Personal Trainer

Currently accepting applications.


Required Qualifications:

  • Nationally recognized certification by an accredited agency in personal training or strength and conditioning (accepted certifications include: NSCA, ACSM, ACE, NASM, or equivalent)
  • First Aid /CPR/AED Certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with personal training, fitness instruction, strength coaching, or related experience
  • Knowledge of ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Must have excellent time management, customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Academic Programs in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or related field
  • Currently enrolled as a student and in good academic standing at GVSU.


  • Design and execute safe, effective, and appropriate exercise plans geared to client’s, needs, goals, and abilities
  • Maintain professional and confidential relationships with clients
  • Perform fitness assessments evaluating body composition, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, mobility, motor control, and range of motion
  • Abide by ACSM protocol and guidelines
  • Educate clients on proper and safe exercise technique using various types of free weight equipment, selectorized equipment, cardiovascular equipment, strength racks and platforms
  • Maintain safety of client at all times and only coach within professional boundaries
  • Follow Recreation & Wellness department and Facility policies
  • Client file management
  • Attend scheduled meetings and training sessions
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including nights and some weekends
  • Support special events and service requests 
  • Coach small group training classes as needed
  • Work in mentorship roles as needed

Hours: Part Time, flexible hours

Location: GVSU Allendale Campus

Wage Rates

  • Wage compensation is dependent on certifications and qualifications of the student
  • Students may work a maximum of 25 hours per week during the academic year 
  • Students become eligible for a step increase after two semesters of employment with the same department at the department’s discretion. A student’s performance evaluation will be the tool used in the determination of a step increase.

Page last modified July 9, 2024