Director - Galen Piper

Assistant Director - Melissa Hazzard
717-477-1123 x 3732

Graduate Assistants -Summer 2016

  • Alexandra Heller - Facilities/Aquatics
  • Chelsey Kaiser - Student Personnel

Recreation Staff
  • ShipRec Desk Staff
  • Maintenance
  • Group Fitness Instructors
  • Intamural Staff
  • Lifeguards

Employment Application

To apply for a position with the Department of Recreation, please complete an employment application:

Department of Recreation Application

  • Submit to ShipRec entrance desk
  • Fax: 717-477-4054 (Attention Galen Piper)
  • Email: (Please use "Employment Application" in the subject line)
  • Mail: Galen Piper, Director of Recreation, Shippensburg University,1871 Old Main Drive,Shippensburg PA 17257

Job Descriptions

ShipRec Desk Staff

Staff are assigned to work the ShipRec entrance desk and the cardio/strength desk. General responsibilities include managing facility access, communicating facility and program information to members and guests, selling memberships and guest passes, equipment distribution, facility usage reporting, enforcing established facility policies, and ensuring all facility areas are safe and secure. Shifts are scheduledbased uponstaff availability.

Intramural Staff

Staffare responsible for the facilitation of all intramural sports activities. Job duties include game organization and management, ensuring a safe, secure, and fun playing environment, equipment distribution, enforcing intramural rules and policies, and monitoring score sheet completion and accuracy. Work hours are typically Sunday – Thursday evenings, and attendance at one weekly staff meeting is mandatory.

Group Fitness Instructor

Planning and instructing safe, fun and effective group fitness classes. Instructors are responsible for supervising group fitness participants, creating a supportive exercise environment, and developing fitness instruction skills and knowledge. Hours are flexible around instructor schedule and room availability.


Duties include maintaining the cleanliness of the ShipRec cardio/strength area. Daily responsibilities include cleaning cardio and strength equipment, equipment inspection, reporting equipment damage, and monitoring the proper operation of equipment. Work hours are flexible, but shifts are primarily scheduled in the morning or late night when facility use is low.


Lifeguards are assigned to the Heiges Field House pool. Duties include monitoring and enforcing pool rules and policies, performing life-saving duties when needed, maintaining order and cleanliness within the pool area, maintaining attendance log of pool use, answer questions, and assist with opening and closing the facility as needed. Staff must have lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certifications.