Join the Team!
UMass Transit Service (UMTS) employs more than 150 (University of Massachusetts) graduate and undergraduate students. The majority of employees operate vans and PVTA buses, while others maintain our grounds and buildings. Employees must work a minimum of 180 hours each semester. At the beginning of each semester, shifts are assigned to employees around their class schedules. UMTS is now paying $9.00 per hour for training and a base starting rate of $10.00 per hour with opportunity for advancement.
During our summer training session, you will complete the training program over three weeks instead of the usual 8-10 weeks during the semester. This way, your semester weekends will not be spent training! We will pay for you to live on campus, and your food for the entire three week period. You will be paid for your training and all your licensing fees will be covered by UMass Transit. Once training is complete, you will receive a dollar per hour raise. You will be able to start the semester with a new, high-paying job that you can keep until you graduate, and on into grad school if you choose! Be sure to indicate that you are "Interested in Summer Training" on your application.
Who is Eligible to Drive for UMTS?
Even though most UMass students have no prior experience driving buses or vans, our training programs cover everything needed to learn to become a successful operator. If you currently hold a Massachusetts Commercial Driver's License, call Don Chapman at (413)545-0056 for additional information on applying to work at UMass Transit Services.
To qualify for the training programs, students must:
To Schedule a Bus Driver Interview
To fill out a bus driver application, you can:
If you qualify you will be contacted shortly to set up an interview. If you have any questions please call UMass Transit Service at (413) 545-0056 or visit the UMass Transit Bus Garage, located on Holdsworth Way, at the northwest corner of campus.
To Schedule a Van Driver Interview
Call UMass Transit Service at (413) 545-0056 or visit the UMass Transit Bus Garage, located on Holdsworth Way, at the northwest corner of campus. A completed job application must be submitted at least one business day before the scheduled interview. You can fill out an application in one of two ways:
A completed application must be submitted at least one business day before the scheduled interview.
Bring your drivers license to the interview, as you will drive a large passenger van for a road test.
To Schedule a Service Employee Interview
We are currently not hiring Service Employees. Please check back later.
What Opportunities for Advancement Are There?
All UMass Transit employees start out as drivers. But there are many promotional positions available to student employees. For instance, you can become a field trip driver, a trainer, a radio operator, a driver supervisor, or a student staff member. These are supervisory positions, and they can help you gain valuable experience that future employers will be looking for.
In addition, it is common for employees to work in several different departments. For instance, you can work as a bus driver, van driver, service worker, trainer, and field trip driver. This allows for a very diverse work-week, and creates more money-making opportunities.