University Recreation (UREC) is a great way to get a job on the U of A campus, employing over 400 students

University Recreation employs around 400 student employees in a variety of program areas. 

Employment with UREC provides students an opportunity to gain valuable experience working within their area of interest, with the possibility for advancement within the department.

Benefits of UREC employment include competitive pay, flexible scheduling, leadership development, free CPR/First Aid/AED certification, and a free small locker and towel service.  UREC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-Verify Institution.

University Recreation holds two hiring periods each year.  The first, in September, is for spring semester positions. The second, in February/March, is for summer and fall semester positions.  There will be additional positions hired as needed.  

How to Apply

Visit the University of Arkansas Careers page to apply for open positions and to review job-specific information (duties, qualifications and requirements).  Applicants must be enrolled in classes at the University of Arkansas unless otherwise specified.

Position Overviews

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UREC Office Assistants assist members in the purchase of memberships and programs. Main duties for this position are providing customer service to members and assistance to professional staff.

Lifeguards supervise UREC participants in and around the HPER Natatorium area, ensure the Natatorium is safe and free of all hazards, and implement emergency skills as necessary.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The employee must be enrolled in classes at the University of Arkansas, and must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguard (or equivalent) certification. Applicants must pass a criminal background check.

Application:  Please email urec@uark.edu to inquire about open positions. 

Youth and Adult Swim Lesson instructors provide quality swim lessons to UREC members, varying from beginner to advanced level.

Adult Fitness Swim instructors develop and implement swimming fitness routines to suit each participant, track goals, and progress of each participant.

Pre-Employment Requirements:  Must have previous experience teaching swim lessons and pass a criminal background check. 

Application:  Please email urec@uark.edu to inquire about open positions. 

Facility Assistants provide quality customer service in a professional manner; supervise and maintain one of two entrances to the HPER Building.  Enforce all UREC policies and procedures related to memberships, guest passes, facility access, and recreational activities. They provide accurate information to UREC members about all UREC programs, services, facilities, and assist with special events sponsored by UREC.

Fitness Center Attendants ensure the safety and well-being of all participants at University Recreation, Donna Axum Fitness Center, and UREC Fitness Center at the Arkansas Union. They track the usage of the center, monitor and assist participants using the equipment, maintain the appearance and safety of equipment and report any safety or maintenance issues.

Service Center Attendants provide quality customer service to UREC patrons, HHPR Faculty, and UREC Staff in a variety of ways including: equipment checkout, HPER and UREC programming information, laundry services, and reservations. Service Center Attendants maintain the equipment checkout system, check and prepare equipment for reservations, and assist the facility supervisor & student manager.

UREC Crew is responsible for building maintenance and will perform general cleaning duties in the HPER building or other UREC facilities.  UREC Crew are also responsible for event management and will assist with the set-up and tear down of UREC events and other special events hosted at UREC facilities.

Group Fitness Monitors admit registered participants into group exercise classes, ensure participants have completed a group exercise waiver and consistently enforce all rules in Group Fitness studios.

Group Fitness Instructors instruct exercise classes available to University of Arkansas students and UREC members.  They demonstrate strong communication skills and a positive attitude, display strong leadership skills, and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all participants.  Additionally, they act in a professional manner while creating a fun and energetic environment.

Pre-Employment Requirements

Employees must hold a certification from an accredited exercise organization. 

Personal Trainers conduct high-quality training sessions for University of Arkansas students and UREC members. They display strong leadership and organizational skills, are confident and knowledgeable about clients and their sessions, and act in a professional manner while creating a fun and energetic environment. 

Pre-Employment Requirement

Employees must be certified by an accredited exercise organization.

Interested applicants without a certification can enroll in UREC's ACE Personal Training Prep Course to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer certification exam.

UREC Sports Officials maintain a safe playing environment for all participants through the enforcement of policies and procedures outlined in the Intramural Sports Handbook and the UREC Intramural Sports Employee Manual.  They enforce rules and regulations of the particular sport assigned, and complete appropriate paperwork at the conclusion of each game.  

UREC Sports Supervisors supervise intramural team sports including flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and various club sport practices and home games.  They are responsible for equipment set up/take down, check-in, and official training are required along with a general knowledge of all sports offered by UREC. Additionally they are responsible for overseeing and managing intramural game operations, participants, and assisting professional staff as needed.  

Graphic Designers produce quality marketing materials for UREC programming, and the department as a whole.  Marketing materials include but are not limited to flyers, posters, brochures, banners, digital ads, t-shirt and sticjer designs and promotional items.

Photographers/Videographers capture the essence of the department through the mediums of photo and video.  They coordinate photo/video shoots with UREC staff, execute the shoots, and process assignments through the use of Adobe Creative Suite.

Social Media Managers engage various audiences across multiple social media platforms.  Assist UREC with social media marketing techniques to increase visibility, participation, and traffic to our social media platforms.  They monitor trends on campus and each platform and appropriately apply them to increasing our presence on campus through social media. 

Bike Shop Mechanics possess extensive knowledge in the area of repairing, maintaining and building bicycles, operate software program for rentals, purchase and sell parts and accessories,  and manage bike shop inventory..  They instruct clinics, teach patrons how to safely utilize their bicycle, and conduct bicycle assessments for patrons. 

 UREC Outdoor Supervisors are responsible for registering participants in offered programs, providing area information on outdoor related activities, rental, maintenance, and clean rental equipment, instructing and supervising patrons at climbing facilities,  and assisting in facilitation of offered programs. 

Outdoor Trip Leaders are responsible for adventure trip planning, logistics, pre-trip meetings and travel. They must possess proficient knowledge and skill in mode of travel, efficient and effective route planning, and have knowledge of proper use and emergency repair of trip equipment. They must have the ability to properly teach hard and soft skills related to adventure programming, safely drive multi-passenger vehicles with participants and cargo, apply wilderness ethics to all UREC Outdoor’s programs.


Must be CPR Certified and able to participate in outdoor leadership training.

Wilderness First Aid certified for 1-3 day activities.

Wilderness First Responder for activities spanning 4 or more days.

Wellness Peer Educators provide culturally competent campus-wide assessmetn and education thtrough the research, planning, development, and implementation of outreach, programming, and presentations in alignmnet with the goals of UARK Wellness and UREC.

Peer Wellness Coaches provide personalized coaching in a 1:1 setting, work with clients to develop and achieve personal wellness-related goals, and provide accountability, resources and education to help clients seeking lasting lifestyle changes.

The Wellness Social Media Manager serves as the social media strategist for UARK Wellness in the department of UREC aimed at engaging various audiences acrosss multiple social media platforms.

Please contact UREC Human Resources at urechr@uark.edu with any questions.