Campus Recreation


A team is stronger than any individual; we work together as a team to provide quality service to every one of our recreation clients at Campus Recreation.

We are looking for students who are:  

  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Enthusiastic 
  • Friendly
  • Dedicated
  • Honest

The Fall 2019 openings are listed below. You may begin the process by completing a Student Employment Application . Follow directions on the form. If you have previously applied, you will need to update your application. 

If you know what area of Campus Recreation or the Harry Mussatto Golf Course you are interested in, you may contact the area supervisor.


  • Aquatics Center Lifeguard ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 2
    Nick Knowles,
  • Equipment Room Attendant ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Alan Arvin,
  • Front Desk ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Nick Knowles,
  • Graphic Designer ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Nick Knowles,
  • Group Fitness Instructor ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 5
    (must be previously certified)
    Brian Thomas,
  • Intramural Sports Official ǀ Fall 2019 openings: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    Brian Thomas,
  • Office Assistant ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Nick Knowles,
  • Olympic Strength Room Attendant ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Brian Thomas,
  • Personal Trainer ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 5
    (must be previously certified )
    Brian Thomas,
  • Weight Room Attendant ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 0
    Brian Thomas,


  • Golf Course Pro Shop Attendant ǀ Fall 2019 openings: 2
    (preference to ages over 20 years; afternoon and weekends availability are a priority)
    Lia Lukkarinen,
  • Golf Course Grounds ǀ Fall  2019 openings: 2
    (outdoor work; must have ability to operate mowers/gators/trimmers)
    Kevin Hainline,

Employment with Campus Recreation promises a congenial, positive work environment.

  • Competitive wages
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • In-service training

Student employees learn valuable skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime.

  • Leadership development
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Technical skills
  • Certification preparation


Campus Recreation at Western Illinois University offers graduate assistantships to WIU graduate students. The opportunity to pursue a Master's degree in a strong academic program, combined with the practical learning experience of a graduate assistantship, provides applicants with a comprehensive graduate education. Graduate degree programs, which would be enhanced by an assistantship in Campus Recreation, include the following:

Other Graduate Degree programs can be found on the Programs of Study Page.


Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

All graduate assistants will work a minimum of 20 hours per week, which could include weekends. Customizing and combining positions to meet your personal goals is common. Early application for optimal consideration is strongly encouraged.

Facility Management (No openings Fall 2019)

The Facility Management Graduate Assistant oversees various operations of the Spencer Student Recreation Center and performs duties associated within the facility. Responsibilities include providing exceptional customer service, utilizing conflict resolution skills, responding to injuries, supervising students, implementing risk management procedures, enforcing policies, hiring and training student employees, and assisting with facility management and scheduling.

Fitness Services (No opening Fall 2019)

The Fitness Services Graduate Assistant coordinates the fitness sessions including the hiring, training, evaluating, and scheduling of instructors/trainers as well as scheduling and supervising both the weight room/Olympic Strength rooms. Other responsibilities include preparing and administering in-services, teaching fitness instructor/personal training courses, teaching group fitness classes, and providing students and staff with healthy lifestyle information. Background in Exercise Science, Health Wellness, Nutrition, or Strength and Conditioning preferred.

Intramural Sports/Sport Clubs (No openings Fall 2019)

The Intramural Sports/ Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant plans, organizes, administers, and evaluates over 30 intramural events, assists in the recruitment, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating officials and supervisors for assigned intramural sport activities. The Graduate Assistant will also assist with the coordination of all aspects of the Intramural Sports program. Other opportunities include supervision of intramural activities, marketing/promotion, University relations, and student development. Officiating experience preferred. This Graduate Assistant oversees all components of the sport clubs program. and meets with club presidents and is responsible for ensuring all sport clubs are in compliance with Campus Recreation. Responsibilities include scheduling monthly meetings with sport club presidents, depositing club funds, coordinating travel arrangements, and marketing and promoting sport club events. Excellent time management and multitasking skills are needed. 

Graduate Assistantship Requirements

Candidates must have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution and have been regularly accepted into a graduate degree program at Western Illinois University. A 3.0 GPA or higher is preferred. Additionally, candidates must have an assistantship application, a statement of personal goals, and three recommendation letters on file with the School of Graduate Studies. Desired qualities include previous experience with activity/event programming and/or leadership development, strong interpersonal and communications skills, and a sincere interest in assisting students’ growth and development.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Full-time Graduate Assistants receive a $943 stipend per month for eight months plus a tuition waiver for the fall semester, spring semester, and summer term.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the online Application for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Upload a personal goals statement and submit names for letters of recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee online by credit card with your application or mail your non-refundable $30 application fee (check payable to Western Illinois University) to:
         School of Graduate Studies
         Western Illinois University
         1 University Circle
         Macomb, IL 61455
  4. Complete an Application for Graduate Assistantship , if not already submitted with your admissions application, and submit to the School of Graduate Studies.
  5. Complete the Campus Recreation Graduate Assistantship Application to apply for an assistantship in Campus Recreation; submit to the Campus Recreation Graduate Coordinator.
  6. Submit your cover letter and resume to the Campus Recreation Graduate Coordinator.
  7. Submit a Request to have Documents Sent to Department to the Campus Recreation Graduate Coordinator. Complete the form with the following information:
    1. Name of individual receiving documents: Nick Knowles
    2. Name of department in which above individual is located: Campus Recreation
    3. Please send the following: (check √ all lines)
      1.   √   Graduate Assistantship Application
      2.   √   Personal Goals Statement
      3.   √   Recommendation from _________________________
      4.   √   Recommendation from _________________________
      5.   √   Recommendation from _________________________

For additional information and to submit your materials, please contact the Campus Recreation Graduate Coordinator.

Nick Knowles
Campus Recreation
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2641


Western Illinois University is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution

Western Illinois University provides the high quality educational programs for a diverse student population. WIU is a comprehensive institution with a primary focus on instruction and an additional commitment to research and public services. Founded in 1899, WIU is a state-supported institution that recognizes its responsibility to serve the western Illinois region and the people of Illinois. WIU has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students which includes 1,800 graduate studentS.

Campus Recreation provides recreational programs, facilities, and services to the University community with an emphasis on student needs. Our diverse programs, facilities, and services provide life-enhancing recreational opportunities for the physical, mental, and social interests of the students.

For more information see the complete policy statement.


Current Student Employees

Contact Info

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, 200A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Office: (309) 298-1228
Front Desk: (309) 298-2797
Fax Number: (309) 298-3224