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Student Employment

Mens sana in corpora sano, healthy mind healthy body

The Campus Recreation Department positions are designed to give students tools and training for a lifetime of success, both personally and professionally.

The Campus Recreation Department is looking for friendly, self-sufficient individuals who will promote the health of its members. This individual should work cooperatively alongside other staff members and be willing to perform multiple job responsibilities. Duties of Campus Recreation staff may include but are not limited to, providing information about the facility, selling memberships and activity classes, resolving member conflicts and performing specific cleaning duties.

Promoting safety and cleanliness is an important goal for the Campus Recreation staff. We seek to provide a positive environment and have friendly interactions with the users. Candidates should have a great work ethic and be adaptable to the Campus Recreation environment.

Personal and Professional Development

Campus Recreation Department student employees will be provided the opportunity to grow and enhance their skills to:

  • Demonstrate creative thinking and resolution emphasizing safety and risk management.
  • Exhibit transferable skills that can assist in their future employment.

During the hiring periods, applications or auditions will be available through WOU’s Wolflink application powered by Handshake. For certification, enrollment status and experience requirements see the Position Description below.

If you need assistance with your resume and cover letter or to sharpen your interview skills contact the Center for Professional Pathways office, located at the lower level of WUC, room 119; 503-838-8432,

Non-Student Employment

There are two open Campus Recreation (POOLs) for non-students. The Instructors & Specialists (POOL) for non-students interested in Aquatic, Swim, Fitness and/or Cycling Instructors, Lifeguards and Climbing Specialist positions. The Club Sports coaches (POOL) for non-students interested in Soccer, Rugby, and Lacrosse positions.

The application is available through the Human Resources Department, located in room 201 of the Administration Building, or online through the Human Resources Staff Job Openings webpage. If you have questions regarding the non-student application process please call the Human Resources Department at 503-838-8490.

Positions with Campus Recreation

Fitness Instructors
There are training opportunities throughout the academic year to gain the needed skills to teach for Campus Recreation.

Fitness Instructor
Position Description Certification(s) Previous Experience
Group / Aquatic Fitness Instructor Nationally Recognized Training
(AFAA, ACE, etc)
Participation in a variety of group fitness classes

RecSport Specialist
RecSports Specialist are hired to work both Club and Intramural Sports operations, so this is the position for you if you have a passion for sports.

RecSport Specialist
Position Description Certification(s) Previous Experience
RecSports Specialist None Supervision/coaching of sports

Current certification in American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Training is required to be hired. It is the responsibility of the candidate to find, attend, pass and pays for the certification course.

Certification and Experience Qualifications
Position Description Certification Previous Experience
Lifeguard Lifeguard Training
(American Red Cross)
Aquatic knowledge
Swim Instructor Water Safety Instructor
(American Red Cross)
Teaching and/or Instruction

Climbing and Guest Service Specialist
After being selected through the interview process and prior to the end of new candidate training both positions are required to have current certification in American Red Cross CPR/AED PRO, which is offered during new candidate training. It is the responsibility of the candidate to attend, pass and pay for the certification course offered by Campus Recreation during new candidate training.

Certification and Experience Qualifications
Position Description Certification(s) Previous Experience
Climbing Specialist CWI-A minimum
(PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor)
(American Red Cross)
Climbing and bouldering
Guest Service Specialist CPR/AED PRO
(American Red Cross)
Customer service and previous recreation/sports


If selected for an interview you will be notified by phone or email of your interview time. All interviews will be held at the Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center and will last up to 30-minutes, plan accordingly. Please come prepared and dressed for a professional interview. Please note that priority will go to Western Oregon University students. Campus Recreation will conduct a criminal background check for all positions through the Office of Human Resources at Western Oregon University. If you need interview assistance please contact the Center for Professional Pathways office, located on the lower level of WUC, room 119; 503-838-8432,

New Candidate training

If selected for a position with the Campus Recreation Department there is a 3 to 4 week training period. During that period new candidates normally receive 3-9 paid hours of scheduled training time per week. After completion of the training period requirements, a current required certification(s), and an acceptable evaluation score from the Facility Supervisors new candidates can substitute into work shifts that are available for the remainder of the term.