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Campus Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on Penn State's University Park campus. Our focus on critical development and leadership exists in our variety of jobs available each semester. Working for Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to grow as leaders, gain valuable professional skills, and work in an exciting environment alongside professional staff who are passionate about student development. Check out the position descriptions below and apply online at jobs.psu.edu.

Other benefits include:

• Competitive pay rates

• Job skills training

• Leadership development opportunities

• Pleasant work environment

• Variety of work schedules

Outdoor Adventures

ADVENTURE RECREATION OFFICE ASSISTANTS greet customers, answer phones, maintain office files, assist with light cleaning and upkeep tasks, and complete special assignments within the assigned work unit. Applicants must possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and should have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. CPR/First Aid/AED certification preferred although not required.  Preference is given to work-study recipients.

CLIMBING WALL MANAGERS oversee the daily operations of the climbing wall. They teach belay lessons and clinics, administer assessments, perform equipment inspections, open and close the wall on a daily basis, and assist professional staff with the development and implementation of all programming at the climbing wall. This position will primarily cover nights and weekends but may include other shifts as needed. Previous climbing experience is strongly preferred. Managers must be certified Climbing Wall Instructors (CWI), preferably with the Lead endorsement.

CLIMBING WALL MONITORS are the main point of contact for patrons at the climbing and bouldering walls. Monitor responsibilities include: managing the front desk area, checking out equipment, monitoring the climbing wall for safety, and upholding all facility rules and guidelines. Prior climbing experience is preferred but not required. Individuals should possess a desire to learn new skills, develop leadership abilities, and interact with others in an exciting and dynamic setting.

OUTDOOR TRIP LEADERS are responsible for all aspects of planning, implementing, and evaluating outdoor adventure trips. All student trip leaders must complete Adventure Recreation orientation, which teaches leadership skills, risk management, trip planning, group development, and more. Upon completion of orientation student staff continue to develop technical skills in various areas to become activity-specific assistant instructors, instructors, and specialists while gaining practical field experience. We are looking for freshmen and sophomores with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to facilitate positive experiences for others. Previous outdoor recreation and/or leadership experience is preferred but not required. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Contact us for more information.

ROUTE SETTERS are primarily responsible for placing the holds on the climbing and bouldering wall. They also help maintain the equipment and holds. Prior climbing experience is strongly recommended and individuals should be comfortable working at heights behind the scenes to keep patrons engaged through creative route setting.

TEAM BUILDING FACILITATORS work throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons to facilitate experiences for groups (off-campus) at Stone Valley Recreation Area. Vertical Adventures facilities include a full high ropes course (Odyssey III), Alpine Tower, climbing wall (Carolina T-Wall), and low challenge course (Team Development Course). We are looking for committed staff members who are willing to work weekends and evenings, can provide their own transportation to and from Stone Valley (preferred, but not required), have good interpersonal skills and a desired to learn. Previous challenge course or teambuilding experience is beneficial but not required.

Aquatics

LIFEGUARDS provide general supervision of aquatic facilities; respond to emergencies, including rendering emergency care; and assist with facility upkeep and general operational needs. Applicants must be currently certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Applicants must also successfully complete a knowledge and skills assessment as part of the hiring process. Positions are available year-round. Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients.

HEAD LIFEGUARDS assist with the supervision, onboarding, and training of lifeguards staff in addition to providing general supervision of aquatic facilities; responding to emergencies, including rendering emergency care; and assisting with facility upkeep and general operational needs. Must be available to work nights and weekends.

Applicants must be currently certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Oxygen Administration. Applicants must have a minimum of two semesters working as a lifeguard for Campus Recreation.  Certification in Lifeguard Management and Lifeguarding Instructor is preferred. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients.

OFFICE ASSISTANTS greet customers, answer phones, maintain office files, assist with light cleaning and upkeep tasks, and complete special assignments within the assigned work unit. Applicants must possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and should have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. CPR/First Aid/AED certification preferred although not required.  Preference is given to work-study recipients.

