Harvard Recreation Employment


Recreation Center Staff 

Interested in working at the MAC or Hemenway? 

This position entails, but is not limited to, greeting members, controlling access, providing excellent customer service to members, monitoring fitness areas, cleaning and organizing the equipment, etc. At this time, we are accepting applications for RCS positions at the Malkin Athletic Center and Hemenway Gymnasium. Please contact our Service Coordinator, Dan Martin (daniel.martin@hfit.com) to begin the application process.

Group Fitness Instructor Training Course - Spring 2020 Edition

Do you think you'd make a good group fitness instructor?  Do you love motivating people to get healthy, fit and happy? This spring, we are looking for motivated individuals to enroll in our training course to become group exercise instructors.  Upon completion of the course, you will take the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification exam. Once certified with ACE, you will have the opportunity to take part in an apprenticeship and audition to teach classes on the Harvard Recreation group fitness schedules, at MAC and Hemenway.  The cost for materials and the exam is $240.  We will be offering a limited number of scholarships to undergraduates to cover the cost of the program (preference will be given to students who will be on campus and able to teach for Harvard Rec. for multiple years). See below for more details.  Please note that we do not accept applications from incoming freshmen for the fall edition of the course. We absolutely welcome you to apply for the spring course, once you've settled into life at Harvard!

Benefits of becoming a group fitness instructors with a nationally accredited ACE certification: 

  • Gain employment at fitness centers all over the country  
  • Learn valuable public-speaking skills, which translate into almost any career!
  • Stay fit and healthy while earning extra income
  • On-campus employment opportunities
  • Inspire, motivate and transform lives
  • So much fun!

The course will meet Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm, from February 7 - May 1, 2020 (no class 3/13 and 3/20) at the Malkin Athletic Center, as well as Saturday March 7 and Saturday March 28 from 9:00-11:00am. The two Saturday sessions will meet at Hemenway.  Applications for the Spring course will be accepted from November 7, 2019 to January 31, 2020 or until the course is full, whichever comes first. For additional information, contact Fitness Director Dawn Stenis at dawn.stenis@hfit.com. And check out this article: 7 SIGNS YOU'RE MEANT TO BE A GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

APPLY FOR HARVARD FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE HERE - This course is FULL! The next course will be Fall of 2020.

Group Fitness Instructors

Harvard offers a full schedule of recreation classes including yoga, Mat Pilates, Barre, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, water fitness, Step aerobics, ZUMBA and more. We are always looking for talented and motivated instructors. Candidates are required to possess a current CPR/AED certification and a nationally accredited Primary Group Fitness certification such as ACE, AFAA, SCWfit, or NDEITA.  If you are certified, enthusiastic, reliable and want to join a fun and supportive team, contact Fitness Director Dawn Stenis dawn.stenis@hfit.com. Indicate formats taught, certification type(s) and availability in your email.

Personal Trainers

Malkin Athletic Center and Hemenway Gymnasium, both located on the campus of Harvard University, are looking for an experienced (at least 1 year), full-time personal trainer to work with a diverse University community. He/she must have a current personal training certification through a nationally recognized, IHRSA accredited organization (such as NASM, NSCA, ACSM, etc) as well as have current CPR/AED certifications. This trainer must be open to working a varied schedule, have the ability to effectively manage his/her schedule, work as part of a team, and deliver superior customer service.

Please find the link to apply here!

Interested individuals can contact Ariel Wahl at ariel.wahl@hfit.com 

Water Fitness Instructor

Qualified candidates will have a nationally recognized Water Fitness Certification (i.e., AEA, SCW) and CPR certification. Please contact Dawn Stenis dawn.stenis@hfit.com to apply and schedule an audition.


Sailing Center Steward


The Harvard Sailing Center is looking for stewards to monitor the boathouse. Responsibilities include: open, close and monitor the Harvard Sailing Center. Greet and monitor recreational members and assist them with rigging if necessary. Monitor boats sailing and assist with capsize recovery/rescue if necessary. Monitor weather and close down if necessary. Lead rigging and facility orientations for new/potential members. Perform small custodial and maintenance tasks during down time. Requirements: rigging, sailing and capsize recovery of small dinghies. Motorboat driving competence. Hourly Pay: $11. Hours: 1-7pm weekends and selected weekdays, June 1-August 31. Contact: Bern Noack, Assistant Sailing Coach at bcnoack@fas.harvard.edu or 857-998-0979.


 The Department of Athletics is currently accepting applications for Lifeguards for the Blodgett and Malkin Pools. Applicants should have current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training including CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers. To schedule a tryout, please contact Miles Keesy at mkeesy@fas.harvard.edu.

Stadium Bubble Monitor

The Harvard University Department of Athletics is currently seeking front desk monitors for its winter bubble. The bubble serves as an indoor athletic facility for university varsity and club teams as well as various non-Harvard groups from January through mid-March.

Primary responsibilities of the monitor will include:

  • Enforcing bubble schedule among users

  • Ensuring that the 150-person capacity limit is enforced, while keeping all outside groups and guests from entering the bubble

  • Maintain upkeep of facility by reminding and helping users return all equipment to designated areas

  • Opening and closing facility – locking doors, turning on and off lights

  • Assisting in facility closures, emergency situations when necessary

  • Other duties as assigned

For more information, please contact Cassidy Clavet at dha-ops@fas.harvard.edu.