The Department of PE and Recreation provides students the chance to enhance their college experience, build a transferable skill set, and help facilitate campus wellness through multiple student involvement opportunities.

Student Employment

We employ 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 2022.

Contact Sean Graninger, assistant director 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: March 2021

Contact Jessica Campbell, 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 Nikki Vance, 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

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 2022

Contact Al Diaz, assistant director for operations

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: March 2021

Contact the Rec fitness team

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: closed

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

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SRC Advisory Board

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) Advisory Board is a leadership 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 staff and assists in promoting all of the services, activities, and facilities available to members of the UO community.

Board members serve a one-year term (September–June) and may be re-appointed for a second one-year term. Board members are expected to attend every board meeting each quarter; there are three to five meetings per quarter; members may have one excused absence from a meeting per quarter without consequence. Stipend pay for UO students serving on the SRC Advisory Board and meeting board member expectations is $25 per board meeting.

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, one is elected from the student body during the ASUO general elections each spring, and seven 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.
  • Two students 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.
  • One student appointed by the director of Physical Education and Recreation (or their designee) who is not currently employed by the Department of PE and Recreation.

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

For information about the appointed seats, or for general questions about the advisory board, contact Lynn Nester, director of PE and Recreation and convener of the SRC Advisory Board.

Board Meetings

The meetings for each academic term are scheduled prior to the start of the term.

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The Department of Physical Education offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and earn practicum credit in PE. By participating in a practicum, you will have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experiential learning by working in a specific area of PE. Becoming involved in practicum gives you the chance to apply information that you have learned in the classroom to real world situations, and it is also a great way to explore personal and/or career interests.

Practicum experiences generally take place in our existing PE classes, thus prior experience and participation in the activity is crucial. Students are expected to attend all 20 class sessions, with up to an hour of out-of-class preparation time required (3 hours per week = 1 credit hour). To earn practicum credit, students must complete paperwork and registration prior to beginning practicum hours. Registration forms are completed with the instructor and must be submitted to the SRC Service Desk by Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the first week of each term.

If you’re interested in earning practicum credit connect directly with a PE instructor or contact Chantelle Russell, associate director of Physical Education.

PEL 409 Practicum

An opportunity for students to assist a physical education instructor in our courses. Applicants must have significant experience and interest in the activity, and be willing to assist in many ways. Instructor approval required.

PEL 409 Practicum Coaching

Students need to be coaching during that term for a local organization such as the YMCA or Kidsports. They need to coach for at least four weeks with a minimum of 20 hours. They will need to have a coaching philosophy, practice plans, to be observed twice and need to write a reflection paper.

PEL 409 Practicum Outdoor

These opportunities provide hands-on leadership and teaching experiences to students working towards completion of the Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Training Program. Students serve as course assistants under the mentorship of OPP instructors. Instructor approval required.

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