The UC Santa Barbara 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, directly with career staff mentors. While working in Recreation students gain first-hand experience in developing management, organization, and leadership skills as well as build positive relationships. We pride ourselves on extensive training both within the different Recreation Areas and Department Wide.

Now Hiring

Aquatics Staff

Now hiring Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Beach Camp Instructors, and Pool Maintenance Staff! Fill out the Aquatics Application and email it to Aquatics Coordinator, Rick Van Hoorn at

We are currently accepting applications and will schedule remote interviews during COVID-19 restrictions. For questions, and to schedule an interview:

Fitness Student Managers (2)

Fitness Student Managers are experienced and knowledgeable in all fitness operation policies, procedures, and practices. They assist the Fitness Coordinator in preparing and leading 100+ Student Fitness Assistants to uphold a high standard of risk management, customer service, equipment and facility cleanliness. The Fitness Student Managers contribute to policy decisions, staff training/development, participation education, safety awareness, and response and fitness operations assessment. They provide overall development and promotion of fitness operations and contribute to the overall goals and values of the Fitness Team and the Department of Recreation.

We are currently accepting applications through February 28 and will schedule remote interviews during COVID-19 restrictions.

Fitness Student Manager Job Description

Fitness Student Manager Application

For questions contact: Dr. Dina Mijacevic at

Recreation Marketing Team—Summer 2021!

We are accepting applications for Marketing Assistants to join our team. All Marketing Assistants will be responsible for the bulleted list of tasks as well as the specialized skill sets in the must-have experience section below. Read the Marketing Assistant descriptions for the Illustrator/Graphic Designer position and FIND YOUR FIT with our Recreation Marketing TeamTo apply, email your cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Melanie Bélanger, Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach at

General responsibilities for all Marketing Assistant

  • printing and distributing media
  • maintain and update marketing materials
  • brand management
  • social media and management/communication/outreach
  • photography/videography
  • creating and uploading PowerPoint Digiknows
  • creating and sending out monthly newsletter emails
  • tabling
  • relationship building with all staff/partnerships/sponsors
  • attend and work events (some are mandatory)
  • other duties as assigned


Additional responsibilities for Marketing Assistant with a concentration/specialty in Graphic Design/Illustration

Must have Experience: Adobe Creative Suite with intermediate experience in Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe InDesign. Some experience in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Powerpoint.

Preferred Skills: Microsoft Word and Excel. Asana, MyEmma, Box, Canva, Hootsuite, Google Calendar Management, file naming and management, good communication, work independently but be part of an amazing/collaborative team that has mutual respect and admiration for all members.

Responsible for creating designs to advertise/shape the visual story of Recreation’s brand. Graphic Designers create digital assets, make edits, handle constructive feedback, and see projects through concept to completion. Meet deadlines. Loves Recreation!


Recreation Staff Positions

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 our Adventure Programs Employment page to learn more about our positions and the annual LTC info meetings.  

Athletic Performance Center (APC) Intern

APC staff and student interns aim to provide an optimal space for student-athletes to train and enhance their athletic performance through the center's strength and conditioning services.

Email for more information.


Athletic Training Intern (ATI)

Student Athletic Training Internship (ATI) is an interactive program that exposes students to a detailed clinical experience for the profession of Athletic Trainers. Athletic Training Interns are supervised and educated weekly by two full-time Certified Athletic Trainers to assist Sport Club athletes with various injuries and/or conditions. This program invests in the professional and personal growth of the interns. Whether you want to become an athletic trainer or just eager to learn something new, we encourage all students to apply to this program regardless of experience or major.


Certified Massage Therapist

Apply online at or email Dr. Dina Mijacevic at Only certified therapists will be considered. Refer to UCSB Human Resources for all open non-student positions.


Customer Service Center Staff

Customer Service Center (CSC) staff help students and the community enroll in recreation programs and classes. Customer Service Assistants help register participants, monitor doors for classes, and assist with payments. 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.

Customer Service Center Staff Application


Fitness & Wellness Staff

Rec Services Practitioners & Fitness Instructors: The Recreation Department's Fitness & Wellness programs offer research and evidence-based health, performance, wellness, and fitness programs lead by nationally accredited, certified fitness instructors, personal trainers, massage therapists, and nutritionists. Our team of professionals helps students, faculty, staff, and community members reach their health and performance potential by providing outstanding education and coaching in the field of applied exercise science. Applications for personal trainers, massage therapists, nutrition educators, and Fitness instructors are accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply, submit a current resume and cover letter to

Now hiring Virtual Fitness Instructors to join our team! We are looking for motivated fitness professionals who have a passion for fitness and a desire to share their talents with a virtual community.

Group Fitness Job Description

Fitness Assistants: Fitness Assistants provide supervision and education to patrons utilizing the strength and free weight areas and cardiovascular areas within 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 is responsible for 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 offers 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.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Melanie Bélanger, Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach at

Marketing Staff Job Description


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 a welcoming environment and provide quality customer service to all of our members. Operations staff are responsible for managing facility access, facility upkeep, opening and closing the facility, and enforcing policies. 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.


Special Events Staff

Our Events team hosts and staffs 120+ events a year on our athletic fields and facilities. These events include Sports Club home games, on-campus student organization and department events, and Recreation special events such as the Fun & Fitness Festival. Our team's main priority is to manage risk and assure that events run smoothly. Student staff responsibilities include set up and tear down of equipment, procuring waivers, responding to and documenting injuries, upholding department and campus policies, and providing excellent customer service. Our goal is to provide participants with a safe and enjoyable experience! Those who work with Special Events are required to be available on the weekends as most events typically take place then.

Special Events Job Description & Application


Summer Camp Staff

Summer Camp Counselors are responsible for the general safety, development, growth, and fun of the campers in their group. Counselors spend their days leading activities such as swimming, ropes course, sports, and more. We look for counselors who have a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and love working with children!

Spend your summer playing and leading activities such as swimming, ropes course, sports, campus explorations, and more. Camp runs mid-June thru mid-August.


Summer Camp Student Managers

Summer Camp Student Managers are responsible for assisting the Summer Camp Coordinator with daily administrative and leadership duties and responsibilities. This position performs duties associated with the registration, preparation, and operations of UCSB Summer Day Camp with some tasks associated with assisting the operation of UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp and UCSB Junior Lifeguards. Student Managers assist in the hiring and training of all Summer Day Camp Staff and serve as a liaison between the Summer Camp Coordinator and the camp staff, recreation staff, and parents.