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Ralph S. O'Connor
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JHU Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218


Recreation > Facilities > Student-Employment

The Rec Center is one of the largest employers for students on campus! Please inquire in person at the Rec Office, or check with the Office of Student Employment to find out if we are hiring.


Office Assistants
Act as first contact for customer service in the office of recreation. Aids office manager in day-to-day responsibilities of fitness sessions sign ups, issuing guest passes and issuing memberships to the university/alumni. Assist with articulating rules and regulations of the recreation center to the campus.

Facility Managers
Serve as the evening and weekend supervisors for all Athletics & Recreation Facilities, special events, and student-employees. Follow and enforce all facility and pogram policies and procedures. Have a duty to act when there is an emergency (may include administering CPR/AED or First Aid).  Prevent injuries by correcting inappropriate or dangerous behavior. Communicate all facility issues, concerns or problems to the professional staff. Maintain thorough knowledge of all areas of Recreational programming. Exhibit leadership qualities and set a good example for other student-employees.  Document all injuries, accidents, or unusual incidents.

Facility Staff (Welcome Desk & Equipment Desk Attendants) serve as cheerful and informative first points of contact for all members and visitors. They are responsible for facilitating a fun, safe and welcoming environment for participants and staff members at all times. Duties include assisting with the recreational sports equipment program encompassing equipment rental, inventory control, and sales. Individuals must be familiar with customer service, financial transactions, word processing, and spreadsheets. Other duties include light janitorial work and laundry services.

Lifeguards are hired to work for all recreational swims and special events. Lifeguards open and set up the pool area at the beginning of each scheduled swim or event and are required to maintain a safe environment by enforcing all rules and regulations, and being alert at all times. At the end of each shift, they must fill out a daily summary form and secure the pool area. Requirements: Current Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid and?CPR/AED for Lifeguards. Recertification may be available. Good skills, attitude and customer service required.

Pool Operators are responsible for testing/monitoring pool chemistry and consulting with Asst. Director on issues and service needs. Requirements: Pool Operator Certificate (CPO, AFO or equivalent). Training and certification may be available. Good skills, attitude and customer service required.

Fitness Staff (Weight Room Monitors & Bouncers) ensure the safety and organization of the Fitness Center and provide customer service to the users. Fitness staff enforce the policies, ensure safety, and provide customer service in the fitness room, weight room, stretching areas, and group studio.

Group Exercise Instructors provide safe & effective instruction in various genres of group exercise. Instructors must hold current certification and demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skill, and ability in their area of expertise.

Personal Trainers provide individualized training programs for individuals and small groups. Personal Trainers also provide fitness testing, motivation & encouragement, and assistance with goal setting and achievement. Personal trainers must be certified by a major fitness organization (ACE, ACSM, NSCA) as well as in CPR and AED.

Climbing Wall Monitors ensure the safety of beginning or intermediate climbers. Monitors instruct climbers on proper climbing techniques such as belaying, climbing, tying into harnesses and lead climbing. Monitors set routes (holds), belay certify members of the recreation center and keep track of the certified members on climbing wall database. General duties include daily cleaning, set up and break down of climbing equipment.

Outdoor Pursuits Instructors lead students and members of the Hopkins community on backpacking, climbing, sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing or white water kayaking trips. They go through an extensive training program, which includes 10-day wilderness leadership course, 80-hour wilderness first responder course and specific training for each activity.

Hopkins Teambuilding Facilitator leads groups through experiential activities to help them become a more effective team. These activities are interactive, fun and powerful learning experiences.

Intramural Supervisors are responsible for the evening/weekend running of intramural programs. Responsibilities includes game management, league administration and conflict resolution. Supervisors must have a strong work ethic, communication skills, knowledge of sports, game operation and officiating knowledge/experience. Some aspects of the supervisor job are trainable.

Intramural Officials/Score Keepers are responsible for game administration and keeping accurate and thorough scores of intramural games. No experience is required. We will train you if necessary.





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