Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

Aquatics Positions

Beyond offering recreational swimming opportunities, our aquatic facilities are also home to athletic team practices, national competitions and a variety of other aquatic events every year. Student employees are instrumental in making these events and everyday programming happen through a variety of facility and event-related positions.

  • Primary Location: RPAC Aquatic Center and McCorkle Pavilion
  • Typical Available Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays during the academic year, and 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the summer and some break periods. Weekend hours vary depending on events and programming.
  • Required Certifications: Some positions require a lifeguard or swim instructor certification, but most certifications can be earned through completion of a sponsored course.

Aquatics is always hiring lifeguards. Desired certification is American Red Cross. Cross-over training is available for certification from other organizations.

Our positions offer competitive pay and flexible schedules. Lifeguards are among the highest paid student workers on campus, and we work around your class schedule in ways that off-campus employers will not.

Explore Aquatic Positions and Apply Today

Lifeguard – Responsible for the safety and rescue of all patrons in and around the pool. Conduct maintenance inspections and ensure facility cleanliness. Must attend monthly in-service trainings and maintain all certifications.

Now hiring summer lifeguards (starting rate $17.00 per hour)

  • Ohio State students - Apply Here (or search for R99531 on Workday)
  • Ohio State FWS students - Apply Here (or search for R99531 on Workday)
  • Students at other universities - Apply Here (or search for R92509 on Workday)
  • High School Students under the age of 18 - Apply Here (or search for R92687 on Workday)

School year lifeguards (starting rate $14.00 per hour)

  • Ohio State students - Apply Here (or search for R92188 on Workday)
  • Ohio State FWS students - Apply Here (or search for R92188 on Workday)
  • Students at other universities - Apply Here (or search for R92509 on Workday)
  • High School Students under the age of 18 - Apply Here (or search for R92687 on Workday)

Pool Technician – Ensure overall pool safety, maintenance and cleanliness which may include accurately testing and recording water quality, assuring chemical balance, maintaining aquatic facility equipment and assisting with special events.

Now hiring pool technicians (starting rate $13.00 per hour)

  • Ohio State students - Apply Here (or search for R101553 on Workday)
  • Students at other universities - Apply Here (or search for R93450 on Workday)

Aquatic Event Technician – Supports aquatic events such as collegiate, club, and age-group swim, dive, water polo, synchronized swimming competitions, as well as general rentals. Assists with elements of event planning such as event setup, administrative support, operation and teardown. Serve as a liaison to participants, coaches, and officials and learn working knowledge of timing system and physical setup.

  • No positions available at this time. Look for posting in mid-to-late summer.

Learn to Swim Instructor – Responsible for the instruction of American Red Cross Learn to Swim program designed to teach youth and adults swimming skills. Instructors develop safe and appropriate lessons for the instructional program and perform administrative duties such as submitting program paperwork.

  • No positions available at this time. Look for posting in mid-to-late summer.

All positions must be applied to through Workday using your OSU credentials. If you are a student at another institution, you will need to create a log-in and use it through the hiring process.