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Employment with RecWell

The Department of Recreation and Wellness is comprised of the Student Wellness Complex, Field House, Eco Adventure, Ogier Gardens, and several outdoor fields and recreational sports courts. Our facilities and programs employ UNF students for a variety of positions such as Student Farmers, Fitness Trainers and Building Supervisors. Student employees have many opportunities to gain valuable work experience, leadership opportunities and certifications.

Positions in RecWell

Hiring typically takes place at the end of each semester. For more information or to express your interest in a position, contact the supervisor listed by email. Once extended an offer for employment, all candidates will be directed to complete a formal application at UNF's employment site.

Eco Adventure


Osprey Challenge Course Facilitator

Osprey Challenge Course Facilitators are responsible for taking students and outside programs through the ropes course in a fun and safe manner. This position requires interpersonal communication skills to help lead a group through obstacles while communicating efficiently.  No technical experience required as all employees are thoroughly trained in all procedures and equipment.  All employees must be comfortable with heights and the outdoors.

For information on applying for Eco positions above, please contact Trevor Lynch at trevor.lynch@unf.edu

 

Gear Checkout

Gear Checkout staff members are responsible for the maintenance, inventory, and checking in/out of gear at Eco Adventure. Additional duties include assisting students with trip planning and giving them the basic knowledge to use equipment.

Environmental Education Ranger

Environmental Education Rangers assist with youth and adult education programs, Eco Adventure gear tasks, office duties, and park maintenance.

For information on applying for Gear Checkout and Environmental Education positions above, please contact Amy Costa at a.costa@unf.edu 

 

Field House


Intramural Officials

The Intramural Sports program hires students to officiate league games and to oversee open-rec programs. A general love for sports is pre-requisite. While experience is preferred, training is provided for all sports. Typical leagues include flag football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Supervisor opportunities may also be available upon completion of at least one semester of officiating.   

For information on applying to be an Intramural Official, please contact Nikki Mejido at nikki.mejido@unf.edu

Field House Staff

Field House staff members work from the main reception desk at the Field House. They are responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of the facility, supervision of activity in programmed and non-programmed spaces, oversee and monitor equipment checkout, maintain the safety and integrity of the Field House, respond to injuries and incidents, and provide excellent customer service to all participants and facility users. Additionally, Field House staff are responsible for set up and tear down of equipment for events.

For information on applying for Field House positions, please contact Ryan Schneader at r.schneader@unf.edu  

Special Events

Special Events staff are responsible for assisting professional staff with event management in the recreational facilities which may include the Field House, UNF Arena, outdoor fields, and other spaces as designated. Duties may include ticket taking, crowd control, event set-up and take-down, and cleaning of facility. Students will be asked to wear closed toe shoes and appropriate work attire depending on the nature of the event. Event work is seasonal and occur when events are scheduled.

For information on applying for Special Events positions, please contact Ryan Schneader at r.schneader@unf.edu

 

Health Education


Peer Health Educator

Peer Health Educators assist and educate people towards a healthier lifestyle. All Peer Health Educators are required to complete an initial training period of health and related wellness topics. In addition to an ongoing learning process in the field of health and wellness, Peer Health Educators are required to research and update, as needed, health and wellness issues pertinent to the program of Health Promotion in the department of Recreation and Wellness. A key responsibility of this job is OUTREACH. This involves setting up "education" stations across campus and engaging the campus community in health education and awareness activities. Peer Health Educators are also responsible for staffing the Paul Shirley Assessment Center and performing the duties within. These duties are primarily concerned with executing safe, professional and efficient physical fitness assessments.

For information on applying for this position, please contact Michael Hines at m.hines@unf.edu.

 

Healthy Osprey Ambassador

Healthy Osprey Ambassadors mission assist in developing a campus community environment which supports the physical and emotional health of all members of the UNF community. In particular, the Ambassadors will focus on encouraging and aiding the UNF community in making positive choice for their well-being and promote healthy lifestyles. A key responsibility of this position is OUTREACH. This involves setting up “education/promotional” stations across campus and engaging the campus community in Healthy Osprey activities.

