Driver Helpers are there to help the driver deliver packages. Depending on the driver, what you do can change slightly. They might let you use the scanner to scan packages, but not all do. You will however deliver packages and get signatures if one's needed. You also help the driver move packages within the truck and from the trailer (if they have one) into the truck for organization. The job itself is pretty easy, just a lot of walking/jogging/running and lifting (sometimes really heavy packages).
The job of a drivers helper is physically rigorous. The job has a high turnover. There is heavy lifting involved and you are often times working in the elements. The job takes approximately 8 hrs with additional hours available depending upon whether or not another helper is needed. On days when the loads are light, you will be released early which only occurs maybe once a week. They only use the helpers on days when things are overloaded. The job is seasonal and you must learn how to layer. You have to learn how to wear clothing that breathes but take enough on the truck for when the temperature drops. If you can't pace yourself than you will burn out or get injured. This is not a job for someone who is out of shape unless they're looking to get in shape. You walk constantly for the duration of the shift and if you are improperly conditioned, your body will hurt.
The Assistant Driver works alongside a UPS driver in different areas and helps the driver with packages and navigations. It’s great experience in customer service and interacting with people as you deliver packages in a variety of neighborhoods.