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Student Employment

UREC employs over 500 undergraduates each year who gain valuable work experience and Motivate Madison into Motion! UREC's vision for student learning is intentionally creating an environment where students can be inspired to grow in knowledge, skills and abilities that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices though quality recreational programs, facilities and services. UREC offers student employees the opportunity to learn and grow as professionals - gaining valuable work experience to complement their academic experience.

Review the list of student employment positions at UREC below and contact the UREC staff member listed on the position if you have questions!

In order to be considered for an on-campus student position at UREC, the applicant must be a degree seeking student enrolled on at least a half-time basis (6 credits for undergraduate; 5 credits for graduate).

Open positions will be posted on JMU JobLink the week of September 23, 2019, and applicants must apply on JMU JobLink  by October 4, 2019, for consideration.

UREC will be hiring for the following positions: 

  • Inclusive Recreation Assistant
  • Office Assistant
  • Team Sports Official
  • Camp Counselor (Summer 2020)
Adventure and TEAM Student Positions

Adventure Camp Counselors
Adventure Camp Counselor responsibilities include providing a safe and enjoyable environment for campers between the ages of 9 and 14, facilitate/lead activities that promote life-long learning, recreation and wellness as well as assist with administrative camp duties. Current CPR and First Aid certification is required, Wilderness First Aid is preferred. Prior experience with hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and stand up paddle boarding preferred. Must be able to attend training week in the summer as well as each session. Previous camp experience is preferred. Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information.

Adventure Trip Leaders
Adventure Trip Leaders are responsible for implementing adventure trips and clinics. Responsibilities include conducting pre-trip meetings, organizing and maintaining group equipment, monitoring vehicle operation, supervising groups during trips, educating participants in necessary skills, and enforcing policies. Essential trip leader skills include punctuality, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently. Previous experience either working or participating in adventure activities is required. All employees must complete 16 hours of WFA, CPR, and BBP training in addition to trip leader training. The hiring/training process includes an interview and a completed apprenticeship (usually lasting a full semester) with the Adventure Program. The position hours vary depending on type and number of trips assigned each semester. Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information.

Adventure Specialists
Responsible for participant experiences at the UREC climbing walls. Staff will belay participants, teach climbing and belaying basics, and monitor participants in the Adventure Center and Atrium Climbing Wall. Experience belaying is recommended as well as personal outdoor experience. Hours are 5-15 per week.  Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information.

Adventure Service Specialists
Responsible for managing the check in and check out process of the Adventure Rental Equipment. Staff will play an active role in the maintenance and upkeep of the adventure equipment and service areas. Staff will also assist participants with entering, exiting, and utilizing the bike repair area. Willingness to learn about adventure equipment is a must, personal adventure experience is not required. Hours are 5-15 per week. Contact Coordinator of Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information.

Adventure TEAM Facilitators
Lead and facilitate activities for groups from both the JMU campus as well as the Harrisonburg community. Facilitation includes games, initiatives, low elements and the brand new high course. Experience with facilitation desired but not required. Completion of JMU TEAM Facilitator training required either before or after hiring. Hours vary depending on program load and will mainly be weekends with some shift through the week. Contact the Coordinator for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information.

Aquatics and Safety Student Positions

Certification Instructors
Safety Instructors teach CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training Classes. American Red Cross Instructor certifications for CPR, First Aid, and LGT are required. Instructors may also assist with in-service training. Contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety for more information.

EMTs provide first aid to the participants of UREC facilities within the limits of the EMT certification. The EMT's also supervise and provide first aid during sport club practices and games. One must have a current EMT-B certification as well as CPR for the Professional Rescuer to apply. Contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety for more information.

Lifeguard watch over all persons using the UREC aquatic facilities. The staff also provides aquatic and safety program information to the participants of UREC. One must hold a current Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid to apply. Contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety for more information.

Water Safety Instructors (Swim Instructors)
Aquatic Instructors teach Learn to Swim classes, Private swim lessons, Adult Swimming and Stroke Clinics. Water Safety Instructor certification is preferred, but not required. Contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety for more information.

