Student Employment

Federal Work-Study Job Opportunities:

For information about Federal Work-Study visit their website or email workstudy@palomar.edu.

Off-Campus Job Opportunities:

Please visit the Student Life and Leadership Website.

On-Campus Student Job Opportunities:

Positions listed below have specific application instructions, which may vary by department. Please complete the Short-term and Student Application and follow the instructions listed to apply for positions of your interest.


Ambassador, Men of Color Initiative – Outreach and Onboarding Services

Location: Main Office in San Marcos; Occasional event work at other campus locations, out in the community and at the high school locations.

Number of positions: 1-2

Total hours per week: 15-20

Work schedule: Base Schedule M-F; Occasional evening and weekend events

Wage: $17 per hour

Job Skills and Qualifications:

  • Energy and passion towards educating prospective students and families about Palomar college and its various campuses.
  • Ability to communicate with the public, peers, students and staff, of diverse backgrounds, ages, and educational experience.
  • Ability to learn campus facts and college related information.
  • Dedication to providing a positive, motivating, and welcoming experience. Support teamwork environment.

*Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with high school men of color in low socio-economic settings. An eagerness to mentor and assist high school men of color who require additional academic support. Increase participation from this underrepresented group to connect them to existing programs and services designed to enhance success and completion.

Job Duties: (Training Provided) Represent Palomar College in a professional, positive manner, sharing personal college experiences as appropriate. Conduct quality public speaking engagements and represent the college at college/career fairs, parent nights and other off campus events. Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding Palomar College, its services, enrollment procedures and academic programs. Maintain a high level of customer service through email, phone and in-person inquiries, to community members and prospective students of all ages, backgrounds, and educational experience. Collaborate and interact positively with Palomar College administration, faculty, and staff, to meet the needs and inquiries of prospective students and their families. Provide hands on assistance with application, registration, and enrollment procedures. Build strong relationships with community organizations and local schools. Support the day-to-day operations and training procedures of building a brand-new department. 

For more information and hiring procedures, please visit: https://www.palomar.edu/outreach/employment/

Contact: Alejandro Arellano, (760/) 744-1150 ext. 6680 or aarellano@palomar.edu


Ambassador and/or Tour Guides – Outreach and Onboarding Services

Campus Location: Main office in San Marcos; Occasional event work at other campus locations, out in the community and at K-12 school locations. (Mileage is reimbursed)

Schedule: Base Schedule M-F; Occasional evening and weekend events

Hours per week: 5-20

Hourly pay rate: $17.00

Job Duties: (Training provided) Represent Palomar College in a professional, positive and polished manner, sharing personal college experiences as appropriate. Conduct quality public speaking engagements and represent the college at college/career fairs, parent nights and other off campus recruitment events; Independently or with a team. Conduct campus tours and visits for individuals, families, schools or community groups. Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding Palomar College, its services, enrollment procedures and academic programs. Maintain a high level of customer service through email, phone and in-person inquiries, to community members and prospective students of all ages, backgrounds and educational experience. Collaborate and interact positively with Palomar College administration, faculty and staff, to meet the needs and inquiries of prospective students and their families. Provide hands-on assistance with application, registration and enrollment procedures. Build strong relationships with community organizations and local schools. Support the day-to-day operations and training procedures of building a brand new department.

Department hiring options are available through many sources: Student Employment, Short Term Hourly Employment, Work Study, Co-operative Education, Volunteer and Internships. Marketing and Communication positions also available.

For more information and hiring procedures, please visit: www.palomar.edu/outreach/employment.

Contact information: Deanna Shoop, Manager of Outreach and Onboarding Services, dshoop@palomar.edu or (760) 744-1150, Ext. 3752


Assistant – Student Life & Leadership (Basic Needs & Resources)

Location:  Main Campus, San Marcos; possible travel to Educational Centers (Fallbrook/Rancho Bernardo)

Hours per/week:  Not to exceed 20 hours per/week

Work Schedule:  Monday – Thursday between 8am-5pm

Hour pay rate:  $17-$19 per/hour (depending on experience)

Job Description:

  • Marketing and promotion of campus and community resources
  • Assist students with application for Food & Nutrition Center and SDFB Informational packet
  • Assist with process, tracking and replying to students requesting assistance through CometConnect (online referral system)
  • Assist with student events related to delivery of basic needs and information related to basic needs
  • Meet CalFresh Outreach Coordinator when needed
  • Manage appointments and waiting area for students in pre-screening and application assistance

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated respect and commitment to the equitable distribution of resources to all students and referrals to Student Life & Leadership
  • Customer service skills
  • Basic computer use (Microsoft Word, spreadsheets and database software) and Zoom software
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Utilize effective listening skills
  • Perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks

Contact information: Pippa Pierce, 760-744-1150 x2529


CalFresh Outreach Ambassador – Student Life & Leadership

Location: Main Campus, San Marcos.  Possible travel to Educational Centers in Spring 2022 semester

Work Schedule:  Base Schedule M – F; Occasional evening

Hour per week: not to exceed 20 hours per/week

Hourly pay rate: $15 – $16 (Depending on experience)

Job Description:

  • Marketing and promotion of public benefit to potentially eligible students
  • Assist students with San Diego Food Bank “Online Referral”
  • Track pre-screening, online referrals
  • Track student CalFresh required updates
  • Meet CalFresh Outreach Coordinator when needed
  • Manage appointments and waiting area for students in pre-screening and application assistance

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Ability to gain knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and program-related guidelines related to CalFresh
  • Customer service skills
  • Basic computer use (Microsoft Word, spreadsheets and database software) and Zoom software
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Utilize effective listening skills
  • Perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks

Contact information: Pippa Pierce, 760-744-1150 x2529


Lab Assistant – Chemistry Department

Campus location: San Marcos Campus;

Hours per week: 10 hours per week;

Work schedule: Flexible;

Hourly pay rate: $14.00 – $16.00;

Job duties: Prepare solutions, set up experiments, clean glassware;

Desired skills/qualifications: Basic Chemistry knowledge and skills;

Contact information: Donna Aviles, daviles@palomar.edu


Lifeguard – Health/Kinesiology & Recreation Management Department

Campus Location: Pool

Hours per week: 8-20 hours

Work Schedule: Typically afternoon and evening

Hourly pay rate: $15

Job duties: 

  • Maintain the safety of the patrons in and around the pool
  • Represent Palomar College by maintaining a professional attitude
  • Communicate and enforce all Palomar College Pool regulations and pool rules in a personable and professional manner
  • Communicate any potential dangerous elements of the facility to the pool supervisor.
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings
  • Perform patron surveillance with a rescue tube from the guard stand
  • Remain alert and use all senses while guarding
  • Work as a team with other lifeguards during special events
  • Set the pool for various activities such as laps, classes, etc.
  • Be able to respond to an emergency and activate EAP
  • Handle all incidents in a manner appropriate to your training
  • Complete all injury reports in black or blue ink
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time

Desired skills/qualification: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard training/ First Aid/CPR certification or equivalent.

Contact information: Please forward your completed application (see at top of page ) to Andrew McCoy, amccoy@palomar.edu


Mentor and Ambassador Positions – Student Services

Campus Location:  San Marcos Campus

Number of Positions:  There are four types of positions reporting to Counseling, Dual Enrollment, Outreach and Onboarding, and Palomar Promise. Applicants will report to one department but will be receive training to support all areas as needed. Please review each position description for more information:

These positions are open to current Palomar students  

Total Hours Per Week:  5-20 hours per week  (Evening and/or weekend hours as necessary)

Work Schedule:  To be determined with manager

Wage:  $16 per hour

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Passion for Palomar College and the opportunities it provides throughout the community
  • Ability to work with public, peers, students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds, to include age, ethnic background and educational experience
  • Knowledge of Palomar College programs and services including enrollment procedures (training provided)
  • Strong commitment to professionalism, quality work and high-level customer service
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; experience with public speaking
  • Fast learner, detail oriented and a self-starter
  • Be reliable, flexible, and punctual; possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to help and assist others with a positive and helpful attitude, working independently to problem solve
  • Experience with creating marketing materials and leveraging social media are highly desirable
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet highly desirable
  • Bilingual preferred

Application Requirements: 

  • Be a current Palomar student
  • Complete a Palomar Student Application
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 units during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Enroll in a minimum of 3 units during the Summer semester (to work during summer)
  • Some positions require participation in off campus activities; must have own reliable transportation, current auto insurance and valid driver’s license and be willing to travel in the Southern California region; mileage is reimbursed.

