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UCLA Recreation

Browse the Student positions below. If you are interested in applying for any* of the open positions below, please follow this link to Handshake. Once you are in Handshake, click "on-campus" jobs and search for the position title you are interested in.

*Please note that if you are interested in applying for a position with our Summer Camps, please go to the Summer Camps employment page directly.

Current Open Positions

Aquatics - Lifeguard

Become a Rec Lifeguard and develop your leadership, communication, and decision-making skills while gaining experience as a first responder and risk manager!

Please fill out your application completely and attach a copy of your resume, Lifeguarding/FA/CPR/AED and any additional certifications you have. If you have any questions please contact the Aquatics Coordinator, Siobhan Goodwell at sgoodwell@recreation.ucla.edu.

*Must be at least 17 years old to become a UCLA Rec Lifeguard.

Interviews will take place at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center (SCRC). Applicants will complete a group interview which includes swimming and skills tests. If hired, applicants will need to bring their I-9 documents to their hiring session- Click here for the list of acceptable I-9 documents.

Swimming and Skills tests include:

  • 50-meter head up freestyle sprint
  • 200-meter IM (with sidestroke replacing butterfly)
  • Mock rescue scenarios- including First Aid; CPR/AED; passive submerged; suspected head, neck, or back injury; etc.

Pay Rate: $15.61 - $17.75

What if I want to be a lifeguard, but I’m not certified? UCLA Recreation offers a number of Lifeguard certification courses throughout the year. Check out our online course list for a schedule of courses.

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Competitive Sports - Front Desk Clerk

The Club Sports Front Desk Clerk assists full-time staff and student staff with day-to-day tasks for the office. The clerk must have effective communication skills (both verbal and written), demonstrate good judgment when enforcing Club and IM Policies. They must create a welcoming environment to all patrons as they are the first point of contact in representing the Competitive Sports Clubhouse.

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Competitive Sports - General Manager

The purpose of the Intramural Sports General Manager is to check in intramural participants to their games, provide excellent customer service, keep score and time of game, and help set up and tear down for events.

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Competitive Sports - Intramural Sports Official

The purpose of the Intramural Sports Official is to referee intramural games, connect with participants while providing a fun experience, and enforce the rules and regulations with fair judgment.

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BFIT - FITWELL Consultant

The Purpose of the FITWELL Consultant is to supervise and ensure the safety of participants in all areas at BFIT, including cardio and strength areas, and assist members with the general use of strength and cardio equipment including set-up and safety features.

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KREC - FITWELL Consultant

Are you looking for a fun summer job opportunity? We are now accepting applications for FITWELL Consultants at KREC!

The Purpose of the FITWELL Consultant is to supervise and ensure the safety of participants in all areas at KREC, including cardio and strength areas, and assist members with the general use of strength and cardio equipment including set-up and safety features.

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Martial Arts - Lead and Assistant Instructor

Lead and Assistant Instructors develop and lead specific UCLA Martial Arts instructional classes. They are responsible for curriculum, lesson planning, and the majority of week-to-week instruction.

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Sales and Service

Customer Relations Specialist

Are you organized and professional with great communication skills? Apply today to join our Sales & Service team! The Customer Relations Specialist provides critical information and support with Recreation services to all UCLA campus affiliates, members and Recreation staff.

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Explore Other Recreation Positions

Visit this webpage to see when these positions will be open and taking applications.

JWC - FITWELL Consultant

Are you looking for a fun summer job opportunity? We are now accepting applications for FITWELL Consultants at JWC!

The Purpose of the FITWELL Consultant is to supervise and ensure safety of participants in all areas at JWC, including cardio and strength areas, and assist members with general use of strength and cardio equipment including set-up and safety features.

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Marketing - Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant

The Purpose of the Marketing Assistant is to create engaging social media content to promote UCLA Recreation programs and facilities. The candidate will work closely with different unit program coordinators to create and implement social media campaigns. Be a UCLA Recreation brand ambassador.

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Rec Tech

Rec Tech (Recreational Mechanical Technician)

The Rec Tech position is responsible for performing a variety of tasks in the maintenance, alteration, and repair of our Recreation facilities and of the equipment within.

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Sports Venues & Event Operations

Operations and Events Assistant

Description: Provide general maintenance and operational support for Pauley Pavilion, Drake Track Stadium, and Los Angeles Tennis Center. Most of the primary duties are physical labor and include the setup and strike of event furnishings for various athletic events and or cultural special events. Additional responsibilities include customer relations, day of event support, basic audiovisual knowledge, and facility access control.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must be self-motivated, able to follow instructions, work with minimal supervision, and knowledgeable about the various facilities rules and be able to communicate them to clients and patrons while ensuring exceptional customer service behavior. Attention to detail is critical. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Familiarity with the campus and surrounding community is preferred. Interest in sports is a plus.