SAFETY & AQUATICS - SPECIALTY INSTRUCTORS are expected to conduct classes in an engaging, safe and effective manner, providing an encouraging and motivating atmosphere while helping participants achieve class objectives.  Instructors must display excellent customer service, decision-making and communication skills. Ability to follow instructions and attend all mandatory training/meetings. Applicants must have current instructor certification to be considered. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients. 

TIMING SYSTEM OPERATORS are responsible for operating the Colorado Timing System console and associated equipment during meets and events. Familiarity with Swimming & Diving events is required.  Prior experience operating a Colorado Timing system, or an equivalent system, is preferred. Positions are available year-round. Must be a current Penn State student and available to work nights and weekends. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients

Competitive Sports

INTRAMURAL SPORTS OFFICIALS are responsible for officiating intramural sport competitions in a variety of sports throughout the year. Training will be provided which will cover the rules and mechanics of each sport, and students will be familiarized with the policies and procedures of the Intramural Sports Program. No prior experience necessary.

COMPETITIVE SPORTS PROGRAM ASSISTANTS serve as the first line of communication by providing customer service to participants. This includes overseeing the check-in process, scorekeeping, evaluation of the playing area, and checking on the general welfare of the participants in one playing area. This individual serves as a liaison to enforce all policies and procedures of the Competitive Sports Program.

COMPETITIVE SPORTS SUPERVISORS provide on-field supervision of club and intramural competitions and events. This includes overseeing roster and safety checks, reviewing paperwork, officials evaluation, and supervision and management of student staff members. This individual serves as a first responder in the event of injury and is tasked with enforcing all policies and procedures of the Competitive Sports Program.

 

Fitness and Wellness

FITNESS ASSISTANTS may greet customers, answer phones, maintain office files, assist with light cleaning and upkeep tasks, assist with check-ins for fitness classes, and complete special assignments within the assigned work unit. Applicants must possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and should have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. CPR/First Aid/AED certification preferred although not required.  Preference is given to work-study recipients.

FITNESS INSTRUCTORS are expected to conduct classes in an engaging, safe and effective manner, providing an encouraging and motivating atmosphere while helping participants achieve class objectives.  Instructors must display excellent customer service, decision-making and communication skills. Ability to follow instructions and attend all mandatory training/meetings.  Applicants must have current instructor certification/work experience to be considered. Satisfactory completion of KINES 93 and 96 (or substitution of work experience/certifications as approved by supervisor). Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to Penn State students, including work-study recipients. Commonly accepted certifications include ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), NSCA (National Sports and Conditioning Association), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), IFA (International Fitness Association), or other related and accredited organization.

PERSONAL TRAINERS provide customized personal training services to Campus Recreation members, including creating individualized workout plans. Requires nationally-recognized personal training certification.  Personal Trainers are expected to conduct sessions in an engaging, safe and effective manner, providing an encouraging and motivating atmosphere while helping participants achieve fitness objectives.  Personal Trainers must display excellent customer service, decision-making and communication skills. Ability to follow instructions and attend all mandatory training/meetings. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients.

Tennis

CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK REPRESENTATIVES are responsible for greeting customers, granting access, collecting money, scheduling available court hours, simple tidiness and care of the facility. They are the first line of communication with patrons and potential members to the Tennis Center. 

RACQUET STRINGERS string/re-string tennis racquets to members and guests of the Tennis Center. Familiarity with the game of tennis and prior experience stringing racquets is preferred but not required. Racquet stringers should be Penn State students. Applicants must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available.

INSTRUCTORS are experienced players who will be on the court in both group and individual settings. The instructor provides a safe and fun environment for the clients to learn. Must possess a knowledge of the game and an outgoing personality.

