Employment Opportunities
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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.

Campus Recreation employs approximately 150 students annually.
Student
Employment

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:

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.

Building Manager:

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)

Fitness Center Assistant:

Supervise activity within the Fitness Center and Court 3 & 5 Fitness. 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:

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

Intramural Sports Official:

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.

Lifeguard:

Responsible for ensuring the safety of all patrons using the Aquatic Center facilities and to enforce all facility rules and regulations of the Department of Campus Recreation and the Aquatics Center. 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.

GroupX Instructor:

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.

Graphic Design Intern:

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 the Department of Campus Recreation.

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
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider Instructor
  • Lifegaurd Instructor

Social Media/Blog Intern:

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.

Personal Trainer:

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 judgement.  Certification in Personal Training by a reputable agency is required to apply.  Must be willing to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Certification upon hire.

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

Applications
All applicants are required to submit a RecWell  application (fill in form PDF). 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.
Notes about PDF version of RecWell Application:
  • The application link above is a PDF with form fields that you can fill in, save to your computer, and then e-mail to our department.
  • Please open the application in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader; 
    • Firefox will open a non fill in form version of the PDF initially, which will not allow you to fill in the fields -- please use the 'download' option to open the application in Adobe Reader. 
    • Apple devices may open the PDF in Apple Preview which may let you fill in the fields, but the data cannot be seen when you e-mail  the document -- please use the 'Open in..' option to open the application in Adobe Reader.

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.
Fitness/Wellness
Internships
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 Stephanie Willis, Coordinator of Wellness and Educational Outreach to willis@oakland.edu.
Submit FITNESS Applications electronically to Erin Davidson, Fitness Coordinator to elwolak@oakland.edu

Or mail to:
Oakland University
University Recreation and Well-Being
Attn: Stephanie Willis (Wellness) OR Erin Davidson (Fitness)
155 RAC
Rochester, MI 48309
Graduate
Assistantship
Areas:Position/Description
 Status Next Available
MarketingFILLED2017-2019
Member ServicesFILLED2017-2019
Fitness Program & ServicesFILLED2018-2020
Fitness & WellnessFILLED2017-2019
IM & Club SportsFILLED2018-2020
Club SportsFILLED2017-2019
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.

Contacts:

Resources for Potential Applicants: