We use cookies. Find out more about it here. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Job posting has expired

Back to search results

Shuttle Bus Driver Trainee

University of California - Santa Cruz
remote work
United States, California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street (Show on map)
September 11, 2023


This is a continuous recruitment. Applications are accepted on an on- going basis; interviews conducted and hires made as needed.


UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 09-05-2022


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) supports the University's mission by providing access to UC Santa Cruz, acting as fiscal stewards, and managing the sustainable planning, design, and operation of safe and equitable bicycle/pedestrian programs, transit services, parking, and other transportation-related needs.
TAPS is dedicated to being innovative, sustainable, and customer-focused providers of access to UC Santa Cruz.

More information can be found here: https://taps.ucsc.edu/about/index.html


Under the supervision of the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) Transit Operations Manager and Assistant Transit Managers, in preparation to obtain the CA Class B Commercial License with Passenger Endorsement and air brake certification in order to drives/operate a variety of passenger vehicles in support of the campus day and night bus service, Disability Van Service, premium transit services, Campus Tours, and Charters on scheduled or non-scheduled routes, on or off campus. The primary purpose of the position is to safely transport campus affiliates, staff, faculty, and students who are required to travel on campus and in between campus sites to fulfill their work and school related obligations.

Must provide great customer service, have safe and clean equipment and promote Transportation & Parking Services in a positive manner. Selected incumbents are responsible for completing all regulatory paperwork, operating vehicles in a safe manner and answering customer questions.

Current valid Class C Driver's License holders will be trained by University staff over the course of approximately (one) 1 month ("the training"). As a condition of continuing employment, the Auto Equipment Operator must take and pass all required DMV testing for Class B licensing.

Upon successful completion of obtaining the Class B Commercial Driver's License with passenger endorsement and airbrake certification, Shuttle Bus Driver Trainees will be eligible to apply for vacant Senior Auto Equipment Operator positions (TC: 8486).


Salary Information: Salary Range: $21.08 - $23.72 / hourly. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 6

Benefits Level Eligibility: Core benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Part-time, Variable
  • Percentage of Time: 80%, 32 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Sun - TBD
  • Shift Includes: Day, Evenings, Nights, Swing Shift, Weekends

Employee Classification: This is a Limited appointment

Job End Date: 06/30/2023 with the possibility of extension

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: SX, Service

Job Code Classification: 008487 - AUTO EQUIP OPR

Travel: Never or Rarely


45% Obtain CA Class B License with passenger endorsement and air brake certifications

Class B Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP):

  • 1-Download and complete a Form (DL 939) - the 10 year history driving record check.
  • 2-Visit the nearest CA DMV and pick up form (DL 44C) (not available online).
  • 3-Fill out form DL 44C and take and pass a vision exam.
  • 4-Download a medical examination report (DL 51), take it to an authorized medical examiner, complete the medical examiner, and have the examiner fill out the form and place it in a sealed envelope.
  • 5-Return to the CA DMV with completed forms (DL 44C, DL 939 and DL 51, along with the results of your vision exam. Have your thumbprint taken at the CA DMV and present your social security card or other proof of your social security number, verify your birthday and legal presence in the United States by presenting identification to the CA DMV.
  • 6-Take and pass a written road test. You will have three (3) attempts to pass each of the required knowledge tests. If you fail the same test three (3) times, your application is no longer valid and you need to reapply.
  • 7-After the issuance of the Class B Commercial Driver's Permit, you can drive Class B vehicles if a licensed Class B driver is present in the vehicle with you.
  • 8- The CLP is valid for a maximum of 180 days from the date issued. It can be renewed for an additional 180 days if the expiration date is not more than one (1) year from the initial application date.
  • 9-Complete and pass the Transportation (DOT) Drug and Alcohol Testing Program before they are permitted to drive University vehicles. Employees will then be placed in the random testing pool list for drug and alcohol testing.

Class B Commercial Driving Practice:

  • 1-Practice driving the type of Class B vehicles on campus in preparation for the road test.

