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Welcome Week Group Zumba
Sport club rugby
Youth camp playing basketball
Student worker
Tae Kwon-Do
Personal training indoor track
Fitness aerobics class
Outdoor recreation hiking trip
Intramural dodgeball
Intramural basketball
Personal training rowing machine
Belaying a rock climber
Aquatics paddling panthers

Job Descriptions & Hiring

Open positions are posted on the Student Employment job board, found in MyUNIverse under the Student Employment tab online job board. The following are student job types and areas available with RS. 

- Aquatics
- Certification Classes
- Fitness & Leisure Classes
- Intramural Sports
- Outdoor Recreation
- Personal Training
- RS Administration
Work Study

We encourage all current student employees and new applicants to apply for a work study award when filing their FAFSA each year.  Funding to support our budget is of great importance to the Wellness and Recreation Services Department. 

A certain portion of our budget is dependent upon work study funding.  The way we receive this is through the work study funds awarded to students.  To maintain this balance, we hire a predetermined number of students who have work study awards before we able to hire students without this funding. 

So please file your FAFSA and always check that you are interested in work study! You may complete or renew a FAFSA online.

Hiring Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Once submitted to our office (WRC 101), they are placed in a notebook and retained until March 1st. 

On March 1st all applications are removed and we begin gathering new ones for the upcoming year. The majority of hiring will occur between spring break and July 1st.  Hiring is ongoing as the need demands.

Applications may be downloaded, completed, and returned with requested documentation attached to:

Wellness and Recreation Services
University of Northern Iowa
ATTN: Student Employment
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0201

Student Job Descriptions

Aquatic Fitness Instructor (Water Aerobics)

Prepare and lead participants through safe and effective exercise sessions.

Related Area(s) Requirements Lifeguard

Provide a safe environment where patrons can recreate and enjoy leisure activities. Ensure proper use of the facilities and respond appropriately to emergency situations.

Related Area(s) Requirements
Swimming Lesson Instructor

Teach American Red Cross Level 1-6 standard swim lessons. Instructor must possess the ability to work with a diverse group of participants and create a non-threatening environment that fosters learning.

Related Area(s) Requirements
Certification Classes
CPR / First Aid Instructor

Lead participants through the American Red Cross CPR and First Aid program. Instructor will teach participants the knowledge and skills necessary to safely react in an emergency situation.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • An employment commitment of at least 2 semesters.
  • Certifications
    • American Red Cross Community CPR Instructor
    • CPR Instructor
    • American Red Cross Standard First Aid Instructor

Life-guarding Instructor (for Red Cross life-guarding certification classes)

Lead participants through the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Community Water Safety, and/or CPR for the Professional Rescuer training program. Instructor will teach prospective lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

Related Area(s)Requirements
  • Minimum of one summer previous experience as a lifeguard.
  • Commitment of at least 2 Spring semesters.
  • Certifications
Fitness & Leisure Classes
Fitness Instructor

(Land Aerobics, Strength Conditioning, Circuit Weight, Kickboxing Instruction, Indoor Cycling, Mind-Body Spirit, Pilates)
Prepare and lead participants through safe and effective exercise sessions.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Successful completion of the UNI Fitness Instructor training program.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Commitment of at least 3 semesters following completion of training

Specialty Program Instructor

(golf, tennis, ballroom dance, yoga, tap dance, running / jogging, biking)
Plans, organizes and conducts recreational activities for a safe, effective teaching environment. Instructor will create a non-threatening environment that fosters learning.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • The ability to adapt teaching approaches to the experience and ability level of participants. Competent skill level for designated activity.
  • Previous teaching experience.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of participants.

Weight Room / Fitness Area Supervisor

Check and scan ID's for patrons wanting to enter the facility. Monitor informal recreation and fitness activities held within the weight room and fitness areas. Educate patrons regarding policies, procedures and proper equipment use. Provide general care and maintenance of weight room and fitness areas.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Current certifications in CPR and First Aid.
  • Previous coursework in Anatomy and Physiology preferred.
  • General knowledge of weight training equipment required.
  • Must complete all in-house staff training.
  • Employment commitment of at least 2 semesters.
Intramural Sports
Intramural Sports Official

Officiate seasonal intramural team sports. Opportunities include: softball, flag football, volleyball (6 on 6, 4 on 4), and basketball. Additional opportunities with individual, dual and one-day tournaments are available. Interest in/knowledge of game rules.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and respond assertively when required. Training clinics provided.

