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Join more than 150 Vanderbilt University student employees at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center! The Rec offers flexible schedules, development opportunities, a dynamic work environment, and a real-world experience beyond a paycheck.

The student staff at the Rec is a diverse community that comes from every corner of Vanderbilt University. Join our staff to participate in a culture of excellence, recreation, and wellness throughout our programs, facilities, and services.

Interested? Please click on the areas below and follow the link to the position description and interest form.

Please note that employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

Group Fitness Instructors: Instructor and CPR certification is required of all instructors. Indoor cycling, yoga, aqua aerobics, and other specialty classes must have additional certifications. No instructor certification is required for yoga, pilates, martial arts, and tai chi classes only although CPR and specialty certification is still required. All group fitness instructors must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience in a fitness environment. Applicants will be auditioned. Instructors must be enthusiastic about fitness and have a motivating personality. Instructors are responsible for their own shifts and must attend staff meetings.


The Rec Aquatics program hires lifeguards and swim instructors year round.

Lifeguards are hired for recreational swimming, Rec programs, and community rentals. Each lifeguard must possess a current Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid Certification. (Rec Lifeguard certification courses are held each semester.) A Lifeguard is responsible for opening and closing the pool, monitoring all activities within Vanderbilt University’s natatorium, ensuring safety and cleanliness of aquatic equipment, seating areas, and pool deck. Lifeguards also provide high-quality customer service, enforce facility policies, and ensure compliance with Metro Public Health Department requirements. Lifeguards are expected to be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared at all times to perform their job duties. Lifeguards will demonstrate a high level of professionalism and a willingness to positively interact with patrons as well as other staff members in the department.

Swim Instructors teach both private and group lessons for youth and adults throughout the year. Applicants must possess a current Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid Certification or a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification. Previous experience required. Instructors will promote swimming skills and Learn to Swim techniques as prescribed by the VWRC or the American Red Cross.


CampVandy Counselor:

The Rec is hiring counselors for CampVandy, the department’s recreational summer day camp. Camp positions span over 10 weeks of the summer, including 1 week of training and 9 weeks of camp programming. Camp Counselors develop camp-wide programming, assist in administrative tasks, plan special events throughout the camp, and actively interact with campers ages 5-13. They are responsible for creating, organizing, and executing active and passive programming that aligns with CampVandy’s theme weeks.

Activities include climbing the rock wall, swimming in the pool, playing field games, and building arts and crafts. Counselors are responsible for ensuring a safe and inclusive camp environment.


Facilities Team Member:
A Team Member will act as an ambassador on behalf of the Rec to the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. During a shift, the ideal Team Member will enthusiastically engage in facility tours, opening and closing of the facility, cash transactions, enforcing of all policies (i.e. lost & found), checking out equipment, membership sales, putting up weights, cleaning cardio machines, enacting the emergency action plan, providing overall facility management, and supporting special event logistics to name a few.

Team members will be assigned to a project team that meets weekly. The project team is intended to better the Rec's identity as a student-led, student-run facility. Examples of possible project team assignments include operations, training, hiring, and accountability.

Facilities Team Lead:
Team Leads are student managers. A Team Lead is responsible for managing Team Members, having a working knowledge of all operations, and overseeing the facility during their shift. Team Leads are expected to exhibit superb servant-leadership, customer service, and conflict resolution skills. In addition to attending the weekly all team staff meetings, leads will be expected to attend an additional weekly team lead meeting and to facilitate project team goal completion.

The Intramural (IM) program hires student supervisors and officials throughout the year.

Supervisors serve as on-site administrators for each IM sports season. Duties include supervision of officials, coordinating events, facility preparation, and equipment supply/distribution. Supervisors must be familiar with one or more intramural team sports and possess a minimum of 2 semesters of officiating experience and knowledge.

Officials are hired to officiate team sports including Flag Football, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Innertube Water Polo. Previous officiating experience and knowledge of these sports is preferred, but not necessary. The VRWC staff conducts regular meetings and clinics to teach beginner and veteran officials the necessary knowledge and skill set required to officiate.


The Outdoor Recreation Program offers multiple positions that are perfect for anyone who likes to play outside! Learn a multitude of leadership and transferable skills. Fill out an application below and join the team that likes to work hard and play hard.

2018-2019 Trip Coordinators and Equipment Rental Specialists 

Do you get a warm and fuzzy feeling when you walk into an REI and see all of the toys? If so, you will love working in our Outdoor Rec Center. If you have an interest in leading backpacking, climbing, canoeing, caving, whitewater, hiking, rappelling, or camping in general… This might be the position for you!


2018-2019 Climbing Wall Instructors

We are looking for enthusiastic students that enjoy playing on our climbing wall to join us as climbing instructors for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Kayak Roll Instructors 
Have you ever taught a buddy how to roll their kayak? Join our team of whitewater enthusiasts to teach others with us! If you are interested, please contact Linda Rosenkranz-