Class B Commercial Skills Test:

  • After holding a commercial learner's permit (CLP) for fourteen (14) days, you can apply to take the skills test.
  • 1-call the local CA DMV and schedule an appointment for a road test.
  • 2-bring in the UCSC vehicle (with a UCSC licensed Class B driver present), along with the Class B permit and photo identification. The skills test includes a vehicle inspection, basic control skills test, and a road test. If you fail any part of the skills test, all other testing is postponed. You have three (3) tries to pass the skills test. You must pass this within three (3) tries and/or within 180 days from the date of issuance of your Commercial Learner's Permit.
  • 3-If you pass the road test, you will be issued a temporary 60-day license that you can use until the photo license is mailed to you.

Class B Passenger Endorsement Certification:

  • Drivers who qualify to operate a passenger transportation vehicle are subject to : vehicle code 23152d VC, the commercial DUI law, and vehicle code 21702 VC, the law regulating driving hours for bus drivers.
  • 1-Complete a medical exam and have the physician complete DMV Form 546A, the Physician's Health Report. This screening must identify that you do not have any conditions that would adversely affect your ability to safely drive a passenger vehicle.
  • 2-Fill out CA-DMV form (DL44).
  • 3-Pass the Class B passenger endorsement written test.
  • 4-Pass the driver's skill test and road test in a passenger vehicle.

Air Brake Endorsement Certification:

  • 1-Pass the air brakes test.
  • 2-Pass the driver's skill test and road test in an airbrake vehicle.
  • CA-DMV charges and medical exams charges (provided by Occupational Health Services) will be provided at no charge to the applicant for initial licenses. Continued payments to retain a current license/medical certification upon expiration will be paid by the employee.

45% Drive with a Class B Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)
Driving Support:

  • With a licensed Class B driver is present in the vehicle with you, drive/operate a 20 - 41+ passenger shuttle bus, 7-15 passenger van, and a 5 passenger automobile, as assigned.
  • Operate vehicles in a safe manner, observing traffic regulations and maintaining assigned routes, headways and schedules while making passenger pick ups and drop offs at designated locations on campus.
  • Maintain time points for all routes and schedules, running on time, traffic conditions permitting.
  • Maintain accurate driver logs, passenger counts, ride schedule and other records, as assigned and as required for compliance with all UC, State, & Federal Agencies.
  • Communicate via two-way radio system following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing radio frequency use.
  • Operate hydraulic wheelchair lifts, ramps and securing systems on applicable shuttle buses and vans.
  • Maintain a cooperative working relationship by exercising diplomacy, remaining calm under stressful situations.
  • Interact in a professional and courteous manner with the campus community and the public.
  • Comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Title VI regulation, 49 CFR Part 21.9, and including Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1A regarding nondiscrimination as required.

5% Driver Training with a valid Class C Driver's License

Disability Van Service (DVS) Paratransit Support:

  • Learn to drive/operate disability lift- equipped vans.
  • Verbally assist passengers with disabilities Paratransit clients in and out of vehicles in a helpful and courteous manner.
  • Communicate Disability Van Service (DVS) Paratransit service policies and procedures to customers.
  • Operate the computerized reservation system for the TAPS Disability Van Service.
  • Provide back-up administrative support to Disability Van ServiceParaTransit Operations as required.

5% Safety, Prevention and Maintenance

  • Learn to complete a bus inspection prior to leaving for the assigned route. Record any discrepancies on the vehicle check out sheet and notify the supervisor regarding any minor problems or safety hazards.
  • Maintain interior cleanliness of vehicle assigned for shift; maintain exterior cleanliness as needed.
  • Learn to fuel transit vehicles, following applicable safety procedures.
  • Learn to complete a post-trip checklist and secure vehicle.
  • Comply with the UCSC TAPS Transit Crime Prevention, Reporting and Safety procedures; work cooperatively with Asst. Manager's to ensure safety and cleaning standards are met.
  • Attend all required safety and compliance training as scheduled by the department.
  • Responsible for following all safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Responsible for observing all DOT and CHP rules for hours of work and rest time.


  • Read and follow the UCSC Principles of Community.
  • Facilitate clear and positive communications between department members, other public safety entities, and the community.
  • Read and follow department work rules, directives, procedures, and requirements.
  • Read and follow the University of California and UC Santa Cruz policy and procedures.
  • Comply with the university and/or department discrimination and harassment policy.


