A water safety instructor talks with three adult swim lesson participants


I love the fun inclusive atmosphere! It is a great feeling to be able to work with those who have very diverse backgrounds and bring such a bright energy to RecWell!

- Page S., Cycle Instructor

Recreation and Well-Being is a large and fast paced department, delivering many different types of programs and services. As a department within the Division of Student Affairs, RecWell serves all VCU students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the local community. 

Student employment at RecWell begins with one of our entry-level positions. Please review the job descriptions below. If a position is open, there will be a link to VCU Handshake and the job number listed. 

We priority hire and schedule Federal Work Study eligible students. Not sure if you're eligible for Federal Work Study or want to learn more? Visit Student Financial Services


Join our lifeguard team! We are currently hiring certified and non-certified lifeguards. Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of patrons by preventing and responding to emergencies in and around the pool.

All applicants must apply on VCU Handshake prior to tryouts and be an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Search for job #6736102. Certified lifeguards should apply via the same application and send a copy of their certification to Mat Scott. 

Once the application is submitted, applicants MUST attend Lifeguard tryouts to be considered for employment.

Non-certified lifeguards are eligible to apply to be a lifeguard with RecWell. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully completing an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course prior to beginning work.


Facility Operations Attendants are expected to provide quality customer service and ensure the safety of members, the facility and equipment, at all VCU Recreation and Well-Being Facilities. In this role, staff work at the Cary Street Gym, Cary Street Field, Thalhimer Tennis Center, and MCV Campus Recreation Center within the areas of member check-in, equipment check-out, fitness center, or a combination of the areas.


Group Exercise Instructors are responsible for creating a positive atmosphere and teaching safe and effective classes in accordance with industry standards. Classes are taught using a pre-arranged format of exercises designed to enhance overall fitness. The Group Exercise Instructor will also serve as a resource to educate members on various aspects of fitness.


  • Must be currently certified by a nationally recognized fitness organization or possess a specialty certification:
    • Nationally recognized fitness organizations include ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM
    • Specialty certifications may include but are not limited to TRX, Yoga Alliance, Peak Pilates, Zumba, etc.
  • You must have a sound knowledge of fitness and the ability to design class plans for a variety of groups.
  • You must be available to work at Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Recreation Center, weekends, mandatory staff meetings, and special events.
  • You must be a current VCU student.


Anyone wanting to apply to become a RecWell Peer Health Educator must first successfully pass the TEDU 494 Concepts in Peer Health Education course offered each Spring Semester.  This course is a 3-credit course. Registration for the course is currently open. 

Learn more about PHEs


Outdoor Adventure Program Attendants are responsible for check-in and checkout of climbing wall gear, OAP rental equipment, registration of participants for Outdoor Adventure Program activities, belaying of participants, instruction of Belay Clinics, and Climbing Clinics, willingness to enforce gym rules and regulation, and other duties as assigned. Basic wall cleaning and maintenance work is involved.

Requirements: Ability to lift at least 50 lbs, basic climbing and belaying skills, or the ability to learn these, willingness to work nights and weekends, and an open and welcoming attitude toward all potential users.


Intramural Sports Officials are responsible for officiating intramural sports including but not limited to: flag football, soccer, and basketball.

Requirements: Previous officiating/playing experience not necessary, but is helpful. Training is provided.