Email Palomar Student Application, Resume and Cover Letter to Nancy Browne at nbrowne@palomar.edu. In your cover letter, list which position(s) you are interested in.

Contact Information:  For questions about each position, see the position descriptions above to contact department manager. For questions about the application process, contact Nancy Browne at nbrowne@palomar.edu.


Online Proctor – Languages & Literature

Campus Location: San Marcos Campus

Hours: 20 hours per week (Not to exceed 160 days a fiscal year)

Pay Rate: $16/hour

Work Schedule:  TBD

Job Duties:

  • Verify student ID and validate student enrollment
  • Log students in and out, basic data entry functions
  • Create incident report with all information and description
  • Observe groups of students and students individually during entire time of test in multiple in rooms
  • Assist students with utilization of Zoom
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure continuity of services as needed
  • Attend planning meetings as scheduled

Desired skills/abilities:

  • Administering and proctoring tests in a fair and uniform manner in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Be familiar with Sign Up Genius and monitor the calendar daily to create an hourly roster of signed up students
  • Expertise in Zoom functions such as break-out rooms, display, shared screen, etc.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance to students for Zoom access on computer, laptop, phone
  • Ability to focus on observing multiple students at a time
  • Ability to sit for prolonged hours in front of screen (monitors cannot leave when test has started and tests will be staggered)
  • Commitment to block of hours + flexibility to fill in as needed
  • Ability to promptly address unexpected circumstances to continue providing services
  • Ability to work with students with disabilities or linguistic difficulties to ensure equity
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of test administration and proctoring, including methods for making accommodations for students with disabilities or limited English skills.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationship with others
  • Demonstrated reliable internet connection if working from home and alternative means to log in in case of technical issue
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Prepare clear and concise material and reports using Microsoft Office software

Minimum qualifications:

  • Experience working with students with disabilities
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Science, Psychology, Sociology, Human Development, or a related field preferred.

Contact:  Please email application (see above for link) and resume to Ruth Barnaba, Manager, Tutoring Services – rbarnaba@palomar.edu.


Palomar College Police Department – Front Desk Clerk

Campus location: San Marcos

Hours per week: 24

Work schedule: TBA

Hourly pay rate: $15, 16, or 17 depending on experience

Job duties: To provide general office assistance in support of an assigned function; to perform a variety of clerical and secretarial tasks; to provide information to students, faculty, staff and the general public and maintain a variety of records and files.

Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers. Ability to have good customer service. Principles and procedures of record keeping. Perform various clerical tasks in support of an assigned function. Serve as a receptionist, answer multi-line phone, and greet students, faculty, staff and general public. Maintain accurate records and files for assigned area; and monitor various logs and files for current and accurate information Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. Respond to request and inquiries from students, faculty, staff and the general public. Work independently in the absence of supervision. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Contact information: Candy Santos, 760-744-1150, ext. 3289


Peer Mentor – Palomar Promise Program

Campus location:  San Marcos

Hours per week: 10-15

Work schedule: Weekdays, hours between 8:00am and 4:00pm, evenings and weekends as necessary.

Hourly pay rate: $16-17 based on experience

 Job description:

  • Provide information, guidance, support and mentorship to prospective and current Promise students
  • Meet with Promise students individually and in group settings; help students find their way around campus; familiarize students with campus resources; and serve as a role model and advocate
  • Assist staff with scheduling, planning and implementing student engagement activities/events/skillshops
  • Conduct classroom and on/off campus presentations promoting the Promise program. Assist with and represent the department and Palomar College at a variety of events on/off campus, independently or with a team
  • Participate in phone campaigns
  • Create social media, marketing, and communication materials for prospective and current Promise students
  • Provide hands-on assistance with the College and Promise application, registration and enrollment procedures
  • Help students navigate MyPalomar, Canvas, and other student tools
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of Palomar College services, majors, student support programs and resources
  • Provide front desk office and program support including assistance with phone/e-mail, maintaining departmental organization, preparation of mailings, data entry, scheduling appointments, etc.