  • Skill in the safe operation of various University passenger vehicles to provide transportation as directed.
  • Knowledge of driving laws as specified in the California Vehicle Code.
  • Ability to maintain accurate, legible logs and records.
  • Skill in establishing/maintaining tactful relationships with supervisors, passengers, co-workers.
  • Ability to participate in safety training/certification programs.
  • Ability to use two-way radio operations and/or cellular phone for communication purposes.
  • Ability to strictly adhere to all posted speed limits, traffic laws, safety requirements and University parking requirements.
  • Ability to learn and understand the campus schemes, routes, and bus stop locations.
  • Ability to use mapping tools such as Mapquest, Google Maps and Thomas Guide for selecting event routing.
  • Ability to interact in a professional, friendly, courteous manner with the public, interacting with persons of various backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, with different personalities under diverse situations.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to maintain a cooperative working relationship with co-workers.
  • Ability to work independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Ability to adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and organize work flows to meet deadlines, working with changes in workloads, assignments, customer service needs and interruptions, remaining calm under stressful situations.
  • Ability to work near and around support and service animals in accordance with the UC Santa Cruz Service/Support Animal Policy.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential materials in relation to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA).
  • Ability to speak in a clear concise manner sufficient to obtain needed information, explain policies and procedures, and provide instructions and directions to passengers politely, clearly and effectively.
  • Knowledge of where to go for information and ability to judge what information should be passed on to different levels of management.
  • Ability to read, write, follow oral or written instructions and perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to adhere to posted routes and schedules within designated time standards for each route.


  • One (1) year of professional driving experience.
  • General knowledge of State, Federal and University policies and procedures pertaining to vehicle codes, accessibility requirements and vehicle safety.
  • General knowledge of transit policies and procedures pertaining to the institution of higher education.
  • Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on communication by two-way radio.
  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) standards.


  • Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Must possess a valid Class C Driver's License (or Class A or B without Passenger Endorsement) to operate vehicles in the State of California, with a clean driving record and ability to be insured by the University. Proof of the driving record will be required at the time of interview.
  • Participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pull notice system. Continued employment is contingent upon proof of a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must pass a vision exam provided by the CA DMV; vision must be at least 20/40 in each eye in order to qualify for a California B Commercial Driver's License.
  • Must be eligible to possess a valid Class B Commercial license to drive in the State of California, with passenger endorsement and a satisfactory driving record. License must not be restricted to vehicles 15 passengers or less including the driver, but must certify individual to drive passenger vehicles weighing more than 26, 001 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and carrying 20 passengers or more including the driver (DMV CLASS B LICENSE WITH PASSENGER ENDORSEMENT).
  • Selected candidates must pass the written test for the CA Class B Commercial Learner's Permit within three (3) attempts. If you fail the same test three (3) times, your application is no longer valid with the DMV and you will be released from employment.
  • Selected candidates must pass the written test for the CA Class B Commercial skills test within three (3) attempts. If you fail the same test three (3) times, your application is no longer valid with the DMV and you will be released from employment. You must pass this within three (3) tries and/or within 180 days from the date of issuance of your Commercial Learner's Permit.
  • Selected candidate(s) must possess a current DMV Medical Certificate and recertify every 2 years which requires an approved medical certification to drive in the United States and in the State of California.
  • Must be Air Brake certified.
  • In accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations, pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and conform and pass the on-going drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon participation in a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and conform and satisfactorily pass then-going drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • Must comply with the University of California Policy on Substance Abuse.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform essential physical job functions requiring performing duties while sitting, standing or walking intermittently throughout shift; repeatedly kneeling, bending, or stooping; intermittently pushing, pulling, and using force to move objects; constantly reaching, handling, or grasping various objects.
  • Selected candidates must be able to sit for long periods of time while driving.
  • Ability to work a variable schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays; ability to work 8 hour shifts; ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift as required.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


Attach your resume and cover letter when applying for this job opening. Do not attach any documents to 'My Activities'. Visit our How to Apply tutorial for detailed instructions on our applicant process.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.