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

There are many opportunities to be employed with Adventure Programs, from the Ropes Course and Climbing Center to backcountry guides and instructors. Students who work at the Ropes Course run a teambuilding course on campus where groups of all ages participate in teamwork games and high element personal challenges. Staff are asked to lead games, manage groups and belay climbers. At the Climbing Center, desk staff are also known as “vertical lifeguards” and do what a lifeguard would at the pool. They are responsible for supervising climbers for safety, checking in climbers, managing paperwork and tending to the general upkeep of the wall.

LTC are for students who are interested in being trip leaders, assistant instructors and guides. The program is designed to train people interested in more active recreational activities, group management, and trip leading. Participants can apply to work as a staff through a volunteer basis as a kayaking or climbing class assistant and trip leaders. After gaining experience in a variety of outdoor skills, they become paid kayak/climbing instructors, program coordinators and guides.

For more information on positions and openings please visit http://recreation.sa.ucsb.edu/adventure-programs/employment

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.

Special Events Job Description
Special Events 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

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.


Lifeguard & Swim Instructors:

Part & full time Lifeguards and Swim Instructors needed! Must be able to work summer. Daytime, evening & weekend hours available. Red Cross Certification required. Bring resume and application to the Lifeguard Office located at the Rec Cen Pool or email the Aquatics Coordinator at Rick.VanHoorn@recreation.ucsb.edu

Tryout Dates:
1. Friday, June 8 at 2pm
2. Thursday, June 14 at 4pm
3. Friday, June 22 at 4pm

Watch the Lifeguarding Video and apply for a great summer job!
Summer Day Camp Counselors

SDC Counselors are responsible for the general safety, development, growth, and fun of the campers in his/her group. We are looking for counselors who have a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and love working with children! Click HERE to download an application. Please turn in applications at the Customer Service Center, by email to camps@recreation.ucsb.edu, or by mail. For questions contact camps@recreation.ucsb.edu.
Jr Lifeguard Program Counselors

Candidates must be in excellent swimming and running shape, pass the
Beach Lifeguard Certification with “flying colors”, work well with children,
and display high standards of personal and professional conduct.

See program information here.

Download an application here.


Personal Trainer/Health Coach 

    UCSB Recreation offers research and evidence based health, performance, wellness, and fitness programs lead by nationally accredited, certified personal trainers. Our team of professionals help students, faculty, staff, and community members to reach their health and performance potential by providing outstanding education and coaching in the field of applied exercise science. We help build healthy and fit bodies and minds, and promote sustainable habits of excellence.

    The UC WorkStrong Program is a UC campus-wide initiative that was created to help decrease the likelihood of subsequent injuries after an initial industrial injury (workers compensation claim). Patients receive a comprehensive program that is designed to meet their specific needs based on personal health goals, injury history, and special conditions. Our goal is to provide a fun and challenging environment for education, awareness, and improved health. 


  • Trainers must have at least one year experience in the field
  • Currently hold valid CPT
  • CPR/AED certifications
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Open to working with all populations and client types

How to apply: 
Please email the completed application and your current resume to findyourfit@recreation.ucsb.edu

Please refer to the UCSB Human Resources website for all open non-student positions.