Equipment, Facilities and Maintenance Student Positions

Equipment Maintenance Assistants
Equipment Maintenance Assistants (EMA) will work with the Equipment Manager to perform all preventative, acute maintenance on all fitness equipment. EMA's will also assist with field lining and maintenance on all outdoor goals and any other areas in the building. Contact the Equipment Manager for more information.

Facilities Assistants
Facilities Assistants will work alongside the Facilities Manager to perform required maintenance and risk management inspections at University Park, East Campus Fields, Mauck Stadium, Godwin Hall, and the Auxiliary Gym in Memorial Hall. They will also assist with field painting and maintaining facility aesthetics. Contact the Facilities Manager for more information.

Maintenance Assistants
Maintenance Assistants work alongside the Maintenance Manager and operations staff to perform required maintenance and repairs on pool systems and building hardware. They will also assist in maintaining facility aesthetics and grounds. Contact the Interim Maintenance Manager for more information.

Fitness, Group Exercise and Wellness Student Positions

Fitness Assistants
Fitness Assistants oversee the Fitness Center, Cardio Deck, and Multi-Purpose Studio. They greet participants and help them navigate the policies and equipment in the fitness areas, ensure their safety by supervising the free weight area and providing spots, and perform preventative maintenance and housekeeping duties. Contact the Coordinator of Fitness Programs for more information.

Group Exercise Instructors
Group Exercise Instructors are required to teach several class formats. They lead classes of all skill levels and various activity types. Instructors will also assist with special events and workshops. To apply to be a Group Exercise Instructor, you will need to complete a training coordinated by UREC before applying. If you are interested in participating in this training, the course begins the second week of classes each semester and you can register on ACE, AFAA, and YogaFit Certifications will be considered. Certifications are available through UREC. Contact the Coordinator of Group Exercise for more information.

Personal Trainers
Personal Trainers administer exercise tests assessing the five components of fitness. They create an exercise program for the participant based on their goals and perform one-on-one training sessions. They may also lead small group training classes and conduct educational programs on fitness-related topics. To apply to be a Personal Trainer, you must complete the Personal Trainer Prep Course offered by UREC. Visit for information on the next course offering. Contact the Coordinator of Fitness Programs for more information.

Wellness Instructor
Wellness Instructors will supervise the Wellness Center reception area, develop and present nutrition/wellness related educational programming, instruct cooking classes in the UREC Demonstration Kitchen, and assist with the facilitation of nutrition/wellness special events and workshops. Senior dietetics majors will also be eligible to complete Nutrition Analysis appointments.Background in Dietetics, Health Science, Health Promotion, Public Health or Hospitality is recommended. Contact the Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness for more information.

Intramural Sports and Youth Programs Student Positions

Intramural Sports Crew Chiefs
Crew Chiefs are responsible for checking in Intramural Sports participants and tracking their eligibility as well as keeping score of games and evaluating Officials. Previous Intramural Sports experience is preferred. Contact the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Youth Programs for more information.

Intramural Sports Site Managers
Site Managers are responsible for supervising Intramural Sports activities, enforcing policies and procedures, and supervising and evaluating Crew Chiefs and Officials. Previous Intramural Sports experience is preferred. Contact the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Youth Programs for more information.

Intramural Sports Team Sport Officials
Officials are responsible for enforcing rules of play and providing supervision for safety, fair play, and sportsmanship for various intramural activities. Official training will be available for interested parties prior to the start of each intramural season. Officials also have the opportunity to be a part of the Student Officials Association. Advancement opportunities are available with certification. Contact the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Youth Programs for more information.

UREC Camp Counselors
Camp Counselor responsibilities include providing a safe and enjoyable environment for campers between the ages of 6 and 12, facilitate/lead activities that promote life-long learning, recreation and wellness as well as assist with administrative camp duties. Current CPR and First Aid certification is required. Must be able to attend training week in the summer as well as each session.  Previous camp experience is preferred. Contact the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Youth Programs for more information.

