Student Employment

picture of a student submitting an applicationWorking in Recreation is more than a paycheck - it's family, connection, and continuous development through RecFam! We teach transferrable skills in over 25 student positions and aim to provide solid experience in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competencies of career and self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology. We would love for you to grow with us and contribute to our success!

Recreation has filled all Fall 2021 positions. We anticipate hiring for Winter 2022 to begin in late October/early November with RecFam Orientation and Onboarding to occur in December before the holiday break. Please check back on this page in October for a video of the available positions and an interest link to fill out.

Additionally, it is recommended that applicants consult with the CWU Career Services Center in order to provide their best possible resume and cover letter.

  • Work for Recreation

    Entry Level Positions - starting at $13.69/hr
    (no experience needed; hiring occurs quarterly)


    Operations Attendant Membership Attendant



    Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals

    Shop Assistant

    Climbing Wall & Challenge Course

    Climbing Wall Attendant* Challenge Course Facilitator
    Marketing Photographer Marketing & Media Assistant
    Intramural Sports Intramural Official Special Event Staff
    Sport Clubs Sport Club Council Sport Club Scorekeeper
    Camp C-Woo Camp Counselor
    Health Programs Personal Trainer* Group X Instructor*
    Office Support Office Support Staff

    *Position requires passing national certifications

    Lead Positions - starting at $14.19/hr
    (CWU Recreation work experience preferred)

    Facility Operations Operations Lead
    Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Adventure Programs Trip Leader*
    Climbing Wall & Challenge Course Climbing Wall Lead* Route Setter*
    Challenge Course Lead*
    Intramural Sports Intramural Sports Lead
    Sport Clubs Sport Club Lead
    Camp C-Woo Camp Lead
    Health Programs Health Programs Lead*
    Student Development Student Development Lead

    *Position requires passing national certifications

  • Hiring Process

    Students who are interested in working for the Recreation Center need to watch a RecFam Hiring Information Session video (linked here when available) to learn about the department, expectations, what jobs are available, and how to get started with the application process.

    When you have determined which position(s) you would like to interview for, a linked form will available here to begin the Group Zoom Interview registration process.

    After applications are received, Group Interviews (5-7 applicants) will be scheduled via Zoom. Select applicants will move forward to Second Round Interviews with program area coordinators for final selection. If you are not moved through the process, we highly encourage you to reapply at our next RecFam Hiring Session the following quarter.

    Acceptable documents for employment eligibility.

  • Internships and Practicums

    *As CWU increases in-person events and experiences, University Recreation will be offering limited internships and practicums during the 2021-2022 school year (No Fall, possibly Winter and/or Spring).

    University Recreation prides itself on offering a variety of different internships. University Recreation offers a comprehensive Administrative Internship for 3 credits, as well as program-specific internships for varying credits based on student needs. All other program areas have pre-programmed objectives and will work with the student's personal objectives to ensure a wonderful and mutual learning opportunity.

    All internships are arranged through Career Services and must be approved by both a faculty advisor and University Recreation employee to go towards class credit. Placements are based on time of the year, staff available, programs offered, and skill set of the individual. University Recreation provides paid and unpaid internships based on the source of funding and nature of internship work.

    To apply for a University Recreation Internship:

    1. Register with Career Services
    2. Find an available internship from the list provided below or listed with Career Services.
    3. Meet with a faculty advisor to determine that the internship is appropriate for your education plan.
    4. Submit an application to University Recreation via the link below - remember to complete the application process by emailing your resume and cover letter to
    5. Develop a Cooperative Education Learning Agreement form with the Internship supervisor.
    6. Receive Faculty Advisor approval and signature and submit all required forms to Career Services.

    Practicum learning opportunities are typically arranged with Faculty Advisor approval and occur within many disciplines in Recreation. Practicums can last as few as 40 hours or as many as 120 hours during each quarter. Students can receive experience in many different disciplines including:

    • Recreation Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Marketing and Media
    • Fine Arts (Photography, Videography)
    • Graphic Design
    • Recreation and Tourism
    • Exercise Science
    • Communication
    • Public Relations
    • Web Design

Contact Us

Student Development - Dania Cochran
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: 509.963.3513
E-mail: or