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As one of the largest student employers at the University of Kentucky, Campus Recreation student employees are imperative in delivering unparalleled, student-centered services that support and promote student success. In addition to positively impacting student success, on-campus student employment offers a variety of benefits to the student.

  • Convenient on-campus locations
  • Flexible schedules that accommodate academic work load
  • Competitive compensation to relieve student financial stress
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Sense of belonging and meaningful purpose
300+ current student employees

Interested in learning more about Campus Recreation student employment opportunities? Explore our diverse part-time student positions for full position descriptions, qualifications, and application instructions.

Student Employment Opportunities

Adventure Trip Leader

Trip leader staff will be responsible for leading half day, full day or overnight trips in the local area. Popular trips include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, etc.  Email for more information or if interested in applying.

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Building Assistant

Building Assistants are responsible for providing UK Students and the UK Community with quality customer service while providing information, controlling access, checking out equipment, and monitoring the fitness areas. Building staff maintain a safe environment by actively supervising activities and enforcing facility policies. Staff are trained to respond to emergencies according to the outlined Emergency Action Plans. Building assistants help to maintain a clean facility by completing routine cleaning, performing laundry duties, and completing other chores as assigned. 

Building Assistants will serve as a first responder. CPR/AED/First Aid certifications are required for Building Assistants. Free certification classes will be available to all new employees who are not currently certified. Student employees are expected to maintain a current certification throughout their employment.

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Climbing Wall Supervisor

Warmly greet patrons; facilitate climbing wall check-in procedures; implement all climbing activity policies and safety procedures including belaying patrons; inspect and clean equipment; route setting; other duties as assigned.

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Field Supervisor

Field supervisors welcome visitors to the competitive sports field, care for the facility, provide first aid care, and when necessary implement emergency action plans. 

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Group Fitness Instructor

Group Fitness Instructors are responsible for providing patrons with safe, fun and effective group fitness programming while helping class participants reach their fitness goals based on specific formats. Instructors must have a working knowledge and stay relevant with the latest fitness trends. Qualified applicants must hold a certification from a Nationally Accredited organization (ACE, AFAA, ACSM, etc) OR a specialty certification (Zumba, INSANITY, YogaFit, TRX, etc).

CPR/AED/First Aid certification is required. Fitness student employees are required to attend monthly meetings and keep their certifications up to date

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Intramural Sports Official

Sport officials are needed for Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Intramural Sports Officials are responsible for providing an enjoyable sport environment by enforcing the rules of the game, controlling the game environment within the intent of the rules, ensuring that the game is played fairly and upholding sportsmanship. No prior officiating experience is required; all training will be provided. An interest and passion for sport is desired.

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Our lifeguards provide a safe and pleasant aquatic atmosphere by safeguarding the pool users, enforcing facility rules, and acting as a resource and service person when needed. Lifeguards must maintain a degree of physical conditioning, demonstrated by passing a weekly, and monthly, swim and skills test-out.  A current Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer certification is required for hiring.

Our expectations for all University of Kentucky/Lancaster Aquatic Center lifeguards are very high. Our lifeguards are highly trained and work to polish their skills and abilities throughout the course of their employment. Once hired, lifeguards undergo a mentor training program before assuming lifeguarding responsibilities. Following this mentor training program, all lifeguards participate in an ongoing monthly in-service training program, and weekly skill test-out training program, for a total of approximately four hours of training per month. Completion of this training is a condition of employment. It is this commitment to excellence that separates University of Kentucky/ Lancaster Aquatic Center lifeguards from others.

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Office Assistant

Office Assistants are responsible for providing excellent customer service to patrons through in-person and phone interactions. They oversee new member applications, register and process membership and service orders, and assist with routine office tasks such as copying, filing, and other administrative duties.

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Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers are responsible for providing clients with safe, fun, effective, consistent and progressive training sessions to help clients reach specific fitness goals. Trainers need to have experience completing fitness assessments, designing and implementing progressive training sessions, and have good time management and customer service skills. Qualified applicants must hold a certification from a Nationally Accredited organization (ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NSCA, NASM).

CPR/AED/First Aid certification is required. Fitness student employees are required to attend monthly meetings and keep their certifications up to date

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