Student Employment

The Department of PE and Recreation provides meaningful and comprehensive employment for more than 300 students in a variety of positions each year. Our student staff members come from all types of backgrounds, majors, and walks of life to make up the team responsible for managing the Student Recreation Center facilities, programs, and services. When you join the PE and Rec team, you can expect to gain more from your employment than just a paycheck.

How to Apply

Currently open positions are listed on Handshake with application instructions. General recruitment periods and requirements are included under each position description below. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out directly to the contact listed for that position.

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  • Cross-training, leadership, and promotion opportunities
  • Professional and personal development trainings
  • Ongoing feedback, coaching, and constructive evaluation
  • Competitive wages
  • Employee recognition and celebrations
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Dynamic and fun work environment

Positions and Descriptions

Duck Trails Camp Counselor

Camp counselors are responsible for providing direction, supervision, and organization of campers during Duck Trails Camp programs. They facilitate a fun and safe environment for campers by participating in the development and implementation of dynamic and exciting programs and activities.

Next recruitment period will be March 2020.

Contact Sean Graninger, coordinator for intramural sports and youth camps

Group Fitness Instructor

Group fitness instructors design and lead group workouts in various formats including cardio (Kickboxing, Dance, POUND, Cycling), muscular conditioning (Body Sculpt, Barre, TRX ) and flexibility (Pilates, Yoga), and help plan and implement special programs.

Requirements and Expectations:

  1. Successfully complete PE Group Fitness Instructor course, PEF 342 (or similar training experience).
  2. Obtain national certification through an accredited agency (ACE, AFAA, or other).
  3. Demonstrated experience leading group fitness workouts.
  4. Commit to working with UO Rec Fitness for a minimum of three terms for two to four hours per week, and attend fitness team meetings.

Recruitment period: spring 2020

Contact Jessica Graham, assistant director for fitness

Intramural Sports Officials

Intramural sports officials officiate games for various sports including flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, and floor hockey. Officials are hired for each intramural sport. They must be able to correctly implement policies and procedures in order to maintain a fair and safe environment. No experience is necessary; training sessions are provided.

Recruitment period: first two weeks of each term

Contact Sean Graninger, coordinator for intramural sports and youth camps


Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of patrons using the pools through recognition, response, and rescue. They must maintain constant visual contact with the water, including dedicated attention to the activity in and around it. They are required to hold current StarGuard Lifeguard Certification. If you are not currently certified, complete a StarGuard Lifeguard course (PEAQ 351) before applying for the position.

Recruitment period: ongoing

Contact Jackie James, assistant director for aquatics, or Bev Bray, coordinator for aquatics

Member Services Staff

Member services staff provide customer service to members and guests that inquire about and use PE and Rec facilities, programs, and services. They verify access requirements and documents, and review and process locker sales, membership registration, non-credit PE class registration, intramural registration, fitness classes, and youth and family registration and waivers.

Recruitment period: late winter term

Contact Jordan Halstead, coordinator for membership services and community outreach

Operations Attendant

Operations attendants dispense athletic equipment, towels, and locks as well as aid patrons with facility and program related information, and ensure a safe and clean facility. Attendants also assist with laundry operations that provide service to the Student Recreation Center and customers outside of PE and Rec while working in Equipment Issue. Attendants also ensure patron safety in all fitness areas, maintain clean fitness areas and equipment, enforce cardio and weight room safety and etiquette policies, and assist new users with a brief introduction to the fitness areas and equipment while working in the weight room. 

Recruitment period: spring 2020

Personal Trainer

Personal trainers conduct fitness assessments and personal training sessions through one-on-one appointments and small group sessions. They provide fitness orientations, help plan and implement special programs, and act as leaders in the weight room.

Requirements and Expectations:

  1. Successful completion of the personal trainer prep course (PEF 340) (or similar training experience)
  2. Obtain a nationally recognized Personal Trainer Certification (must be certified within three months of hire)
  3. Evidence of practical experience in fitness, athletics, or coaching
  4. Preferred: at least one term in a UO PE Weight Training class
  5. Commit to working as a UO Personal Trainer for a minimum of three terms, including 10 fitness hours per week and attending fitness team meetings.

Recruitment period: spring 2020

Contact Andy Karch, fitness programs coordinator

Rec Tech

Rec techs perform general maintenance and repairs of PE and Rec facilities, grounds, and equipment. Applicants should have a desire to be active and engaged while at work, and must be willing to think independently and learn. Mechanical inclination is a plus.

Recruitment period: ongoing

Contact Michael Zennache, trades maintenance worker

Rock District Attendant and Route Setter

Rock District attendants provide a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for climbers of all abilities. They educate users on safe and effective climbing practices (technique, equipment and theory), enforce safety and etiquette policies, and assist new users with an introduction to the climbing areas and gear.

Recruitment period: ongoing

Contact Kristin Gloystein, rock wall coordinator

Webfoot CrossFit® Coach

Webfoot CrossFit® coaches develop and lead group workouts that utilize safe and effective movements. These classes support health and fitness goals, and are enjoyable and highly motivational for all fitness and skill levels.

Coaches are required to take a 10-week practicum in one of our PE courses and will need a Level 1 CrossFit certification before beginning to coach.

Recruitment period: ongoing

Contact Andy Karch, fitness program director

SRC Advisory Board

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) Advisory Board is a group of students and faculty or staff that advises the Physical Education and Recreation (PE and Rec) department on long-range planning, facility use, policies, user fees, and budget operations. The board represents and voices the needs of UO students to the PE and Rec administrative staff and assists in promoting all of the services, activities, and facilities available to members of the UO community.

Board Membership

The board consists of eight students, one faculty or staff member, and four ex-officio, non-voting PE and Rec staff members. While the faculty/staff member will fully contribute, all board officer positions are reserved for student members. Of the eight student board members, three are elected from the student body during the ASUO general elections each spring, and five are appointed by PE and Rec administration in the following areas:

  • Two students appointed by the associate director for SRC facilities/operations from students working for the SRC.
  • One student appointed by the associate director for physical education from current or former students of physical education classes.
  • Two students appointed by the associate director for recreation programs from current or former participants of recreation programs and/or SRC student employees.

Appointed members may be re-appointed for a second one-year term.

We are now accepting applications for our 2019–20 SRC Advisory Board. Applications received by June 1, 2019, will receive preference.

Apply for the SRC Advisory Board

If you are interested in getting involved with the board, contact ASUO for further information on the election process. For general questions about the advisory board, contact Lynn Nester, director of PE and Rec.

Board Meetings: Spring Term 2019 Meeting Dates

Meetings are held from 9:00–10:30 a.m.

  • April 5 in SRC Classroom 63
  • May 3 in SRC Classroom 63
  • May 17 in SRC Classroom 63
  • May 31 in SRC Classroom 63

2018–19 Board Members [liaison area(s)]

  • Allie Bowlin (membership services)
  • Katey Totten (aquatics, student development team)
  • Megan Buzzas, recorder (rec fitness, strength and conditioning)
  • Samantha Heimler, vice chair (Rock District)
  • Erin Oh (events and scheduling)
  • Syrina Revis, chair (facilities, operations)
  • Ryan Schwatz (rec programs and special events)
  • Alexa Dixon (physical education)
  • Dani Amtmann (youth and family programs, faculty/staff)
  • Lynn Nester, ex officio
  • Tiffany Lundy, ex officio
  • Brent Harrison, ex officio
  • Sue Wieseke, ex officio