Employment Opportunities

As an employee of Stanford University’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, and Wellness you represent both Stanford Athletics and the University. We interact daily with university faculty, staff, students, and alumni; as well as with the local community. As Cardinal Rec employees we strive to create a welcoming and safe environment at our facilities.

Aquatics // Club Sports // Facilities // Fitness // Intramural Sports // Outdoor Education // Physical Education



Ensure the safety of patrons of the facility by preventing and responding to emergencies. Lifeguard Rec swim, club groups, classes, and events. Set up and tear down pools and perform pool and facility cleaning and maintenance. Perform other duties as assigned by management. Open and close facility when needed.

This position requires working weekends, evenings and holidays.

Current certifications of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

Pay Rate: $15.05 per hour

Work Hours: Students may work 5-20 hrs/wk during the quarter and up to 40 hours per week during the academic breaks.

For more information or to apply, please contact Olivia Palmer, Ompalmer@stanford.edu or (650) 736-3437.

Please download the employment application here and submit it with your resume when applying

Swim Instructor

Provide swimming instruction (group and private) to adults of all levels and abilities. Teach swimming fundamentals, stroke mechanics, and basic water safety.

Previous experience teaching adults to swim. American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer certification required. American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding/First Aid certifications preferred.

Pay Rate: $25 per hour

Please send your resume and cover letter to Michelle Gable, Assistant Director of Aquatics at michelle.gable@stanford.edu, (650) 498-0755.

Club Sports

Please make sure to check back for future job openings.



For Front Desk jobs, please fill out the application here and return it to the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Rec (ACSR) front desk located at 341 Galvez Street or the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) at 285 Santa Teresa St. You can also email the application to recreation at stanford dot edu. Please be sure to include your email address on the application.

Arrillaga Rec Center at SLAC

Stanford University’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has an opening for a part-time facility attendant, available immediately. This position will monitor activity in the Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC, as well as be involved in supervising recreational activities within the facility.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a background and interest in fitness. Those with experience in fitness instruction, personal training, customer service, and facility management are preferred. This is a non-benefited casual position. Work hours will vary between 6am and 7pm, Monday – Friday. Applicants can expect to work 10-20 hours per week. Please attach a cover letter and resume to be viewed by the hiring committee.

Please send resume and cover letter to Kaela Hoch Watson at khoch@stanford.edu.


Fitness Center Supervisor

The Stanford University’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has an opening for a part-time fitness center supervisors, available immediately. This position will monitor the fitness center areas in the ACSR, AOERC, and Tresidder.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a background and interest in fitness and customer service. The ideal candidate would be someone who has great interpersonal skills, self-motivated, organized, able to clean and take initiative, and lift up to 45 lbs (at times). This is a non-benefited casual position. Work hours will vary, please reference job description here. Applicants can expect to work 10-20 hours per week.

Department: Department of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, and Wellness
Reports To: Assistant Director of Fitness Facilities
Hiring Shifts:
M-F: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sun: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Responsible for working the fitness desk area, cleaning fitness equipment, greeting customers, answering the phone, and assisting people in signing into training and fitness classes. Additional responsibilities will include but are not limited to keeping the Fitness Center clean, and organized.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
• Work a minimum of 2 shifts per week.
• Clean fitness center equipment, including but not limited to, strength equipment, cardio equipment, free weights, fitness flooring, equipment mats.
• Provide great customer service for members and guest, this includes being knowledgeable about recreation programming services.
• Support and assist the staff (Personal Trainers, BeWell Assessors, Fitness Center Agent, and Assistant Manager of Fitness Facilities.)
• Attend staff meetings as requested by program and department.
• Responsible for reading, understanding and following guidelines in DAPER fitness Center Manual.
• Maintain a safe and clean environment by monitoring constantly and addressing cleanliness issues immediately.
• Exercise good interpersonal skills by gladly assisting others to accomplish the work of the organization, even if it’s outside the scope of regular duties.
• Check in and out fitness equipment to patrons.
• Enforce Fitness Center policies and regulations.
• Report problems, suggestions, or equipment issues immediately to the direct supervisor.
• Must be able to lift, 45 lb plates as well as heavier weights at times.