For information on applying for this position, please contact Ashley Ballard at a.ballard@unf.edu.

 

Ogier Gardens


Student Farmers

Student Farmers take the lead on all of the Ogier Gardens' physical tasks, including but not limited to: preparing beds, planting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, mulching, scouting for pests, and updating records. In addition to those physical tasks, the position requires you to: introduce yourself as staff to each person who enters the Gardens, guide volunteers, as well as promote student health through gardening.

Landscape Stewards

Landscape Stewards are responsible for leading other staff and volunteers in beautifying the Ogier Gardens' biodiverse landscape and caring for our infrastructure, tools and equipment. Duties also include helping to: prepare beds, plant, cultivate, weed, harvest, mulch, scout for pests, and update records.  

For information on applying for Ogier Gardens positions, please contact Kevin Anderson at k.anderson@unf.edu.

 

Student Wellness Complex


Member Services Staff - "First Faces of the SWC"

Member Services Staff greet and check-in members, answer the phones, operate point of sale, and give tours of the facility.

Climbing Wall Staff

Climbing Wall Staff oversee the activities of climbers at the wall, ensuring they follow all wall policies and procedures, assist in the maintenance/cleaning of the wall, and spotting and belaying climbers. Staff members are able to assist climbers with technique and are responsible for setting top rope and bouldering routes.

For information on applying for Member Services or Climbing Wall positions, please contact Daniel Nutt at d.nutt@unf.edu

Business Office Assistant

The Business Office Assistants oversee the operation of the department's office front desk which includes, but not limited to: answering phones, greeting and assisting visitors, assisting office staff with tasks as needed.

For information on applying for this position, please contact Jessica Miller at j.novotny@unf.edu.

Building Operator Staff

Building Operators have a broad range of duties and responsibilities. They maintain a safe, orderly, and clean environment for the facility, while keeping track of all events and programs that are held in the SWC. "Bops" enforce facility rules, aid in emergency situations, set-up and break-down for events, and also give facility tours.

For information on applying for this position, please contact Jim Baur at jbaur@unf.edu

Fitness Trainers

Fitness Trainers ensure that all members can exercise in a safe and clean environment. Fitness Trainers also help and teach our members how to exercise safely and efficiently. All new student hires start as Fitness Fledglings who greet people, answer questions, spot lifters, enforce facility rules, and clean equipment. Upon completion of our training program, Fitness Fledglings are promoted to Fitness Trainers. Fitness Trainers perform all duties of Fledglings plus are capable of designing workout programs and teaching/training our members. Upon passing a recognized Personal Training certification, Fitness Trainers can be promoted to Personal Trainer. Personal Trainers perform all duties of a Fitness Trainer, plus have the opportunity to train clients.

Group Fitness Instructors

Group Fitness Instructors lead group exercise classes in a safe, effective, challenging, and engaging manner. All instructors are responsible for designing fun and exciting classes that are enjoyable for everyone and modified to all fitness levels. Our instructors are responsible for executing proper fitness techniques that enable all members to participate safely. If a national certification is not already obtained, it is required in the first semester of employment.

For information on applying for fitness trainer or group fitness instructor positions above, please contact Kacie Smith at kacie.smith@unf.edu

Swimming Pool


Lifeguards

RecWell Lifeguards are responsible for lifeguarding and providing a safe aquatic environment for the Competitive Pool Complex adjacent to the Student Wellness Complex. Hiring preference is given to currently certified lifeguards. Non-certified persons may apply and may be hired contingent on completing the Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification course.

For information on applying for this position, please contact Caleb Crowder at c.crowder@unf.edu

 

Seasonal Positions


Counselor for Summer Camp

Youth Sports & Fitness Camp Counselors are responsible for leading groups of campers ages 5 - 14 around the UNF campus within the Recreation and Wellness facilities engaging in various sports and activities which include climbing wall, yoga and fun fitness, swimming, basketball, flag football, softball, kickball, dodge ball, soccer, among others. This position requires a background check for working with minors. Eco Camp Counselors are responsible for leading groups of campers ages 6 - 14 around the Wildlife Sanctuary trails system, introducing them to local flora and fauna, playing games, swimming, canoeing and going on field trips. This position requires a background check for working with minors.