Work Hours: You must be available to work a variety of shifts including mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays. Shifts vary due to operation and event schedules.

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Student Activities Center

Operations Assistant (Student Activities Center)

The position of Operations Assistant is a customer service-focused role, requiring the individual to provide all patrons that use the facility with the best possible experience. Whether the employee will be giving information to a prospective student regarding campus life or unlocking spaces in the facility, Operations Assistants serve to enhance the experience of any client or building occupant.

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Swim Instructor

Become a UCLA Rec Swim Instructor!

Interviews will take place at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center's Family Pool. Applicants will complete a group interview which includes swimming and skills tests. If hired, applicants will need to bring their I-9 documents to their hiring session- Click here for the list of acceptable I-9 documents.

Swim Instructor applicants must be able to complete the following skills :

  • Must be able to demonstrate swimming 25 yards each of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly (15 yards) using proper technique.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to float on back for one minute.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to tread water for one minutes.
  • Successfully complete mock teaching scenarios.

What if I want to be a lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor, but I’m not certified? UCLA Recreation offers a number of Lifeguarding and Water Safety courses throughout the year. Check the Rec Quarterly or call (310) 825-3671 for a schedule of courses.

Pay Rate: starts at $15/hr.

Work Hours: Work hours are flexible and include weekends, evenings, holidays, and quarter breaks.

Contact: Clint Svatos, csvatos@recreation.ucla.edu or (310) 983-3330

WATER EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR

Job Description: Instructors plan and conduct water exercise classes, evaluate student achievement, communicate appropriately with students, and complete necessary paperwork. Work hours are flexible and include weekends, evenings. Preferred certification: AEA Certification or equivalent aquatic fitness certification, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, Community CPR, First Aid

Instructional Programs

There are no open positions at this time.

Marina Aquatic Center

  • Instructor Positions: Kayaking, Rowing, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing Skilled instructors, with sport-specific knowledge and experience needed to teach recreational group classes and private lessons. Courses held mostly on weekends – must teach a minimum of 1 introductory class per quarter (16 hours). First Aid/CPR/AED certification is required. National certifications are preferred (US Sailing, ACA, US Rowing, etc). Pay starts at $18/hour.
  • Dockmaster:Supervise MAC equipment rentals, facility programs, and assist community patrons. Required: ability to lift 50 lbs, current First Aid/CPR/AED certification, CA Boater Card. Preferred: Watersport experience in sailing, kayaking, and/or rowing. Pay starts at $17/hour.
  • Maintenance Assistant: Assist the MAC Marine Maintenance Technician with facility upkeep, routine maintenance, and equipment repair. Required: ability to lift 50lbs, current First Aid/CPR/AED certification, CA Boater Card. Preferred: Experience in general building/facility maintenance or knowledge of repair and working with hand tools. Pay starts at $18/hour.

For all Marina Aquatic Center positions, email Kylie Lausten and Nora Lee at mac@recreation.ucla.edu.

Marketing - Graphic Designer

The purpose of the Graphic Designer is to design marketing materials for print, web, and social media that promote UCLA Recreation's programs and events. The candidate would work closely with the Marketing team.

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Marketing - Photographer

The purpose of the Photographer is to photograph programs and events promoting UCLA Recreation and its partners for use in marketing materials and social media. The candidate would work closely with the Marketing team and other Recreation departments, and be sent out on assignments on campus or occasionally off-campus.

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Marketing - Videographer

The purpose of the Videographer is to film programs and events promoting UCLA Recreation and its partners for use in marketing materials and social media. The candidate would work closely with the Marketing team as well other Recreation units, and be sent out on assignments on campus or occasionally off-campus.

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Outdoor Adventures - Bike Shop

Employees of the Bike Shop maintain the safest and most-welcoming environment possible for DIY customers and ourselves. Our goal is to empower customers by providing them the opportunity to learn how to do their own repairs with a little bit of guidance from us. Employees should expect to work regularly at the Bike Shop and intermittently at the Challenge Course.

Outdoor Adventures - Rental Center Staff

Employees of the Rental Center maintain Rental Center Gear, provide outdoor equipment rentals to current members of UCLA Recreation, and undertake general projects as needed in the Outdoor Adventures workplace. Specific tasks depend on time of year and present condition of equipment, but Rental Center employees should expect to consistently be on task because there is always work to be done.

Work-study option available to those who are eligible

Job Qualifications

Required:

  • Currently enrolled as a UCLA Student

  • Professionally represent UCLA Recreation

  • Complete a background check

  • Be certified in or obtain certification for CPR, first aid, and AED within one quarter of being hired. We sometimes offer free training and certification if you do not have this already.