Education and Experience Required
A high school diploma, some college is preferred. American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within three months of employment.

Ability to demonstrate professional public relations skills, interpersonal and communication skills. Prioritize tasks, Operate office machines and equipment. Be trained on new techniques and jobs. Work days, evenings and weekends a minimum of two shifts per week. Problem Solve.

Work Environment:
The environment can be moderately loud at times with respect to weights, fitness classes, cardio machine usage.

To Apply:
Please fill out the application here and email Stephanie Cornell at scornell@stanford.edu. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


Intramural Sports

The success of our program is a direct result of student involvement. All men and women are encouraged to participate, not only at the competitive level, but also as staff members. Students are the front line employees of the Intramural Sports program. As such, the Intramural Sports program hires students to fill roles as scorekeepers, officials, and supervisors throughout the year. All employment opportunities within Intramural Sports are listed below.

Intramural Official

Start at $13.50/hour
Title: Sport Official
Reports To: Sport Supervisor
Shift Times: Depending on the sport/season, games are scheduled anywhere between
4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Friday; and between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Officials are also called upon to staff Tournaments.

General Description:
The Intramural Sports Official shall, to the best of his/her ability, officiate and /or keep accurate records and score of those contests sponsored by the Intramural Sports program, in accordance with the rules of the sport and program regulations. The official is charged with the responsibility of maintaining orderly conduct, an environment that promotes safety and fairness, on the court or field to which he/she is assigned, and will perform other duties as assigned.

The basics…..

• We are looking for responsible sports enthusiasts who enjoy working in a flexible, fun, and social atmosphere
• We offer the opportunity to acquire transferable leadership and management skills in an environment that provides room for advancement
• Basketball Officials start at $13.50/hour and are needed on Mon-Thurs from 7-11 p.m. and Sundays from 4-11 p.m.
• Potential officials must attend an in classroom clinic and an on site/on the fields clinic

Download the application here.


For more information, please contact Travis Jew – Coordinator of Intramural Sports
(650) 723-1081


fill out the application here and submit it to the ACSR front desk at 341 Galvez.

Outdoor Education

The Stanford Outdoor Education Outdoor Center provides a space for Stanford students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates to address their questions, gear needs, and registrations for outdoor pursuits around Stanford University. Outdoor Center staff allows the Stanford community access to outdoor recreation information, trip and course registration, community use space, gear rental, and providing information on backcountry travel.

Stanford Outdoor Education Specialist – Leadership and Training Manager

Stanford University Department of Physical Education and Recreation seek a qualified individual for the position of Leadership and Training Manager. This position provides specialized skills as well as support for the development of activities, scheduling, issuing instructions, examining work performance, coordinating crews, and communicating official plans within Stanford Outdoor Education.

Administrative Responsibilities
Provide program support for assigned outdoor education programmatic features and facilities. Take lead on projects requiring specialized knowledge associated to the assigned task areas.

Stanford Leadership Institute
Respond to inquiries, and determine and take appropriate action as required. Serve as a resource regarding a defined set of policies and procedures. Perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating courses, programs and events, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, coordinating logistics, and serving as liaison with internal and external vendors. Draft and/or generate routine communications; coordinate production and dissemination of documents, such as presentations, course handouts, proposals, event materials, complex reports, brochures, and displays. May serve as the point of contact for general maintenance, health and safety, and other facility concerns within the unit(s); report any incidents or potential safety problems to appropriate representatives. May guide and train student and/or contingent workers including scheduling, assigning, and prioritizing workloads, setting appropriate deadlines, and reviewing work for quality and timeliness.

Instructional Responsibilities
Conduct both academic and non-academic experiences for students, staff, and faculty of the Stanford community in both traditional classroom and field-based environments.

