Campus Recreation employs 650+ UNL Students each year

As one of the largest student employers on campus, we have a thorough application process. We recommend you take ample time and consideration in completing this form. If you log in with your university credentials (click "Login" at the top of the page), you can save your progress and return to complete it at any time.

Application Process

Your application will be sent directly to the department you select as your first choice position (e.g., if your first choice selection is "City Rec - Member Services," your info will only be sent to the hiring manager for that area). Please see below for position descriptions and note that those with an asterisk (*) require a cover letter and resume. Not all departments share the same hiring timeline. Campus Recreation staff will contact you after submitting.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and included. UNL does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities and employment. UNL complies with all local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

Positions Include:

Member Services Staff

Member Services Staff will be knowledgeable of and functional in four areas: welcome center, program registration, equipment checkout, and membership registration. In all areas, they will be the customer service and information agents of Campus Recreation, promoting Campus Recreation programs and services

Intramural Sports Official

Sport officials play a vital role in the daily operations of the Intramural Sports Program.  These individuals are directly responsible for the safety of participants and the integrity of the activities offered by the Intramural Sports program. Sports officials are responsible for obtaining advanced knowledge of the rules of the sports they officiate, as well as the mechanics necessary to officiate contests. Successful officials will develop the ability communicate effectively, manage conflict, solve problems, work in a team, and think critically to make decisions.

Scooter's Coffee Barista

Create a memorable guest experience by providing fast, friendly service and quality products. This role is responsible for directing an efficient workflow, managing the POS system and cash drawer, and maintaining store cleanliness, and making quality drinks.

Outdoor Adventures*

 Enjoy seeing others step up to their own challenge and want to help people connect to a larger community? We are seeking people who are ready to commit in a big way to make big impacts for others.

  • Climbing Wall Staff and Instructors

    Staff are responsible to managing risk in a space chock-full with inherent risks.  Help others feel comfortable and empowered to take on a challenge.
  • Equipment Rental

    Staff help fellow students and community members discover the adventure near Lincoln and far.
  • Adventure Trip Leader Training Program

    Staff hired as part of this hiring cohort will be eligible to apply to enter a 2 year adventure leadership internship program.  Learn the technical skills to lead backpacking, paddling, biking or rock climbing, but also gain focused experience in decision making, motivating peers, and achieving goals situated in real life situations bearing real life consequences.
  • Challenge Course Instructor

    Be able to tell future employers that you have helped individuals grow and developed teams with team based skills on the challenge course. Just don’t say you worked in a team, you build teams. Challenge Course instructors learn the technical aspects of course operations as well as human skills to facilitate group within individuals and groups.
  • Bike Shop Staff

    Staff work with and educate customers about what they can do to care for their bikes as well as perform maintenance jobs to keep bikes in the community rolling to school, work, and for recreation.

Strength Training & Conditioning Attendant*

Strength Training & Conditioning Attendants’ main responsibility is to supervise the weight room. This means developing an understanding of how all of our equipment functions, advising patrons on correct form and spotting techniques, maintaining the cleanliness and function of our facility, engaging in proper emergency procedures when necessary, and (most importantly) enjoying those that you work with.

Personal Trainer*

Personal Trainers are an integral part of fitness and wellness. Personal Trainers are expected to help their clients not only understand HOW to exercise but to motivate and encourage them to do so. Our Personal Trainers’ expertise ranges from weight loss to speed development. As a trainer, you will get the unique experience of training a wide variety of clients that will help you develop your own expertise in the future. (Certification through ACSM, ACE, NSCA, or NASM required)

Group Fitness Instructor

Responsible for providing a fun, empowering, safe workout for class participants. In addition to teaching weekly classes within Campus Recreation, there are opportunities to teach outreach classes to university housing, Greek life, campus groups and athletic teams. Other job responsibilities include maintaining group fitness spaces and equipment and providing customer service to participants. All group fitness instructors must maintain a group fitness and CPR/FA certification.


