Student Employment

picture of a student submitting an applicationRecreation is looking to add to our RecFam! We are currently hiring Group X Instructors of varying formats. If you have a current group fitness certification or plan to complete your certification in the near future, please contact Dania Cochran.

Additionally, it is recommended that applicants consult with the CWU Career Services Center in order to provide their best possible resume and cover letter. The earlier students visit the Career Services offices, the more likely they will get help and will receive a priority interview time slot.

  • Work for Recreation

    Entry Level Positions - starting at $13.50/hr
    (no experience needed; hiring occurs quarterly)

    Facility Floor Attendant Membership Attendant
    Operations Custodian Outdoor Operations
    Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Shop Assistant  
    Climbing Wall & Challenge Course Facilitator*  
    Marketing Graphic Designer Marketing & Media 
    Intramural Sports Sports Official Special Event Staff
    Sport Clubs Sport Club Council Sport Club Scorekeeper
    Camp C-Woo Camp Counselor  
    Fitness Programs Personal Trainer* Group X Instructor*

    *Position requires passing national certifications


    Lead Positions - starting at $14.00/hr
    (CWU Recreation work experience preferred)

    Facility Operations Operations Lead  
    Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Trip Lead*  
    Climbing Wall & Challenge Course Climbing Wall Lead* Route Setter*
    Challenge Course Lead*  
    Intramural Sports Intramural Lead Sport Official Lead
    Sport Clubs Sport Club Lead  
    Camp C-Woo Camp Lead  
    Fitness Programs Fitness Lead*  

    *Position requires passing national certifications


    Manager Positions - starting at $14.50/hr
    (CWU Recreation work experience required)

    Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals OPR Manager  
    Challenge Course Challenge Course Manager  
    Intramural Sports Intramural Manager  
    Camp C-Woo Camp Manager  
    Fitness Programs Fitness Manager  
  • Hiring Process

    Students who are interested in working for the Recreation Center are required to attend one of our quarterly RecFam Hiring Information Sessions. At this session, you will learn more about the mission and vision of Recreation, the different departments within Recreation, and which jobs are available within those departments for the upcoming quarter. Not every department will have openings each quarter. Students interested in attending are encouraged to bring a cover letter and resume to this info session.

    Acceptable documents for employment eligibility.

  • Internships and Practicums

    *Please note: Due to Covid circumstances and office safety guidelines, University Recreation is unable to properly accommodate internships and practicums during the 2020-2021 school year.

    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
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