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Your Rec. Your Job.

    Why Choose Rec?

    Employment with Recreation Services offer students flexible hours, valuable work experience, and competitive hourly wages. Over five hundred students are employed as sports officials, lifeguards, office assistants, climbing wall attendants, and building attendants. Undergraduate and graduate students desiring to work in this healthy and enjoyable environment can apply using the links below. Please be aware that all new hires must complete an I-9 form on or before the first day of employment.

    Recreation Services, under the umbrella of Iowa State University, is an equal opportunity employer and upholds the Principles of the Iowa State Community. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply by April 1st for Summer/Fall employment, by August 1st for Fall Semester employment, and by November 1st for Spring Semester employment. Graduate students can expect information on employment for the following year to be updated in early fall.


    Facility Attendant

    Facility Attendants work in State Gym, Lied Recreation Center and Beyer Hall.  They provide supervision to our facilities, assist with the normal day to day use of the facilities, and provide equipment to the patrons who enter our facility.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Customer service, hourly rounds of facility, enforce gym specific policies, and record participation numbers in facility
    • Checkout equipment to patrons for workouts, clean equipment and manage gym floor, run the laundry through and make sure towels and staff shirts are clean and ready for use.
    • Activate the emergency action plan (EAP) in the case of an emergency.

    For questions, contact Dayton Einck, 515-294-4235, deinck@iastate.edu

    Facility Attendant Application


    Rec Services Lifeguards work in State and Beyer Pools. Lifeguards are responsible for the overall safety of all patrons and guests; in addition to checking pool chemicals during their shifts. All applicants must be currently certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED-PR. We recognize American Red Cross Certificates and Jeff Ellis & Associates Certifications.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Activating Emergency Action Plan (EAP) should the situation require it
    • Enforce pool specific policies

    For questions, contact Katie Todd, 515-294-42564, ktodd1@iastate.edu

    Lifeguard Application
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    Facility Cleaning Attendant

    Facility Cleaning Attendants assist Recreation Services in maintaining a clean and healthy environment within our Facilities.  Cleaning Attendants are assigned specific areas and responsibilities within our facilities.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Cleaning and disinfecting exercise equipment
    • Sweeping and mopping around equipment
    • Emptying trash
    • Dust mopping racquet ball and gymnasium floors
    • Washing windows
    • Dusting
    • Other light cleaning duties  

    For questions, contact Cindy Osborne, 515-294-6649, cosborne@iastate.edu.

    Facility Cleaning Attendant Application

    Turf Management

    Recreation Services manages 110 acres of athletic grounds that are used by intramurals, sport clubs and several other outside groups throughout the spring, summer and fall. 

    Responsibilities include:

    • General upkeep of outdoor facilities that include but not limited to: Mowing, edging, marking and painting athletic fields, irrigation repair, setting up for events, and similar miscellaneous tasks.
    • Must be able to safely operate turf equipment and be able to work independently


    • Must have a clean driving record
    • Able to lift 50lbs

    For questions, contact Brent Cunningham, 515-294-4247, brentc@iastate.edu.

    Turf Management Application
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    Indoor Facility Maintenance

    Assist area mechanics and facility mechanic with the completion of work orders and perform other assigned tasks within the facilities.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Background knowledge of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems
    • Perform preventative maintenance on various types of equipment while using hand and power tools in a safe manner
    • Complete work orders in a timely manner and the ability to work unsupervised


    • Ability to work on a ladder or on a lift
    • Ability to work in confined spaces

    For questions, contact Brent Cunningham, 515-294-4247, brentc@iastate.edu.

    Indoor Facility Maintenance Application
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    Intramural Referee

    Intramural referees are facilitators of fun who referee various sporting events (flag football, basketball, volleyball, etc.) to ensure a safe, fair, and fun atmosphere is provided to all participants. Knowledge of the sport(s) you will be officiating is preferred.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Work as part of a team of referees to officiate intramural games to enforce intramural rules, policies, and procedures
    • Interact with your peers throughout games and handle any potential complaints/issues/problems as they arise
    • We work around your schedule of when you can work! You can also still play on an intramural team as well (in fact, it is encouraged!)

    For questions, contact Nathan Pick, 515-294-4186, ndpick@iastate.edu.

