If you’re looking for convenient and flexible work hours on campus, then look no further! Recreation Services offers student employment as well as graduate assistantships. When working for Rec Services, it is understood you are a student first, so the hours are flexible.

Recreation Services is the employer of choice for Southeast Students. From Personal Trainers to Intramural Sports Officials, Activity Attendants and Facility Supervisors, we have a variety of employment opportunities with flexible hours to fit any busy student's schedule. Return the completed application to the main office (room 101) at the SRC or fill out an online application. Thank you for considering Rec Services! 

Why Consider Employment with Recreation Services? 

Recreation Services is one of the largest employers of students on campus. Many students prefer the convenience of working on campus, in a fun, high energy environment. There is also a diverse selection of positions offered through Recreation Services which allows student workers to find a position where they fit best.  

Are We Looking For You? 

We are looking for SEMO students (you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours) who have the of following traits: 

  • Self-motivated 
  • Customer service experience 
  • A friendly demeanor 
  • Experience working with children 
  • Experience working with patrons of all ages 
  • Trustworthy 
  • Dependable 
  • Likes to smile! 
  • Empowered 
  • Dedicated 
  • Ability to work over school breaks 

These are just some of the traits that current student employees have with Recreation Services. Do you have most of these skills? If so, we would like to speak with you! 

What’s In It For You? 

As an employee with Recreation Services, the benefits are many.

  • Most positions start at minimum wage, but selected positions make more hourly. 
  • Scheduling flexibility – we are open many hours. 
  • Ease of getting to work – we are on campus and close to many off-campus apartments. 
  • The ability to work with a diverse population and hone your overall customer service skills. 

General Expectations of Graduate Assistants of Recreation Services 

  • Plan, organize, supervise, and manage special event programming. 
  • Represent the department at university functions such as First STEP, Transfer Orientation, and Show Me Day events. 
  • Assist with marketing efforts for the department, such as developing and distributing event posters/flyers and maintaining a social media presence. 
  • Facilitate and assist with departmental projects as assigned. 
  • Assist with the facilitation of our teambuilding and challenge program. 
  • Assist with planning of camps and conferences. 
  • Assist with planning youth & family programming. 
  • Assist with budget allocations. 
  • Attend and participate in Recreation Services employee staff training, weekly staff meetings, and our professional development program. 
  • Work evening and weekends, as deemed appropriate to supervise operations and events. 
  • Each position will have area-specific responsibilities, as described below.

Graduate Assistant Position Listing

  • Reports to the Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness. 
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate group fitness instructors and personal trainers. 
  • Supervise group fitness and personal training program, and skill development courses. 
  • Create and administer safe fitness programs, staff manuals, and staff training program. 
  • Coordinate all statistical information for program participation. 
  • Maintain all equipment inventory and research and purchase new fitness-related equipment. 
  • Coordinate and assist in several fitness-related special events. 
  • Assist in annual wellness-based university employee/student health screenings and wellness fair. 
  • Assist the Assistant Director with management of the overall university student, faculty and staff wellness programming.

  • Reports to the Coordinator, Intramural & Club Sports 
  • Assist with planning, organizing, scheduling, marketing, supervising, and evaluating programs and events. 
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate Intramural Sports Supervisors, Officials and Office Assistants 
  • Assist with duties within the sport club program. 
  • Assist in budget development and management. 
  • Assist in the development of policies and guidelines that promote safety, care of equipment, and equal access. 
  • Ensure that accurate program statistics are maintained (e.g. accident reports, point standings, and participant satisfaction surveys). 
  • Be proficient on, and enforce, all building and program policies and procedures. 
  • Coordinate and participate in disciplinary hearings. 
  • Continue to further develop and enhance the Intramural Sports and Club Sports Programs.

  • Reports to the Assistant Director, Facilities & Programs and the Assistant Director, Aquatics. 
  • Manage and supervise programs and special events, such as tournaments and swim meets. 
  • Assist with risk management procedures and day to day operations. 
  • Coordinating all record keeping and statistics relevant to facility usage. 
  • Evening and weekend responsibility. 
  • Assist with the recruiting, hiring, training & scheduling staff. 
  • Assist with swim programs and classes as well as the rental of local swim teams. 
  • Assist with maintenance issues and chemical processes within the facility. 
  • Conduct in-service trainings.

GA Academic Requirements and Benefits 

Academic Information

Master’s degree options include Higher Education Administration (Sports Management option), Community Wellness, Exercise Science, Public Administration and Business Administration. Graduate Assistants must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to maintain their assistantship. Specific degree requirements may differ according to the academic major. 


A complete in-state (Missouri residents) tuition remission is available for Missouri/nonresidents and a stipend of approximately $8,686.00 for nine months (all books and dedicated student fees are the responsibility of the graduate assistant and not paid by the department). nonresidents will only receive an in-state waiver only. Additional income for breaks and summer months may be available. Professional development assistance may also be available. 


This position is renewable for one year pending a complete evaluation of candidate performance and duties. Termination or non-renewal of the assistantship may result if specific duties are not accomplished, or the candidate receives documented poor performance reviews. Candidate must be available to start no later than the Monday prior to move-in weekend. 

Application Deadline

Current GA positions are “open until filled”. Contact Eric Redinger as listed below to discuss your eligibility. 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, most recent copy of official or unofficial academic transcripts, copy of fitness-related certifications (for fitness/wellness position), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Eric Redinger.

Mr. Eric Redinger, Director 
Southeast Missouri State University 
Department of Recreation Services 
One University Plaza, MS 7100 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
Phone: (573) 651-2471 
Fax: (573) 651-5190 

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7100
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701