Rutgers Recreation employs more than 700 students. We offer a competitive starting pay-rate ($11 per hour), practical work experience, and flexible scheduling. As a Recreation employee, you get to meet new people, develop transferable skills and feel good about helping to build a healthy Rutgers Community.

Recreation offers a wide range of employment opportunities.

  • Click on each job title below to see a description and typical hiring window(s). Some positions hire on a continual basis while other accept applications when openings arise.
  • Some positions require current certifications which may be available through Recreation. Email us at with any questions.
  • Some positions require a successful background check and completion of Protection of Minors Training.
  • For all positions, special consideration is given to those students supporting their academic endeavors through the Federal Work Study Program.
  • To apply, please prepare a resume (for assistance, see here) and scroll down to the application link under the job descriptions below.

Job Descriptions

Provides competent, safe instruction as established by the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Plans and effectively organizes class time for maximum practice. Prepares weekly lesson plans and teaches with encouragement and positive reinforcement. Applications accepted year-round.

Responsible for the safe and enjoyable participation of campers aged 5-14 years in all activities. Acts as an enthusiastic and positive role model while supporting instructors and administrative staff. Applications accepted February and March.

Responsible for troubleshooting and maintaining software and hardware problems and providing training to staff members on use of software. Advanced knowledge and skill with MAC preferred. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Performs threading services for eyebrows, mustaches and any facial hair. Certification for threading required. Applications accepted year-round.

Manages an appointment-based system that provides one-on-one exercise prescriptions. Requires CPR/AED, First Aid, and Personal Training Certifications (6 months experience). Applications accepted through June 30, 2019 for a position starting August 26, 2019.

Serves for a one-year appointment as part of the EIM-OC leadership team, providing a minimum of 30-hours a semester. Represents the program and its initiatives at University events and engages in relevant programming and promotional opportunities. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a health-related undergraduate degree. Applications for this unpaid position accepted through June 30, 2019 for a position starting August 26, 2019.

Provides supervision of the fitness centers, including policy enforcement, cleaning, and patron assistance. Requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications (included in training). Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted December through mid-January and April.

Leads safe, effective, and engaging group fitness/wellness classes. CPR/AED and format specific certification(s) required. Applications accepted year-round.

Student opportunity for shadowing and team-teaching fitness classes in preparation to teach on your own. Must be prepared to register for a national certification for the format you wish to teach. At least one semester of taking class in desired format is required. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted year-round.

Performs henna tattoo services for clients in the Rutgers Community. Applications accepted year-round.

Facilitates intramural sport contests. Upholds sport rules and enforces penalties to ensure sportsmanship and maximum enjoyment by all. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted mid-August through mid-September and mid-December through mid-January.

Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of an emergency. Provides emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services. Applications accepted starting April 1, 2019.

Assists with event advertisement, general promotion, brand awareness and web development. Supports sponsorship lead generation and execution. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Performs therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints in order to provide health and wellness benefits. Massage Therapy Licensing in NJ require along with CPR and First Aid. Applications accepted year-round.

Provides front-end customer service for all Recreation visitors and callers, including facility access, equipment loan, sales, and information sharing. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Provides administrative support for facility, service, and/or programming area(s) within the department. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Provides assessments and develops individualized exercise programs for clients. CPR/AED and personal training certifications required. Applications accepted year-round with hiring in April and November.

Takes photos during assignments including major events, facilities, sport club, and intramural games. Edits photos and posts to appropriate social media channels. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Rock wall in addition to ensuring a safe and comfortable climbing environment for our patrons. Join a tight-knit group of highly trained individuals with opportunities for formal certifications and teaching experience. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Executes various online and offline marketing strategies for the Recreation department through social media. Represents Recreation during in-person events and provides customer service by answering inquiries and/or referring concerns to management. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted as openings arise.

Provides leadership for the GO Outdoors program by ensuring a quality experience for all participants. Ensures the safety of guests by following all GO Outdoors policies and procedures. Current Rutgers students only. Applications accepted mid-March through mid-April.

Captures footage during events, sport club and intramural games and other assignments as needed, performing all tasks related to production and post-production including transport, set up, and operation of equipment. Current Rutgers students only. Currently accepting applications for Fall 2019 start. To apply, please click here.