Every year, the Recreational Sports Department employs over 250 students who have the opportunity to work with one of the most popular programs on campus! Service staff members are involved in every aspect of the department as they plan and implement programs, manage facilities, supervise participants, provide climbing and strength training instruction, and lead trips (just a few of the many responsibilities). Activity staff members teach group fitness classes, officiate intramural activities, and guard in the Mitchell Hall pool.  All of our team members provide positive recreation experiences for students, faculty, staff and community members while developing skills such as teamwork, communication, time management, organization, and conflict resolution while having FUN!



The application period for 2019-2020 service staff positions is now closed (materials due by 10pm, March 1). For those who are selected to receive a first round interview, you must be available April 2-5. Those selected will be called around March 29 to set up a 30-minute appointment. Please see the employment dates below.


  • Feb. 1               Application materials launched
  • Feb. 7               Information Night, 8pm, REC Conditioning Room
  • March 1           10pm, Application and recommendation form due
  • March 2-28      Application materials reviewed by Student Advisory Council
  • March 29         First round interview candidates contacted
  • April 2-5           First round interviews
  • April 8-14         Second round interviews
  • TBD                  Rec Sports 101 for new hires

Most service staff members (exception: graphic designers, Fitness Center supervisors and personal trainers) must complete and pass a criminal background check per UWL requirements. All new team members must attend Rec Sports 101.


Bike Mechanic
Building Manager
Climbing Wall Supervisor
Customer Service Representative
Fitness Center Supervisor
Graphic Designer
Intramural Sports Supervisor
Outdoor Connection Representative & Trip Leader
Personal Trainer
Sport Club and Event Supervisor


Activity staff positions include intramural sports officials, lifeguards and group fitness instructors.  To learn more about applying for these positions, please see below.

Intramural Sports Officials are provided a quality hands-on experience both on and off the court/field while developing skills in conflict resolution, team building, time management, communication, and leadership in a fun and exciting atmosphere with flexible hours.  Officiated intramural sports include basketball, big base (kickball), flag football, floor hockey, futsal, goalball, softball, trenchball, volleyball, and Wiffle ball.

  • complete online interest as posted on "Become an Official" website
  • attend mandatory meeting dates as listed on "Become an Official" website

For additional information regarding intramural sports officials, please contact:

Ali Tackett, Interim Competitive Sports Coordinator
142 Recreational Eagle Center


Lifeguards for the 2018-2019 school year have been hired. Guards are hired each Fall semester to cover adult lap swimming in the Mitchell Hall indoor pool.  All interested lifeguards must be currently certified prior to employment.  To apply, follow the steps during the application period (start of each fall semester):

  • complete one online application by noon on the first Thursday of the Fall semester (application available soon)
  • submit verification of current certifications (lifeguard training, first aid, CPR Pro and AED) to the Rec Sports Office e-mail account at recoffice@uwlax.edu by noon on the first Thursday of the Fall semester
  • attend hiring session on the first Thursday of the Fall semester at 8pm in the Mitchell Hall pool; come prepared to swim

All applicants are required to attend the hiring night on the first Thursday of the Fall semester in the Mitchell Hall pool.  Come prepared to get into the water and perform the following tests/skills:

  • 250 yard swim
  • deep water, submerged, unconscious save
  • shallow water, spinal save
  • deep end, active drowning save
For additional information regarding lifeguards, please contact:

Mo McAlpine, Associate Director
130C Recreational Eagle Center


For information regarding group fitness instructors, please contact:
Nick Berg, Fitness Coordinator
Recreational Eagle Center