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These four pillars represent the qualities Campus Recreation looks for in employees. If you think you can meet these standards, we want you to work for us!

Campus Recreation is one the largest on-campus employers with almost 700 student employees, ranging from lifeguards to officials to facility staff to ice skating instructors. Student employees play an invaluable role by providing customer service, safety, and fun to our guests. Campus Recreation will provide you with valuable work skills, life-long learning opportunities, and lasting friendships.

Campus Recreation is an equal opportunity employer which is committed to having a diverse and customer oriented workforce. Special consideration is given to those students supporting their academic endeavors through the federal work study process (view Federal Work Study FAQs).

What employees say about working at Campus Recreation:

“The friendships, experiences, and sense of community I have gained in my time working for Campus Recreation all speak more loudly than any one experience. I would have to say my favorite memory is of the people I worked with and the time spent with them.”
“Meeting a diverse range of people and helping them achieve their fitness goals.”
“I've loved getting to know my co-workers while on the job, as well as building friendships with them outside of work. It makes the job even more enjoyable.”
“Seeing new people try climbing every day.”

Application Instructions


Campus Recreation continually accepts applications – there are no deadlines to submit an application. When you submit your application you can choose up to two (2) units to apply to (see the potential positions menu for specific positions).

At the time of your application, these units may or may not be hiring (see open positions for current openings). If one or both units are not hiring, your application will stay on file and reviewed the next time those units have openings. Peak times for hiring are:

  • Fall: August/September
  • Spring: January/February
  • Summer: April

Applications are active for one academic year and will expire June 30, 2016.

Ready to Apply? Get started now!

Step 1. Online Information Session

This pre-employment presentation details what to expect during the application process, available positions including special requirements or skills needed, instructions for what to include in your application, and even tips for writing a resume and cover letter. Please complete the information session carefully as applications that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered.

Applicants with a University ID: Information session will save once it has been graded, even if you don’t submit your application. You will be able to log back in and continue your application without completing the information session again.

Applications without a University ID: Information session will not be saved; therefore if you do not complete the information session and submit your application at the same time, you will have to complete the information session again in order to submit an application.

Step 2. Submit an Online Application

Once you have completed the online session, you will be given access to the online application. Remember you must include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Paper applications are not accepted.

3. Interview

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the respective unit to schedule a date and time for the interview. Due to the large number of applications, not every applicant will receive an interview.

Open Positons

The following units are actively reviewing applications. However, we are accepting applications for all positions.

Potential Positions


For more information about student employment, contact:


(217) 244-4248

Career Center link

Need help with your resume or cover letter? Campus Recreation and the Career Center have teamed up to supply you with all the resources you need to exceed in your job search.

Previous Campus Recreation Applicants

Please read above instructions carefully as our process has changed.

If you would like to reapply for employment with Campus Recreation, you can do so here, login. You’ll need to update your availability, semester applying to, resume and cover letter and unit preferences before resubmitting.

Student Affairs Statement on Diversity

View the Student Affairs statement on diversity »

Disability Accommodation for Applicants to Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may use the alternative e-mail address below to contact us about your interest in employment at, or you may send your resume to, or you can call us at (217) 333-4066.

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