Join the Campus Rec Team 

Campus Rec employees work collaboratively to provide a welcoming and inclusive place to play for the entire Portland State Community. Campus Rec creates a community for employees to connect, grow, and cultivate a sense of purpose, to nurture abilities in themselves and others, and to generate positive social impact across campus and in their communities.  We strive to inspire, empower, and educate our employees to be current and future leaders of social change by providing professional development opportunities that complement the student academic experience with practical job training and mentorship.

Future Staff

Interested in working at Campus Rec? Explore current job and internship opportunities, and check out our FLASH program for first-year students and WiLD program for future outdoor leaders. 

Current Staff

Already work at Campus Rec? Current staff and new hires can visit the CREC Employee Microsite for new hire paperwork, on-boarding videos, policies, resources, and professional development opportunities. 

Employment Opportunities

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Training & Development

Employees develop knowledge and skills through both workshops and hands-on training. All employees are encouraged to take initiative and embrace more complex responsibilities over time, and subsequently to apply for leadership positions.  Employees who are promoted to leadership roles are offered additional training and mentoring designed to develop supervisory, decision-making, and management skills. 

Develop knowledge about:

  • Personal success, and your strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Wellbeing, and how to enhance your own wellbeing and that of the community
  • Inclusion, and how to create a workplace culture that is welcoming and inclusive
  • Sustainability, and how to consider the environmental and economic impact when making decisions at work

Develop transferable career readiness skills:

  • Ability to work with diverse communities 
  • Teamwork/collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to consider sustainability when making decisions
  • Professionalism, time management, and work ethic

Jobs & Internships

Jobs (Student Employee Positions)




Due to COVID-19, hiring of Intramural Sports Officials is on hold until fall 2021. To express your interest in these positions, please complete the Intramural Officials Interest Form. We will reach out to you when Intramural Sports resume and hiring begins again. Thank you!

Wage Agreements (Non-Student Employee Positions)


  • Lifeguard (Wage Agreement/Non-Student Employee)




All PSU undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for internships. On occasion non-PSU students are considered for internships. All internships are available on a case-by-case basis and typically last for one or two terms. Internships taken for academic credit or in conjunction with an academic requirement may require department advisor approval prior to the start of the internship. Campus Rec internships are paid, and there are a limited number of internships available each term.

Campus Rec has offered internships for students interested in gaining experience in areas of recreation including health promotion, accounting, human resources, marketing, inclusive recreation, programming, and operations. Students have the opportunity to apply prior coursework and integrate theory with practical learning while receiving mentorship and supervision from a professional staff member. If you are interested in an internship that is not listed, please check out our website for more information on what we do, and contact to discuss other opportunities.

How to Apply for Jobs & Internships

  1. Our list of current job and internship opportunities is included above.
  2. Follow the application instructions listed on the job or internship posting. 
  3. Electronically complete the appropriate application (provided below).
  4. Prepare your resume and cover letter describing your interest in the open position and any related experience.
  5. Email application, cover letter, and resume (and supplemental materials) as attachments to with the subject line stating "name of position, last name."
  6. You will receive a confirmation email within one week.

Please note that Campus Rec requires employees to complete a background check prior to starting work. Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.


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Personal Training Cohort Program

Supporting Underrepresented Students Entering the Personal Training Field

Apply by Sunday March 14, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Campus Rec's Personal Training (PT) Course Cohort Program assists underrepresented students with entering the personal training field. Underrepresented students include, but are not limited to: Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American, African, African-American, Chicano/Chicana, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning students.

The cohort program equips participating students with the knowledge and skills to transform themselves and their communities. In addition, the program provides support to Campus Rec members by increasing representation of our Personal Training program. Moreover, the cohort program supports Campus Rec's strategic goal of expanding our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Personal Training Cohort Program

Cohort Benefits

  • Free entry into the ACE Personal Training Prep Course ($599 value)
  • Additional support and mentoring via Campus Rec master trainers
  • A pathway to employment at Campus Rec
  • Access to career paths post graduation

Cohort Eligibility

  • Current PSU student with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6.0 undergraduate or 5.0 graduate credits three out of four terms per year.
  • Anticipated graduation date must be June 2022 or later.
  • Must commit to the entire length of cohort program (April 2021 - June 2022)
  • Available to work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week during AY22 (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022).
  • Direct experience, strong knowledge of, and familiarity with diverse populations including, but not limited to: Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American, African, African-American, Chicano/Chicana, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning students. Students who identify with these populations are encouraged to apply.

