Get in the Driver's Seat and Receive a CDL, No Experience is Needed!
Do you love being on the road and meeting new people? Travel and adventure come standard as an Indian Trails bus driver. If you've been looking for a new and exciting career, you've found it here! Indian Trails is a certified veteran-friendly employer through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. If you are a driver with at least two years of experience safely operating heavy military vehicles, you can obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) without taking the driving test (skills test). Learn more about the Military Skills Test Waiver Program by clicking here.
As a bus driver at Indian Trails, you can stay close to home or travel across the country, all the while meeting new people and being out on the open road. Our intensive paid training program will have you feeling confident and ready to hit the road in just four to six weeks.
Some of the unique features of this job include:
- Complete on-the-job, paid training with no experience necessary.
- Irregular work schedule, not your regular "9 to 5."
- Drivers can have assignments every day but can build their own schedules based on availability.
- Some overnight stays.
- An assortment of assignments, such as early mornings, late nights, weekends and holidays.
- Opportunities to operate a variety of services (charters, shuttles and regular routes).
We are looking to grow our team of professional motorcoach operators who are responsible for ensuring our passengers experience world-class service while arriving at their destinations safely and on time. The locations that need drivers are in Romulus, Owosso and Kalamazoo.
At Indian Trails, we pride ourselves in providing an employee-friendly atmosphere along with many other benefits, including:
- Higher wages.
- Paid training and PAID TIME OFF during the first year.
- Comprehensive benefits package.
- 401(k) program with employer contribution.
- Annual uniforms provided.
- Annual safety BONUS!
- Employee referral bonus program.
- Company-provided life insurance.
- Company discount programs.
- Paid accommodations and daily meal allowance on multi-day trips.
- Company employee recognition events - summer picnic and holiday party!
- Michigan's newest and largest fleet of motorcoaches.
Don't have a commercial driver's license (CDL)? No problem! Let us assist you in obtaining your CDL and launching a professional career in transportation WHILE GETTING PAID!
Bus Driver Training Program:
With safety being a top priority at Indian Trails, all new drivers are required to complete our comprehensive four- to six-week training program that includes both classroom and over-the-road training with experienced drivers. New hires typically log more than 1,500 miles of driving experience by the end of the training program, as well as gain an understanding on how to take care of yourself, your passengers and your bus while on the road.
Start dates for the driver training classes:
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HERE IS WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES SAY
"I wish I’d changed jobs 10 years sooner, even if just for the money and benefits that Indian Trails pays." -- Crystal P.
“I love it all. The variety is great. It can make for an exciting day. Our charter trips have taken me places I never expected to go. I enjoy switching it up, though that may not appeal to everyone. The good news is that, after six months to a year here, you can pretty much choose what suits you best—a regular route or the variety of charter trips.” -- George L.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT BUS DRIVER?
With more than 100 years of providing excellent customer service in the transportation industry, we have a good idea of what makes a great bus driver. Our ideal candidate will:
- Be passionate about providing exceptional customer service.
- Have a CDL (A or B) with passenger and air brake endorsements and an excellent driving record or be able to obtain a CDL B with passenger and air brake endorsement.
- Be able to obtain an enhanced license or passport for traveling outside the U.S.
- Be able to pass a DOT physical, drug test, and alcohol test.
- Be able to pass a criminal background check with no drug or alcohol convictions.
- Enjoy traveling, seeing new sites, and meeting new people.
- Adapt well to an ever-changing industry.
- Enjoy working with people while treating them in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
- Be flexible with change and able to adapt to sudden schedule changes.
- At least 24 years of age.
- High school diploma equivalent (GED).
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or the ability to obtain a CDL.
- Consistent employment history.
- Clean criminal record (no felonies).
- Fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking).
- Ability to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam, including drug and alcohol screenings.
- Availability to work a variable schedule (including nights and weekends).
- Ability to lift or manipulate baggage and cargo up to 75 pounds.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to relate well with customers and fellow employees.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING REQUIREMENTS:
- Criminal background check.
- National Sex Offender Registry check.
- Motor Vehicle Registry check.
- Department of Transportation physical exam.
- Verification of employment history.
- Drug and alcohol screening.
What Our Drivers Like About Their Jobs
Indian Trails drivers like many aspects of their jobs besides a good hourly pay rate, great benefits, and free training leading to a Commercial Driver’s License. While most appreciate working for a 113-year-old, family-run company with old-fashioned values like fairness, honesty, teamwork, and service excellence, here’s what five drivers say appeals to them.
Lauria Schultz joined the company in 2012 and at the top of her list is interacting with the passengers who board her bus every shift.
"In training, we’re taught to be nice to everyone. That was easy for me. In my previous job, I was used to interacting daily with the public. I tend to talk with people like they’re folks I know. And sometimes, they share a little bit about their lives."
Lauria has been repeatedly honored with the Cora Taylor Safe Driving Award, named for the company’s co-founder, and presented annually to drivers who complete a year without a preventable accident.
Mike Assid, who’d been a lab technician until he started with Indian Trails last year, was surprised by how much he liked driving a bus on the open road, and the variety of each shift.
"Even though you’re working for someone, you’re the boss of your bus so there’s a certain freedom to that. It’s really rewarding. You’re meeting new people every day, so every trip is different."
Dan Pricopio remembers waking up one day—after 35 years of overseeing a newspaper subscription sales business—and thinking he’d really like to become a bus driver. So, he did his research and decided Indian Trails was the company for him.
"I appreciate the variety of people who board my Michigan Flyer bus. Every day is different. I also love the route and the scenery along the way—the barns, the wildlife, the changing weather."
Though he came to us in 2017 with experience as a school bus driver, Mark Sturtz found some aspects of our driver training program challenging. However, he was heartened by how patiently the trainers worked with him.
"It was at my pace so I could master it all, and veteran drivers were so helpful with their advice."
It gives him great satisfaction to provide passengers with a smooth, efficient, and customer-friendly trip to their destination.