Housed within the Division of Student Affairs, the RecWell team is comprised of more than 30 professional staff and graduate assistants, and over 200 student employees. We offer a variety of programs, services and experiences across our 10 program areas: Aquatics, Competitive Sports, Facilities, Fitness, Marketing, Membership, Outdoor Adventures, Special Events, Team Development, and Wellness. In August 2016, the department moved into the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, a new 216,000 sq. ft award-winning, LEED Gold Certified facility. 

Our Mission

The Department of Recreation and Wellness fosters comprehensive wellness by engaging students and the UNCG community in experiential and educational opportunities. We promote lifelong success through meaningful and inclusive programs and resources. We believe a balance of social, mental and physical wellness creates a foundation for successful, healthy individuals.


UNC Greensboro fully supports and values an inclusive community with visible and meaningful representation of diversity. We seek to promote a climate of civility and respect, where diverse viewpoints and experiences are welcomed. UNCG is committed to protecting the rights of all to ensure that each person in our community is empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the mission of this university. As a minority-serving institution, we embrace our role as serving a large, diverse student body and we are committed to our mission as providing access and opportunity for all.

UNC Greensboro is committed to equality of employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. Moreover, UNC Greensboro is committed to recruiting and advancing women and minorities at all levels.


The following areas have anticipated openings available for fall 2021:


Aquatics Graduate Assistant (GA)

The Graduate Assistant for Aquatics oversees the daily operations of the Aquatics program area, which includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. The Graduate Assistant will work directly with the Aquatics Coordinator to support informal recreation, special events, group reservations, safety courses, and swim lessons. View Full Job Description Here

Contact Person: Lindsay Wigderson – Coordinator, Aquatics


“Through this role at RecWell, I have gained numerous opportunities to learn about myself, foster team growth, and become an inspirational professional. I am certainly going to miss this atmosphere, but I am excited to take what I have learned and apply it to my future career!” – Brandee S, GA, Aquatics (2nd year)

Please note that this position may change given budget or other university decisions.


Competitive Sports Graduate Assistant (GA)

The Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports provides guidance and leadership for all Competitive Sports Student Staff. As a paraprofessional member of the Department of Recreation & Wellness, this position is responsible for the assisting in the day-to day management of the Intramural Sports Program and execution of Club Sports practices and events. During their appointment, Competitive Sports Graduate Assistants will develop a combination of leadership, program execution, risk management and student development skills that will prepare them for a career in collegiate recreation. View Full Job Description Here

Contact Person: Erik Unger – Assistant Director, Competitive Sports


“It has provided me with opportunities to redefine my purpose and passion in recreation and figure out my path in the future. I have been able to bring my own perspective but always felt the support of everyone else.” – Ashley P, GA, Competitive Sports (2nd year)

Please note that this position may change given budget or other university decisions.


Facilities Graduate Assistant (GA)

The Graduate Assistant for Facilities holds significant responsibilities related to the daily operations of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. While supervising Facility Supervisors and Patron Services Assistants, the Graduate Assistant oversees all Welcome Desk operations and assists with general facility management and maintenance needs. View Full Job Description Here

Contact Person: Chelsea Phipps – Assistant Director, Facilities & Special Events


“The roles and responsibilities that I possess have allowed me to professionally achieve much more than what I ever expected as a Graduate Assistant. Collectively, UNCG RecWell does an amazing job making our GAs feel valued and respected as both students and members of the professional staff, providing us with a variety of unique opportunities to grow outside of our own program areas.” – Jordan K, GA, Facilities (2nd years)

Please note that this position may change given budget or other university decisions.


Event Operations Graduate Assistant (GA)

 The Graduate Assistant for Event Operations oversees the daily operations of the Special Events program area, which manages event reservations within all indoor and outdoor Recreation & Wellness spaces. The Graduate Assistant is tasked with overseeing the Special Events Supervisors and Assistants and is involved with a variety of events hosted by the Department. Additionally, this position will aid in student development efforts for the entire Department through staff recruitment initiatives and professional development opportunities. View Full Job Description Here

Contact Person: Hannah Lanzillotta – Coordinator, Special Events


“The environment/culture here at UNCG RecWell is like no other. There is a clear understanding that each person is unique in their own way and their voice matters – which is something I learned very quickly and it allowed me to grow immensely in my confidence to be myself and share what I am passionate about!” – Erin B, GA, Special Events (2nd year)

Please note that this position may change given budget or other university decisions.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to the following individual for each position opening:

  • AQUATICS – Lindsay Wigderson, Aquatics Coordinator,
  • COMPETITIVE SPORTS – Erik Unger, Assistant Director of Competitive Sports,
  • FACILITIES – Chelsea Phipps, Assistant Director of Facilities & Special Events,
  • EVENT OPERATIONS – Hannah Lanzillotta, Special Events

For best consideration, please submit applications by the priority deadline of January 10, 2021. All positions will remain open until filled.

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About The Graduate School

These four Recreation & Wellness graduate assistants have the option to pursue any UNCG master’s program to which they are accepted. Common areas of interest, among others, have included:

  • Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
  • Community & Therapeutic Recreation
  • Public Health Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Business Administration

For more information about available programs, admission requirements, and application deadlines, please visit the UNCG Graduate School website at:

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About The University

UNC Greensboro is a world-class, public research University with a diverse portfolio of expertise and a particular focus on fostering healthy lives, vibrant communities and global connections. With more than 20,000 students and 2,800 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 200-plus acr es. UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered institution, with more than 100 areas of study and over 100 master’s and doctoral programs.

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About The Region

The population of Greensboro is approximately 275,000, with a total 1.7 million population in the Piedmont Triad. Greensboro offers a superior quality of life, four moderate seasons, outstanding medical care, and proximity to two international airports. Residents can enjoy performing arts venues, professional sports teams, local parks and lakes, and easy access to North Carolina’s beaches and mountains. Home to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro is a city that is rich with cultural diversity that embraces its historical significance.


“You work with people who genuinely care about you, and make sure you have the opportunities to be prepared for the real world. The best part is seeing your work come together and receiving positive feedback from students of the impact your program had on them.” – Chinwe O, Center for Student Well-Being (2nd year)

“Have you wondered what it is like to work with family that you love? Well, that is what you get as a RecWell GA! It is so nice to work at a place and be able to reach out to fellow GAs who will support you through the tough and the exciting times!” Alec S, GA, Outdoor Adventures (1st year)

“As a first-year GA at RecWell, I have felt nothing but love and support as I navigate both my GA position and being in a graduate program. I never thought I would look forward to working as much as I do now being a team member of RecWell.” – Heather F, GA, Center for Student Well-Being (2nd year)

“My role has helped me expand my networking bubble, as well as develop my leadership and program planning skills. I feel like I am more prepared for the real world because of my experience with Recreation & Wellness” – NneNne A, Center for Student Well-Being (2nd year)


For position-specific questions, please contact the appropriate professional staff member listed above for each position. To learn more about Recreation & Wellness at UNC Greensboro, please visit us online or follow along on social media: