • Must be able to pass a written exam, interview and obtain Commercial Driver's Permit
    Learn how to obtain your CLP (General CDL Knowledge test, Air Brake Endorsement, Passenger Endorsement.   An interactive study guide for the written CDL test is available on mobile devices through iOS and Android app stores, as well as online. This guide is free to anyone with an Iowa driver’s license or ID card.
  • Must live in OR near Ames (please call CyRide at 515-292-1100 or the City of Ames Human Resources department 515-239-5199 for the exact boundary requirements)
  • Must be able to pass a DOT physical
  • Must be able to pass a drug screen
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Transit Driver Starting Wage (Part-Time)

  • $16.51 per hour + $250 hiring bonus (paid in two installments)
    • $19.70 per hour after 3120 hours worked (B Step)
    • $21.30 per hour after 8320 hours worked (C Step) 
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EEO Policy

  • Ames Transit Agency (d.b.a. CyRide), an agency of the City of Ames, is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer.  (See EEO policy statement.)


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