Student Staff

UC Santa Barbara Department of Recreation is one of the largest employers on campus with over 600 student positions. Students work in a fast-paced, professional environment, directly with career staff mentors, and many Recreation programs are heavily student-run.

Student development is very important to UCSB Recreation. Students have the opportunity to develop management, organization, and leadership skills, build positive relationships, and gain first-hand experience in a variety of areas. We pride ourselves on extensive training, both within the different Recreation areas and department wide.

NOW HIRING: Student Positions

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers!

Visit our Adventure Programs Employment page to learn more about our positions and the annual Leadership Training Course (LTC) info meetings.

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Application Deadline: Priority March 3 @ 11:59 PM
Applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled.
Area: Events & Scheduling
Pay Rate: $16.00 / hour
Expected Hours: Up to 5-10 hours / week
Contact: recreation-studentevents@ucsb.edu

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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 Rec Fest and Turkey Trot. 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 the Events Team are required to be available on the weekends, including early mornings and late nights. Staff typically work 5 to 10 hours per week. This position will have training hours and shadow shifts throughout the entirety of spring quarter to prepare for full staff responsibilities during the rest of the 2023-2024 school year. Summer hours will also be available. 

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Application Deadline: Priority March 15 @ Noon
Applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled.
Area: Events & Scheduling
Pay Rate: $16.50 / hour
Expected Hours: Up to 20 hours / week
Contact: sa-scheduling@ucsb.edu

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The Events Student Manager(s) - Scheduling & Administration represents the UCSB Department of Recreation to participants, staff, internal/external groups, and the greater UCSB Community. Events Student Managers provide administrative support to the Scheduling & Events Coordinator and Assistant Director for Events & Scheduling. Student Managers are experienced and knowledgeable in all Department of Recreation events and scheduling policies and processes, while serving as a liaison between both internal and external users and the scheduling team. This position performs duties associated with scheduling, coordinating, invoicing, and evaluating all Recreation events and rentals.

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Application Deadline: First Review 2/19 @ 5pm
Applications will continue to be accepted until positions are filled.
Area: Fitness & Wellness
Pay Rate: $16.50/hr
Expected Hours: 8-12 hours / week
Contact: Brenda Lear (bjl@ucsb.edu)

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Join our team as a Fitness Student Manager, where your vast knowledge and proficiency in fitness operations policies, procedures, and practices will shine. Working alongside the Assistant Director of Recreation for Fitness & Wellness, you'll play a pivotal role in instructing and empowering over 100 Operations Assistants to uphold top-tier standards in risk management, customer service, and equipment and facility maintenance. From shaping policy decisions to guiding equipment selection, to designing staff training and participant fitness education your contribution will be invaluable. Contribute to the overall growth and success of our fitness operations while staying aligned with the Department of Recreation's mission, vision and values. Ready to make a difference? Join us now!

For first review, submit applications by 5pm on February 19th. The two positions will remain open until hired. To submit your application, kindly fill out the above Google Form and ensure that you have included your up-to-date resume. Should you have any inquiries, feel free to reach out to Brenda Lear at bjl@ucsb.edu.

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Application Deadline: 
Ongoing
Area: Gaucho R.E.C. / Get Up Gauchos!
Pay Rate: $35 / 45 min class
Expected Hours: 1 - 2 hours / week
Contact: Christine Burleson (cmburl@ucsb.edu)

UCSB Department of Recreation is searching for motivated fitness professionals in the Santa Barbara area who have a passion for fitness and a desire to share their talents with our campus community. As we reopen our facility and begin to bring back in person classes, we are looking for experienced fitness instructors of all backgrounds to teach multiple formats of fitness classes. You should excel at providing motivating, high-energy, pre-programmed classes that are appropriate for all fitness levels. Selected applicants will be invited to interview and demonstrate a fitness class with our evaluation team.

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Application Deadline:
June 10, 2024
Area: Aquatics
Expected Hours: Summer Only; 25-30 hours / week
Contact: rick-vh@ucsb.edu

Supervises youth Jr. Lifeguard participants. Provides instruction for ocean safety, fitness & swimming activities, and competitions.

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
Area: Aquatics
Expected Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring: 6-8 hours / week; Summer: 20-40 hours / week
Contact: rick-vh@ucsb.edu

Responsible for the general supervision and safety of pool patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies. Participates in ongoing paid safety training.

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Application Deadline: Operations is hiring through all academic quarters.
Area: Operations
Pay Rate: $16.00 / hour

Contact: drdinam@ucsb.edu

We are committed to building a reliable, passionate, and adaptable Operations Team. There are many opportunities for growth within our program area and the department. The Operations Team is responsible for managing access and activity spaces, facility upkeep, opening and closing the facility, enforcing policy, and in many ways are the face of the facility. 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. Preferences given to students who are available to work during the summer break, spring break, and winter break.

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Application Deadline: June 10, 2024
Area: Aquatics
Expected Hours: Summer Only; 25-30 hours / week
Contact: rick-vh@ucsb.edu

Supervises youth Surf & Kayak Camp at the beach and in the ocean.  Provides basic instruction for ocean safety, marine ecology, surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and various beach activities.

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
Area: Aquatics
Expected Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring: 6-8 hours / week; Summer: 20-40 hours / week
Contact: rick-vh@ucsb.edu

Teach youth and adult swim lessons, attend trainings, and assess student skill level so they can progress to the next appropriate skill level.

