Below is a list of resources for professional employment, as well as available internships and graduate assistantships. Massachusetts colleges and universities that offer graduate assistantships. We do our best to keep this information as up to date as possible, but we always suggest contacting the school/program directly. If you would like your school to be added to this list, or you have information to update, please contact Dean Bowen.
Bluefish is a job board run by NIRSA that features full-time recreation jobs as well as internships and graduate assistantships from all across the country (and sometimes beyond). Bluefish is a great resource that a very high percentage of college/university recreation departments use to advertise open positions.
For students looking to break into the field, a Graduate Assistantship or internship is a great path to explore. Although there are different types out there, Graduate Assistantships can generally be thought of as an internship, but the bonus is that you'll also be studying toward an advanced degree while gaining valuable experience in the field. A high number of recreation professionals have taken this path and attaining a masters degree in a related field will make you that much more appealing to a potential employer. See below for schools in Massachusetts that offer GA/Intern positions along with links for more information. To add your school's opportunities to this list, please send an email with a link to your webpage.
Current Known Opportunities
Student Fellowships at Merrimack College (2)
I wanted to reach out about potential fellowship opportunities that exist within our Campus Recreation Department here at Merrimack for the 2021-22 academic year. The fellowship would cover 50% of the students tuition, allow them to pursue a one year master's degree in any of our in person Health Science related programs, and work/learn directly within our campus recreation department. The expectation would be for each fellow to put in 15-20 hours per week to the fellowship, and we are currently looking to fill two more positions. For more information or to discuss interest, Jeremy would be happy to communicate with any students.
Interim Director of Campus Recreation
Manager of Marketing & Ticketing Operations
Department of Athletics
315 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA 01845
Building Supervisors (Holy Cross, PT)
Brief description: Building Supervisors are tasked with maintaining building safety and security and managing The Jo, its staff, programming and maintenance when the professional staff is not working. Building Supervisors will open and close the facility every day of the week and operate the facility all day Saturday and Sunday as well as for special events.
Director of Campus Recreation
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Brief description: The Athletics Department at Endicott College is seeking a Graduate Assistant for Intramurals/Club Sports, Marketing and Promotions and Contest Management. In this position you will gain experience and proficiency in planning, managing, and developing intramural programming for students.
Intramurals is a vibrant and essential part of the Endicott College community. What's unique about the intramural program at Endicott is that participants compete at the same facilities as our varsity student-athletes. Students have access to the turfed Hempstead Stadium and North Field, MacDonald Gymnasium and field house inside the Post Center, and the Raymond J. Bourque Ice Arena.
Contest Manager responsibilities would include multiple duties surrounding athletic events including but not limited to ensuring fields/courts are ready for play, welcoming the opposing team to campus, escorting teams/coaches to locker rooms and playing fields, supervising the student workers at the event, assisting the Event Manager with the overall operation of the event and be available for games/ride fan busses during championship events. Club Sports responsibilities would include but not limited to traveling with teams to tournaments or games and/or aiding in the planning of trips.
Head Softball Coach
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Coordinator - Intramural Sports & Summer Programs (UMass Lowell)
Brief description: Coordinate intramural sports and summer programs and manage the evening programs of the Campus Recreation Center.
Brief description: The Coordinator of Outdoor Programs and Boathouse Manager would supervise all day to day activity at the Bellegarde Boathouse as well as coordinate programmatic efforts related to the kayak center and outdoor adventure program in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Outdoor and Bicycle Programs.
Associate Director of Campus Recreation
Lowell, MA 01854
Assistant Manager, Facilities (Boston University)
Brief description: BU's Departments of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is all about building a fun and fit community! As the Assistant Manager of Facilities, you will assist the Manager with the day-to-day operation of all facilities and services overseen and offered by the Department. As part of the Facility Management Team, this position is primarily responsible for the management of the Pro Shop as well as oversight of Facility Maintenance and improvement project management. Manage daily operations of the Pro Shop at the Fitness and Recreation Center, including the administration of the locker and towel rental program (approximately $250K in business annually).
Manager, Member Services
Sailing Coach (Boston University)
Brief description: BU's Departments of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is all about building a fun and fit community! As Sailing Coach you will manage and coach the sailing club program, teach physical education sailing classes and manage the sailing fleet inventory and facility maintenance for the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Duties include The Intercollegiate Competitive Racing Program, including coaching at regattas, training in practice, and overseeing about 40 student athletes, teaching credit classes, and maintain the sailing facility and all boats, launches and all related tools and equipment.
Manager, Intramural and Club Sports
Fitness Manager (Boston University)
Brief description: BU's Departments of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is all about building a fun and fit community! The Fitness Manager will manage all fitness and wellness operations and programming at the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec) and other satellite locations including the Fitness and Wellness Center (FitWell) at the Blackstone Community Center and medical campus. This individual oversees the fitness departments full-time and part-time and student staff, facilities and all programming including Group Exercise, Personal Training, Sports Performance Training and Physical Education and Adult and Family Recreation classes. The Fitness Manager is a leadership position responsible for providing an inspirational vision for fitness and wellness programming and enriching the member experience. This requires an individual to be well informed of current and emerging trends in the industry that will meet the needs of our students, members, faculty and staff.
