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Looking for a fun job that changes lives?

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
  • Free CPR/FA/AED/Lifeguard certification available
  • Free daily lockers
  • Discount on items purchased in Pro Shops

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Available Positions

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: $10 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, 12:00pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm).

Adventure Leadership Team Staff

Adventure Leadership Team 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 is required.

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

Hiring deadlines will be available during the Winter 2022 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 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.

Auxiliary Facility Building Supervisor

The Auxiliary Facility Building Supervisor is a key member of the facility operations management team. This position requires a mature individual with excellent customer service, strong communication and leadership skills. Building Supervisors are responsible for the operations of the facility and enforcement of department policies and regulations. They must maintain high visibility for drop-in and scheduled activities. The position requires supervisory skills, independent judgment and the ability to quickly resolve conflict situations. Rec Sports auxiliary facilities include Elbel Field, the Sports Coliseum, Palmer Field, and Mitchell Field. Facility Supervisors serve as a first responder in the case of an emergency.

No experience is required and we provide all the training necessary to create a safe and fun environment.

Pay rate: $12.50-$15.50 per hour. This is a work-study-eligible position.

Hours: Spring/Summer flexible work schedule (20-40 hours); Academic year flexible schedule, 8-12 hours per week (about 2-3 shifts/week)

Apply now for the Spring & Summer 2022 and the 2022-2023 academic year.

Building Supervisor

Building supervisor positions are now full for Winter 2022.

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. Our Club Sports Supervisors will gain experience in leadership competencies that will be transferable to whatever you do after you graduate.

Club Sports Supervisors also serve as a first responder in the case of an emergency. No experience is required and we provide all the training necessary to create a safe and fun environment.

Pay rate: $11.50-$13.50 per hour. This is a work-study-eligible position.

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

Apply by March 28, 2022, for consideration for the 2022-2023 school year.

Digital Marketing Intern

Are you looking to expand your professional content portfolio this summer? Visual storytelling is critical to communicating the Recreational Sports story. Our work is rooted in being active and engaging with the campus community. Every day, Recreational Sports offers people a chance to learn, discover, compete, de-stress and bring balance to their lives. That’s why we’re focusing on bringing the stories of our community to life through digital media. That’s where you come in!

Job Requirements

  • Have experience shooting photo and/or video content
  • Possess the desire to develop skills in both areas of photography and videography
  • Understand shot composition, managing a shoot, and post-production processes
  • Demonstrate creative initiative and a willingness to learn
  • Have an eye for detail but an appreciation for the bigger picture
  • Possess superior communication and interpersonal skills for working as part of a team
  • Are excited to build your portfolio and share your work
  • Possess excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Are self-motivated and have the ability to work independently

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Deliver high-quality, compelling digital content
  • Own all stages of production from pre- to post- for all visual projects
  • Contribute to script- and copy-writing
  • Follow guidelines to create digital media content consistent with the Recreational Sports brand
  • Organize and manage the Recreational Sports YouTube channel
  • Assist in creative concept development for telling stories across various platforms
  • Juggle multiple projects while effectively managing deadlines

Desired Knowledge/Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro and Lightroom
  • Familiarity with operating cameras of various brands like Sony, Canon, or Nikon
  • Possess, or have access to, a camera and Adobe software

Pay rate: $12.75/hour

Hours: Flexible; required to work 5-10 hours per week during the summer; up to 10 hours per week during the academic year (would like to extend to fall/winter employment)

Apply: Accepting applications for Fall 2022

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 participants 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: $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

Intramural 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 as all necessary training is provided.

Pay rate: $10 – $11 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.


Lifeguards are responsible for the supervision of the aquatic facilities. Lifeguards enforce pool and safety rules, perform water rescues, and administer First Aid/CPR when necessary to keep participants safe. One must hold a current Lifeguard certification to apply.

Pay rate: $12.50 per hour. 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, late nights, and weekends. Break hours also available.  Flexible scheduling for the availability of the employee.

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.

Pay rate: $10 per hour. This is a work-study eligible position.

Hours: Flexible.  Shifts range 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.