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Application Priority Deadline: 
January 26, 2024 at 11:59pm
Area: Youth Programs
Pay Rate: $16 / hour
Expected Hours: Up to 40 hours / week during academic breaks; 5 - 10 hours per event
Contact: camps@recreation.ucsb.edu

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The Youth Programs Staff represent the Department of Recreation and all Youth Programs to Recreation staff, parents, participants, and the community. Youth Programs staff members are responsible for the general safety, development, and engagement of youth within our programs, ranging from ages 5-14 years old. These programs include, but are not limited to UCSB Spring Day Camp and UCSB Summer Day Camp. It is important to understand the high responsibility of this role due to our program’s long standing history and the trust the surrounding community puts into the programs we provide for their children. We are looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic, and love working with children.

 

Adventure Programs

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.

 

Events Student Manager - Operations

Events Student Managers are experienced and knowledgeable in all the procedures and expectations required of the Events Staff. This includes managing risk and ensuring that events run safely and smoothly. This requires the sole management of facilities when events are held on remote facilities or outside of building operating hours. The Managers are responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, supervising, and leading the Events Staff. Additionally, the Managers develop quarterly trainings, bi-weekly staff meetings, maintain inventory of events equipment, and serve as a liaison between the Events staff and the Assistant Director for Events & Scheduling.

Events Student Manager - Scheduling & Administration

The Events Student Manager(s) - Scheduling & Administration represents the UCSB Department of Recreation to participants, staff, internal/external groups, and the greater UCSB Community. Events Student Managers provide administrative support to the Scheduling & Events Coordinator and Assistant Director for Events & Scheduling. Student Managers are experienced and knowledgeable in all Department of Recreation events and scheduling policies and processes, while serving as a liaison between both internal and external users and the scheduling team. This position performs duties associated with scheduling, coordinating, invoicing, and evaluating all Recreation events and rentals.

 

Athletic Performance Center Intern (APC)

An intern at the Athletic Performance Center (APC) will have the unique opportunity to not only learn about strength and conditioning but also develop the requisite skills to excel in professions related to these fields. Led by a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, interns will assist club sport athletes through their weekly workouts, and in doing so gain crucial hands-on coaching experience. In addition, during weekly in-service meetings, interns will be able to learn more about and explore their interests in strength and conditioning. If you’d like to be part of our team, we welcome any student, regardless of experience or major, to apply and join us!

 

Fitness & Wellness

Personal Trainers, Massage Therapists, Nutrition Educators: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply, submit a current resume and cover letter to findyourfit@ucsb.edu.

Fitness Instructors: We are looking for certified fitness professionals to host virtual and in-person classes. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to bjl@ucsb.edu.

Get up GAUCHOS! Class Host: Hosts work with instructors and participants to provide a successful virtual and in-person classes. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to bjl@ucsb.edu.

 

Athletic Training Intern (ATI)

Student Athletic Training Internship (ATI) exposes students to a clinical experience for the profession of Athletic Trainers. Athletic Training Interns are supervised by two full-time Certified Athletic Trainers to assist Sport Club athletes with various injuries and/or conditions. We encourage all students to apply to this program regardless of experience or major.

 

Intramurals

Intramural programming runs six days a week in the late afternoon and evenings. Schedules vary weekly to accommodate your classes and commitments. In addition to your regular duties, you will be required to attend bi-weekly meetings and quarterly training. No experience is necessary. If you have any questions email IMSports@recreation.ucsb.edu. Intramurals are currently hiring for all positions. Apply here.

 

Certified Massage Therapist

To apply email your resume and letter of interest to Brenda Lear at bjl@ucsb.edu. Only certified therapists will be considered. Refer to UCSB Human Resources for all open non-student positions.

 

Marketing & Creative Services

The Marketing & Creative Services Team produces promotional and educational campaigns for all of the classes, programs, events, facilities, and services offered through the Department of Recreation. The team is responsible for print, web, email, social media, in-person tabling, and all other marketing efforts. Student positions include Marketing Assistant, Social Media Assistant, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer, and more. We are not currently hiring, but if you'd like to be considered for future openings, please email your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to marketing@recreation.ucsb.edu and ahackelton@ucsb.edu.

 

Customer Service 

Customer Service Center (CSC) staff help students and the community enroll in gym memberships, recreation programs, and classes. Customer Service Assistants help register participants, answer general questions, 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. Apply here

 

Operations

Operations Staff: Operations staff are responsible for managing facility access, facility upkeep, opening and closing the facility, managing fitness facilities (FC1, FC2, and FC3), managing Front Desk and cashier responsibilities, and enforcing policies. They are the first responders to the majority of all medical accidents and incidents. This job requires the ability to work flexible hours including weekends and outside operating hours. Operations assistants provide quality customer service and assist patrons at all times with general inquiries about the Recreation Center.

 

Events

Our Events team hosts and staffs 120+ events a year on our athletic fields and facilities, including Sports Club games, student organization and department events, and special events such as the Rec Fest and Turkey Trot. Student staff responsibilities include set-up and tear-down of equipment, procuring waivers, responding to and documenting injuries, upholding policies, and providing excellent customer service. 

 

Youth Programs

Youth Programs Staff: Youth Programs staff members are responsible for the general safety, development, and engagement of youth within our programs, ranging from ages 5-14 years old. These programs include, but are not limited to, Gauchitos Night Out, UCSB Spring Day Camp, and the UCSB Summer Day Camp programs.

Youth Programs Student Managers: The Youth Programs Student Manager is responsible for assisting the Youth Programs Coordinator with daily administrative and leadership duties and responsibilities. Additionally, the Youth Programs Student Manager will aid in the development and implementation of new programs in an effort to better serve the community.