Assistant Director, Programs
Club & Intramural Sports Director (UMass Dartmouth)
Brief description: The Club and Intramural Sports Director will be directly responsible for the administration, organization, supervision, evaluation, and development of comprehensive and thriving club and intramural sport programs for the UMassD campus. This position oversees the operational, financial and personnel functions of the club and intramural sports programs and serves as the primary contact and administrator for the programs. Club sports has a range of competitive and instructional clubs with several hundred participants while the Intramural Sports program has sports offered throughout the year in both competitive and recreational formats. The incumbent will be responsible for expanding activity offerings in line with University needs and industry trends. The Director will deliver programming that promotes student engagement and supports the campus goals of enrollment, engagement, and retention.
Amanda Van Voorhis
Director of Athletics
Manager of Outdoor Programs (Boston University)
Brief description: The Manager of Outdoor Programs will manage all operations and programming at the Barreca Climbing Wall and all other outdoor adventure recreation and education programs offered by Physical Education, Recreation and Dance including, but not limited to: climbing, boating, scuba and winter sports. The Manager will also ensure that the climbing wall and adventure program operation complies with Massachusetts Department of Public Safety regulations and all other governing laws.
Senior Associate Director, Programs, Fitness, PE, EMS
Facilities and Operations Manager (Harvard University)
Brief description: HealthFitness has a new and exciting opportunity for a talented Operations Manager to lead the facility operations within Harvard's University Recreation program located in Cambridge, MA. As the Operations Manager, you will be responsible for the facility oversight and management of three recreation buildings, working alongside our Membership and Service Coordinators (who you will supervise directly). In this role, you will have the opportunity to collaborate and work with the fitness team as well as our Marketing and Outreach Coordinator in the development of a variety of programs and events on campus.
Membership Specialist (Harvard University)
Brief description: HealthFitness has an exciting new opportunity available for a full-time, benefits eligible (30 hours per week) Membership Specialist within the Harvard University Recreation program located in Cambridge, MA. In this position, you will assist with managing the membership services functions of Harvard Recreation. Additionally, you will assist in memberships sales and provide services that are above and beyond for customer satisfaction.
Aquatic Specialist (Harvard University)
Brief description: HealthFitness has a great opportunity for a full-time benefits eligible (30-40 hours per week) Aquatics Specialist within our client's aquatics program located on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the supervision of the General Manager, you will be responsible for the hiring, onboarding, and management of part-time lifeguards and swim instructors at Harvard University's Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) Pool and the Blodgett Pool. You will assist with the implementation of the Learn to Swim programming, staff trainings, and the maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. You will be scheduled 20 hours per week for the key accountabilities described below and will also assist with lifeguard coverage and swim instructor lessons for an additional 10-20 hours a week.
Manager on Duty (Harvard University)
Brief description: HealthFitness is hiring for a Full-Time (30-40 hr/wk) Manager On Duty at our Harvard client site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this position, you will be the manager of our campus recreation facilities alongside our Full-Time Management Team. During the Management Team’s absence (opening/closing shifts) you will serve as the acting manager and will be responsible for the operations of the facility in its entirety.
Assistant Athletic Director- Recreation & Athletic Programs (Stonehill College)
Brief description: As an integral member of Stonehill College’s Department of Athletics, the Assistant AD – Recreation & Athletic Programs will create and implement a variety of recreational programs and activities to serve our student, staff, faculty and community populations. Primary areas of focus include intramural sports, group exercise and wellness activities and coordination of club sport and varsity athletic event management.
320 Washington Street
Easton, Massachusetts 02357
Coordinator of Campus Recreation - Fitness (Northeastern University)
Brief description: The Coordinator of Campus Recreation- Fitness is responsible for the continued development and administration of the Northeastern University Campus Recreation Department's Fitness Programs. Under the direction of the Associate Director of Campus Recreation - Fitness & Facilities, this position coordinates the scheduling and supervision of comprehensive group fitness and personal training programs serving the needs of a 21,000 student population, which includes the training, development, hiring, and evaluation of the group fitness instructors and personal trainers.
Intramural Sports Coordinator (Northeastern University)
Brief description: Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation – Intramural Sports and Facilities, the Coordinator of Campus Recreation – Intramural Sports and Facilities is responsible for the development and administration of a comprehensive Intramural Sports program, assists with general facility operations, and risk management projects.
Administrative Coordinator (Northeastern University)
Brief description: The Administrative Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Director of Athletics & Recreation and the senior administrative team including assisting with special projects and committee support.
Coordinator of Club Sports (Northeastern University)
Brief description: Under the direction of the Associate Director of Club Sports & eSports, the Coordinator of Club Sports is responsible for assisting with the development and administration of a comprehensive Club Sport program, assisting with the management of Carter Playground, and assisting with the administration of the eSports program. Northeastern University has some of the most competitive Club Sports Teams in New England supporting over 50 competitive teams, and is one of the largest Club Sport programs in the U.S.
Senior Assistant Director - Club Sport Program (Northeastern University)
Brief description: Northeastern University has some of the most competitive Club Sports Teams in New England supporting over 50 participating teams, and is one of the largest Club Sport programs in the U.S. The Senior Assistant Director oversees all operations, strategic planning initiatives, and Club Sport staff, ensuring compliance to regulations, policies and procedures.
Last updated on 7/27/2021.