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Work with us! At Recreational Sports you’ll develop leadership skills, develop customer service experience, and earn practical certifications. Plus there are plenty of opportunities to advance within our organization. Students earn competitive wages and become part of a warm and supportive community. Your success is our success!

When we contact you, we will ask you to fill out two forms: Student Employment Paperwork and I-9 Paperwork.

Why Work for Us?

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Convenient on-campus locations
  • Have fun and network with students, faculty and staff
  • Career development and practical leadership opportunities
  • Earn awards and recognitions
  • Free membership to employees not registered in class per semester
  • Discounted Group‑X Semester Passes
  • Free CPR/FA/AED/Lifeguard certification available
  • Free daily lockers
  • Discount on items purchased in Pro Shops

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Adventure Leadership Rental Center Staff

Our Adventure Leadership Rental Center Staff rent out camping gear, canoes and kayaks, bikes and picnic games at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center. They help customers making the correct selections of gear. Our customers include students, University departments and groups, and the greater Ann Arbor community.

Responsibilities include understanding how camping gear works (training is available), demonstrating good customer service skills learning inventory software and cash register systems.

Pay rate: $8.40 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: 2- to 8-hour shifts during the Rental Center hours (typically Monday, Thursday and Friday, 12 noon – 6:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm).

Adventure Leadership Team Staff

Adventure Leadership Team Staff (previously Challenge Program Staff) design and deliver our teambuilding programs. They select and lead activities and guide discussions on relevant issues. Each facilitator usually works with a group of 8 to 15 people.

Because we serve a variety of organizations, we are looking for staff with diverse backgrounds. No experience required.

To be hired, you must attend an information session. Afterwards, you will have an interview and, if hired, you will attend training sessions.

Hiring deadlines will be available during the Winter 2017 semester.

Adventure Leadership Trip Leader

Trip Leaders lead a group of 5 to 10 participants on an Adventure Leadership trip. Working in pairs, Trip Leaders are responsible for running pre-trip meetings for the participants, selecting appropriate group gear from the rental center, helping with food shopping, driving vans, and creating a welcoming and positive environment for the group.  During the trip, Trip Leaders instruct the group on travel, camp set-up, cooking, and “Leave No Trace” practices. Trip Leaders are not expected to cook or set-up camp for the group, but to lead the group in working together.

Job Requirements & Expectations

Adventure Leadership Trips (previously Outdoor Adventures) trains students to be Trip Leaders.  We welcome and look for people with camping and/or leading experience, but we also welcome beginners who are eager to learn.

Ultimately, all Trip Leaders are expected to have competence in the following areas:

  • First Aid/CPR
  • Risk Management
  • Group Dynamics and Leadership
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Logistics

Competence can be gained or shown through prior experience, experience with our group (either as a participant or assistant Trip Leader), our trainings, online trainings and more.

This is a volunteer position, but Trip Leaders are rewarded with generous help toward outdoor training (including Wilderness First Aid/Responder) and outdoor gear. Trips can be day, weekend or, during Spring Break and Summer, one week long.

Building Supervisor

Building supervisor positions are now full for Fall 2018.

Club Sports Supervisor

The Club Sports Supervisor is responsible for the daily operation of select Athletic Facilities on campus—including opening/closing facilities and supervising club practices or competitions. At events, they will enforce Recreational Sports policies and procedures with participants and spectators, set up and break down events, and provide assistance to spectators. They will complete daily supervisor reports, roster checks, and other documentation. Club Sports Supervisors also serve as a first responder in the case of an emergency.

Pay rate: $9.55 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: 2- to 4-hour shifts, mostly in the evenings and occasionally on the weekends.

Fitness Attendant

Fitness Attendants create a safe and welcoming environment while providing proactive customer service on the fitness floors (cardio, strength, and functional areas). Duties include offering equipment orientations, offering spotting for members, educating members on facility policies, keeping equipment and areas organized, cleaning strength and cardio equipment, providing facility tours, and serving as a first responder in emergency situations. Fitness Attendants must attend all scheduled staff meetings, in-service trainings, and one-on-one meetings. They communicate regularly with the Building Supervisor and report to the Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness.

Requirements include: demonstrating effective communication skills, experience and knowledge of fitness equipment, Adult & Child CPR/AED and First Aid certified through American Red Cross or equivalent (AHA) completed by start date. Applicant must be able to lift and carry loads of 45 pounds short distances and work independently.

Pay rate: $9.65per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: 2- to 4-hour shifts starting as early as 5:30 am and going as late at 12 midnight. Weekend hours are also available.

