Lifeguard  |  Swim Instructor  |  Water Exercise Instructor




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

Applications are available online (click here to download application) and are being accepted at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Please fill out your application completely and attach a copy of your resume, Lifeguarding/FA/CPR/AED and any additional certifications. Email your complete application to Siobhan Goodwell at

Try-outs take place at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center (SCRC). During the try-out lifeguard applicants will be required to complete a swimming/skills test outlined below, and will be followed by an interview. If hired, applicants will need I-9 documents- Click here for the list of acceptable I-9 documents. 

  • 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.      

Upcoming Try-out dates:

    SUN January 13th; 9:00-11:00am @ SCRC

    SUN February 3rd; 9:00-11:00am @ SCRC

    SUN March 3rd; 9:00-11:00am @ SCRC

To register for a try-out please contact Siobhan Goodwell at

Pay Rate: starts at $13.87-$14.25/hr

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 (310) 825-3671 for a schedule of courses. 


Swimming/Skills Test Instructor applicants will be required to complete a swimming/skills test. The test requires the following: 

  • 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.

The sessions will be held at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center's Family Pool. 

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 $12.50/hr. 

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

Contact: Maria Larios,, (310) 825-3411 


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

Competitive Sports

UCLA Competitive Sports is HIRING for General Managers and Officials. Applications are due Friday, September 28th at 5 PM! To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Megan Normansell (

Intramural Sports Official (Flag Football, Volleyball & Soccer)

The Intramural Sports Student Official enforces appropriate rules and regulations for each specific sport or event, conducts contest in a professional manner, maintains professional attitude and appearance with employees, participants and spectators, works positively with other assigned Intramural Sports personnel, and maintains a safe environment for all participants.  No experience necessary, training is provided.  Evening and weekend hours required. Pay starts at $13.25 an hr.



The Intramural Sports Student General Manager (GM) is responsible for enforcing appropriate rules and regulations for each specific sport or event. The GM must have effective communication skills and be responsible.  Additionally, the GM must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Pay starts at $13.25 an hr.


Club Sports Game Day Operations

The Club Sports Game Day Operations assists full-time staff and student coordinators with the administration and supervision of the club sports program.  The operations staff must have effective communication skills (both verbal and written), demonstrate good judgment when making decisions, and be responsible.  Large scale event set up necessary and required. Additionally, the game day staff must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekday evenings and weekends.  Pay starts at $13.25 an hr.    

Martial Arts

FITWELL / Kinross Recreation Center

FITWELL Consultant (John Wooden Center)


Supervise and ensure safety of participants in all Strength and Conditioning areas within JWC, including all cardio and strength areas.  Assist members with general use of strength and cardio equipment including set-up and safety features. Maintain records of room usage, incidents, equipment-checkout and equipment conditions.  Organize, monitor, and clean the strength  & cardio equipment. Monitor access and serve members at the FITWELL desk by greeting and assisting patrons in person, over the phone and via email, creating/inputting simple data on computers and promoting programs and services. Open/close facility when needed. Work flexible hours including weekend and holidays. Positions are year round for UCLA students. Students may work up to 19.5 hrs/week during the academic quarter and up to 40 hrs/week during the academic breaks.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be able to lift and move heavy weights (up to 55 pounds)
  • Must be a UCLA student
  • Minimum of six months fitness training experience -work related or personal
  • Must be available to work at least 12 hours/week. Must be available for at least one opening shift (starting at 5:15am), closing shift (ending at 10pm or 1am) per week and one weekend/holiday shift per quarter

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work study preferred
  • Self-motivated, friendly, positive attitude
  • Minimum of six months customer service experience
  • Minimum one year strength training experience -work related or personal

FITWELL Consultant (KREC)

FITWELL Consultant (Bruin Fitness Center - BFIT)


Instructional Programs

There are no open positions at this time.

John Wooden Center

Marina Aquatic Center

Kayaking Instructor

Skilled Sea Kayaking instructors are needed. ACA or BCU instructor certification is desired. First Aid and CPR certification required. Lifeguard certification a plus. Contact Nora Lee for more information. 310.823.0048 OA@UCLA.EDU

Rowing Instructor

Contact: Nora Lee  (310.823.0048 /

Sailing Instructor

Contact: Nora Lee  (310.823.0048 /

Surfing Instructor

Windsurfing Instructor

Contact: Nora Lee  (310.823.0048 /


No positions available at this time. 



Operations & Events

Sports Assistant

Description: Provide general maintenance for Pauley Pavilion, Drake Track Stadium, Los Angeles Tennis Center, Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts and Sycamore Tennis Courts. Required to set up and strike bleachers, tables, chairs, mats, and sporting equipment for various athletic events and or cultural special events. Most of the primary duties are physical labor. Required to work early mornings, evenings and weekends. Provide stand by labor for athletic and special events. 

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must be self motivated, able to follow instructions, and work with minimal supervision. Attention to detail is critical. You must be able to work mornings (most shifts begin at 7:30am), evenings, weekends and holidays. 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 able to work mornings (most shifts begin at 7:30am), evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Contact: Edgar Torres,


Sales and Service

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

Apply Here: UCLA Recreation Application

Hiring Manager: Sabrina Basoff

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Cashier- JWC

If you are organized, punctual, and friendly, this position may be right for you. Please use the link to fill out an application and return it to the hiring manager. Summer availability is preferred.

Apply Here: UCLA Recreation Application

Hiring Manager: Charlotte Burns

Youth Programs

Youth Staff

  • Winter Quarter
  • Hours up to 17.5 weekly (must be available to work 2-4 hours from Mon - Thur between 4:30pm - 11:00pm)
  • Pay Rate: Starting at $10.50/hour

General supervision of multiple children while facilitating program rules, regulations and safety expectations; ability to maintain energy and excitement among children through creativity and flexibility; welcoming and supervising children; plan and implement recreational activities for children; constantly model positive behavior for to children through excitement and participation in daily activities; attend to injuries and illnesses; effectively communicate with and assist parents with regard to specific programming; attend and engage in staff orientation sessions and meetings as required; maintain facilities as they relate to children and camp facilities; and any additional duties as assigned. 

Preferred Qualifications: Current American Red Cross First-Aid & CPR certification; prior experience working with children in a recreational, educational, and/or large group setting; willingness to establish a professional rapport with children, parents, other staff members, and administrators in an energetic and enthusiastic manner; strong leadership, organizational, child management, and instructional skills with children; ability to participate in activities with children in a way that is engaging, fun, mindful, and safe, while maintaining a supervisory role; ability to have fun.

To apply, please email resume to: