On Wednesday, September 23rd, the WVUGo Job Fair took over the Student Recreation
Center’s Upper Courts, where prospective employees were able to learn more about
open positions within the Campus Rec and Adventure WV departments. The wide array
of offerings included positions in Communications and Marketing, Competitive Sports,
First Year Trips and more. Interested students were able to hear more about the
departments from current staff and apply to jobs on the spot.
For those like Alex Kew, the Climbing Wall Graduate Assistant for Adventure WV, being involved in these programs has helped him feel confident in his future plans. Kew has been involved with the climbing wall for two years, managing and helping mentor patrons and employees.
“We look for people who have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn,” he said. “So, I would say if you’re interested in the outdoors and you want to learn, you can both get paid to learn in terms of the training we do, but also help facilitate the programs that we do.”
Kew explained that the skills that are taught in Adventure WV can be transferred into other aspects of one’s life and many of the benefits become more rewarding over time.
“If you want to take your friends out climbing or out on the Mon for a day of hiking,
working with Adventure in any capacity can help with those skills,” he explained.
“I’ve had plenty of room to not only manage and maintain what I need to, but also
to grow new programs,” he said. “There’s been room for advancement and growth in
And according to Nathan Harlan, Executive Director of WVU Student Wellness, that’s
the goal of WVUGo.
“We have a mission to specifically build our employees' skill sets,” he said. “When
somebody is a manager for Campus Rec or a trip leader, there are skill sets that
we train on that correspond to future job opportunities.”
He explained the positions that are offered are designed to benefit students in their future careers, which differs from some other jobs.
“Our job isn’t just to make people proficient to fulfill a task, it’s to transfer
that learning forward in their future careers.”
At another table, Vicki Hoover, Child Development Program Specialist and Operation Coordinator for Campus Rec, stood to inform students about opportunities that are available in Youth Programs.
She explained that applying for any position that WVUGo offers is a chance to build a resume that offers useful hands-on experience, no matter your career goals. With students from all different types of majors working for the departments, the broad range of available positions is evident. Often, she said, the student workers come back to work the next year and experience opportunities for advancement.
“For the most part, my staff, once they start, they stay until they graduate,” Hoover
explained. “A number of them say that they’re going to be in a graduate program
and they want to stay on and continue working just because they enjoy it so much.”
Check out our employment page for more information on WVUGo Employment and to see available opportunities.