Student Jobs

Join our team as we move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. We believe we’re more than a building. We’re building a movement. And we want you to be part of it.

We are one of the largest student employers at UW, and we highly value student development. We provide leadership opportunities and transferable skills to students from every school and college on campus.

Every day we practice customer service, problem solving, critical thinking, professionalism, team building, and other skills that you can talk about in an interview with a future employer. Join our team at one of the best places to work in town!

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Full position descriptions, job qualifications and responsibilities, pay details, and application instructions are available on the Student Jobs Platform. Please review the information below for a general overview of our entry-level positions. Most jobs do not require previous experience, and promotion opportunities are available in nearly every area. Work-study is available for each position listed.

Application process: The application process varies by job type. For example, our group fitness instructors have a three-step hiring process and our creative positions in marketing and communications require a portfolio of previous work to be submitted with your application.

Certifications: For positions that require CPR/AED/First Aid and other safety certifications, please note that we offer classes on campus to help you fulfill these requirements. In most cases, students receive a discount when registering.

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Accounting

Accounting Assistant

Get the behind-the-scenes look at the business side of our operations. Work with our finance team to manage expense tracking, revenue coordination, cash handling, program evaluation, and other special projects for the division. You’ll support our programs and learn the daily business functions that make them run. Students with academic experience and career interests related to finance and accounting are preferred.

Pay rate starts at $10.85/hour. Average 10-12 paid hours per week.

Aquatics

Lifeguard

Ensure the safety of all participants in the pool area. Enforcing preventative measures, promoting consistency, and remaining alert are the most important aspects of this position. It is the charge of the lifeguard to guide participants to safe behavior, to intervene when necessary to maintain safety, and to perform any required rescues. Current CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard certifications are required.

Advancement opportunities include Aquatic Supervisor and Aquatic Lead positions.

For more information, please contact Zane Hugo, assistant director of aquatics, at zane.hugo@wisc.edu.

Swim Instructor

Teach swim lessons and aquatic safety to both youth and adult participants who represent a wide range of experience and confidence in the water. The American Red Cross® Water Safety Instructor certification and previous experience teaching swim lessons are strongly preferred.

For more information, please contact Abby Van Note, coordinator of instructional & inclusive programs, at abby.vannote@wisc.edu.

Facility Services

Outdoor Maintenance Supervisor

Join the team responsible for the maintenance and repair for all of our facilities, including more than 60 acres of outdoor space. You’ll work with our Buildings & Grounds Superintendent to make sure our outdoor locations look great and are ready for play from April through September. If you enjoy the outdoors and physical labor, this could be the job for you!

Custodial Crew

Help keep our facilities clean and ready for action while also providing customer service. Work with our full-time facility services crew to ensure a great experience for all of our members. A normal shift involves sweeping, disinfecting, and restocking supplies throughout the building.

Fitness

Group Fitness Instructor

Inspire, energize, and motivate your fellow Badgers as a member of our group fitness team. We follow a “try, train, teach” model when hiring so you’ll first try leading a mini-workout (don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what to do!), train with our veteran team members in our mentoring program, and then teach your very own class when you’re ready. Learn more about the application process here.

If you already have a certification or experience teaching group fitness, please submit an application through the Student Jobs Platform.

Personal Trainer

Work directly with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. Trainers pass a certification exam and complete our mentoring program prior to training individual clients. If you are interested in becoming a personal trainer but aren’t certified yet, consider signing up for our ACE® Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course.

If you already have a nationally-accredited personal training certification, please submit an application through the Student Jobs Platform.

Fitness Monitor

Be a resource for group fitness participants. Fitness monitors check in participants for classes, educate participants on group fitness and facility expectations, clean equipment and studios, and support the group fitness instructor before, during, and after class. In addition to regular weekly shifts, fitness monitors will be required to attend monthly in-services regarding job responsibilities, updates, and changes.

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If you’d like to learn more about these positions and or have questions about our hiring process, please reach out to our team.

Group Fitness: Raquel Sancho Solis
Personal Training: Xzaveion Price

Instructional Programs

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor or Lifeguard Training Instructor

If you are passionate about saving lives, motivated to facilitate learning, feel comfortable in group settings, and find it easy to make complex concepts understandable to others, you may be the perfect candidate.

Applicants do not need to be currently certified but should be willing to obtain the necessary certification to instruct classes. Certification classes are offered throughout the year and at different days and times during the week.

Swim Instructor

Teach swim lessons and aquatic safety to both youth and adult participants who represent a wide range of experience and confidence in the water. The American Red Cross® Water Safety Instructor certification and previous experience teaching swim lessons are strongly preferred.

Skate Coach

Teach ice skating lessons to both youth and adult participants. Instructors will reach both private and group ice skating lessons. Previous experience teaching and skating is strongly preferred.

Tennis Instructor

Teach tennis lessons to both youth and adult participants. Instructors will reach both private and group tennis lessons. Previous experience teaching and playing tennis is strongly preferred.

Learn more

For more information, please contact Abby Van Note, coordinator of instructional & inclusive programs, at abby.vannote@wisc.edu.

Intramural Sports

Official & Scorekeeper

Join a team of more than 100 officials and scorekeepers (basketball only) on the field, court, or ice. We need officials for basketball, broomball, flag football, floor hockey, futsal, ice hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball. No previous playing or officiating experience necessary. We provide full training and mentoring for new officials.

There are several steps to the application process. Please make sure to read through the following information and complete all required steps.

Step 1: Submit an application through the Student Job Center

Step 2: We recommend that you attend a general information session. This step is not required but many applicants find it helpful. Info session dates will be posted below at the beginning of each semester.

