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Join the AU RecFitFam!

Recreational Sports and Fitness offers a variety of part-time job opportunities. Applicants must be friendly, dedicated workers who can explain and enforce policies and procedures with our members who include students and the greater AU community. 

The department welcomes all currently enrolled students who are service-oriented and reliable to apply. RecFit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

In addition to competitive pay rates & flexible schedules, benefits include:

  • Interaction & networking with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Develop customer service skills.
  • Improve knowledge of health & fitness.
  • Develop leadership & teamwork skills.
  • Opportunities for promotion within department.
  • Earn rewards & recognition.
  • Work in a fun, social environment.

Job Descriptions

Individuals are responsible for maintaining a clean and safe facility for members and guests. Specific requirements include cleaning equipment, interacting with members, giving tours, demonstrating the use of equipment and reporting specific problems to the manager. This highly visible job requires an individual who is responsible, outgoing, and enjoys health and wellness. Contact Brady Heins at bheins@american.edu.

This position is the main point of contact for the Sports Center and provides information on Fitness Center memberships and on the University in general. Specific requirements include greeting members and guests, checking in members, answering questions and answering the phone. It is important to have a full understanding of the American University community and the policies and procedures of the facility. This highly visible and interactive job requires computer skills and an energetic, outgoing personality to give quality customer service to anyone who enters the facility. Contact Suzi Berkey at

berkey@american.eduPrior customer service experience is required.

This individual is responsible for the daily operations of the Jacobs Fitness Center and the Reeves Aquatic Center which include supervision of member services staff, fitness leaders, and lifeguards. Specific requirements include facility oversight, member registration, financial transactions, and member issues and concerns. This individual must conduct periodic floor checks, keep accurate facility counts, assist fitness leader staff when/where needed and ensure member satisfaction. Individuals must have basic computer skills, be certified in CPR/AED and First Aid, and will serve as the first responder in emergency situations while on duty. This highly visible job requires a mature, skilled individual, with experience in a fitness facility. This individual must be flexible with early morning, late evening, and weekend availability. Contact Alicia Fodera at fodera@american.eduPrior fitness center management experience is required.

This position ensures the safety of members in and around the Reeves Aquatic Center swimming pools. Lifeguards are responsible for guarding and communicating with members, and performing assigned tasks for pool maintenance. This highly visible job requires a responsible and dependable individual who can demonstrate proper lifesaving skills in emergency situations. Contact Anike Oladeji at aoladeji@american.eduCurrent Lifeguarding certification is required.

Applicants must be energetic and outgoing in addition to having experience in personal training. Candidates should hold a current nationally recognized personal training certification. Current CPR certification is also required and need to be available to meet with clients on a weekly basis. Contact Bob Beahm at rbeahm@american.eduCurrent Personal Training certification is required.

Individuals interested in this position must be a nationally certified instructor interested in leading classes as part of our group exercise schedule. Prospective instructors will be required to audition. Contact Becky Parks at bparks@american.eduCurrent Fitness Instructor certification is required.

Intramural Sports hires and trains referees for all officiated programming which includes basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and more. Schedules are flexible to fit week to week academic needs. Employment is contingent on completion of a preseason training course. Contact Garrett Schmidt at schmidt@american.edu.

Wellness Ambassadors assist with the administration of Recreational Sports and Fitness wellness programs and special events which primarily target American University students. Specific requirements include giving presentations on fitness and wellness topics, staffing special events, and promoting programs. Contact Lauren Kline at lkline@american.edu.

Photographer/Videographers capture Recreational Sports and Fitness by taking pictures of special events, club and intramural games, programs, and more! Prior experience (past work, class, portfolio) and access to/own equipment is required. Contact Alicia Fodera at fodera@american.edu.

Assist with various office tasks, including designing logos, banners, and miscellaneous graphics for Recreational Sports and Fitness programs, events, webpages, and flyers. Experience with Mac computers and Adobe Suite Programs are required. Contact Alicia Fodera at fodera@american.edu.

Over 150 students employeed with RecFit yearly

How to Apply

Current job openings can be found on the Student Jobs webpage through American University's Department of Human Resources.

Students can also contact position supervisors listed below with questions and inquiries.


“Fitness is what brings people together.”

I’m an international student from China and I’ve been working at Rec Fit for two years. Either as a student or as an employee, fitness is an essential part of my time at AU. It has been a unique experience for me as a member of AU Recfam to create an inclusive space for students from various backgrounds to enjoy fitness. When I see students who speak different languages play basketball together on the open court, encourage each other on the strength floor and have fun in group exercise classes, I know it’s fitness that brings people together. And I’m glad that I am a member of this diverse fitness community.