Group‑X Instructor

Group‑X Instructors will lead members, in a group environment, through safe and effective fitness classes for the Recreational Sports Department. They are to design enjoyable classes that encourage participation and educate patrons on the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyles. Class designs may include, but are not limited to: basic aerobic or calisthenics training, weight training, flexibility and stretching techniques, or the use of basic exercise equipment. Class formats may also include specialized programs such as Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Cycling, or others.

Group‑X Instructors will serve as a resource to educate members on various aspects of fitness and wellness and are responsible for ensuring that the safety of the members is not compromised. Instructors must demonstrate a positive commitment to the mission and goals of the Recreational Sports Fitness Program.

Job Requirements & Expectations

  • Maintain current CPR, First Aid, AED, and at least one national group fitness instructor certification (ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NAFC, Zumba, Pilates, etc.)
  • Ability to teach and instruct
  • Possess the current knowledge and the necessary specialized skills to lead a group exercise class
  • Must enjoy training, motivating, and communicating with people
  • Should have a flexible schedule, allowing last minute shifts to be filled
  • Ability to work with diverse collegiate populations, and to tailor educational and coaching messages to the capabilities of each participant
  • Knowledge of safe exercise technique and group exercise principles

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Become nationally certified within 3 months of being hired, and complete Rec Sports mentoring process (if needed)
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness trends. Continue your knowledge and education by attending workshops, presentations, expos, conferences, etc.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness and your co-workers, and return all emails and calls in a timely manner
  • Follow Recreational Sports rules and guidelines, including equipment use and dress code
  • Develop safe, creative, and progressive exercise routines
  • Select appropriate music that has correct beat and rhythm based on class format
  • Arrive to class location at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time
  • Greet, introduce, and welcome all participants
  • Monitor proper form and technique using positive reinforcement
  • Promote classes and assist in promotions and events
  • Attend all mandatory meetings set by the Recreational Sport Staff
  • Obtain substitutes as needed

Pay Rate & Hours

Pay rate: $17.50 – $25.00 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: Must be flexible as early morning, mid-day, evening, and weekend classes offered. Schedule will be determined by Assistant Director based on availability and experience. Class times range from 30 to 90 minutes in length. Class time includes set up, instruction, and teardown.

Intramural Sports Official

Sport Officials set up equipment and referee intramural contests. They provide a safe, fun environment. Officials must know and implement Intramural Sports policies, procedures and playing rules in order to maintain an appropriate level of control, fairness and safety. They should maintain a positive attitude and should always be striving to improve. No experience required.

Pay rate: $8.40 – $9.55 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: Flexible. Intramural games are typically played Monday through Friday, 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm, and Sundays 12:00 noon – 11:30 pm. Shifts are generally three hours. Officials are expected to work at least one shift per week. Schedule is created each week based on employee availability.

Intramural Supervisor

For position details, email recsports@umich.edu.


The Lifeguard protects the safety of our patrons through preventive lifeguarding. Performs water rescues, administers first aid and/or CPR when necessary. Lifeguards may also assist in maintaining the safety and cleanliness of pools and pool areas, and assists with special events.

Pay rate: For pay details, email recsports@umich.edu. This position is work-study eligible.

Hours: The position covers a wide variety of days and hours.  The individual must be willing to work early mornings (as early as 5:00 am), late nights (as late as 12 midnight), weekends, and football Saturdays (both home and away games).

Marketing Street Team Member

Engage your fellow students and campus community with exciting opportunities to get active and have fun!  As part of the Rec Sports Street Team, you’ll be the face for our department encouraging participation and exploration of Rec Sports’ fitness, sports, outdoor and leadership opportunities. The ideal candidate is an energetic, inclusive team player who is able to motivate others. Excellent written, verbal and social media communication skills are necessary. Each Street Team member will bring creativity, a sense of humor and an openness to collaboration. They must be self-directed. Prior experience in Recreational Sports facilities is preferred.

Duties include  representing Recreational Sports at campus events,  brainstorming creative promotions, passing out flyers, handing out giveaways, taking photos, creating content for social media, interacting with sponsors, etc. Street Team Members will embody the Recreational Sports brand and understand the scope of the department’s work.

Interviews will take place in November, selections made by December and training will follow in January 2019. A cover letter and resume is highly recommended to apply. Email materials to sabutton@umich.edu upon completion of the online job application above by Friday, October 26, 2018. 

Pay rate: $9.25 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: Flexible.  Shifts ranges from 2- 5 hours long. Must be available to work at least 10 shifts per semester on evenings, weekends, and major campus events—for example, Festifall and Rec Sports Expo. All Street Team members attend monthly team meetings and participate in Street Team events each semester.

