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 in MA
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.
Assistant Director (Holy Cross, PT)
Brief description: Reporting to the Director of Campus Recreation, the Assistant Director is responsible for the comprehensive intramural, club sport, and special programming. This position works collaboratively with the entire Recreation Center staff to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive co-curricular recreation programs that aligns with the College's mission and reflects the best practices amongst institutions of higher education.
Director of Campus Recreation
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Manager of Fitness (UMass Boston PT)
The Manager of Fitness is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of a culturally- centered and comprehensive fitness program within the recreation department of the Division of Athletics and Recreation that reflects the diversity of the campus. The manager ensures the needs of all members, including students, faculty, staff and community are well served by offering group fitness, personal training, small group training, fitness outreach, and specialized programs. The Manager is also responsible for the management of the fitness staff and equipment.
UMass Amherst Campus Recreation
UMass Campus Recreation will be seeking several dynamic individuals to come join our rapidly expanding team, programs, and facilities. As our department enters our 5th year as member of Student Affairs and 3rd as member of the Campus Life and Wellbeing Collaborative, we are moving toward a more integrated model of wellbeing focusing on creating educational opportunities for our students. With over 14,000 of the 32,000 students living on campus, there are exciting opportunities to expand our services and facilities in the near future. We recently opened an award-winning turf facility, are opening a climbing facility in fall 2023, and are engaging in preliminary discussions for a large facility renovation/expansion project to our flagship recreation center. Our student development focused philosophy with values of connection, resilience, strength, social justice and most importantly play! We live in an environment of that encourages professional development and growth and strives for excellence in all we do.
Seeking an enthusiastic and positive leader to help guide our facilities team. The Campus Recreation department is poised for some major changes in the coming years. Plans are underway for development of a new comprehensive Master Plan for Campus Recreation and Wellbeing Facilities to drive future growth and include renovation and construction of new spaces. Several projects are on the books already that will either be started or completed this year including a new 5,000 square foot Bouldering Facility, High and Low Ropes Challenge Course and outdoor trail development, several main building renovation projects, and the start of the renovation of a portion of our grass facilities adjunct to our turf facilities into the backyard for campus, the UMass Park. We will also be revising programming to focus more of wellness and Wellbeing programming along with the addition of a new Adventure Program and will see growth in staff as well.
The Campus Life and Wellbeing (CLaW) Communications Coordinator is responsible for marketing, communications, social media, and strategic initiatives in the CLaW portfolio, and as dictated by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Wellbeing. This position will also collaborate on Student Affairs & Campus Life Communications initiatives outside of the CLaW unit. Develop and implement comprehensive wellbeing-related marketing and communications plans to include branding, timelines, objectives, and related data analysis for projects in support of Campus Recreation, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), and the Center for Health Promotion (CHP). Advance a holistic vision of wellness for campus, and execute CLaW-wide communication strategies and objectives. Website management, mailings, flyers/brochures, banners, posters, email communications, calendars, presentations, etc.
DAPER Club Sports & Intramural Part-Time Supervisor, Department of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation,
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Brief description: This position assists the Manager of Club Sports and Intramurals with the organization of club sports and intramural activities for DAPER. Hours will vary slightly during the academic year to meet operational needs. This position supports the day-to-day operations for club sport and intramural programming for indoor and outdoor facilities.
Assistant Director of Recreational Operations (Harvard University)
Brief description: Harvard Recreation strives to meet the health and wellness goals of all Harvard community members through a variety of broad-based programming. The Assistant Director, Recreational Operations will be responsible for supporting and managing all aspects of recreational operations in the Harvard Murr Center (which includes squash/tennis courts and a fitness center) and the Beren Tennis Center. This person will report to the Director of Recreational and Aquatic Operations.
Assistant Director of Fitness and Recreation Center Operations (UMass Lowell)
Brief description: The Assistant Director of Fitness and Recreation Center Operations will oversee all-day-to-day operations of the Campus Recreation Center and Riverview Fitness Center. Primary responsibilities will include oversight of facility supervisors, facility attendants, emergency response, facility scheduling and upkeep. In addition, the Assistant Director will be responsible for the management of all Personal Training related services and Fitness and Wellness Programs.
Last updated on 11/28/2022