For information on applying for summer camp position, please contact us Jordan Leslie at j.leslie@unf.edu for the Youth Sports and Fitness Camp, or Amy Costa at a.costa@unf.edu for Eco Camp.

New Hire Information

Welcome to the Team! To complete your hiring and orientation process, follow these steps below: 

Step 1. All new hires must complete an online application. 

  • The link will be emailed to you to complete your online application
  • Online application must be completed prior to going to Human Resources

Step 2. Go to Human Resources (Bldg. 1/ Rm 1101) New employees are required to provide valid and unexpired personally identifiable documents that will be used to complete the I-9 Employment Verification Form.

  • To verify Identity, you must bring a valid unexpired photo identification card (e.g., driver's license, passport, etc.)

  • To verify work eligibility, you must bring your original social security card, original birth certificate, or unexpired passport

  • International employees need to complete extra steps prior to visiting Human Resources for payroll processing. Please review the International Employees webpage for more information

  • Direct Deposit is required for all employees. To set up Direct Deposit, bring a personal voided check or bank statement (if you bank online you can print a bank statement). You may also provide a printout or letter from your financial institution stating your name along with your account and routing numbers. 

    Note: Payroll requires that attached proof include printed legal name and account number

  • If you are not a student, you will be required to complete a background check (includes fingerprinting). Your background check must be completed to finish processing as a new hire and before you can begin to work.  HR will email the new hire directions to schedule fingerprinting. HR will email the Department once the check has been complete.

Step 3. After you have processed for payroll:

  • Forward the email titled “Payroll Processing Confirmation or New Hire Processing Confirmation” to your unit Supervisor and the RecWell Office Manager
  • Or scan a copy of the yellow slip titled “Office of Human Resources Policies and Regulations Acknowledgement” and email it to your unit Supervisor and the RecWell Office Manager.
  • If you do not receive this email or a yellow slip from UNF HR, then you must email your unit Supervisor and the RecWell Office Manager to let them know what day you processed for payroll with UNF HR.

You may not begin working until Step 3 has been completed

Step 4. Email your supervisor and let them know that you have completed your online application and have turned in your yellow slip. 

Department Manual

RecWell Employee Manual

CPR Training

First Aid/CPR/AED Training

RecWell staff are required to be currently certified in CPR/AED and First-Aid. Each semester, training is made available to current staff members of the Recreation and Wellness Department. The training is comprised of an online learning portion and a hands-on training. The online learning portion must be completed prior to attending the hands-on training.

Here's how to become certified:

  1. Sign up for a Practical Skills Sessions (hands-on training)
    • Online learning time is approximately 2 hours
    • To complete the online learning, you'll be prompted to login. First-time users need to create a login for Red Cross
    • Trouble accessing online learning? Troubleshooting tips & FAQ. Complete the online learning portion at American Red Cross
  2. After completing the online learning portion, print your certificate (if you cannot print it, take a photo on your phone)
    • Hands-on training is approximately 2 hours
    • Skills sessions conclude with multiple choice exams Attend the practical skills session (hands-on training) for which you signed up
  3. Done! Once your training is over, allow a few days for your certification to be processed. You'll receive an email from the Red Cross with a link to your digital certification. Turn in your completion certificate (or show from phone)
  4. Submit your time sheet for 4 hours paid time. In the comments enter: Adult CPR/AED and first-aid training

Could not attend one of these sessions? Certification is still a requirement. Contact the Health Promotions about attending one of their CPR classes. Identify yourself as a RecWell staff member to attend for free ($60 fee otherwise). Keep your supervisor updated about your progress and completion of the training so your staff record can be updated.

 

Questions about RecWell CPR/AED and First Aid certification training can be addressed to Heather Kite, hkite@unf.edu.

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