The primary responsibility of a Lifeguard is for the safety of any person using Campus Recreation Aquatic Facilities. Responsibilities include supervising recreational swimmers through proper scanning and consistent rule enforcement, preventing accidents and injuries, and providing emergency intervention.

Swim Instructor

Swim instructors are responsible for teaching adult and youth swimming lessons in the Learn-to-Swim program.  This can include group, private and semi-private lessons.

Student Custodian

Do you love to clean? Help keep our facilities in tip-top shape as a Student Custodian. Duties include cleaning - freshening common areas, restrooms and locker rooms. Pay starts at $9.50 per hour, must be available Saturdays.

Sports Turf Management

Student employees in the Sports Turf Management area have the opportunity to work outside, providing maintenance and care for facilities on both city and east campus. Job duties may include but not limited to: mowing, trash pickup, landscape work, snow removal, field painting and many more outside tasks. Hours vary depending on class schedule and academic priorities. You are not allowed to study while working for the sports turf area. Positions begin at $9.50/hr.

Maintenance Staff

  • A person with mechanical ability to help with preventive maintenance on fitness equipment
  • Work on maintenance items around building to include changing lights, replacing batteries, painting, etc.
  • Help with set-ups and tear down for events Campus Rec hosts
  • Is willing to work a couple days a week between the hours of 4–11 p.m. and have the flexibility to work special events that are not during their work schedule.

Social Media Intern

We’re looking for someone who:

  • loves social media + creates dynamic, engaging posts
  • knows Instragram, Facebook, and Twitter like a good friend
  • gives Campus Rec a fresh, unique + young voice in reaching UNL students
  • creates – you take ideas from us or other sources, put your own spin on them and make them amazing.
  • brings fresh & unique perspectives, especially with Instagram. You’re a wiz at telling stories through social media.
  • is an early adopter – you know what trends are coming in pop culture and tech before they hit.
  • is spontaneous, but professional and an all-around decent person.
  • takes direction well from the team, but pulls your weight by bringing new ideas to the table.
  • can film and edit video like nobody’s business
  • is inclusive – you understand the diversity of our campus and strive to reflect that in posts, photos, videos, etc.
  • understands Campus Rec programs & locations, or you’re a quick learner.
  • identifies the #ActiveHusker spirit in students, faculty, & staff…and shares their images & story with our followers.
  • is mobile & flexible. Don’t even think about sitting behind a desk all day – we want you on the scene of what’s happening in Campus Recreation.
  • persuades and convinces, yet tells the truth. You get people excited about habits, events or offerings.
  • seeks out stories and themes and executes them quickly. Intern works directly w/ the Marketing & Communications Team and indirectly w/ all Campus Rec professional and student staff.
Pay: $9.20/hour
Hours: 10-15/week w/ flexible scheduling (depending on events that need to be covered.)
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Ongoing but one year at minimum (summer is negotiable)
Application Procedure:
Submit a brief cover letter + one-page resumé highlighting any Campus Rec involvement you have, employment and your social media experience. Be sure you include the URL or @ Address for any social media pages you want us to view. Submissions should be received by December 1, 2017. Send application materials to:

Attn: Frances Hayes
Campus Recreation
841 North 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232
or fhayes@unl.edu

Start Date: August 1, 2017

Full-tuition waiver up to 12 credits/semester (student pays fees)

Monthly stipend (minimum $1500/month)

Health insurance options

Professional development support

A minimum of 20 hours per week with occasional night and weekend hours is required.

Applicant must be officially accepted into a graduate program at the University of Nebraska prior to May 1, 2017 in order to remain eligible. A criminal history background check is required prior to employment confirmation.

Each degree program has their own admission requirements. Please check the specific department for the individual degree requirements. It is recommended applicants take their GRE/GMAT as early as possible when required for entrance into a degree program.

Marketing & Promotion Graduate Assistant

Responsibilities include assisting with the marketing, advertising, and public relations activities of Campus Recreation; assisting with recruitment and training of student staff; assisting in the production of departmental print, social media, photography and video materials; writing media releases and editing copy for publications and multi-media; aiding in the design of the outdoor adventures guide, recruitment publications, specialty publications and alumni newsletters; manage campus recruitment and retention events; marketing for other special events; assisting with budget preparation and implementation; and other duties as assigned.