    Intramural Referee Application
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    Fitness Instructor

    Fitness Instructors are nationally certified to lead and instruct fitness classes to individuals with multiple fitness levels.

    Responsibilities Include: 

    • Cue, plan and organize fitness class components and choreography.
    • Create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone in a fitness class.
    • Provide high quality customer service and motivation techniques to class participants.

    Those that are not certified and want to become a fitness instructor must first complete the Learn To Teach program. More information about our trainings and registration are available on our Learn to Teach/Train web page

    For questions regarding Group Fitness Instructors, contact Muriel Hyndman, 515-294-3234, mhyndman@iastate.edu.

    Learn to Teach/Train Fitness Instructor Application

    Personal Trainer

    Personal Trainers are nationally certified to help clients reach their health and fitness goals.

    Responsibilities Include: 

    • Conduct knowledge and skill based fitness assessments.
    • Design progressive exercise programs for one-on-one or small group exercise sessions.
    • Provide high quality customer service and motivation techniques to all clients.

    To become a fitness instructor, non-certified individuals must complete the Learn To Teach program. Visit our Learn to Teach/Train web page for training details and registration.

    For questions regarding Personal Trainers, contact Nora Hudson, 515-294-6905, nhudson@iastate.edu.

    Learn to Teach/Train Personal Trainer Application

    Adventure Staff

    Adventure Programs Staff provides quality customer service to participants in a variety of areas including the Equipment Rental Program, Rock Climbing Wall, Leading Trips, and Teaching Workshops.

    Upon hire, employees first semester is spent training and on the sub list.

    Responsibilities Include:

    • Rent equipment and register participants for trips and workshops at the Equipment Rental Desk
    • Supervise participants at the Rock Climbing Wall in State Gym
    • Lead and teach participants on a variety of trips and workshops throughout the year

    For questions regarding all aspects of the Adventure Program, contact Johnna Ragland, 515-294-2929, johnnar@iastate.edu.

    Adventure Attendant Application
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    Marketing Specialist

    Marketing Specialists are in charge of the creating all photo, video, print, website, social media content for ISU Recreation Services.

    We look for eager, hard-working students to join our marketing department and provide fresh ideas. 

    Responsibilities may include:

    • Design high quality materials for all ISU Recreation Services program areas.
    • Manage @ISURecs social media accounts including: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
    • Work set office hours every week. Photographers and videographers may have a flexible schedule.
    • Be comfortable collaborating and encouraging peers on a day-to-day basis

    For questions, contact Raymond Schmidt, 515-294-6844, rschmidt@iastate.edu

    Marketing Specialist Application -

    Member Services Associates

    Member Services Associates gain valuable business skills and career competencies in a fun work environment. They are the first point of contact at the Administrative Office, delivering excellent service to students, faculty, staff, and the Ames community.

    Responsibilities include account maintenance, member/guest engagement, and serving as an expert in these areas.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Answer phones
    • Processing incidental sales such as: memberships, locker rentals, personal training sessions, Intramural fees, etc.
    • Activate new ISU Cards
    • Verify membership eligibility
    • Run and analyze business reports
    • Completing office-related tasks (e.g., filing, making copies, and data entry)
    • Assist Recreation Services professional staff
    • Light cleaning (e.g., dusting, wiping screens)

    For questions, contact Laura Bittner, 515-294-0654, lbittner@iastate.edu.

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    Esports Gaming Room Assistant

    The game room assistant oversees the esports room, ensuring supervision, equipment checkout, organization, and a safe environment. Maintenance tasks may be required. Shifts vary and include days, nights, and weekends. Minimum of 2 shifts per week, around 5-6 hours.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Enforce Recreation Service’s code of conduct and rules of the esports game room
    • Check out equipment such as games, controllers, keyboards, etc.
    • Assist patrons with setup/instructions on equipment use when needed
    • Keep the game room clean and organized
    • Assist in maintaining inventory of games/systems/equipment/supplies
    • Assist in repairing/updating equipment when instructed
    • Notify supervisor of any equipment issues/repairs that may be needed
    • Other duties as assigned

    For questions, contact Nathan Pick, 515-294-4186, ndpick@iastate.edu

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