Aquatics Jobs



Being a lifeguard is one of the most beneficial positions one could have, but it is no easy task. With people’s lives in your hands, we have to require that applicants are qualified individuals with the passion and love of swimming and water sports.


At a given time, a Cal Rec Sports lifeguard will: enforce pool safety rules; rescue a distressed and/or drowning person(s); provide first aid; assist users with membership services, including program schedules, facility amenities, and general information; answer facility and program related questions; open and close facility(ies) when needed; and work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.


This is a year round position so applicants must be able to be on schedule for school breaks, holidays and the Summer season. Current certifications of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid.

Work Hours

Students may work 10-20 hrs/wk during the semester, and up to 40 hrs/wk during the academic breaks. Paid $15.30/hour

Application process

Phase 1: Swim Test

In phase 1 of the application process, lifeguards will demonstrate their overall competency and physical fitness through a swim test. Lifeguard candidates will be required to demonstrate their life-saving and rescue skills, as well as demonstrate a minimum level of fitness in the water.

Phase 2: Interview

If the lifeguard candidate advances to the next phase of the application process, he or she will be invited to an interview with the Aquatics Administration.

Note: If offered a position on our Lifeguard team, the lifeguard candidate will need to be in possession of documents that prove you are authorized to work in the United States. A list of accepted documents can be found on the last page of Homeland Security Form I-9.

Swimming Instructor

Join the dedicated team at the UC Berkeley pools to help further swimmers knowledge and love for the sport.
Year-round instructor


Teach group or private lessons based off American Red Cross standards and programs requirements. Assist users with membership services including program schedules, facility amenities, and general information. Answer facility and program related questions. Open/close facility when needed.


Required: American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED. Preferred: American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Work Hours

Students may work 5-20 hrs/wk during the quarter and up to 40 hrs/wk during the academic breaks.
Adult Swimming Lessons contact
Geoffrey Suguitan, Instructional Fitness Coordinator
510-643-8032 | Fax 510-642-0990


The Cal Aquatic Masters (CALM) swim team is a 160+ adult swim team located on the Berkeley campus. Our mission is to provide training, coaching, and the opportunity to participate in swimming; promote physical and mental fitness; and to encourage and support interest in competitive swimming.


Assistant coaches are talented individuals who contribute to our continued excellence at the masters swimming level. Swimmer backgrounds range from open water and competitive swimmers to people who just want to stay in shape and become better swimmers. Assistant coaches create a safe, fun and encouraging on-deck environment while providing feedback to all swimmers in support of their goals.


Required: Current certification in CPR/AED and First Aid; Lifeguard Training required within two months of employment. Possess a passion for the sport of swimming and working with swimmers. Previous experience working with coached swim teams (required) and adult swimmers (preferred) Attend regular SCAM staff meetings.

Work Hours

Variable. Workouts are weekdays 6-9am, 11a-12n, 6-7pm; Saturday 7-10am. Paid $15.50/hour

Weekend Pool Supervisor


The Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area (SCRA) Weekend Supervisor is responsible for overseeing activities in the SCRA. Those include, but are not limited too. open/close of pool, customer relations, emergency response, and more.


Required: Attention to detail. Must be highly organized, punctual, and reliable.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Effective public and interpersonal skills and interest in working with public.
Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR, or ability to get certified if hired.
Ability to lift 50 lbs. without accommodation.
Work Hours
May- October of each year. Paid 16.50/ hour

Helpful Hints

Before you begin have the following information available: your current American Red Cross certifications, relevant skills and work experience, at least 2 work references, work availability, current address and phone number(s), and emergency contact information.

Also note that for any of the above positions you will need to prove you are authorized to work in the United States.


For any and all questions regarding a job with aquatics please contact the Director of Aquatics, Spencer Hawkins:, or visit him on the 3rd floor of the RSF. Phone: 510-664-7174 | Fax: 510-642-0990

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