Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The Department operates out of the Recreation and Athletic Center and provides programs and services in the areas of fitness and wellness, intramural sports and sport clubs, aquatics, open recreation, and facility rentals to an average of 1,200 users per day, including students, faculty/staff, alumni, and other Oakland University affiliates.

University Recreation and Well-Being employs approximately 150 students annually.

The Recreation Center offers a variety of employment opportunities for students and looks to fill the following positions on a regular basis.  

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Member Services Assistant:

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Responsible for providing a welcoming atmosphere and excellent customer service to all patrons. Duties include controlling access to the Recreation Center, enforcing all departmental policies and procedures, handing out and collecting rental equipment, performing monetary transactions for locker rentals and pro-shop items. Delivering information about departmental services, programs, memberships, and carrying out transactions for all departmental programs and services. Conduct membership intake and occasional facility tours. Previous cash handling and customer service experience preferred. Must be willing to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification upon hire.

Fitness Center Assistant:

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Supervise activity within the Fitness Center and Fitness Annex. Enforce rules and policies throughout all fitness areas and programs. Provide customer service by assisting members with exercises and form as requested, answer questions related to fitness, perform preventative maintenance on fitness related equipment, and instruct various fitness programs and services like Fitness Center Orientations, Fitness Assessments, and Drop-In Body Compositions. Must be willing to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Certification upon hire.

Facility Ops Crew:

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Assist with: maintaining building and equipment cleanliness and functionality; building setups and tear downs for events; event monitoring; Outdoor Complex play surface maintenance. Those with interest in additional training will also assist with basic bike maintenance. Must be willing to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Certification upon hire.

Intramural Sports Official:

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Implement Intramural policies and sports rules in order to maintain a level of control, fairness, and safety during competition. Familiarity with sports, and previous participation in intramural sports leagues is preferred.


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Responsible for ensuring the safety of all patrons using the Aquatic Center facilities and to enforce all facility rules and regulations. Provides excellent customer service to all patrons, and perform light cleaning duties around the pool deck. Must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification prior to being hired.

Wellness Peer Ambassador:

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This position promotes well-being throughout campus by earning the basics of prevention, college wellness, the strategies for change in high-risk behaviors, and listening, responding, and referral skills. Ambassadors are expected to research, develop, and execute interactive non-judgmental programming for the OU campus. Ambassadors will be asked to create awareness of health topics affecting OU students through such means as poster and social media campaigns, newsletters, Public Service Announcements, one-on-one interactions, tabling at health education initiatives and general availability for program participation. Commitment to uphold standards of healthy living by committing (but not limited) to avoiding underage alcohol consumption and illegal drug use. All students in this position must perpetuate a healthy body image, use appropriate gender expressions and identities and language choices as learned in training. Ambassadors must work to recognize the signs and symptoms of both healthy and unhealthy relationships, and engage in some type of stress-relief on a weekly basis. A national certification as a Bacchus Network Peer Health Educator is preferred.

Building Manager:

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This is a leadership position, responsible for the general oversight of the Recreation Center and it’s usage by patrons and user groups. Building Managers enforce all departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable recreational environment. Managers provide leadership and assistance to part time staff, quality customer service, and appropriate care in emergency situations. Must be willing to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification upon hire.

(only open at specific times - apply under the "other" position)

GroupX Instructor:

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Provide members with fun, safe and effective GroupX classes that cater to all levels of fitness and abilities. Instruction of specialized classes such as Cardio/Strength, Dance, Yoga/Pilates, Kickboxing, and Cycle are offered. Must be able to think quickly, creatively, and without judgment. Certification in Group Exercise instruction by a reputable agency is preferred.  Must be willing to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Certification upon hire.

Social Media/Blog Intern:

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This position requires an avid blogger/social media fiend with an interest in physical fitness to manage the department's blog, assign articles and assist the marketing graduate assistant with the creation of any written media for the department. This internship would appeal to an undergraduate student looking to gain hands-on experience writing promotional and social media materials and working as part of a marketing team.

Graphic Design Intern:

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This is an exciting opportunity for an undergraduate student looking to gain hands on experience designing promotional pieces for the Rec Center and to work as part of a marketing team. The Graphic Design Intern will assist the Marketing Graduate Assistant with the creation of any print and digital media for University Recreation and Well-Being.

Personal Trainer:

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Provide participants with personally designed, safe, and effective personal training sessions.  Catering to all fitness levels and capabilities, design and oversee training sessions around the clients goals and needs.  Must be able to think quickly, creatively, and without judgment.  Certification in Personal Training by a reputable agency is required to apply.  Must be willing to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Certification upon hire.

Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor / Lifeguard Instructor:

Responsible for teaching American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers, or Lifeguard Training classes. Classes are primarily scheduled one to two Saturday's per month. Must be an American Red Cross certified instructor in one of the following areas:
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor (r.16)
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (r.17)
  • Lifeguard Instructor (r.17)

Positions that are being actively recruited for will be listed on Handshake.

All applicants are required to submit a RecWell  application. Applications can be e-mailed to Marie VanBuskirk or dropped off at the Welcome Desk of the Recreation Center. Application are kept on file for one year.

Hired applicants will need to complete I-9, Michigan Tax Form, and Federal Tax Form and turn into the Financial Aid Office, 120 North Foundation Hall.   Forms can be printed from the Financial Aid Employment web page.
Guidelines/Requirements for Internship Applicants
  • Preference given to students with experience and/or coursework in Exercise Science or Wellness Health Promotion field.
  • Interns are expected to make a one semester commitment. Two semesters are preferred (fall/winter, winter/summer, summer/fall). Scheduling and office hours are flexible depending on class schedules and required number of internship hours.
  • Business casual attire is expected during office hours.
  • Positive health habits are expected during internship commitment.
  • This is an unpaid internship.
The Experience

Please view the complete Wellness Internship or Fitness Internship description. Each experience is tailored to best fit each student’s personal interest in fitness, wellness, and health promotion. Students will participate in a variety of projects which will provide experience in many of the following areas:
  • OU Wellness Fair development
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Marketing
  • Health and fitness screenings
  • Website content development and review
  • Campus and community outreach
  • Programming for students, OU employees, and special groups
  • Employee wellness
  • Educational presentations
  • Fitness Center equipment, staffing, and programming
  • Health awareness initiatives
  • Collaborations with campus partners
  • Group exercise class implementation
How to Apply

Complete and submit:
  • Cover letter (including specific goals and objectives for the internship experience)
  • Resume
  • Three references (academic and professional)
Consideration Deadlines:
  • Fall/Winter consideration- application materials must be received by May 15 
  • Winter/Summer consideration- application materials must be received by November 15
  • Summer/Fall consideration- application materials must be received by March 15
Submit WELLNESS Applications electronically to Becky Lewis, Associate Director of Programs to
Submit FITNESS Applications electronically to Hailey Forbes, Fitness Coordinator to

Or mail to:
Oakland University
University Recreation and Well-Being
Attn: Becky Lewis (Wellness) OR Hailey Forbes (Fitness)
155 RAC
Rochester, MI 48309
Fitness & WellnessFilled
IM & Club SportsFilled
Salary:$7,200.00 (September – April); $3,600.00 (optional) (May – August),
Full In-State and Out-of-State Tuition and Fees Paid 
Location:Rochester, MI (Oakland University)

Applicant Minimum Requirements:
  • Undergrad Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Admittance to an Oakland University Degree Program
How to Apply for a RecWell Graduate Assistantship:

Please e-mail a completed resume, with the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to the appropriate contact below.


Resources for Potential Applicants: