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Student Employment

In order to work for Recreation and Wellness, visit the Student Employment website and fill out a job application.  Not sure which area you are interested in?  Check out the many jobs we have available at Recreation and Wellness below.

Aquatics

Aquatics Certification Instructor

Aquatic Certification Instructors are responsible for teaching all aquatic education certification classes. This can include Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Review, Lifeguard Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor courses. Level of instructor training will be consistent with classes taught.

Required Qualifications:

The following valid certifications are required for the Lifeguard Instructor:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer

The following valid certifications are required for the Lifeguard Instructor Trainer:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer

The following valid certifications are required for the Water Safety Instructor:

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

 *Certification courses are offered by RecWell

 

Learn to Swim Instructor

Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching adult and youth swimming lessons for the Learn-to-Swim Program. This can include group, private, and semi-private lessons. Typical hiring periods include fall, spring, & summer semesters.

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification or obtain within 6 months of hire
  • Prior experience teaching swim lessons
  • Successful completion of swim skills evaluation conducted by Assistant Director and/or Program Coordinator(s).

*Certification courses are offered by RecWell

 

Lifeguard

Lifeguards are expected to demonstrate a high degree of competency in skills, critical thinking and knowledge to prevent, prepare for and respond to aquatic emergencies. In addition to maintaining necessary skills and fitness necessary to perform job, responsibilities include policy enforcement and response to all emergencies keeping users in the aquatic facilities safe. Typical hiring periods include fall, spring, & summer semesters.

Required Qualifications: 

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • American Red Cross Asthma/Inhaler Training
  • American Red Cross Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • Successful completion of the water skills assessment pre-screening
  • *Certification courses are offered by RecWell.

 

Meet Management

Responsible for operating the Omni-Sport Pro 2000 timing system per FINA, NCAA, Big Ten, or USA Swimming regulations or designated meet officials instruction and/or the Hy-Tek 5.0 Meet Management software. Position is also responsible for record keeping as the official scorekeeper of the meet in accordance with FINA, NCAA, Big Ten, and USA Swimming regulations and as instructed by the assigned meet official for the successful operations of our Swimming & Diving events.

Assessment and Student Development

Assessment Specialist

The Assessment Specialist will support departmental assessment projects.  This position will assist the senior assistant director of assessment and student development as well as provide individual consultations with professional staff members needing the assistance of a data scientist.  Specific responsibilities include collecting, cleaning, analyzing and interpreting data.  This position will also present assessment project findings in the form of presentations, reports, executive summaries, data visualizations, infographics and other communication strategies to various stakeholders, in an easy to understand manner. Typical hiring periods are as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • WebCert FERPA, WebCert GLBA, WebCert Protecting SSNs, WebCert Data Handling
Student Development Specialist
The Student Development Specialist will assist in the design and implementation of professional development and co-curricular learning experiences for RecWell’s over 800 student employees.  This position will also assist with programs and events pertaining to new employee on-boarding, fall and spring all staff trainings, an employee leadership series, and continuing education workshops.  Typical hiring periods are as needed.

Climbing and Challenge Education

Boiler Challenge Facilitator

The Boiler Challenge Facilitator is an experiential educator.  The goal of the Boiler Challenge Facilitator is to develop teamwork and leadership by taking groups through a series of activities that will challenge participants to work together.  These activities are located at an outdoor facility containing a number of low and high course elements.  Facilitators work collaboratively with other challenge course staff to plan, frontload, facilitate and debrief initiatives and elements for diverse and dynamic populations.  Typical hiring periods are as needed.

Climbing Wall Belay Staff

Work on the "front lines" for the climbing wall. Interact directly with Climbing Wall participants by performing check-in responsibilities, providing belays and creating an atmosphere that promotes the mental and physical safety of all participants and staff. Most participants' first interaction with climbing will be facilitated by the Belay Staff so it is essential to provide a warm welcome and thorough orientation of Climbing Wall policies as well as (when necessary) providing an introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing as a whole. Typical hiring periods include fall & spring semester.

Club Sports

Clubs Sports Supervisor

The Club Sports Supervisor demonstrates the ability to provide supervision and support to Club Sports organizations recognized by Recreation and Wellness. The Club Sports Supervisor builds relationships with these Club Sports organizations through event supervision, effective organization, communication, problem solving, and leadership. Typical hiring period occurs in the spring semester.

Communication

RecWell Ambassador

RecWell Ambassadors work as representatives of Purdue Recreation & Wellness and interact with prospective students, their families and alumni during various campus events. Ambassadors educate faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, prospective students and their parents about the facilities, programs, services and employment opportunities offered by the department and share information about the great things happening at the CoRec. Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Social Media Manager

Social Media Managers will gain hands on experience with leadership in social engagement through an online presence. This position is responsible for content, design and online interaction across RecWell social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.  Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Facility Operations

AV Assistant

AV Assistants provide assistance with AV equipment preparation, moving, installation, configuration and testing. The AV Assistant provides end user support troubleshooting and problem resolution for AV for specified events and customers. Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Operations Specialist

The Operations Specialist is responsible for maintaining building security and safety for the Recreation & Wellness facilities. This position will assist the Operations Manager in monitoring and enforcing policies in a designated zone of the building. This position plays an important role as they will interact first hand with patrons and provide the highest level of customer service at all times.  Operations Specialists also assist with preventative maintenance for the facilities, including cleaning tasks and minor repairs, as well as event and program coordination. Typical hiring periods include fall & spring semesters.

Field Crew Assistant

Field Crew Assistants assist with all tasks related to the maintenance and upkeep of DRS outdoor facilities. Responsibilities include turf maintenance, landscape and snow removal. Field Crew staff is required to utilize motor vehicles, power equipment and implements. Must have a driver's license.  Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Maintenance Assistant

Maintenance Assistant will assist with all tasks related to the maintenance and upkeep of RecWell indoor facilities. Responsibilities will include performing or assisting with acute and preventative maintenance of fitness equipment and facility care (painting, floor repair, tile repair, minor plumbing, etc.). Staff is required to utilize hand and power tools and equipment.  Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Fitness

Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers provide one-on-one and small group fitness instruction to members of the Purdue community. Personal trainers utilize clients’ health history, fitness assessment results, and goals to develop a specialized and comprehensive fitness program for each individual. Typical hiring periods include fall, spring, & summer semesters. To learn more about becoming a Personal Trainer, visit this page

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid American Red Cross (or equivalent) Adult &  Child CPR/AED for the Layperson, Standard First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens certification or ability to obtain upon hire
  • Valid American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer certification or equivalent (ACSM, NASM or NSCA)
  • Completion of the RecWell Personal Trainer workshop or demonstrate prerequisite knowledge

*The ACE (American Council on Exercise) PT prep course is offered every fall and spring semester. For more information, visit Personal Training.

Group Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructors lead members through group exercise classes and/or instructional fitness classes encompassing a variety of formats. This position educates participants on safe and effective exercises, assists them in achieving exercise goals and creates a fun workout environment. Typical hiring period occurs in the spring semester.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of the Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course and mentoring program or demonstrate prerequisite knowledge and abilities.
  • Valid certifications are required to teach specialty formats (Zumba, PiYo, TurboKick, Insanity, WERQ, yoga, Pilates, etc.).

*The Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course is offered every spring semester; however, applications to be admitted into the course are due in November. For more information on becoming a Group Fitness Instructor, visit this page

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports Offcial

Intramural Sports Officials utilize sport trainings to make sound judgments during game contests while working with crew/partners. This position must possess a passion for sports and proficiency in Intramural Sport rules, policies, and procedures. Typical hiring periods include fall and spring semesters.

Required Qualifications:

  • Attend an officiating callout
  • Complete required sport training including: rules clinic, on-field/court mechanics and positioning, and practice games–approximately 9-12 paid hours
  • Satisfactory completion of rules test
  • Satisfactory evaluation upon completion of required sport training

For more information on becoming an Intramural Sports Offical, visit this page. 

Member Services

Entry Control and Equipment Center

Entry Control and Equipment Center are the primary contacts for patrons entering the facility. In this position, you will gain experience and sharpen skills in communication, customer service, conflict resolution, and problem solving. These skills are the most sought after in all career fields. Having these on your resume will set you apart when applying for your future career.  Promotional opportunities are available for Member Services attendant, student manager, and Lead manager positions. Each promotion comes with a pay raise and continued growth of transferrable skills for your future career. Typical hiring periods include fall & spring semesters.

Risk and Safety

CPR Instructor

The CPR/First Aid Instructor is responsible for teaching CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens training for the Staff and Community CPR programs. The Instructor also facilitates CPR & First Aid skills checks for Recreational & Wellness staff. Typical hiring occurs as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid CPR/AED & First Aid certification (any level is acceptable) from one of the following organizations American Red Cross,  American Heart Association, or National Safety Council.
  • Valid American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor  Certification or the ability to obtain upon job offer.
Risk Management Student Assistant

The Risk Management Student Assistant will assist the Assistant Director – Risk Management in a multitude of duties that serve the rest of the department in mitigating risk and increasing safety. This will be mostly clerical work in and near the office.

Required Qualifications:

  • WebCert PCI DSS, WebCert FERPA, WebCert GLBA, WebCert Protecting SSNs, WebCert Data Handling

Wellness

Cooking Instructor

Cooking Instructors lead a variety of Demonstration Kitchen programs, including cooking demonstrations, youth and family programs, and special events. This position also provides food safety oversight and equipment assistance for Demonstration Kitchen rental groups. Typical hiring period occurs in the fall semester.

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid American Red Cross (or equivalent) Adult & Child CPR/AED for the Layperson, Standard First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens certification or ability to obtain upon hire.
  • Valid ServSafe Food Manager certification from the National Restaurant Association.
Wellness Mentor/Coach

The Wellness Mentor will primarily conduct one-on-one Wellness Coaching meetings with peers to discuss health and wellness goals. The position also presents health and wellness presentations to campus constituents, conducts guided meditations, and promotes wellness outreach. Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Required Qualtifications:

  • Completion of the ACE Health and Wellness Coaching Prep Course
  • FERPA, GLBA, and BoilerConnect certifications found at www.purdue.edu/webcert

To learn more about becoming a Wellness Mentor, visit this page. 

Wellness Assistant

The Wellness Assistant must provide excellent customer service and is responsible for greeting customers, answering questions about sensitive health topics, researching health topics, creating, preparing, and/or assisting with the development of or evaluation of health education materials or programs.  Typical hiring period occurs as needed.

Financial Educator

The primary focus of Recreation and Wellness’ Boiler Financial Track is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage their finances and achieve financial independence. Peer financial educators have the opportunity to provide one on one financial coaching and present information sessions in the areas of: budgeting, saving, credit, taxes, investing and loan repayment.

Required Qualifications:

  • FERPA, GLBA, and BoilerConnect certifications found at www.purdue.edu/webcert.
  • Must be an undergraduate student and be enrolled with good academic standing at the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.
  • Must be able to answer financially related questions asked by students, parents, and staff in a professional manner.

Youth and Family

Boiler Kids Camp Counselor

The Boiler Kids Camp Counselor will be responsible for the safety and well-being of campers during the operational hours of camp and any special event outside the normal business hours. They will assist the Head Counselors, Camp Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Youth and Family Programming with implementing daily activities and games designed to develop social, physical, and intellectual skills. Typical hiring period occurs in the spring semester.

Boiler Kids Camp Head Counselor

The Boiler Kids Camp Head Counselor will be responsible for the safety and well-being of campers during the operational hours of camp and any special event outside the normal business hours. Head counselors will lead one of three program areas throughout the course of the summer complete with lesson plans and evaluations from children and counselors. Typical hiring period occurs in the spring semester.

Youth and Family Program Staff

The Youth and Family Program Staff will serve as the primary staff for youth and family events while providing a quality programming environment. Events can include weekend birthday parties.  Typical hiring periods include fall and spring semesters.