Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on campus. We are highly committed to proving an employment experience that will provide you with unique learning and development opportunities.

Whether you supervise facilities, instruct classes, lead trips, officiate intramural sports, ensure safety, or provide business or technology support, every position allows you to acquire, refine and showcase your talents and strengths that will prepare you for life “beyond the Banks”.

The National Association of Collegiate Employers (NACE) has identified several competencies needed to be career ready.  We are confident if you invest with us, you will meet new people, develop these necessary skills and feel good about helping to build a healthy Rutgers Community.

Recreation offers a wide range of student employment opportunities.

  • To be eligible for student employment, individuals must be currently enrolled at the University with full-time status (minimum 12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate).
  • Non-students can view job postings on the University Human Resources website.
  • For all positions, special consideration is given to those students supporting their academic endeavors through the Federal Work Study Program.
  • Click on each job title below to see a brief description. Some positions hire on a continual basis while others accept applications when openings arise. To receive notifications when other positions are accepting applications, follow Recreation on Handshake
  • Some positions require current certifications which may be available through Recreation.
  • Some positions require a successful background check and completion of Protection of Minors Training.
  • Before applying, please prepare a resume (for assistance, see here.)
  • Email us at with any questions. 

Student employment positions currently accepting applications:

  • Camp Counselor

  • Fitness & Wellness Class Instructor (Current Certification Required)

  • Lifeguard (Current Certification Required)

  • Personal Trainer (Current Certification Required)

  • Trip Leader (Unpaid)

*See below for job descriptions

To receive notifications when other positions are accepting applications, follow Recreation on Handshake.

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.

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.

Assists with equipment and facility inspection and maintenance, including transportation and set up. Assists with administrative tasks including inputting data for inventory, work orders, and inspection tracking.

EIM-OC Student Leaders serve for a one-year appointment as part of the EIM-OC leadership team, providing a minimum of 30-hours of service each semester. Student leaders will represent the program and its initiatives at University events and engage in relevant programming and promotional opportunities. Applicants must be pursuing a health-related undergraduate degree. Applications for this unpaid position will be accepted until August 1, 2021 and the position will begin on August 30, 2021. 

Performs threading services for eyebrows, mustaches and any facial hair. Certification for threading required.

Provides supervision of the fitness centers, including policy enforcement, cleaning, and patron assistance. Requires CPR/AED and First Aid certifications (included in training).

Teaches, leads, and motivates participants through intentionally designed group fitness & wellness classes. CPR/AED and format specific certifications required.

Performs henna tattoo services for clients in the Rutgers Community.

Facilitates intramural sport contests. Upholds sport rules and enforces penalties to ensure sportsmanship and maximum enjoyment by all.

Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure the safety of patrons in the event of an emergency. Provides emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services. American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification required.

Performs therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints to provide health and wellness benefits. NJ Massage Therapy Licensing and CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required.

Provides front-end customer service for all Recreation visitors and callers, including facility access, equipment loan, sales, and information sharing.

Provides administrative support for facility, service, and/or programming area(s) within the department.

Provides assessments and develops individualized exercise programs for clients. CPR/AED and personal training certifications required.

Responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the College Ave. Gym 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.

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.This unpaid position provides numerous training and certification opportunities.