Desired skills/qualifications:

  • Current or former Palomar Promise student
  • Ability to work with public, peers, students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds to include age, ethnic background, and educational experience
  • Knowledge of Palomar College programs and services including enrollment procedures
  • Strong commitment to professionalism, quality of work, and high-level customer service
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; experience with public speaking
  • Fast learner, detail oriented, and self starter
  • Be reliable, flexible, and punctual; possess string interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to help and assist others with a positive and helpful attitude; work independently to problem solve
  • Experience with creating marketing materials and leveraging social media
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and internet
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)

Contact Information:  Please email completed application, resume, and cover letter explaining your interest in serving as a Promise Peer Mentor to Debra Avila, Palomar Promise Manager, davila@palomar.edu


School Site Advisor – Grant Funded Student Programs

Campus location:  Vista and Escondido

Hours per week: Not to exceed 20 hours.

Work schedule: Weekdays, hours between 7:30am and 6:00pm, including some evenings and weekends. Schedule may vary based on student services and school site placement.

Hourly pay rate: $16.00/hr.

 Job description:

  • Assist, motivate, and support students with their post-secondary options (university, community college, trade school, military, etc.).
  • Provide on-site assistance with college preparedness at one of the school sites; including but not limited to:
    • Providing workshops/presentations to students, parents, and school-level staff relating to the college admissions process.
    • Develop opportunities & services within assigned school site that focus on increased student achievement & knowledge of higher education.
    • Provide support in completing UC/CSU, private university, and community college applications.
    • Provide comprehensive support/guidance in completing the FAFSA and exploring all available financial aid resources.
    • Provide information regarding standardized testing – SAT/ACT prep courses, training materials available, fee waivers, etc. Provide assistance in registering for these tests as needed.
    • Provide feedback on personal statement/admission essays on college applications. Follow-up with students to make sure all application deadlines are met, and all materials are submitted correctly.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by Director.

Desired skills/qualifications: At least 1 year of outreach experience, 2 years preferred. Thorough understanding of the college admissions process, including timeline and specific components of an application. Ability to multi-task, work independently with minimum supervision & work with others in diverse educational environment. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), Google Apps, and other computer software. Bilingual in Spanish

Contact Information:  Send completed Short-term/Student application found at the top of this page to Nellie Martinez, ETS & NCEOC Project Director – nmartinez@palomar.edu.


School Site Advisor – Grant Funded Student Programs

Campus location:  Grant Target Area

Hours per week: Not to exceed 20 hours.

Work schedule: Weekdays, hours between 7:30am and 6:00pm, including some evenings and weekends. Schedule may vary based on student services and school site placement.

Hourly pay rate: $17.00/hr.

Job description:   Assist, motivate, and support middle and high school students with their postsecondary options (university, community college, trade school, military, etc.).

Desired skills/qualifications:  At least 1 year of outreach experience. Knowledge of Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), Google Apps, and other computer software. Bilingual in Spanish.

Contact Information:  Send completed Short-term/Student application found at the top of this page to Nellie Martinez, ETS & NCEOC Project Director – nmartinez@palomar.edu.


Student Mentor – TRIO ETS & TRIO NCEOC

Campus location: Vista & Escondido Educational Centers

Hours per week: Not to exceed 20 hours

Work schedule: Weekdays, hours between 7:30am and 6:00pm, including some evenings and weekends. Schedule may vary based on student services and school site placement.

Hourly pay rate: $14.00

Job description: 

  • Provide academic support services for students in multiple academic courses including Writing, Reading Comprehension, World History, US History, Math, and Science.
  • Assist in virtual and in-person settings during school hours and after school.
  • Assist students with post-secondary options.

Desired skills/qualifications:  Strong background in Mathematics/Science/English and Social Studies, and a thorough understanding of the college admissions process, including timeline and specific components of college application. Be familiar with different Social Media platforms. Being engaging and have good communication. Bilingual in Spanish.

Contact Information:  Send completed Short-term/Student application found at the top of this page to Nellie Martinez, ETS & NCEOC Project Director – nmartinez@palomar.edu.


