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Campus Recreation

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Campus recreation is one of the largest student employers at the university, with about 300 student hires per year. Join us!

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Job Descriptions

Weekend and night hours are required for most positions.

Facility Assistant

Ensure that the policies and procedures are being enforced and executed in an efficient and effective manner that ultimately serves to improve the quality of life for patrons. Duties include the following:

  • Greet patrons entering the facility and offer assistance, explain policies and provide information on the Office of Campus Recreation programs and facilities.
  • Respond to telephone calls by providing information on programs, facility operations, and reserving racquetball/squash courts to patrons.
  • Responsible for facility tours.
  • Enforce guest policies and collect fees according to policy.
  • Enforce facility policies and procedures ensuring that only authorized patrons check out equipment.
  • Ensure that all towels are washed, dried and folded for patron use.
  • Maintain positive customer relations.
  • Follow established emergency action plans.
  • Assist with facility opening and closing procedures.
  • Uphold the quality of the facility by keeping the courts clean and reporting any damage or vandalism.
  • Other duties as assigned by professional staff.

Responsible for protecting the safety and well-being of all pool patrons. The candidate must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED certification. It is preferred that you also obtain the Oxygen Administration, Blood Borne Pathogen, Certified Pool Operator and Lifeguard Instructor certifications as well, but they are not required. Weekly swimming and training are required for this position.

Intramural Sports Official

Fall opportunities: flag football, indoor soccer, softball, indoor volleyball

Spring opportunities: basketball, outdoor soccer, floor hockey

If you are interested in working with Intramural Sports, please plan on attending Official Call-Outs at the beginning of each semester. Please see our Intramural Sports website for Official Call-Outs dates or you can email us at with sports you are most interested in and we can keep you updated with Official Call-Outs info.

Rental Shop Staff

Assist students, faculty and staff in renting camping and paddle sports equipment. Process payment and registration paperwork for all adventure trips and clinics. Maintain all equipment by regular cleaning and repair. Must be comfortable working a cash register and able to lift 50lbs.

Climbing Wall Staff

Instruct students, faculty and staff on safe and effective climbing technique on our 52-foot indoor climbing wall. Responsible for maintenance and proper care of climbing equipment. Opportunities exist for learning skills such as route setting and lead climbing, and how to teach climbing to others. While previous climbing experience is preferred, we will train the right person who is motivated and excited about the sport of climbing and sharing it with others.

Paddlesports Staff

Instruct students, faculty and staff in kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding. Facilitate instructional clinics as well as assist on paddle sports trips. Responsible for proper record keeping, role modeling safe boating practices both in and outside of the work setting, and maintaining equipment. Must have previous documented boating experience.

Bike Shop Staff

Be a bike mechanic at our Bike Shop and be part of the growing trend of alternative transportation on campus. In addition to working in the Bike Shop, staff participate in mobile tune-ups at special events, facilitate cycling clinics and programs, and work with our Abandoned Bike Project. Must have excellent customer service skills, and a willingness to model safe cycling in and outside of the work setting. While knowledge of standard bike maintenance is desired, we will train the right motivated person.

Community Garden

Work with our community of more than 100 gardeners at our 20-bed Carolina Community Garden. We operate two garden sites on campus, one at Preston Green and one at the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center. Community Garden staff assist our community gardeners in the maintenance of each plot. Weeding, watering, pest control and composting are part of the daily duties. Community Garden staff also coordinate communications with our Community Garden members, as well as instruct informational clinics. Must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather. Previous gardening knowledge or experience helpful, but not necessary.

Challenge Course Facilitator

Serve as a facilitator for our challenge course and team building programs. We operate a 50-foot Alpine Tower, Swing by Choice high element, and a Team Development Course. We work with on campus groups to design and instruct programs that teach leadership, teamwork and build community. Our challenge course facilitators must be willing to be trained in all aspects of safe and effective course design. Must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather, comfortable in front of groups, and passionate about teaching others. Previous challenge course experience is preferred, but we will be happy to train the right person. 

Fitness Area Floor Staff

Enforce all rules and policies in order to ensure the safety of our patrons. Assist patrons with questions and demonstrate proper technique on all strength and cardio equipment. Monitor the free weight and cardio areas. Respond to emergencies or incidents. Monitor all strength and cardio equipment to ensure that all machines are clean, operational, and in proper alignment. Other duties as assigned by the Fitness Director.

Fitness Equipment Crew

Monitor and check all strength and cardio equipment. Inspect TV and cable connections. Ensure that all machines are clean, operational and in proper alignment. Maintain supplies and inventory. Enforce all rules and policies in order to ensure the safety of our patrons. Clean exterior of strength and cardio equipment. Respond to emergencies or incidents. Other duties as assigned by the Fitness Director.

Office Assistant

Assist at the Business Desks located at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center and the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center. Applicants for this position require excellent customer service skills. Duties include but are not limited to: greeting customers, handling memberships, locker rentals and group exercise transactions while maintaining the cash register, answering and transferring telephone calls, clearing lockers, as well as additional ancillary office duties. The Business Office operates Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Group Exercise Instructor in Training

Individuals in this position will go through the (in-house) instructor training program. They will assist in leading safe and effective group exercise classes, but also attend regular training group meetings and pass a series of practical skills evaluations. In addition, they will understand and enforce all participation guidelines, provide customer service and attend all scheduled team meetings. We hold auditions at the end of each semester for the following instructor in training cohort. Look for more info in the months of November and April.

Group Exercise Instructor

Instructors are expected to plan and lead safe, effective group exercise classes. They will know, understand and enforce all participation guidelines, provide excellent customer service and attend all scheduled team trainings. Other responsibilities may include: peer evaluations, mentoring and special events. Pay rate is based on experience and certifications.


Use knowledge of photography to maintain a consistent visual identity to represent, advertise and promote Campus Recreation’s facilities and programs. Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment that strives toward accuracy, creativity and meeting set goals and deadlines.

Print Journalist/Social Media Manager

Use knowledge of print journalism to effectively connect with our audience using a distinctive voice that reflects our brand personality. Assist in writing and editing news releases and articles for print publications and the website. Interviewing students and staff will be part of the writing process. Assist with writing applications for national awards. Manage Campus Recreation social media accounts with relevant content to develop and expand our campus outreach efforts. Work in a fast-paced environment that strives for accuracy, creativity and meeting set goals and deadlines.


Use knowledge or experience in print and web design to format advertisements, publications, graphics and media for both print and web while maintaining a consistent visual language to represent, advertise and promote Campus Recreation’s facilities and programs. Also, assist program and facility staff in promoting aspects of Campus Recreation through the use of language and visuals in the most effective and efficient means possible while working in a fast-paced environment that strives toward accuracy, creativity and meeting set goals and deadlines.

Personal Trainer

Responsible for designing exercise program for clients. Must be able to work with clients during sessions and demonstrate exercises with proper technique to ensure the safety of patrons. Must have an undergraduate degree in a health related field and currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of South Carolina. Also, the trainer must have a certification from American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Sports Club Assistant

Responsible for assisting sport clubs host successful events. Will work with Sports Club Intern and Sports Club members to set-up/tear-down, on-site supervise and handle any and all issues and incidents that arise. Mostly night and weekend hours. Required to be available to work 10-15 hours each week. CPR/AED & First Aid certification required (can be provided by Campus Recreation). Flexible scheduling, all training provided, and on and off-campus events so reliable transportation is needed). Pay starts at $9.00.