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employment opportunities

UBC Recreation is always looking for passionate and active students to help operate Recreation facilities, programs and events.

The best way to get involved in a paid employment opportunity is to get involved as a volunteer.

Do you enjoy helping others become active in a fun, inclusive environment? Join our team of Group Fitness Instructors on campus!

  • Must have certification in area of expertise and liability insurance.
  • Instruct safe and enjoyable classes.
  • Promote and support other instructors and programs.

For more information contact Jennifer Callow:

Would you like to help people get fit and healthy? Join our team of Personal Trainers on campus to make a difference in someones life!

  • Must be certified by a Canadian recognized organization.
  • Must have personal liability insurance.
  • Assist patrons to ensure safe and effective training.
  • Design and implement individual programs for clients.

For more information contact Jennifer Callow:

Looking for a job in the evenings, for only 4 to 10 hours a week?

  • Set-up and take down of game day equipment.
  • Greeting participants for their games and confirming registration.
  • Provide general risk management, supervision, and score keeping for intramural leagues.

For more information contact Layne McDougall:

Do you want to improve the lives of others through health and fitness? 

  • Frontline representation for all Athletics & Recreation programs and services.
  • Assist customers with membership sales and program registrations.
  • Provide a clean, presentable, and user friendly facility.
  • Event and equipment set up and take down for all practices, games, and other events.

For more information contact Jackie Toews:

Note: Hangar Fitness Centre Monitors requires a minimum of one year experience in the Customer Service Representative role

Do you like bikes, bike maintenance and encouraging green, sustainable transportation?

  • Manage the UBCycles team to offer friendly and safe bike rentals, maintenance and commuter services
  • Maintain a clean, functioning and welcoming environment in the UBCycles shop
  • Perform bike maintenance and bike loans, maintain shop equipment
  • Developing and executing cycle related programming and marketing initiatives
  • Maintain social media presence for UBCycles
  • Develop and enhance on and off campus partnerships

For more information contact Crystal Westgate:

Do you have a passion for helping others become and stay physically active?

  • Manage the Physical Activity Coaching Program
  • Lead group education sessions with small groups
  • Organize group physical activity sessions with small groups
  • Provide physical activity accountability for participants
  • Preference for 3rd/4th year Human Kinetics student

For more information contact Crystal Westgate:

Do you like bikes, bike maintenance and encouraging green, sustainable transportation?

  • Learn more about bicycles use, assist with bicycle repairs and maintenance.
  • Share your passion for cycling, active transportation, sustainability, and the environment and promote UBCycles to the broader UBC community.
  • Maintain a clean, welcoming and inclusive environment in the UBCycles shop
  • Engage with and assisting with coordinating UBCycle workshops and programs
  • Assist program members with enquiries and bike rentals/returns.
  • Fulfill duties assigned by the UBCycles Coordinator.
  • Commit three hours per week to the program.

For more information contact Crystal Westgate:

Do you love meeting new people and participating in fun events?

  • Assist with set up and tear down of events.
  • Ensure proper rules and regulations of the event are followed by participants.
  • Assist with marketing and promotions.
  • Ensure the safety of the participants, spectators, and bystanders.
  • Add excitement to the event by encouraging all participants to have fun.

For more information contact Jennifer Callow:

Need a break from studying and want to encourage others to do the same?

  • Lead movement breaks in classrooms and meetings that encourage all participants to move more and sit less.
  • Support in the promotion, coordination and evaluation of the annual Move UBC campaign
  • Promote, coordinate, lead, and evaluate guided walks on campus.
  • Assist in the promotion of Movement Breaks and the Walking Program. Promote UBC Recreation and Move UBC, as well as other wellbeing events, content, and resources through personal networks and seek opportunities to collaborate with others.
  • Respond to questions and engaging participants in relevant and action-focused conversations about student wellbeing.
  • Educate UBC’s diverse range of communities about physical activity and movement-oriented programs and services (includes hosting booths and information sessions across campus).

For more information contact Crystal Westgate:

Looking for full time work through UBC Okanagan Co-op? Apply for a multidisciplinary professional learning experience.

  • Assist with developing, implementing, promoting and delivering recreation programming (physical activity, fitness, personal training, intramurals, events, etc)
  • Recreation marketing and promotions including website design, social media management, newsletter creation and delivery, etc
  • Assist with Move UBC month including but not limited to: partner event support, promotions, evaluation
  • Provide support to Customer Service Representatives

For more information contact Layne McDougall:

Looking to assist with competitive sport club team activity program planning and administration? 

  • Assist with supervision, training, and mentoring of team leadership
  • Assist with team statistics and data management
  • Assist with competitive sport club promotions
  • Assist with the Heat Athletic Council (HAC)

For more information contact, Marty Nedjelski:

Looking to get involved in varsity athletics and learn the ins and outs of sporting events on campus?

  • Assist with set up and tear down of events
  • Assist with sport table management and operations
  • Assist with team statistics and data management
  • Assist with varsity sport promotions
  • Represent the University and department on the event floor
  • Game Day operations (statistics, scorekeeping, team services, entertainment)

For more information contact Kevin Kraft:


If you’re passionate about photography, digital marketing, and writing this is the job for you!

  • Provide coverage of Heat varsity teams on Twitter and Instagram
  • Write game recaps for
  • Create weekly content for Heat social media channels
  • Produce and film Heat varsity webcasts
  • Shoot photos and video of Heat varsity games

For more information contact Jamie Howieson:


Most positions are filled in February for the following academic year, however, there are still some openings for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Enquire about openings through the contacts listed above.