Intramural Sports Supervisor

Supervise team sport contests, individual/dual sports, weekend and one-day tournaments and meets. Assist with officials' clinics, distribution and return of contest equipment. Keep status information on officials, supply score sheets and monitor their completion. Help determine league qualifiers for post- season tournament, attend post-season report session, distribute promotional material and attend managers'/officials' meeting.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Minimum of one year experience officiating intramural sports (two years experience preferred).
  • Knowledge of all team sport mechanics/rules.
  • Capable of directing own work.
  • Possess a pleasant, enthusiastic, professional personality.
  • Have current Community CPR and First Aid certifications.
Outdoor Recreation
UNI Outdoors Climbing Wall Supervisor

Works with UNI Outdoor Coordinator and/or Program Assistant in managing all areas of the UNI Climbing Wall. The climbing wall supervisor is responsible for equipment, inventory, and all paperwork related to the climbing wall. Must be safety conscious, dependable, and possess good customer service skills. Must be willing to follow and enforce all climbing wall policies and procedures.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Must have current UNI belay certification and be willing to work weekends, after hours, and holidays.

UNI Outdoors Equipment Room Supervisor

Works with UNI Outdoor Coordinator and/or Program Assistant in managing all areas of the UNI Outdoors office and equipment room. Assists patrons in reserving/renting outdoor equipment and registers patrons for trips and clinics. The Equipment Room Supervisor is also responsible for inspecting outdoor rental equipment, caring for and performing minor repairs, and providing general outdoor recreation information. Must possess good customer service skills.

Related Area(s)
UNI Outdoors Program Assistant

Works with UNI Outdoor Coordinator in managing all areas of the entire UNI Outdoors Program. Must be dependable, responsible, and possess a solid knowledge of each area of the UNI Outdoors Program. The UNI Outdoors Program Assistant is to perform all duties in the absence of the UNI Outdoors Coordinator.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Must have a flexible schedule and good people skills.
UNI Outdoors Trip Coordinator

Works with UNI Outdoor Coordinator and/or Program Assistant in managing all areas of the UNI trips/clinics program.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Must have CPR and First Aid Certification and be able to pass the requirements needed to drive the university van.
  • Must be responsible, demonstrate good judgment, safety conscious, and be willing to develop outdoor recreation skills (hard/soft).
  • Must be able to prepare trip information packets, conduct pre-trip meetings and workshops, and promote all aspects of UNI Outdoors. Trip coordinator must possess good intra-personal skills, and be able to work with all demographics of people.
  • Must be willing to obtain a Wilderness First Responder Certification.
RS Administration
Student Web Designer

Duties may include any or all of the following: Maintain, edit, and develop new components of the RS website. Assist with daily management of department computer software such as gate entry, scheduling, and point-of-sale programs. Position requires intermediate to advanced computer skills related to the described job responsibilities.

Student Graphic Designer

Design and develop various promotional and educational materials such as table tents, newsletters, and flyers. Must have excellent communication skills, be able to work on many projects at one time, work under deadlines, and collaborate with multiple RS program coordinators. Position requires intermediate to advanced skills using Adobe Creative Cloud apps related to the described job responsibilities.

Student Office Assistant

Duties include word processing, filing and data processing. Function as a receptionist and assist coordinators with office projects as needed. Must be courteous, have excellent phone skills, basic computer skills, and the ability to organize a number of tasks.

Welcome Desk Supervisor

Check and scan ID's for patrons wanting to enter the facility. Provide accurate information to customers and visitors, manage traffic through control points, provide supplies/equipment check-out, sales and rental.

  • Assertive communication and basic computer skills.
  • Recall and provide program/building information.
  • Have the ability to organize and manage a number of tasks.

(WRC) Student Facility Manager

Assigned to oversee overall operation and management of the WRC in the absence of professional staff. Duties include evening and weekend work. Ensure student staff are present at assigned activity areas (gyms, pools, fitness areas, climbing wall, etc...) and control points. Trouble shoot problems, respond to personal or facility emergencies, provide facility information, and act as facility manager for special event activities as scheduled.

  • 2 years experience in a Campus Recreation/Wellness Promotion leadership role.
  • Junior, Senior or graduate student standing.
Personal Training
Personal Trainer

Assist participants in planning, developing and implementing an independent exercise program. Help clients set realistic goals and educate them regarding a safe and effective fitness routine. Personal Trainer will work one-on-one with a participant or in small groups.

Related Area(s) Requirements
  • Certifications (First Aid & CPR)
  • Completion of the UNI Wellness and Recreational Services Personal Training Instructor Training program.
  • Previous coursework in Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Fitness Assessment preferred.
  • Employment commitment of at least 2 semesters following completion of training.


If there is an accommodation you need in order to participate in a RS program or activity, please contact WRC 101 at (319) 273-6275.


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