Student Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Student Employment

The Department of Campus Recreation and Unions comprises more than 60 career staff and more than 800 student employees and volunteers who invest their energy and creativity into inspiring others to maintain balanced lifestyles through recreation and leisure activiites. The department is a student-focused organization, placing an emphasis on student development and leadership opportunities. Find out how you can get involved at the Craft Center by calling 530-752-1475. For a comprehensive list of student employment and volunteer opportunities with Campus Recreation and Unions, click here. Check Aggie Job Link for current openings.


The Craft Center could not run without the efforts of our volunteers. Volunteer desk attendants comprise nearly half of our entire staff and are usually the contact our customers have with the Craft Center, either by telephone or at the front desk. In addition, they are responsible for maintaining the physical appearance of the foyer, front desk and labs. It is essential that volunteer desk attendants are trained to be the best resources of information and assistance possible, and that they feel a sense of commitment and ownership toward our goals for excellent customer service.

Due to the high level of interest in our volunteer program, we may not be able to accommodate everyone the quarter they are interested, but will keep your name on a waiting list so that you may join our staff as soon as there is an opening.

Requirements for Volunteering:

Volunteers serve as desk attendants to get essential training in Craft Center policies of registration, tool check-out, and phone procedures. Learn the basics of how we run our front desk and maintain our spaces! Shifts are a weekly set schedule of 5 hours. Daytime shifts may be broken-up to more than one day. Night and weekend shifts are a full 5 hour shift. It is important that you can commit to working a particular shift for the entire quarter. You are responsible to this commitment as you would be to any job.

Why Volunteer? 

The Craft Center is a fun and welcoming environment that offers affiliation with a community of interested craftspersons. On the job you may learn anything from screenprinting, to gallery installation, to ceramic kiln firing, and "off the job" you may enjoy sharing and exchanging knowledge about what you make.

All volunteers have free studio access to any studio they are qualified to use, as well as 10% off our resale items. New volunteers get half-off one class their first quarter volunteering, and can get one free class any consecutive quarter they volunteer.*

*To earn benefits, volunteers must complete their training and commitment of 5 hours/week. Benefits are non-cumulative and cannot be used beyond the quarter they are earned.

  • New Volunteer Sign-up and Orientation will happen on the first day the Craft Center opens. This is where new volunteers are introduced to the facility and Craft Center mission. New volunteers pick their shifts. UC Davis students are given priority over community members, but anyone can volunteer. 
  • Tool Room Training is held before Craft Center classes start. This is a 2 hour session that introduces new volunteers to the layout of the Tool Room, our tool check-out procedure, volunteer responsibilities, the front desk arrangement, and our resale inventory.
  • First Shifts begin the first week the Craft Center open, and are devoted to covering basic front desk procedures. Training continues throughout the quarter.