Student Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Campus Recreation and Unions is a student-centered organization. Not only do student employees gain skills to strengthen their resumes, but they find leadership experiences and professional development opportunities. Working closely with professional staff, student employees gain valuable work experience to prepare them for their professional career paths. For more information about current employment opportunities, see the current openings below or visit Handshake to view current postings.

Campus Recreation And Unions Student Employment And Volunteer Opportunities

Current Opportunities

For current job opportunities, contact the individual unit you are interested in and ask about available positions.

The Department of Campus Recreation comprises of several career staff and more than 400 student employees and volunteers who invest their energy and creativity into inspiring others to maintain balanced lifestyles through recreation and leisure activities. 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 Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) by calling 530-754-5306. For a comprehensive list of student employment and volunteer opportunities with Campus Recreation, contact 530-752-1730. Check Hand Shake for current openings.

About Working for Member Services at the ARC

The ARC provides a variety of student employment opportunities where students have the opportunity to develop skills in customer service, communication and leadership. Below is a list of positions maintained at the ARC.

Recreation Attendant

The Recreation Attendant is an entry-level position that provides customer service, equipment, and cleanliness within the Activities and Recreation Center.

Member Services Lead

The Member Services Lead is a supervisory position that oversees membership sales and access control within the ARC and Rec Pool facilities. 

Building Supervisor (ARC and UCDHS)

The Building Supervisor is responsible for all day-to-day facility operations of the ARC and UCDHS Fitness Center and will assist, as necessary, with aspects of programming, supervision, and customer service.

All Student Positions In The Department Of Campus Recreation And Unions

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

  • Contact:
  • Student positions:
    • Member Services Lead
    • Building Supervisor
    • Office Assistant
    • Recreation Attendant

Administrative Services


Business Services

  • Contact at Business Services:
    • Contact at Business Center:
    • Student positions:
      • Office Assistant
      • Business Center Cashier/Passport Acceptance Agent
      • Business Center Student Manager

    Craft Center

    Equestrian Center

    • Contact:
    • Student positions:
      • Stall and Paddock Cleaner
      • Barn Supervisor
      • Resident Barn Supervisor/Feeder
      • Facility Attendant
      • Lesson Instructor
      • Head Lesson Instructor
      • Head Barn Supervisor
      • Vet Student
      • Senior Veterinary Student Assistant

    Events Management

    • ARC/Pavilion
      • Contact:
      • Student positions within Events Services at the ARC/Pavilion:
        • Event Staff
        • Pavilion Technical Staff
        • Event Technical Staff Supervisor
    • Memorial Union and Lodges
      • Contact:
        • Vacant position
          • Information coming
          • 530-752-7282
      • Student positions within Events Services at the Memorial Union and Lodges:
        • Student Manager
        • Front Desk
        • Event Staff
    • Student Community Center
      • Contact:
      • Student positions within Events Services at the Student Community Center:
        • Event Staff
        • Building Supervisor
    • UC Davis Conference Center
      • Contact:
      • Student positions within Events Services at the UC Davis Conference Center:
        • Event Staff

    Living Well

    • Contact:
    • Student positions:
      • Living Well Center Attendant
      • Studio Monitor
      • Dance Instructor
      • Group Exercise Instructor
      • Martial Arts Instructor
      • Mind-Body Instructor
      • Personal Trainer
      • Student Manager


    • Contact:
    • Student positions:
      • Building Operations Staff
      • Building Maintenance Staff

    Outdoor Adventures

    • Contact:
    • Student positions:
      • Rental Center Staff
      • Student Program Coordinator
      • Equipment Student Manager
      • Instructor/Guide
      • Rental Center Student Manager
      • Water Sports Student Manager
      • Wilderness Student Manager
      • Climbing Wall Supervisor
      • Climbing Wall Assistant Manager
      • Climbing Wall Manager

    Rec Sports

    • Student positions:
      • Maintenance
      • Manager
      • Official/Referee
      • Recorder
      • Supervisor

    Sport Clubs

    UC Davis Marching Band

    Youth Programs

    • Contact:
    • Student positions
      • Student Manager
      • Administrative Assistant
      • Receptionist
      • Instructor
      • Lead Instructor
      • Cal Aggie Camp Counselor (volunteer)
      • Youth Camp Counselor
      • Youth Programs Lead Counselor
      • Swim Instructor
      • Lead Swim Instructor


    WorkAbility Program Comes to UC Davis

    The UC Davis Department of Campus Recreation is proud to support the WorkAbility program. WorkAbility began December 2013 at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)WorkAbility is an internationally recognized organization that has helped place more than 3 million disabled people in career development programs. The UC Davis WorkAbility program will provide unique professional and social development opportunities for both disabled young adults and ARC student staff, who will work side by side together.

    Why We’re Excited About WorkAbility

    One of the primary goals of the program is to facilitate connections between populations that might not otherwise interact, with equal benefits for both sides. It aims to promote an all-inclusive environment that allows participants to work with people who may not be just like them. In addition, by learning to work with differently-abled peers, ARC student staff will be better equipped to serve differently-abled patrons. The special needs participants will also learn job skills that prepare them for unassisted employment opportunities in the future. Yet program facilitators emphasize that the most important benefit is the opportunity for both populations of young adults to enjoy increased interaction and new friendships with a different group of peers. As such, this program aligns with one of Campus Recreation’s values of inclusivity.

    What to Expect

    The disabled young adults taking part in the program are local residents between the ages of 18 and 22 who participate in other specialized programs within Yolo County services and the Davis Unified School District. During the WorkAbility training at the ARC, job coaches from Yolo County and Davis Unified School District will accompany the special needs participants, who will wear co-branded yellow uniforms similar to the ones the ARC student staff members wear. The ARC is serving as the pilot location for WorkAbility, but we hope to expand the program to additional units of our department and, ultimately, to campus as a whole. The program is expected to be ongoing, and the department has high hopes for positive results both in the short- and long-term.

    More Information

    The UC Davis WorkAbility program is a federally funded venture in association with Davis Joint Unified School DistrictYolo CountyBest Buddies Program, and the Autism Awareness Association.

    Heather Gastellum, Associate Director
    (530) 752-2654