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$17.50/hour starting pay

with raises every 6 months

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Flexible schedules

easily balance work and school

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Paid training

at your own pace - including getting your CDL!

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Experience that stands out

build skills in teamwork, communication, and leadership.

Convenient and flexible

Great pay and raises

Advancement opportunities

Find your community

Unique, Friendly, and Fun!

CAMBUS offers a fun job where employees meet fellow students and serve the university community.

Hiring Steps

Driving a 40' bus around campus might sound intimidating, but trust us, it's easier than it looks!

Our team of students and full-time trainers will guide you through every step of the way, at your own pace.

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Step 1: Apply

Time: 10 minutes

Submit your application online. Our student personnel supervisor will get back to you via email within a few days with any questions or to schedule an interview.

Apply here
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Step 2: Interview

Time: 20 minutes

Interviews take place at the West Campus Transportation Center, near Kinnick Stadium. You'll be interviewed by either our student personnel supervisor, or one of our trainers - all who started at CAMBUS as student drivers.

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Step 3: Complete pre-orientation steps

Time: 1-2 weeks

You'll hear back from your interview within 48 hours. After being extended a job offer, you'll have a few steps to complete - including getting your Commercial Drivers License Permit (CDLP) by taking a written exam at the DOT. Our team will help you along the way!

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Step 4: Attend orientation and start training

Time: 2-3 weeks

At orientation, the student personnel supervisor will take you through everything you need to know about working at CAMBUS.

During training, you'll complete classroom and 1:1 driving sessions with our trainers. Not only is all of this training paid, but this is where you earn the first $300 of our hiring bonus.

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Step 5: Complete the training program

Time: 2-3 weeks

Our team of full-time and student trainers will teach you everything you need to know about driving, and help you get your Class B CDL. You'll also spend time driving our routes with other student drivers. All of this training is paid.

Once you've completed this paid training program, you'll earn the second $300 of the hiring incentive program.

The last incentive payment, $400, is paid out once you've worked 50 hours after passing the training program.

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Step 6: See how far CAMBUS can take you

At CAMBUS, you'll learn more than how to drive a bus. Our employees take away many skills - including teamwork, communication, leadership, and problem-solving.

After 6 months, student drivers are eligible to pursue one of 45 support positions that help run the day-to-day operations of the transit system. Read below to learn more about how working at CAMBUS impacts student success.

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Read why students love working for CAMBUS.

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Jason R., student mechanic

"Don't hesitate. This is the best job you will ever have.  Period."

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Marika K., driver

"You can make your own flexible schedule that works for you and meet a lot of great people.  I am confident the skills I learned working for CAMBUS will help me in my future endeavors."

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Heelah N., student mechanic

"CAMBUS was my greatest college decision.  I gained leadership experience and met my best friends."

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Maddy W., training supervisor

"Working at CAMBUS helped me improve my communication and leadership skills while making lasting relationships.  Simply the best job on campus!"

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Alison S., dispatcher

"CAMBUS is a great way to improve the college experience.  It helped me gain confidence and the work environment is very inviting."

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Estevan C., driver

"CAMBUS is such a fun and unique job.  I get to feel like I'm doing something important even though I'm just driving people around."

"CAMBUS has helped me work in a variety of settings and helps me feel confident when working with a team or on my own." 

- Noah H., driver

"My time as a student mechanic has taught me more life skills than I ever knew I needed. I have the full-time mechanics to thank for that." 

-Jordan M., student mechanic

"You will meet people who share your interests, as well as those who can teach you something new. You'll never find a better job on campus."

- Austin B., dispatch and bionic assistant

"Working at CAMBUS will change your life.  I met my closest friends, discovered my passions, and learned more than any class could ever teach me." 

- Bryan M., dispatch and bionic supervisor

"It is a super flexible job that works great with the schedule of a full-time student at the University of Iowa and there are a lot of opportunities for promotions as well."

-Tanner K., student maintenance supervisor

"Working for CAMBUS sometimes doesn't even feel like a job - you work with great people and it has an extremely enjoyable atmosphere, plus all the flexibility you need as a student."

- Olivia G., driver

Apply Today

Applying to CAMBUS is easy. Follow one of the two steps below to submit your application. 

  1. Utilize any of the "Apply Today" buttons on this page to access the online application.
  2. A downloadable PDF application is available. Simply print, fill out, and drop off at West Campus Transportation Center. To request a PDF application, please contact us at cambus-transit@uiowa.edu.

Applicant Information

All applicants are subject to a driving record check.  CAMBUS participates in federally mandated drug and alcohol screening.

Need More Information?

For any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact us! 

Call (319) 335-8633 or email CAMBUS for more information.