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Personal Trainer (4128U)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2022
Title Personal Trainer (4128U)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Recreational Sports - 36844
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Athletics and Recreation Services

Personal Trainer (4128U), Recreational Sports - 36844

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

How do you define a quality life? Recreational Sports helps each individual pursue that answer by providing a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs. Supporting this larger mission requires a focus on daily activities, consistent values, and the continual pursuit of a long-term vision. We're committed to providing an atmosphere and an environment that is accessible, accommodating, and inclusive for a wide range of people and a wide range of abilities.

The Department of Recreational Sports offers members of the UC Berkeley community an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives while on campus.

Programs and services range from group fitness, aquatics, adventure trips, drop-in fitness and recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, personal training, WorkFit, and many other activities. Recreational Sports is enhanced by its indoor and outdoor facilities, including three indoor locations, four pools, five tennis courts, and an outdoor adventure center at the Berkeley Marina.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 20, 2022.

This is an ongoing recruitment with multiple openings. HIring is completed throughout the year based on department staffing needs. If this job listing is visible, we are still considering applications.


  • Provides advanced or specialized activity instruction to program participants, individually or in groups.
  • Trainers provide sessions at the RSF, other campus locations, or virtually through live-streamed and on-demand content.
  • Trainers are expected to appropriately program/periodize the following types of training: strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, balance, speed/agility/quickness, plyometrics and core training.
  • Trainers will work with students, faculty/staff and community members and will need to program the correct modifications for their clients and appropriate progressions and regressions of exercises.
  • Trainers must be able to work in a busy environment and adapt workout routines from available equipment and resources.
  • Maintains a welcoming and supportive environment for program participants and facilitates participation.
  • Trainers conduct energizing, fun, safe sessions for all fitness levels and encourage and motivate their clients.
  • Answers questions from participants to support them in achieving their healthy living and wellness goals.
  • Builds effective, authentic relationships with members, facilitates others to connect with one another, and to the Berkeley Rec Sports community.
  • Interacts with recreational program participants in a positive and professional manner.
  • Responsible for ensuring that fitness spaces provide a safe environment including the condition and proper storage of all equipment used during training sessions.
  • Instruct clients on correct equipment usage and body mechanics.
  • Updates availability in Mindbody scheduling software system providing weekly availability for clients to schedule appointments.
  • Tracks client progress and personal administrative records (time keeping, internal communications, client records, etc).
  • Maintains required professional certifications including CRR/AED.
  • Keeps current on teaching methods, techniques and skills through continuing education.
  • Participates in required professional development activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Has advanced knowledge of program activity practices and procedures.
  • Requires verbal and written communication in the English language, active listening, dynamic flexibility, critical thinking, multi-task and time management skills.
  • Service orientation, program management, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, develop original ideas, creative problem solving skills in a varied and challenging environment.
  • Must be able to work effectively, across all organization levels, internally and externally.
  • Must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Client service minded entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking.
  • Basic Computer Knowledge.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
  • Previous experience with instruction of fitness and recreation programs.
  • Previous experience working with age level specific to an activity is required.
  • Working knowledge of program activity practices and required procedures.

Licenses or certifications

  • Current certification with one of the following organizations: NASM-CPT, ACSM-CPT, NSCA-CPT, or ACE-CPT.
  • NCCA Accredited Personal Trainer Certification
  • Red Cross CPR with AED - required.

Preferred Qualifications

Licenses or certifications

  • Standard First Aid Training Certification preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is 16.99-50.00.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

  • Recreational Sports is hiring for five (5) Personal Trainers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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