Student Shuttle Driver Jobs

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Student shuttle drivers provide a valuable service to the campus community. Benefits include paid training and part-time flexible work hours that accommodate class schedules.

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To be considered for the shuttle driver training process, you must:

  • Be a registered UC San Diego undergraduate student
  • Possess a valid class C (regular) driver's license
  • Be a California resident (Only California residents may apply for a commercial driver's license that authorizes you to drive a shuttle bus.)
  • Have two years of safe, U.S. licensed driving experience—no more than one point on submitted DMV H6 printout and no license suspensions or revocations
  • Be physically capable of driving a bus safely
  • Be available to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for three academic quarters

Note: Applicants who have accidents and tickets on their driving record are handled on a case-by-case basis. Violations, such as DUI, evasion, hit and run, racing or other serious convictions disqualify you from being a shuttle driver.

 Before applying, you must also obtain a DMV printout of your H6 driving record, which costs $5, by visiting your local DMV office. (You may schedule an appointment first.) Keep a copy of the H6 for your records. If your driver’s license was issued by a different state, check with that state’s DMV.

How to Apply

Complete the application below and upload copies of these documents with it:

  • H6 printout on DMV watermark paper (you will need the original printout if you are selected.)
  • Your current class schedule



Trainees must arrive on time at designated training locations for all training sessions. Failure to arrive by the start time will count as tardy. No grace periods are honored. Failure to attend an entire training session without written documentation is cause for dismissal. Acceptable written documentation may allow candidates to restart with the next available training group, at departmental discretion. Trainees will be released from the shuttle driver training program upon their third tardy.


Student shuttle driver trainees are paid $10.50/hour during the training process. Fully trained and licensed student shuttle drivers earn $15/hour.

Training & Testing

Transportation Services trains and drive tests all shuttle driver candidates on campus. Average training time is approximately four weeks. Written exams are completed at the local DMV.

Trainees receive classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training to prepare for the DMV commercial class B driving test and subsequent safe commercial driving. Trainees are allowed three attempts to pass written exams and three attempts for the commercial driving test.

Trainees must:

  • Attend all scheduled full training sessions
  • Complete UC San Diego’s online sexual harassment prevention course (if you haven’t already done so)
  • Pay $70 to take the DMV written exams
  • Pass the DMV written exams to receive a commercial driving permit, which allows the trainee to drive buses when accompanied by a licensed bus operator
  • Pass the DMV driving exam to receive a commercial driving license (Only fully licensed bus drivers operate UC San Diego buses on routes.)

Work Schedules

Shuttle Operations allows student employees to select their work schedules through a seniority bidding process. Students should not select shifts that conflict with their classes or healthy life habits. UC San Diego shuttles operate 7 days a week during academic quarters. Staffing hours: 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Most student driver shifts are three hours. All schedules must adhere to state and federal regulations as well as departmental policies. This is the responsibility of the Student.

You must be available to work a minimum of 12 hours/week for three academic quarters. Summer sessions are not included in the academic quarter count. Students may choose to work during academic breaks. Limited shifts may be available during summer and breaks. Academic break hours are also selected through the seniority bidding process.

More Information

We appreciate your interest in becoming a UC San Diego student shuttle driver. If you have questions, contact, (858) 822-5098, or visit the Shuttle Operations trailer (map).