Step 3: Attend all required clinics for the sport(s) you want to officiate. Clinic dates will be posted below at the beginning of each semester.

Fall 2021 Officials Training Schedule

Event Date Time Location
Info Session September 8 7 – 8pm Nick
Soccer Rules/Field Clinic September 13 7 – 10pm Nick
Flag Football Rules Clinic September 15 7 – 10pm Nick
Flag Football Field Clinic September 19 6 – 9pm Near West Fields
Soccer Rules/Field Clinic September 19 6 – 9pm Nick
Soccer Preseason Tournament September 21 6:30 – 10:30pm Near West Fields
Flag Football Preseason Tournament September 22 6:30 – 10:30pm Near West Fields
Ice Hockey Rules Clinic October 12 7 – 9pm Nick
Ice Hockey Field Clinic/Scrimmage October 13 7:30 – 9:30pm Shell
Volleyball Rules/Field Clinic October 18 7 – 10pm Nick
Volleyball Preseason Tournament October 26 7 – 10pm Nick
Basketball Rules Clinic  November 15 7 – 10pm Nick
Basketball Field Clinic  November 17 8 – 11pm Nick
Basketball Scorekeeper Training  November 17 8 – 10pm Nick

Marketing & Communications

Communications Assistant

Engage a broad audience of current and prospective students, faculty and staff, and the greater Madison community through outreach events and online platforms. Use your creative written and verbal skills to tell our story and set the tone for our social media, email newsletters, blog posts, our website, campus events, and more.

Portfolio of previous work will be required upon application.

Graphic Designer

Develop creative materials to increase brand recognition and exposure for a large and diverse audience, including current and prospective students, faculty and staff, and the greater Madison community. Work collaboratively with our team to ensure a cohesive message and brand image across all of our assets. You’ll be responsible for our”look” and will gain experience working within brand guidelines.

Portfolio of previous work will be required upon application.

Photographer/Videographer

Deliver high-quality, compelling digital content for our social media platforms, website, email newsletters, blog posts, and more. Photographer and Videographer are re two separate positions on our team, but we often have students who love to do both. Help us tell our story in a creative, highly visual way.

Portfolio of previous work will be required upon application.

Member Services & Operations

Nicholas Recreation Center

Access Control & Equipment Assistant (ACE)
Welcome participants and visitors at the Nicholas Recreation Center while monitoring access control and equipment checkout. ACEs handle a high volume of requests and are expected to be a helpful resource for all patrons. Excellent communication and customer services skills are necessary.

Facility Attendant
Create a safe and welcoming experience for all members and guests while overseeing fitness spaces at the Nicholas Recreation Center. You will enforce our policies and be in charge of maintaining, cleaning, and monitoring the fitness areas.

Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Member Services Assistant
Operate the member services desk at Nielsen Tennis Stadium and provide excellent customer service to all participants. Responsibilities include processing sales for memberships, programs, and other services while managing our equipment checkout system. Excellent communication, customer service, attitude and personable skills are necessary. Previous tennis experience not required.

Shell (Camp Randall Sports Center)

Facility Attendant
Create a warm and welcoming experience for all members and guests while overseeing the access points and fitness space at the Shell. This position will rotate between the ID checker position and fitness monitor position on each shift. Facility attendants at the Shell also help to distribute skates for participants using the ice rink. You will enforce our policies and be in charge of maintaining, cleaning, and checking the fitness areas.

Special Events

Special Event Staff

Event staff are responsible for the many different logistics involving special events and facility reservations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, event set-up and tear down, transporting equipment, and controlling access of facilities when necessary. Event staff must have excellent communication and customer service skills, and be able to work quickly and efficiently. This positions has several physical demands such as pushing, pulling, and carrying equipment.

Youth Programs & Summer Camp

Summer Camp Counselor

Help us inspire the next generation of Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. Actively participate and supervise our summer camp for children ages 5-12 while ensuring a safe and supportive environment for everyone involved. Previous experience with youth programs or summer camp is preferred.

Summer Camp Supervisor

Help us support the summer camp counselors and professional staff in providing an opportunity for children ages 5-12 to play hard, get fit, and live well. Our summer camp supervisors will serve in a leadership role within camp. Previous experience with youth programs or summer camp is preferred.

Youth Programs Counselor

Teach our Jr. Active Badgers what it means to play hard, get fit, and live well. This academic year position is responsible for leading instructional classes for children ages 3+ and their grown-ups. Previous experience with youth programs or summer camp is preferred.

Youth Programs Supervisor

Help us support our youth programs counselors and professional staff in providing an opportunity for children ages 3+ the opportunity to play hard, get fit, and live well. This academic year position will serve in a leadership role within our programs. Previous experience with youth programs or summer camp is preferred.

Learn more

For more information, please contact Abby Van Note, coordinator of instructional & inclusive programs, at abby.vannote@wisc.edu.

Technology

Audiovisual Support

AV support is responsible for day-to-day tasks that help support the technology and audiovisual systems at the Nicholas Recreation Center. AV support will handle a high volume of work order requests and are expected to help support other student staff regarding technology systems. Their main responsibilities include responding to work order requests, following a preventative maintenance plan, and keeping inventory up to date.  AV support will also assist with audiovisual set-up and tear-down for events.

Wellbeing

Peer Wellness Coach

Support fellow Badgers in their pursuit of personal wellness goals through evidence-based wellness coaching practices. No prior coaching experience needed. An interest in health promotion and a passion for a holistic approach to health are preferred.