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 and UREC Fitness Center Office staff assist members in the purchase of memberships, member services and massages. Customer service and providing assistance to professional staff are the main duties of this position.

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 an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for Lifeguards certification. Applicants must submit the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references, as well as 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.

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

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

Ensure safety and well-being of all participants at University Recreation and Donna Axum Fitness Centers. 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.

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. Keep equipment checkout system organized, check and prepare equipment for reservations, and assist the facility supervisor & student manager.

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

Admit registered participants into group exercise classes; ensure participants have completed a group exercise waiver; consistently enforce all rules in Group Exercise studios.

Instruct exercise classes available to University of Arkansas students and UREC members.  Demonstrate strong communication skills and a positive attitude; display strong leadership skills, and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all participants.  Act in a professional manner while demonstrating a fun and energetic personality.

Pre-Employment Requirements

Employees must hold a certification from an accredited exercise organization. 

Conduct high-quality training sessions for University of Arkansas students and UREC members. Display strong leadership and organizational skills, be confident and knowledgeable about your client and the session, and act in a professional manner while demonstrating a fun and energetic personality. 

Pre-Employment Requirement

Employees must be certified by an accredited exercise organization, and will need to hold a CPR/First Aid/AED certification. Enroll in UREC's ACE Personal Training Prep Course to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer certification exam.

Provide quality customer service in a professional manner; provide assistance to professional staff. Ensure the timely submittal of monthly reports via clerical and data entry duties.

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.  Enforce rules and regulations of the particular sport assigned, and complete appropriate paperwork at the conclusion of each game.  

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

Produce quality marketing materials for UREC Program Areas and the department as a whole while maintaining the brand for the department.  Marketing materials include but are not limited to flyers, posters, brochures, banners, digital ads, and promotional items.

Capture the essence of the department through the mediums of photo and video.  Coordinate photo/video shoots with UREC staff, execute the shoots in a consistent with the brand of the department, and process assignments through the use of Adobe Creative Suite.

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.  Monitor trends on campus and appropriately apply that knowledge to increasing our presence on campus through social media.

Extensive knowledge in the area of repairing, maintaining and building bicycles; operate software program for rentals, purchase and sale of parts and accessories; management of bike shop inventory; working knowledge of cash register and daily reports.  Ability to instruct clinics, teach patrons how to safely utilize their bicycle, and conduct bicycle assessments for patrons. 


UREC Outdoors consists of two climbing facilities, an outdoor equipment rental program, trips/activities, seminars/clinics, team-building activities (FUSED), and outdoor leadership training. The Outdoor Supervisors are responsible for registering participants in offered programs; providing area information on outdoor related activities; rent, maintenance, and clean rental equipment; instruct and supervise patrons at climbing facilities; provide excellent customer service to patrons; and assist in facilitation of offered programs. 

Responsible for adventure trip planning, logistics, pre-trip meetings and travel. 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. Must have 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;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.

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