Jobs & Internships




Applications Due by April 1st. 


Full and part-time instructors for Youth Aquatic and Adventure Camp


Individuals who are part of the youth aquatic and adventure camp are responsible for instructing and leading outdoor aquatic activities for youth between the ages of ten and seventeen, while promoting water and boating safety.  The staff facilitate team-building activities that help develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and individual skills development among camp participants.  These individuals also provide consistent leadership including counseling, advising, and supervising camp participants. Staff will be responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all the camp participants and facilitating groups and individuals in a manner that is consistent with Center Activities’ overall philosophy. We value teamwork, safety/risk management consciousness and hard working individuals who have a fun attitude/approach toward working with youth.


  • Education:  Minimum of a high school diploma.  Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Certifications:  Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer (both First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer are usually included as part of the Lifeguarding certification) required prior to the first day of employment. Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder/Aid, and/or EMT certifications strongly preferred.  Class B Driver’s license is required by June 1, Center Activities will provide driver training. Live Scan Background check and a T.B. test will need to be completed prior to training.
  • Experience:  Experience in working with youth, adventure based programming, environmental education, and/or similar programs. Looking for individuals who enjoy working with kids and who are positive individuals.  Individuals should have personal or professional experience in at least one of the aquatic activities and should be a strong swimmer.


  • Instruct aquatic activities including: kayaking, canoeing, Pico sailing, Laser sailing, rafting surfing and rock climbing.
  • Practice and promote safe boating skills.
  • Facilitate group games, initiative and group building/bonding activities, conflict management, and environmental education.
  • Help participants develop self-confidence, self esteem, a sense of group community and safety skills through group processing, discussions, participating in the activities described above, as well as through personal example.
  • Facilitate individuals and groups in a manner that helps establish acceptable behaviors, while maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for all.
  • Assist in facility and equipment upkeep, including: cleaning boathouse, public campgrounds, equipment, vans, and trailers as needed to keep them looking presentable.
  • Assist in overnight campout responsibilities, including: shopping, kitchen set-up, meal preparation and clean-up, group initiatives and games, promoting group cooperation, and supervising the group through the night. 
  • Transport campers and trailers with camp vehicles.
  • Assist in logistical and administrative support such as camp check-in/out and maintenance of participant paperwork
  • Recognize and respond to first-aid emergencies.  
  • Presentation of a positive image of Center Activities through appearance and contacts with local population while employed by Center Activities.


Pay scale depends on previous experience, certifications/degrees, time commitment and years working with Center Activities. Generally, summer camp counselors start at $10.50 per hour.

Application Packet







Position Title: Personal Trainer                                                
Organization Name: Student Recreation Center                 
Hours per Week: 2-10 hours
Wage Type: Hourly
Wage: $15/hour starting
Work Schedule: Flexible, appointment based, may include nights and weekends                                                               

Position open until filled                                                                     

JOB DESCRIPTION: Personal Trainers are responsible for providing guidance in proper exercise technique, assisting member-clients in establishing effective fitness/wellness goals through tailored exercise programs, and motivating clients by serving as a training partner. Position reports to the SRC Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide workouts that are fun and challenging, driven by an energetic attitude, always upbeat, and motivating to members
  • Design specific exercise routines that align directly to each client’s lifestyle and personal goals
  • Instructs clients on effective workout methods; explains proper techniques, demonstrates exercises
  • Assist clients, answer questions, and maintain a positive exercise experience for personal training participants
  • Keep management informed of customer and facility needs
  • Ensure safe and effective use of equipment
  • Responsible for following SRC safety procedures and protocols


  • Meet all physical demands required to demonstrate proper use of equipment and fitness techniques
  • An understanding of strength training and cardiovascular exercise
  • Ability to use and operate a variety of strength training and cardiovascular equipment
  • Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology
  • Customer service skills
  • Communication skills


  • Maintain current ­­­nationally recognized “Certified Personal Trainer” certification
  • Preferred certifications: ACSM, NASM, CSCS, or NSCA
  • CPR, AED and First Aid current certification

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit a cover letter, resume, and application by email (, fax (707.826.3354), or in person at the Student Recreation Center (Student Recreation Center, HSU Campus, 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521). For the University Center Student Application click here. For the Non-Student Application click here.

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