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Student Employment

University Recreation & Wellness is one of the largest student employers on campus and employment with us is more than a paycheck! Student employees develop important career and personal skills, meet new people, and support the entire UMD community by encouraging all to be active and live well.

2024 Student Employee Appreciation Week

April 8th through April 12th is National Student Employee Appreciation Week! Our student employees are a vital part of RecWell and we would not be able to encourage the University community to be active and live well without them. As part of Student Employee Appreciation Week, we are recognizing students on each of our staffs that stood out this year. Congrats to our Student Employees of the Year (see the full list here)!

Student Employment Opportunities

Our formal recruitment cycle for Summer and Fall 2024 positions ended on 4/1. If you applied before 4/1, you will hear back about your application in April or May. Our application will re-open on a rolling basis for positions still hiring the week of April 8th.

Our formal cycle for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 start dates closed April 1. Our application will be closed for about a week before re-opening around April 8. The re-opened application will operate on a rolling basis and will only include positions who are still accepting applications, which is typically a very limited number of roles and these roles often require a specialized certification or experience.

Students who apply between March 1 and March 31 can expect to hear back sometime in April or May.

Our application is currently closed. We will be accepting applications for a limited number of positions on a rolling basis when our application reopens around April 8.

Job descriptions for each position are available here.

When making hiring decisions, we look for students who demonstrate a connection to our Mission & Values; who have strong work ethic and are reliable; and who have put time, thought, and effort into their application. Applicants should submit accurate and personalized answers to each question on the application and submit only their own work for all uploads and other requested materials.

We receive hundreds of applications each semester- you should want yours to stand out. Answers that are copied and pasted from online sources (including AI) blend in with dozens of other applications. Tell us why you are uniquely prepared for this role!

Currently, enrolled UMD students who are service-oriented, reliable, and have a passion for inspiring others to be active and live well are encouraged to apply. RecWell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

RecWell has over 20 different positions for students of all abilities and interests. The hiring period for some positions varies throughout the year and depends upon need. Below is a full list of all student employee positions.

  • Adventure Program: Trip Leaders, Bike Shop Mechanics, Challenge Course Facilitators, Outdoor Equipment Rental Desk Staff, and Climbing Wall Staff & Setters
  • Aquatics and Community Programs: Lifeguards*, Lifeguard Instructors*, Safety Instructors, Swim Instructors, Pickleball Instructors, and Tennis Instructors
  • Club Sports: Supervisors
  • Esports*: Broadcast Assistants*, Casters*, Observers*, Photographers*, Graphic Designers*, Social Media Specialists*, Videographers*, and Video Editors*
  • Facility Staff: North Campus (Eppley & OAC) Staff, South Campus (Ritchie) Staff, Armory Staff, and Operations Assistants
  • Golf Course: Grounds Staff and Pro Shop Staff
  • Fitness Programs: Group Fitness Instructors*, Personal Trainers*, and Weight/Fitness Staff 
  • Intramural Sports: Officials and Scorekeepers
  • Business Services: Active Terp Outreach Team, Active Terp Brand Ambassadors, Graphic Designers*, Member Services Representatives, and Photographers*

*Positions with an asterisk require valid certifications and/or relevant experience/knowledge to apply.

To connect with RecWell professional staff regarding employment opportunities email 

recwell-employment@umd.edu 

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