Cohort Requirements

Spring 2021

  • Attend (live) PT class Zoom sessions (Tu/Th 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) 
  • Attend weekly Zoom study group meetings 
    • Date/Time:TBD
  • Register for and take the ACE Personal Training Certification Exam by June 30, 2021
    • If a student does not pass on their first attempt, the retake fee is $199. If the student is unable to retake and pass the exam, they will be ineligible for employment and removed from the cohort.

Summer 2021

  • Apply to work as a Campus Rec Personal Trainer
  • Complete New PT Training (paid)
  • Participate in monthly cohort meetings during FY22 (paid)

AY22: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

  • Work for Campus Rec as a Personal Trainer
    • Meet all Personal Trainer position requirements as outlined in the position description, including maintaining a minimum of 15 hours per week of availability
  • Participate in monthly cohort meetings during FY22 (paid)

AY23: Ongoing employment offered for continuing students

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the PT Class Cohort Application by Sunday March 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. When submitting your application, make sure to have the following materials/information ready:

  • Current resume
  • One (1) letter of recommendation 
    • From a professor, advisor, supervisor, work colleague, etc. addressing the applicant’s reliability, work ethic, follow-through, and potential for success in the PT Class Cohort
  • Typed responses to the following application questions (no more than three pages):
    • Explain your interest in Personal Training and how being accepted into the PT Class Cohort will help you reach your long term career goal(s).
    • Describe your experience working with and/or supporting diverse populations including, but not limited to: Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American, African, African-American, Chicano/Chicana, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning students.
    • Why is it important to have diverse representation in the fitness industry?
    • How will you support Campus Rec's mission, vision, and values as a future Personal Trainer?

For more information or questions, please contact Erin Bransford at

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WiLD Program

Become an Outdoor Trip Leader

The Outdoor Program (ODP) hires and trains students to lead guided outdoor trips, rent outdoor rental gear, and manage our indoor Climbing Center. A highlight of the ODP is the outdoor trips offered each term, such as rafting, kayaking, backpacking, climbing and more. In addition, the Outdoor Program offers technical skill seminars like Wilderness First Responder, Intro to Whitewater Kayaking, and Rock Climbing. 

The Outdoor Program depends on PSU students to lead these outdoor adventure trips and places great value on the experience that students gain from these wilderness activities. Engaging in rock climbing, whitewater paddling, and hiking can build mental strength through problem solving, perseverance and teamwork. This is the type of community that is fostered at the ODP – a group of dedicated and passionate outdoor enthusiasts who are excited to learn and teach other students.

Most people who lead trips for the Outdoor Program join our team through the Wilderness Leadership Development (WiLD) program, a two-term development series designed to train and empower PSU students through experiential education in an outdoor setting. Through the WiLD program, students gain experience in teaching, facilitation, public speaking, communication, conflict resolution and risk management in addition to technical outdoor skills. WiLD is an unpaid opportunity, but participants are eligible for an Educational Leadership Service Award (ELSA). Though most students who complete the WiLD program go on to work for ODP as a trip leader, there is no guarantee of employment upon completion of the program.

WiLD Cohort 2021 - Applications Closed

This year's WiLD cohort will be recruited in winter term, and trained during spring term. The program will culminate in a week-long trip (depending on status of COVID-19) over summer break for the opportunity to further refine and practice your skills. Our goal is that by the end of this two-term program, you will have gained the experience necessary to move into a paid trip leading position and will continue to work for the Outdoor Program during your time at PSU. 

Expectations & Application Process

To be considered for the WiLD Program, candidates must:

  • Be a current PSU student with at least two years remaining. We prioritize applicants who will be PSU students for two years because of the time and money invested in this training program.
  • Be able to attend all of the trainings and meetings for the WiLD program. Time commitments and dates are included below. 
  • Turn in a complete, on-time application packet to, including the application form and a resume and cover letter by Friday, January 29, 2021.
  • Note: If you are a PSU student who has several years of documented, professional guiding experience, you may be considered for a “fast track” trip leader position. 

Deadlines & Schedule

Winter Term 2021

  • Info Sessions: We recommend attending an info session to learn more about the program
    • Info Session Zoom Link
      • Wednesday, January 13: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
      • Tuesday, January 19: 11 a.m.  - 12 p.m.
      • Friday, January 22: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Application Due: Friday, January 29
  • Interviews: Mid-February 
  • WiLD Remote Learning Sessions
    • Attend three WiLD remote learning sessions (times & dates TBD)

Spring Term 2021

  • Attend ODP Trip Leader meeting (date TBD)
  • Complete First Aid/CPR training
  • As a WiLD Intern, participate in the leadership of 1-2 trips (depending on status of COVID-19)
  • Attend bi-weekly WiLD remote learning sessions throughout the term (times TBD)
  • Attend the WiLD Training Trip over summer break (depending on status of COVID-19)
  • Meet with Coordinator to review skill development and set goals