Preferred:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Punctuality and reliability

  • Ability to keep up with the high volume of customers

  • Ability to prioritize multiple, competing tasks on a daily basis.

  • Ability to explain anything to clients in a professional manner

  • Work-study eligible

  • Interest in continuing employment through Summer 2023

Job Expectations

  • Communicate effectively and politely with customers and coworkers in person, on the phone, and through e-mail.

  • Keep shop tidy by properly storing tools, clearing clutter from work benches, and making sure floors are clean and dry.

  • Know how rental gear works and be able to instruct our customers in the proper use of this gear.

  • Be able to inspect, clean, repair, and organize our gear effectively.

  • Understand, explain, and enforce the Rental Agreement that our customers sign to rent gear.

  • Have general awareness of the various programs within OA and the ability to refer customers to the resources describing these programs.

  • Make sure the Rental Center is clean and organized.

  • Wear close-toed/heeled shoes while in Bike Shop/Rental Center.

  • Create, edit, and manage documents required for Outdoor Adventures operations.

  • Other duties as assigned

Pay Rate

  • $16.25 per hour

Apply and Contact

Email Michelle Perrault at mperrault@recreation.ucla.edu. In your email please include:

  • Your expected graduation time (quarter and year)

  • Your UCLA ID number

  • Your phone number

  • If you are work-study eligible

  • Your availability to work this current and/or upcoming quarter, specifically Mondays through Fridays

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Outdoor Adventures & Experiential Programs - Teambuilding & Challenge Course: Program Assistant & Facilitator

Work-study option available to those who are eligible

Hiring and training in spring for staff who can work throughout summer.This is primarily a summer job, with opportunities to work throughout the following Fall-Winter-Spring upon completion of a summer season.

About the Challenge Course and Teambuilding programs
A challenge course is a unique, exciting tool for adventure, teambuilding, and leadership development. The UCLA Challenge Course is nestled in the trees at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Our course features 8 high ropes climbing elements and numerous low ropes elements. Teams or groups (e.g. student organizations, class cohorts, department professional staff, nonprofits, corporate teams, etc.) reserve private teambuilding events to take place on our course, led by our staff of Facilitators. Program Assistants serve as apprentice Facilitators, learning all about the skills (both technical and “soft”) needed to become a challenge course teambuilding Facilitator. This job is pretty special opportunity for motivated students who are excited to work outdoors, connect with and help others, and develop their own teamwork and leadership skills for a future career in any field. Program Assistants will receive direct training, mentorship, and opportunities to shadow professionals. Program Assistants are expected to work towards advancing their skills/experience and promoting to the level of Facilitator. Previous experience is not necessary. The ideal applicant will be committed to working with us for at least a year (longer is encouraged), so as to learn and advance through the ranks.

Schedule
Hiring will begin in spring with paid trainings scheduled until the start of the summer season. Mandatory spring training dates to be posted here later. They will likely be over 2-3 weekends in late Spring Quarter, plus opportunities to shadow programs and learn on-the-job throughout Spring Quarter.

We are seeking staff who can work a minimum of 10 weeks over the upcoming summer, with preference for longer, at an average minimum of 12 hours and maximum of 40 hours per week. This is not a weekly recurring shifts type of job. Rather, training and work are scheduled and assigned as unique one-off events. Programs and trainings can land on any day of the week, including weekends. A shift is typically 5-6 hours in length. Common shifts are 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM or 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. The shift must be worked in its entirety. It is not possible to work partial shifts. Staff are sent an availability form periodically, on which they indicate which of the upcoming scheduled programs they are available to work. The full future calendar is available for them to view at any time, and plan their personal schedules accordingly. The Challenge Course Manager assigns shifts based on availability and need. The more available and dependable a staff person is, the more likely they are to get their desired number of hours.

Fall, winter, & spring scheduling
Our busy season winds down after about week 2 of Fall. Work will continue to be offered to summer staff who wish to continue working, but the frequency and volume of work offered will diminish. Same as in summer, the events are scheduled and assigned as unique one-off events. They are not regular, and recurring. Occasional trainings will be offered to keep staff knowledge fresh and further develop advanced skills.

