Operations Associate

The Operations Team manages the daily operations of the Southwest Recreation Center and Student Recreation & Fitness Center. Operations Associates serve RecSports participants by preparing the buildings for opening and closing, overseeing equipment checkout, supervising the weight room and cardio spaces, and providing participants with information that will assist in their experience with RecSports.

Unit Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise activity in programmed and non-programmed areas in indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Enforce policies and procedures throughout the recreation centers and field spaces
  • Develop a strong base-line of fitness and facility knowledge
  • Guide patrons in proper use of equipment and spot patrons based on educated judgment
  • Oversee equipment check-out/in and usage by participants
  • Maintain an excellent recreation environment by cleaning equipment and various areas of the facility
  • Track and maintain participation counts throughout the facility
  • Check equipment for damage and report broken equipment
  • Assist program participants and facility users regularly, on the phone and in person, with all aspects of the Recreational Sports Program
    • Make referrals to appropriate areas as necessary
    • Be knowledgeable of all Recreational Sports and University Programs
  • Respond to all injuries and assist in immediate first aid and proper emergency procedures

RecSports Team Member Responsibilities

  • Develop professional relationships with co-workers, participants, and guests
  • Uphold and exceed the expectations of the cornerstones of RecSports service: Accountability, Anticipating needs, Attitude, and Atmosphere
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge as a RecSports ambassador
  • Take ownership of RecSports facilities and programs by exhibiting a responsible work ethic
  • Promote and maintain cleanliness and appearance within and around RecSports facilities
  • Enforce RecSports policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
  • Respond to all emergency situations and adhere to established protocol including pre- and post- incident procedures
  • All RecSports employees are expected to abide by the RecSports Code of Conduct process that clarifies shared expectations and standards in effort to best serve our patrons, develop each team member, and prepare student employees for future career endeavors


  • First Aid, CPR, AED certification or ability to attain it within first week of employment
  • Interest in recreation, fitness, and campus involvement
  • Availability to work nights and weekend hours
  • Availability to work 9-12 hours, at minimum, each week
  • Successful completion of department training requirements once hired
  • Complete and maintain UF online certifications in GET803, OOC101, PRV802, ITT102, GET811


Timeline for Fall Start Date:

  • Interviews in July
  • Department-Wide Onboarding in late July
  • Unit Trainings in mid-August

Timeline for Spring Start Date:

  • Interviews in November
  • Department-Wide Onboarding in early December
  • Unit Trainings in mid-December or early January

Timeline for Summer A Start Date:

  • Interviews in March
  • Department-Wide Onboarding in April
  • Unit Trainings in late April or early May

Timeline for Summer B Start Date:

  • Interviews in late May or early June
  • Department-Wide Onboarding in mid-June
  • Unit Trainings in late June