Student Employment

Federal Work-Study Job Opportunities:

For information about Federal Work-Study visit their website or email

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.

Assistant – Student Life & Leadership/Student Activities

Campus Location: San Marcos; possible travel to Education Centers

Hours Per Week: not to exceed 20 hours per week

Work Schedule: Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm

Hourly Pay Rate: $16.30 – $18 depending on experience

Job Duties: With close supervision,

  • Assist with promotion, set-up, running and debriefing of activities and events
    • Creating announcement flyers and posts for event
  • Assist with production of Student Activity Cards
  • Assist students with questions and access to Student Life & Leadership resources
  • Track events and attendance
  • Assist with staffing and operations of Activities & Engagement Center
    • Assigning, cleaning, and follow-up with on-campus lockers
  • Assist with Student Clubs activities and events
    • Organization of club storage

Desired Skills/Qualifications: Customer service skills; basic computer skills including the use of Zoom; effective written and verbal communication; effective listening skills; ability to perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks.

Contact Information: Pippa Pierce, (760) 744-1150 x2529

Lifeguard – Health/Kinesiology & Recreation Management Department

Campus Location: Pool

Hours per week: 8-20 hours

Work Schedule: Typically afternoon and evening

Hourly pay rate: $16.30

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,

Online Proctor – Languages & Literature

Campus Location: San Marcos Campus

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

Pay Rate: $16.30/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 –

Palomar College Police Department – Front Desk Clerk

Campus location: San Marcos

Hours per week: 24

Work schedule: TBA

Hourly pay rate: $16.30, 17, or 18 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: $16.30-18 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,

Theater Assistant (applicant pool) – Performing Arts

Campus location: San Marcos

Hours per week: Varies

Work schedule: Varies, based on production schedule

Hourly pay rate: $16.30

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 

Tutor – Tutoring Department

Campus Location: All campuses

Hourly Pay: $16.30 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: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:

  • Received a grade of A or B in the class you will tutor
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Instructor recommendation
  • Tutor Training participation
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 6 units at Palomar College

Point of Contact: Ruth Barnaba, Manager of Tutoring Services,