Annual Direct Instruction
· OUTDOOR 410 – Initiative Development Practicum – 3 Sections – 20 hours ea
· OUTDOOR xxx – Various Courses – 3 Sections – 10 hours ea
· Non-Academic experiences with mixed groups

Additional Responsibilities
Participate in the training process of staff for the assigned specialized skill set or discipline. Maintain national credentials in the assigned specialized skill.

· ACCT Trainings for course staff or similar training protocols

Annual Events
· CRAG Climbing Festival (20 hours)
· Gear Swap (10 hours)

Education and Experience
· Associate’s degree in the field of outdoor education, recreation, or related field.
· Candidate must have experience in university co-curricular outdoor education programming.
· Personal experience in ocean, land, climbing, and whitewater environments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Knowledge of current risk management practices or marketing strategies in outdoor education settings, a general understanding of all outdoor education sports, familiarity of current office software programs, and university programming experience.
· Ability to operate a vehicle for university purposes while possessing and maintaining an appropriate license.
· Demonstrated ability to complete tasks under deadline.
· Demonstrated ability to set priorities in order to perform a high volume of detailed work with constant interruptions.

Certifications and Licenses
· Outdoor Leader – Wilderness Education Association
· Wilderness First Responder
· Certificates within the assigned specialized skill

Please click here for full job description and to apply.

Stanford Outdoor Education is currently hiring for the following positions:

Outfitting Manager
Trip Facilitation Manager
Trip Approval Manager
Outdoor Center Staff
Outfitting Specialists
Climbing Wall Floor Supervisor

To Apply:

Please download and complete the SOE Job Application and send, along with resume and cover letter, to outdoored@stanford.edu

Physical Education

Physical Education Instructor

Physical Education instructors educate and teach skills to students at the collegiate level that facilitate a healthy active lifestyle. Skills learned in physical education classes transfer to recreational activities. The Physical Education instructor reports to the Assistant Director for Physical Education. Instructors must abide by all policy and procedure guidelines set by the Physical Education Department. All Physical Education instructors are hired as contingent (hourly position) employees.

Job Responsibilities:
A) Instruction
• Demonstrates and explains basic skills and knowledge in physical fitness, health education, sports and dance; Monitors participants for proper positioning and activity intensity; Provides basic information about nutrition, stretching, goal setting and other wellness topics.
• Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the course to the needs of each student/participant; Evaluates student/participant growth in physical skills and knowledge.
• Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment and field areas to ensure the overall safety of student/participants; Responds to emergency situations appropriately.
• Maintains appropriate professional credentials.
• Attends mandatory meetings as established by supervisor.
• Performs administrative duties such as: entering timecards, updating syllabi, grading, recording accident / incident reports, etc.
• Performs other relevant duties assigned by the supervisor.

B) Equipment Care & Maintenance
• Sets up and takes down/stores equipment appropriately; after each class, ensures the room is clean and ready for the next class to begin.
• Instructors are responsible for updating supervisor as equipment needs change due to activity planning and/or wear and use.
• Removes all damaged and/or defective equipment immediately and notifies supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Health and Human Performance, Physical Education, Health Education or a related field.
• Certification from a professional health and/or fitness organization (ACSM, NSCA, NASM)
• Current First Aid/CPR certification
• At least two to three years of experience in fitness, sports, or dance instruction
• Well-organized and prepared to teach classes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Personal, outgoing and motivating personality
• Creative, flexible and adaptable in a changing teaching environment (class activity and location may change due to special events and other schedule changes)

Preferred Requirements:

• Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Health and Human Performance, Physical Education, Health Education or a related field.

NCAA and Administrative Guide Policy
This position is responsible for the integrity of Stanford’s intercollegiate athletics program and for the reputation of Stanford University. This position is responsible for insuring that his/her involvement with Athletic Department activities maintains the integrity of the University’s reputation and does not negatively impact the relationship between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, this position must comply with University policies and procedures, NCAA and Pacific-12 rules and regulations, as well as policies and guidelines set forth by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

To Apply:
Please contact Tia Lillie at tlillie@stanford.edu.