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Employment Opportunities

Campus Recreation often has part-time jobs available. Check this page frequently to see the latest updates.

Background Check Process

Please note that all offers of employment (both student employees and non-student employees) are contingent upon completing and passing a required background check. The offer of employment may be discontinued at any time if the background check conditions are not met.

USD Student Employees:

If you are hired and are a current USD student, please note that most USD students will work an average of 10 hours per week, with a maximum of 25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters set by University policy. All student employees are required to notify their hiring supervisor if they currently have or receive another on-campus job at any point throughout their employment. 

Available Part Time Positions

Summer Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Position Description: Teach swimming lessons to youth ages 2.5 - 16 years of age by following the American Red Cross “Learn to Swim” program (includes ARC levels Pre-K 1 - 2 (2.5 - 4 years) and Learn to Swim levels 1 – 6 (5 - 16 years)). Class sizes will vary from 3 to 12 students per instructor. Class length is 30-minutes with 15-minutes
between classes. Instructors are required to teach from in the water for all Pre-K classes and Learn to Swim levels 1 - 2. Instructors may teach from the pool deck for Learn to Swim levels 3-6. Some lifeguarding responsibilities during class are also required.

Responsibilities: Primary guard responsibilities include; Supervise pool deck area and lifeguard 25 yard x 40 yard college swimming pool; Monitor safety of pool area and patrons; Enforce pool usage policies during open swim and during reserved usage time; Manage/Supervise large group events in the pool area; and secure facility during non-usage time. Secondary guard responsibilities include; Open/Close pool and pool deck as needed; Test safety of pool (chemical levels); and clean pool deck area and guarding/class equipment/supplies. Other duties as assigned.

Instructor/Guard Qualifications:

Note: All applicants must have a current lifeguard certified and either a WSI certification or have at least 1-year swim lesson instruction experience. 

  • Current Lifeguard certification required (form an accredited institution such as the American Red Cross). *Your Lifeguard certification must also include a certification in CPR/First Aid/AED for the professional rescuer.
  • Current WSI certification (or the equivalent of at least 1 year experience teaching swim lessons to youth)
  • Must be able to lift at least 25lbs without assistance
  • Proactive as well as reactive lifeguarding skills
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures for swimming pools
  • Ability to communicate, instruct, and supervise children in the lesson program and all patrons in the surrounding pool area
  • Ability to make prudent decisions, work effectively with fellow staff members and evaluate as well as correct safety issues that may affect the health/safety of the patrons
  • Friendly, outgoing, team player, caring, responsible, reliable and able to work without direct supervision
  • Ability to commit to the entire duration of the summer schedule (6/22/15 – 8/16/15)
    • Ability to commit to training/orientation on varied days between June -15 – 19, 2015 between the hours of 9am-5pm (hours will vary on each training day, totaling 8 to 16 hours of overall orientation/training

Other Work Conditions:

  • All guard shifts and swim lessons are in our outdoor pool so all employees will be working in direct sun for the most of their shift and be exposed to other non-predictable weather elements (e.g. rain, wind, etc.)
  • All employees will be exposed to a moderate to loud noise levels
  • All employees must complete a “minor safety” training orientation video (paid orientation time) before 6/22/15. If the training is not completed, the employment term contract will be voided immediately. 

Typical Hours:

  • Hours vary between 4 to 7.5 hours a day, 5 days a week between 9:30am – 7:15pm, Monday - Sunday. Hours depend on the success of the program and class scheduling. We will cancel classes with low enrollment, thereby, canceling shifts.
  • All shifts will be split between guarding and teaching
  • All staff is required to work varied weekend (Fri-Sun) shifts between 9:45am-6:15pm
  • Due to the shortened period of the summer program, we will not grant any time off (vacation time) during Monday – Thursday for the entire duration of the program. All applicants must be available to work at least Mon-Thurs for the listed dates of the program. We can approve time off on varied weekends (Fri-Sun) as long as we have enough staff to safely manage the pool area.

Employment Dates:  June 15 - Aug 16, 2015 

Pay: $11/hour

Application Deadline: 6/10/15

To apply, please send your resume along with three professional references to

Recreation Fitness Class Instructors (FALL 2015)

Instruct recreation and/or fitness classes in the Campus Recreation department. For credit classes: Develop class syllabus and lesson plans; record and submit student attendance, mid-term and final grades. Maintain a safe and healthy instructional environment; ability to effectively communicate, demonstrate and instruct the skills required of the listed course.


  • Past teaching experience in the related field you are applying for
  • Fitness instruction certification (if applicable to the class you are applying for; required to show proof by first date of employment)
  • Current CPR/First Aid/AED certifications (required to show proof by first date of employment)
  • Personal fitness level necessary to teach the assigned course

Pay is set at $20/hour. Dates of classes are 9/2/15 - 12/12/15 unless otherwise indicated.

Classes available Fall 2015 (NOTE: we cannot change class days/times):

Martial Arts

  • Mixed Martial Arts: M/W, 8-8:55pm
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: M/W, 9-9:55pm

Fitness and Mind/Body: 

  • Cardio Kick Boxing: T/TH, 6:30-7:25pm
  • Pilates Mat: T/Th, 2:30-3:25pm
  • Massage: Wednesdays, 7-9pm (dates for class are only from 9/9/15 - 10/28/15)

We do not hold resumes for future positions.

To apply, please send your resume along with three professional references to

Intramural Sports Officials

USD IM Sports is hiring sports officials for the Spring 2015 Intramural season. We have openings in football, soccer, volleyball, softball, and basketball. No officiating experience is necessary, but knowledge of the sport is required. Paid training provided.

To apply, send your resume to Call 619-260-4275 for more information.

USD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.