Student Mentor – TRIO ETS & TRIO NCEOC

Campus location: Grant Target Area

Hours per week: Not to exceed 20 hours

Work schedule: Weekdays, hours between 7:30am and 6:00pm, including some evenings and weekends. Schedule may vary based on student services and school site placement.

Hourly pay rate: $15.00

Job description: 

  • Provide academic support services for students in multiple academic courses including Writing, Reading Comprehension, World History, US History, Math, and Science.
  • Assist in virtual and in-person settings during school hours and after school.
  • Assist students with post-secondary options.

Desired skills/qualifications:  Strong background in Mathematics/Science/English and Social Studies, and a thorough understanding of the college admissions process, including timeline and specific components of college application. Be familiar with different Social Media platforms. Being engaging and have good communication. Bilingual in Spanish.

Contact Information:  Send completed Short-term/Student application found at the top of this page to Nellie Martinez, ETS & NCEOC Project Director – nmartinez@palomar.edu.


Theater Assistant (applicant pool) – Performing Arts

Campus location: San Marcos

Hours per week: Varies

Work schedule: Varies, based on production schedule

Hourly pay rate: $15

Job duties: Assist in the safe operation and maintenance of theater sound, lighting, rigging, and related equipment, and systems used in support of stage productions and related events. Assist in the Performing Arts Department season production as needed – availability to work evenings and weekends are necessary for the main functions of this job.

Minimum Qualifications:  Education equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade, plus a background in live event technology, theatrical productions or equivalent education preferred.

Desired Qualifications:  A basic understanding of signal flow and various production systems; lighting, sound, and video. The ability to work independently, and safely on projects. Experience with reading and understanding stage and lighting plots. Students that are studying theater technology are encouraged to apply.

Contact information:  Email application/resume to Tony Cucuzella at acucuzzella@palomar.edu 


Tutor – Tutoring Department

Campus Location: All campuses

Hourly Pay: $16.00 per hour

Work Schedule: Flexible

Hours Per Week: Position averages 10-20 hours per week with possibility for more

Duties:  Helping students learn and understand new concepts and complete assignments.

Position Description:  Peer Tutor (Part-Time). A Peer Tutor is a student that has had success in an academic subject, who works with assigned students to help them reach their academic goals. Peer Tutors reinforce material presented by faculty members by giving students learning strategies and an opportunity for peer interaction. Tutors will be trained to facilitate collaborative learning sessions. 

Required Skills and Qualifications:

    A or B in the class you wish to tutor

    Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA

    Instructor recommendation

    Tutor Training participation

    Enrollment in a minimum of 6 units at Palomar during the semester

Point of Contact: Please submit your completed application toRuth Barnaba, Manager of Tutoring Services, at rbarnaba@palomar.edu 


Welcome Center Assistant – Outreach and Onboarding Services

Campus Location: Main office in San Marcos; [Occasional additional special event work at other campus locations, if interested. (Mileage is reimbursed)]

Schedule: Base Schedule M-F; Occasional evening special events.

Hours per week: 10-20

Hourly pay rate: $14 -17.00

Job Duties: (Training provided) Be one of the initial employees in Palomar’s first Welcome Center! Represent Palomar College in a welcoming, professional and positive manner, by greeting and helping guests in the future Palomar College Welcome Center. Assist walk-in students with directions, information or hands-on application or registration help. Greet students or groups before they take a campus tour. Conduct campus tours and visits for individuals, families, schools or community groups. Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding Palomar College, its services, enrollment procedures and academic programs. Maintain a high level of customer service through email, phone and in-person inquiries, to community members and prospective students of all ages, backgrounds and educational experience. Collaborate and interact positively with Palomar College administration, faculty and staff, to meet the needs and inquiries of prospective students and their families. Provide hands-on assistance with application, registration and enrollment procedures. Support the day-to-day operations and training procedures of building a new Welcome Center on campus.

Optional: Also serve as a Tour Guide

Department hiring options are available through many sources: Student Employment, Short Term Hourly Employment, Work Study, Co-operative Education, Volunteer and Internships. Palomar Ambassador and Marketing & Communication positions also available.

For more information and hiring procedures, please visit: www.palomar.edu/outreach/employment.

Contact information: Deanna K. Shoop, Manager of Outreach and Onboarding Services, dshoop@palomar.edu or (760) 744-1150, Ext. 3752