Job Qualifications

Required:

  • Commitment to work the upcoming summer season as detailed above

  • Able to work some weekends

  • Available to work according to the one-off special event schedule described above

  • Motivated to learn and grow into the role of Facilitator

  • Age 18 or older

Preferred:

  • Motivated to work up through our ranks to Lead Facilitator

  • Committed to working more than 1 year, specifically including the summer seasons

Job Expectations

  • Learn the entry-level role of Program Assistant and gradually advance to the role of Facilitator

  • Assist staff with basic program setup, delivery, and takedown requirements

  • Follow instructions received from staff

  • Learn and follow challenge course protocols and policies

  • Listen, observe, and ask questions of senior staff

  • Demonstrate professionalism in dealings with client/group

  • Take on group activity facilitation under supervision of a senior staff person

  • Listen and positively respond to feedback and coaching from supervisor and senior staff

  • Demonstrate a good work ethic that is reliable, curious, self-motivated

Advancement

Upon completion of the following, Program Assistants will be promoted to Facilitators

  • Able to independently lead a small group through a teambuilding program that includes low elements, the Leap of Faith, and the High V

  • Has a minimum of 20 hours documented experience facilitating, or assisting in facilitating, experiential programs

  • Has a minimum of 24 hours documented training time

Facilitator duties include:

  • Collaborate with staff to setup, plan, and lead a program, including leading one small group of their own through both low and high activities

  • Perform daily pre-use inspections

  • Independently operate Leap of Faith and High V climbs

  • Brief and debrief activities and full programs

  • Lead a variety of low activities including ice breakers, games, initiatives, and low elements

  • Collaborate with staff to cleanup and takedown program equipment

  • Complete Program Report and any additionally required reports

  • Listen and positively respond to feedback and coaching from supervisor and senior staff

Further advancement in responsibilities and pay rate as a result of further skill acquisition and depth of experience, such as:

  • Work at height access abilities

  • Low ropes activity mastery

  • Rescue procedure operation

  • Accumulation of facilitation hours

Essential Functions

  • Range of motion and flexibility: perform various positions and postures necessary to facilitator tasks; manipulate ropes, cables, and other related equipment used in tying knots, belaying, and rigging used in the setup, operation, and breakdown of challenge course systems; physically negotiate various terrain types and/or obstacles confronted in the course of both routine program delivery and emergency situations

  • Manual dexterity and motor skills: Operate/utilize various challenge course-related gear and equipment including, and not limited to, ropes, harnesses, helmets, carabiners, safety lines, ladders, and pulleys; ascend to, traverse at, and descend from heights that may exceed 25 feet; relocate, ascend, and descend ladders and various other course access equipment including, and not limited to, cargo nets, stairs, climbing staples, and vertical cables.

  • Endurance and stamina: possess ability and endurance to achieve certification for and carry out site-specific first aid procedures and/or protocols which may include first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); perform required duties for extended periods of time while exposed to adverse conditions including, and not limited to, precipitation, temperature extremes, and wind.

  • Sight and visual acuity: possess good corrected or uncorrected vision; possess adequate depth perception to recognize safety hazards in a variety of normal and/or emergency environments; possess the ability to see, read, and recognize safety hazards in a variety of normal and/or emergency environments

  • Communication skills: communicate in a clear and understandable fashion with participants and other staff members; able to effectively communicate in an appropriate manner in the programming environment without accommodation; effectively communicate with participants based on their personality type, especially during sensitive, interpersonal contacts

  • Reasoning and decision making: comprehend and implement oral and written instructions; apply reasoning skills when confronted with circumstances requiring a discretionary decision; establish priorities and construct further plans after an initial assessment; formulate and implement an appropriate course of action in a given situation for which no specific rule or procedure has been established; apply theory-based instruction or training to actual incidents/situations

Pay Rate

  • $16.25 per hour to start
  • $16.75 per hour once advanced to Facilitator
  • Up to $23.00 per hour for further advancements

Apply and Contact

Email Michelle Perrault at mperrault@recreation.ucla.edu. In your email please include:

  • Describe your availability to work this upcoming summer.

  • What is your UCLA ID number?

  • What is your anticipated graduation date (quarter, year)?

  • Are you eligible for work-study and do you wish to apply that to this job?

  • What is your phone number?

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Summer Camps

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Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

Customer Relations Specialist

The Purpose of the Customer Relations Specialist is to be the first point of contact for all customers and patrons entering the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. This position is tasked with creating a friendly and welcoming environment at the front desk and providing patrons with excellent customer service. .

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Operations Supervisor

The Purpose of the Operations Supervisor is to ensure the safety and satisfaction of Sunset Canyon Recreation Center patrons through general supervision of the facility, addressing maintenance concerns, setting up / striking events, and enforcing all University and Departmental policies.

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Front Desk Clerk - Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

The Front Desk Clerk is the first point of contact for all customers entering the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. They must create a friendly and welcoming environment and perform specific duties listed on our full job description

Youth Programs

Little Bruins Clubhouse Staff

The purpose of the Little Bruins Clubhouse Staff is to provide evening supervision for the clubhouse. The clubhouse, funded in large part by the social justice referendum, provides free and reduced cost evening youth programming for student dependents at the John Wooden Center for children diaper graduate to age 14. This program provides student dependents with a supervised, kid friendly environment for group and independent play or study time with trained youth counselors who engage children in age appropriate activities while student parents attend class or participate in evening programs or study groups on campus.

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