Membership Services Assistant

Membership Services Assistants are usually the first person a member sees when entering any of our recreation facilities. MSAs greet members with a smile and friendly attitude. They answer questions about facilities, programs or instruction. They also sell passes and provide facility tours to students, alumni, staff, and guests.

MSAs work an average of 10 – 19 hours per week. This is a temporary position, subject to renewal at the beginning of each semester. Students are expected to work during holidays and break weeks. If classes are canceled because of inclement weather, MSAs are still expected to work. Students may not work more than 19 hours per week.

Job Requirements & Expectations

  • Prior experience with sales or customer service preferred.
  • Must prove a commitment to upholding the mission, vision and values of Recreational Sports and Student Life.
  • Able to follow directions in the moment, under time pressure, with a smile.
  • Strong sales skills: Must be able to provide membership details and proactively sell memberships.
  • Ability to analyze problems and come to appropriate solutions independently.
  • Must work a combination of days, evenings, weekends, and special events.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with staff and customers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and administrative skills.
  • Proficient or able to become proficient in membership management software (Fusion),
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Publisher and Excel), and web software and email applications.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

60% Membership, Service and Sales
  • Provide highest levels of customer service and answer questions about memberships, facility operations, programs, classes, rules and regulations across all Recreational Sports facilities and programs.
  • Promote and sell memberships, activities, passes, and lockers, utilizing appropriate software systems and websites.
  • Understand and be able to suggestive sell, features and options of all membership types, programs, and services.
  • Respond to customers phone calls, emails and in-person questions about membership options.
  • Provide facility tours and orientations to prospective members.
  • Accurately complete and process all necessary membership paperwork.
  • Create, run, or review daily sales activity reports and metrics.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all membership information.
  • Manage, inventory, and sell all point of sale concessions and equipment items.
20% Administration
  • Manage and control member entry check-in process into the facility.
  • Assist with recruiting and training of new employees to Member Services
  • Assist co-workers in substitutions and scheduling conflicts
  • Know and be able to execute facility emergency procedures (fire, tornado, bomb threat, power failure, cardiac arrest, patron safety, etc.).
15% Equipment Checkout
  • Manage storage and operations of the Lost and Found bins.
  • Manage checkout of recreational equipment.
  • Ensure rental equipment is in compliance with all current local, state, federal safety/health codes and in proper working condition by fixing and/or reporting issues and problems.
5% Other
  • Maintain a safe environment for members.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times that corresponds with the mission, vision and values of Recreational Sports.
  • Take direction from all staff regarding special projects.

Pay Rate & Hours

Pay rate: $8.50 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: 3- to 4-hour shifts starting as early as 5:30 am and going as late as 12 midnight. Weekend hours also available.

Personal Trainer

A Personal Trainer conducts fitness assessments, develops specific individualized fitness and wellness programs, and implements programming through training sessions.  A Personal Trainer is responsible for providing every client with an exceptional experience. Personal Trainers will provide the best service possible and emphasize safety in at all times. This position reports to the Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness.

Job Requirements & Expectations

  • Maintain at least one national personal training certification (ACE, ACSM, NSCA, etc.).
  • Adult & Child CPR/AED and First Aid through the American Red Cross, or equivalent (AHA).
  • Have strong communication skills and an understanding of motivational interviewing
  • Ability to work with diverse populations, and to tailor educational and coaching messages to capabilities of each client.
  • Develop individualized programs that are safe and progressive to enhance the clients personal goals.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness industry trends by attending workshops, presentations, conferences, and reading scholarly publications.
  • Have a good understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Keep clear records of all training sessions and client progress.
  • Conduct equipment orientations as scheduled or when requested.
  • Follow Recreational Sports policies and guidelines, including equipment use and dress code.
  • Serve as a first responder in emergency situations and follow emergency protocols set by the
  • Department of Recreational Sports.
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings, in-service trainings, and one-on-one meetings with supervisors.
  • Communicate all issues to the Coordinator (Assistant Director) or other appropriate individuals.

Mentoring Program

Want to develop the skills needed to become a Personal Trainer? Our mentoring program includes group workshops, mock assessments, shadow sessions, and mock training sessions. ACSM, ACE, or NSCA certification exam to be completed individually. For questions, please email personaltraining@umich.edu.

Pay rate: $17.00 – $25.00 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: Must be flexible—early morning, mid-day, evenings, and weekends. Trainers will be assigned clients based on client’s availability, goals, and experience.