Marketing and Technology Student Positions

Marketing Assistants
Marketing Assistants are responsible for the promotion and dissemination of information regarding all University Recreation programs, facilities and services. This includes the design and implementation of various marketing and communication efforts. Experience and/or knowledge of marketing, photography, graphic design, communications, or writing preferred. Contact the Assistant Director for Marketing and Social Media for more information.

Technology Specialists
Technology Specialists serve as a resource to all UREC staff and students for all computing and technology-related issues. Must quickly respond and troubleshoot software, hardware and network problems for computers, tablets and printers. Problem solving and customer service skills are essential for this position to effectively communicate technical issues to staff members. Additional duties include researching new technologies to improve UREC’s services and maintaining inventory of hardware and software resources. Must also be willing to quickly learn UREC’s complex technology environment including specialized registration software and Microsoft Access databases. Contact the Technology Manager for more information.

Member and Office Services Student Positions

Member Services Assistants
Member Services Assistants monitor participants’ entrance to UREC and University Park including, but not limited to, swiping JAC’s, conducting Fusion/ flex transactions and handling participants issues. Serve as information agents of UREC, promoting UREC programs, services and facilities. Assist participants with registration of programs and activities. Assist participant with process and service of towel and locker rentals. Assist participants in check in/out of Informal recreation equipment both at UREC and University Park. Contact the Assistant Director for Member Services for more information.

Office Service Assistants
The Office Service Assistants assist the Office Manager with a variety of tasks. Duties may include data entry, purchasing and receiving of supplies and equipment, reconciling departmental credit card and assisting professional staff with projects as needed. Office Assistants also provide general office receptionist coverage by receiving calls and greeting visitors. Contact the Office Manager for more information.

Operations and Reservations and Events Student Positions

Event Operation Specialists
Responsible for managing special events in UREC facilities and satellite areas. Events will include but are not limited to; youth birthday parties, sport club events, non-JMU group events, and JMU student group and organization events. Event Operation Specialists assist with set up and tear down of equipment and areas within the facility as well as housekeeping needs for events. They ensure that all special event participants are following all UREC policies and procedures. They solve problems and make decisions regarding event concerns and issues to include communication with the event’s contact person, Operation Supervisors, Graduate Assistants and other staff as needed. One must hold a current CPR and First Aid certification to apply. Contact the Senior Assistant Director for Reservations and Events for more information.

Operations Supervisors
Operation Supervisors play a vital role in the operations of UREC and UPARK. They are directly responsible for the supervision of all UREC & UPARK activities, facilities, programs and student staff. These responsibilities include and are not limited to the execution of emergency procedures, administration of first aid & CPR skills, resolving/mediating conflicts, event management and acting as liaison between professional staff, student staff, and participants. Viable candidates must have strong leadership qualities and be able to work independently while applying critical thinking skills and making value based decision. This position requires 12-18 hours/ week and shifts during holidays and university breaks.  All applicants must have worked for UREC for two terms (Fall/Spring/Summer) to be eligible to apply. Contact the Assistant Director for Operations for more information.

Receptionists assist the UREC staff in day-to-day administrative operations. Duties include answering and directing incoming calls, distributing mail, receiving/escorting all visitors, administering the lost and found system, and assisting in reconciliation and payroll. Applicants for this position must possess a professional demeanor, a positive attitude, and attention to detail. Contact the Senior Assistant Director for Reservations and Events for more information.

Sport Clubs and Inclusive Recreation Student Positions

Recreation Assistants
Recreation Assistants maintain and prepare all open recreation areas including the gymnasium, multi-activity center, track, racquetball courts, and turf field. This includes enforcement of policy and procedures, maintaining safety and cleanliness throughout the facility and provide exceptional service to UREC participants. Contact the Interim Coordinator for Inclusive Recreation for more information. 

Sport Club Assistants
Sport Club Assistants will monitor the sport club office area and are responsible for coordinating club contests, maintaining paperwork and ensuring adherence to departmental policy. In addition, they will assist the sport club presidents with administrative duties and advise them on policies and protocols. Contact the Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs for more information.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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