The UCSB Department of Recreation is one of the largest employers on campus with over 600+ student positions. Most programs like Intramural Sports, Sports Clubs and Special Events, are heavily student-run. Students work in a fast-paced, professional environment, and directly with career staff mentors. Through working at the Department, they build positive relationships, gain first hand experience in developing management, organization and leadership skills.

Adventure Programs

Do you thrive in the outdoors? Do you love to help develop others and enjoy watching them learn to appreciate activities you are passionate about? Do you want to grow your skills and leadership abilities?

UCSB Adventure Programs employs well over 100 Gauchos in our various programs. Our staff get to facilitate groups on our Ropes Course, perform as a "vertical lifeguard" in the Adventure Climbing Center, and get outside as a guide after completing the Leadership Training Course (LTC)

We invite you to visit http://recreation.sa.ucsb.edu/adventure-programs/employment to learn more about our positions and the annual LTC info meetings.  

Athletic Training Program Staff

For more information on positions and openings please review "Open Positions" section on this page.


Fitness Assistant’s provide supervision and information to patrons utilizing the exercise rooms, strength and free weight areas, and cardiovascular areas in the Recreation Center. They ensure the safety and cleanliness of these areas and create a friendly, inviting and inclusive space for partakers to relieve stress and work on personal fitness goals.



Intramural Sports Staff

Staff are responsible in overseeing the expansive program of Intramural Sports by enforcing fair play and competition. They set up and take down equipment before and after games and supervise for safety during. Furthermore, they manage the facilities to make sure everything is well kept and offer first aid care for any medical emergencies. Intramural staff also coordinates game times and leagues during the quarter.

Marketing Staff

The Marketing Team aims to raise awareness of the programs, events, facilities and services offered through the Department of Recreation. They increase program participation and foster brand loyalty using print and digital media. Student positions include Marketing Assistant, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer and more.

Special Events Staff

Students employed by Special Events oversee and run operations hosted on campus athletic fields and facilities by Sport Clubs, student and campus organizations, and non-campus affiliated organizations. Those who work with Special Events are required to be available on the weekends as most events typically take place then. They are responsible for the programs by supervising safety, set up and tear down before and after events, managing facilities and providing first aid care for medical emergencies when the situation presents itself.

Now Hiring! Apply by Monday, October 1.
Special Events Job Description & Application

Customer Service Center Staff

Staff at the Customer Service Center (CSC) enrolls students and the community to Gaucho Rec courses. They take care of registration, door monitoring for classes, and most of the financial end of the Recreation Center. They accept payments for equipment rentals, Intramural sports, and day/month/annual passes to the Rec Cen. Additionally, the CSC offers Passport Services so students employed are responsible for setting appointments and aiding in the execution by prepping documents for those who come in.

Applications and more information about the position can be found in the Customer Service Center.

Recreation Operations Staff

(Candidates will receive an email if selected for an interview. Interviews will not take place until the end of August)

The operation's team are the students most frequently seen around the recreation facility. They are here to provide quality customer service and assist patrons at all times with any and all general facility inquiries. We are looking for employees who are excited about promoting wellness and fitness for all of our members. Operations staff are responsible for managing access and activity spaces, facility upkeep, opening and closing the facility, and enforcing policy. Furthermore, they are the first responders to the majority of all medical accidents or incidents that may take place within our facility. This job requires the ability to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.


Operations Staff
Click HERE to apply online.
Special Events Staff
Click HERE for the downloadable job description and application. Apply by Monday, October 1 at 5pm. Turn in applications at the Recreation Student Employee Office.
Adventure Programs Staff
Adventure Programs is hiring Outdoor Guides and Ropes Course Staff. No experience necessary! Click HERE to learn more. Info sessions:
Wednesday, September 26 or Tuesday, October 2
Rec Cen Classroom 1501
Please refer to UCSB Human Resources for all open non-student positions.