To apply: A cover letter and resume is highly recommended to apply. Email materials to lmhaake@umich.edu upon completion of the online job application.

Membership Services Assistant

Membership Services Assistant

Membership Services Assistants monitor patrons entering and exiting the facilities including, but not limited to verifying patron identification and membership upon entering the facilities, conducting Fusion transactions, cleaning fitness equipment, and program registration. The position serves as an information agent of Rec Sports, promoting Rec Sports programming, services, and facilities.  Membership Services Assistants assist patrons with locker services, along with check-in/out of informal recreation equipment.

Membership Services Assistants oversee all Fitness, Cardio, and Multi-Purpose spaces throughout Rec Sports facilities. Assistants are expected to greet patrons and assist them in navigating policies and operating equipment in these areas, ensuring patron safety by supervising fitness areas and performing basic preventive maintenance and regular cleaning and disinfectant duties.

Preferred requirements include effective communication skills, prior experience with sales or customer service, ability to problem solve, strong oral and written communication, ability to work in a team, basic experience, and knowledge of fitness equipment.

Hours: 2- to 4- hour shifts. Preferred candidates are available to work a minimum of 6- to 9- hours per week. Shifts start as early as 5:30 and go as late as 12 Midnight. Potential weekend hour requirements. Break hours are also available.  Flexible scheduling to the availability of the employee.

Membership Student Coordinator

The Membership Student Coordinator will oversee all member services activity, including but not limited to: checking eligibility requirements of potential members, collecting and analyzing membership and transactional reports, selling community and affiliate memberships, reconciling sales,  assist in membership training, assisting with the training of student staff regarding recurring errors/issues, facilitate needed updates to member’s accounts, respond to member questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner and elevate concerns to Assistant Director of Membership and Student Development as needed.

Job Requirements & Expectations

  • Prior experience with sales
  • Staff training experience
  • Must exercise sound judgment and use discretion
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Basic computer proficiency
  •  Must be punctual and reliable
  • Exceptional customer service skills; able to interact in a positive and professional way with members and co-workers, exceeding the member’s expectations
  • Strong listener with the ability to empathize and problem solve.
  • Demonstrate diplomacy in all interactions while using appropriate behavior and language

Physical Demands

  • Continual talking in person or on the phone during shift
  • Must be able to lift to 10 lbs occasionally

Pay rate: $12.75/hour

Hours: Minimum of four 1-hour shifts. Preferred candidates are available to work 10-15 hours a week. Shifts start as early as 8:00 am and go as late as 10:00pm. Coordinators may work some nights, weekends, and semester breaks.

To apply: Apply by Friday, August 1, 2022 for early consideration. Email RecSportsMemberServices@umich.edu with questions.

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 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 the capabilities of each client.
  • Develop individualized programs that are safe and progressive to enhance the client’s 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.

Social Media Intern

Are you looking to expand your professional content portfolio this summer? Recreational Sports is seeking a Social Media Intern to create fun and engaging social content for our department.

Having an active presence on social is critical to telling the Recreational Sports story. Our work is rooted in being active and engaging with the campus community. Every day, Recreational Sports offers people a chance to learn, discover, compete, de-stress and bring balance to their lives.

We’re looking for a candidate who is friendly, creative, dynamic and has exceptional written and oral communication skills. They’re an inclusive and self-motivated individual that brings positive energy and a sense of humor to their work. This individual personifies and upholds the Recreational Sports brand,  along with our mission, vision and values, and on our social media platforms.


  • Oversee the scheduling and management of Recreational Sports’ social media accounts; Buffer, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Write posts and create weekly social media content via Canva
  • Create content for monthly digital signage displays in Recreational Sports facilities
  • Track, analyze and report monthly social media analytics for Recreational Sports social media accounts
  • Collaborates with other Marketing staff to carry out overlapping duties

Desired Knowledge/Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Background in marketing, sales,  event planning, writing social media for business a plus
  • Prior experience in Recreational Sports facilities or programs is preferred

Hours: Flexible; required to work 5-10 hours per week during the summer; up to 10 hours per week during the academic year

Pay Rate: $12.50/hr

Apply: Accepting applications for Fall 2022