University Recreation offers students an opportunity to get involved with university life by becoming a part of the University Recreation staff. We hire students to fill several positions, ranging from facility staff to sports officials.

Jobs at University Recreation

Facility Staff

Student employees are trained to work in specific areas, including control desk, building attendant, gym attendant, and fitness attendant. All employees are expected to be positive representatives of University Recreation and to uphold the department's policies and procedures at all times. Employees must exhibit outstanding customer service skills as they are the primary contact with patrons to the Activity Center and Rec Center West.


Student lifeguards are responsible for the daily operation of the Natatorium. All lifeguards must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

Intramural Officials

Student officials enforce the rules and regulations for sports offered by the Intramural Program. It is the responsibility of the official to keep the games running and to maintain a safe atmosphere. Sport specific training is provided for all major sports (flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball). No experience is necessary, but employees must be proficient at conflict resolution, time management, and critical thinking.

Group Fitness Instructors

Group Fitness instructors are responsible for developing fun, enthusiastic classes that are fitness oriented. Instructors should be certified in Group Exercise instruction and have knowledge in Cardio-Kickboxing, Yoga, Body-Pump, Jazzercise, or other types of aerobic training. Instructors will be required to perform various portions of their routines at the time of the interview.

Personal Trainers

Personal Trainers are responsible for working one-on-one with clients to achieve fitness goals. Trainers must be a certified personal trainer with knowledge to address nutrition, create workouts, assess results, and educate on proper techniques. Personal Trainers must be able to commit to their clients and the overall Fitness program.

Club Sports Supervisor

Club Sports managers are responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Club Sports program, including verifying waivers and medical insurance of all participants, attending practices, assisting the Club Sports Council, and planning/working events to promote the Club Sports program.

Climbing Wall Staff

Student employees help mediate participant safety and risk management, teach climbing movement and belay instruction, and foster a fun and encouraging environment. Staff are trained in bouldering, top rope, and lead-climbing skills sets and also lead the Intro to Climbing non-credit classes. Monthly special events held at the climbing wall are also developed and led by wall staff.

Water Safety Instructors

Water Safety Instructors must hold a current American Red Cross WSI Certification and be at least 16 years old. All instructors teach adult and children swim classes, private lessons, and give water safety presentations to children and their parents.

Hiring & Recruitment Sessions

UREC will hold three Hiring Sessions throughout the semester for any current UT Dallas student interested in working for the department. Please attend one of the following sessions to learn everything you need to know.

  • Fall 2019 | MP–Orange

    • Sept. 9 | 10 p.m.
    • Oct. 7 | 10 p.m.
    • Nov. 4 | 10 p.m.
  • Spring 2020 | MP–Orange

    • Jan. 27 | 10 p.m.
    • Mar. 23 | 10 p.m.
    • Doors close at 10 p.m.

If you would like to apply, or just have questions, the best course of action is to email an application and resume to [email protected]. You must be present at one Hiring Session to be eligible for employment.