Must have related experience in graphic design, writing, photography, video production, and marketing. Competencies and credentials include excellent writing and speaking skills, experience with photography, social media and/or web design, a working knowledge of Macintosh operating system, Adobe Creative Suite software, MS Office, as well as aspirations toward a career in marketing or a related field, preferably within recreational sports. Campus Recreation’s marketing & promotion does not require a specific graduate degree program; Applicants may be interested in these area of study offered at the University of Nebraska: *intercollegiate athletic administration *business administration *integrated media communications *advertising *marketing *media studies *journalism & mass communications *nutrition and health science *art
Application Procedure:
A letter of application, current resume, and names of two references should be submitted by March 31, 2017. A portfolio (physical or digital) will be required of applicants who are offered an interview. Send application materials to:
Christopher Dulak
Senior Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications
841 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232

Development & Events Graduate Assistant

Responsibilities will include assisting with event creation and production, assisting in the solicitation of local and national sponsors for Campus Recreation and our special events; assist with alumni development and alumni relations; development of the Campus Recreation Annual Report; assisting with the student recruitment, marketing, advertising, and public relations activities of Campus Recreation; recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating student staff; coordinating electronic and telecommunications information; helping in the production of departmental print and video materials; assisting with budget preparation and implementation; and other duties as assigned. Opportunities exist for exposure to all areas within Campus Recreation.

Related experience in event production, sponsorship solicitation and marketing. Competencies and credentials include excellent writing and speaking skills, ability to sell face-to-face as well as on the phone, as well as possible aspirations toward a career in event production, development and/or recreational sports marketing.
Application Procedure:
Send cover letter, resume and 2 letters of reference by April 1, 2017 to:
Scott Wagner
Assistant Director for Member Services & Development
841 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232

Instructional Programming Graduate Assistant

Responsible for coordinating and teaching academic and non-academic recreational activity classes in the Campus Recreation Centers. A minimum of 20 hours per week with occasional night and weekend hours is required. Potential courses: Weight Training (various levels); Aerobic Cross Training; Indoor Cycling; CPR/FA/AED; Physical Fitness (Individualized fitness assessment); Group Exercise; and Fitness Activities.

Must have training/experience and certification in one or more of the following areas:
  • ACSM Group Exercise/Personal Training
  • AFAA Group Exercise/Personal Training
  • ACE Group Exercise/Personal Training
  • Additional Specialty Certifications are encouraged e.g. Yoga, Pilates, Water Exercise
Bachelor’s degree required. Educational knowledge in Exercise Science, Physical Education, Recreation and/or show experience relative to the above qualifications.
Application Procedure:
Send cover letter, resume and 2 letters of reference by March 1, 2017 to:
Jessica Varlack
Assistant Director for Aquatics and Instructional Outreach
841 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232

Sport Clubs & Youth Activities Graduate Assistant

Responsibilities will include serving as an advisor to 30+ clubs; recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluating Sport Club and Youth Activity student supervisor staff; overseeing and instructing the Sport Clubs Leadership seminar series; serving as the primary contact for the Sport Club Council executive board; assist in the planning of Sport Club Council special events including the end of year event; collaborating with Sport Club staff and leaders to manage sport club disciplinary issues and club risk management; assisting in the management of collecting and maintaining club rosters, schedules, fundraising events, meetings and travel requests; assisting in program development for summer camp, and other youth activities; and other duties as assigned.

Campus Recreation graduate assistants must have related experience in recreational sports administration/programming. Competencies and credentials include training and supervising student personnel, sport club programming and leadership development, youth activity experience, as well as aspirations toward a career in sport management or recreational sports.
Application Procedure:
Send a letter of application, current resume, and names of two references to:
Carly Morse
Interim Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Youth Activities
841 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232

Campus Rec Sponsors
Naked Juice
UofNE Federal Credit Union
UNL Computer and Phone Shop
Raising Cane's
Downtown Lincoln Association