Facility & Operations

FACILITY ATTENDANTS are responsible for providing operational support for Campus Recreation facilities. Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations, Coordinator for Facilities and Operations, and Student Building Supervisor, Facility Attendants are considered an extension of facility management. A Facility Attendant’s job duties include: Create the “First Impression” for Campus Recreation facilities. Open and close program areas within Campus Recreation buildings, contact appropriate personnel for troubleshooting issues, and provide participants with information on Campus Recreation program areas or direct them to the appropriate staff. Greet and check for proper identification within Fusion software. Answer telephones, issue equipment, complete routine building checks, and enforce policies and procedures. Assist in safety, security, and risk management protocols for facilities. Assist in event set up and tear down. Spot clean facility/fitness equipment as needed and put away any equipment left out by guests. Perform scheduled room checks and counts. Attend staff meetings, and maintain professionalism at all times, either while assisting members or attending to other work tasks. Will provide backup to facility access staff when necessary. Individuals will also provide coverage when needed for special events that go beyond normal operating hours. Facility Attendants must be Penn State University students and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Ability to recognize and identify unruly patrons or unsafe behaviors. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. CPR/First Aid/AED certification preferred. Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds with or without accommodation. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018 and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients.

STUDENT BUILDING SUPERVISORS assist with the supervision, training, and evaluation of Facility Attendants. Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations and Coordinator for Facilities and Operations, Student Building Supervisors are considered an extension of facility management. In addition to performing the tasks of a Facility Attendant, the Student Building Supervisor helps ensure policies and procedures for Campus Recreation buildings are enforced in a fair and consistent manner particularly on nights and weekends.  Student Building Supervisors must attend staff meetings, and maintain professionalism at all times, either while assisting members, working with staff across program areas or attending to other work tasks. Will provide backup to facility access staff when necessary. Individuals will also provide coverage when needed for special events that go beyond normal operating hours. Student Building Supervisors must be Penn State University students and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Ability to recognize and identify unruly patrons or unsafe behaviors. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. CPR/First Aid/AED certification required. Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds with or without accommodation. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to work-study recipients.

Membership

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES are responsible for creating the “first impression” for Campus Recreation facilities and for monitoring and controlling access through membership management software and similar systems. Responsible for greeting customers and providing exceptional customer service, including providing information on Campus Recreation program areas or directing customers to appropriate staff when necessary. Will perform sales, program registration, and equipment check-out; assists with building security and guest sign-in.  Answers telephones and helps enforce policies and procedures. Attend staff meetings, and maintain professionalism at all times, either while assisting members or attending to other work tasks. Customer Service Representatives must be Penn State University students and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends as necessary. Familiarity with cash handling/sales procedures is preferred. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available.

LEAD CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES help train and supervise customer service representatives, for creating the “first impression” for Campus Recreation facilities and for monitoring and controlling access to Campus Recreation facilities.  Will perform sales transactions, program registrations, and equipment check-out. Assists with building security and guest sign-in, and provides participants with information on Campus Recreation program areas or directs them to the appropriate staff.  Attends staff meetings, and maintains professionalism at all times, either while assisting members or attending to other work tasks. Customer Service Representatives must be Penn State University students and possess the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, willing to cover or trade shifts when necessary. Ability to recognize and identify unruly patrons or unsafe behaviors. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. Familiarity with cash handling/sales procedures is required. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required. Positions are available year-round. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available.

Stone Valley Recreation Area

BOATING OPERATIONS ATTENDANTS will oversee check-in and check-out of boating equipment at Stone Valley Recreation Area. Will operate a motorboat and may assist with regular cleaning and upkeep of boats, paddles, lifejackets and associated recreational equipment. Attends staff meetings, and maintains professionalism at all times, either while assisting members or attending to other work tasks. This is a seasonal position. Applicants must be able to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to Penn State students and work-study recipients.

GROUNDS/MAINTENANCE WORKERS will mop, sweep, clean and wax floors. Will operate powered janitorial equipment. May perform minor repairs and move furniture, equipment, and materials. Will mow and trim lawn areas and operate trucks, tractors, powered ground equipment, pneumatic tools. Will remove brush, leaves, grass clippings, paper and debris from grounds.  MVR Check Required.  This is a seasonal position.  Applicants must be able to work days, evenings,  weekends and holidays as necessary. Applications will be kept on file through July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed as positions become available. Preference is given to Penn State students and work-study recipients.