Fitness Specialist

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Opening Date:  19 July 2021                                                             

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

First Cut Off:  30 July 2021                                                                                                            

Position:   Fitness Specialist, NF-0188-03

Salary:   $15.17 per hour

Employment Category:  Regular Full Time, 35-40 hours per week, with benefits.  Will require working evening, weekend and holiday hours.

Location:   Fitness Department aboard Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA

Relocation Expenses:  Not Authorized

Area of Consideration:   All Sources – Applicant does not have to have current SUBASE access.  If selected for position, access will be granted upon a favorable background check.

Duties:  Incumbent serves as a Fitness instructor, personal trainer or group fitness instructor and may perform one or a combination of the following functions within the Fitness, Sports, and Deployed Support Program Branch:  Group Exercise, Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Outreach, and Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) Outreach. 

Group Exercise (includes but not limited to): 

Designs, supervises, coaches, and instructs a variety of group exercise programs (e.g., Step, Spin, Water Aerobics) inside and outside of the fitness facility.  Provides fitness training and programming to groups of various sizes.  Prepares written instruction and procedures for performance of work, use of equipment, safety, and well-being of all involved.  Provides instruction on the proper implementation and maintenance of conditioning and training programs for aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, and flexibility training.  Conducts fitness testing, which includes measuring aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, and blood pressure.  Works with various command representatives to develop and implement physical fitness programs for military personnel.

CFL/FEP Outreach (includes but not limited to):

Provides certified personal training and group exercise services to active duty military as outlined in the Navy’s Physical Readiness Program instruction.  Assists with the instruction of the Command Fitness Leader course and fitness related general military training.  Assists patrons on the fitness floor by providing training tips in order to prevent unsafe or ineffective exercise techniques.

General (includes but not limited to):

Provides certified personal training services to all eligible patrons.  Instructs patrons in the proper use of all equipment for training and self -monitored progress by preparing written instructions and procedures for the performance of work, use of equipment, safety and well-being of all involved.  Assists customers by providing general fitness information, instruction on proper use of fitness equipment and program information.  Ensures fitness spaces and equipment are clean and maintained.  Performs basic equipment maintenance and repair.  Trains/leads other employees in various recreation/physical fitness-related positions.  Prepares and analyzes functional area specific reports.  Stays current with latest fitness programming ideas to increase attendance and improve customer satisfaction.  Assists with marketing and promotion of fitness programs.  Assists Fitness Director and/or Coordinator with Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS), Mission Nutrition Command Fitness Leader Course and other CNIC Headquarters supported/endorsed programs.


  • Ability to competently and independently carry out fitness programs through the proper application of principles, concepts and techniques of recreation to satisfy specific needs of the community to be served.

  • Skill in planning and carrying out an enhanced program in the recreation specialty area, which meets the needs of the participating community.

  • Skill and ability to provide fitness training and programming to individuals and groups of various sizes.

  • Knowledge of the safe use and operation of fitness equipment, facility operations, and basic fitness equipment maintenance/repair.

  • Ability to conduct accurate fitness testing and provide recommended fitness program, based on fitness goals.

  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).

  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and technically sound reports related to work within the Branch.

  • Ability to develop and effectively deliver presentations and/or training.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:   Work includes lifting up to 45 lbs. unassisted. Incumbent may lift heavier weight, but with assistance.  Considerable amounts of standing and exercise demonstrations are required.  The recreation activities overall involve everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of this recreation specialty. However, there will be periods of time when the employee participates in a specific activity (e.g. leading physical training, moving equipment, carrying aquatics equipment) that will require special safety precautions.

Other Factors:

Per DoD MWR Fitness Standards (issued 21 July 2016) this position is responsible for designing individual and/or group exercise programs as well as supervising, coaching, and instructing exercise in or outside of the fitness facility. The three elements below sufficiently qualify an individual to perform their duties as a fitness instructor/personal trainer instructor:

a) a high school diploma or equivalent;

b) fitness instructor, personal trainer or certification from an accredited health/fitness organization*; and

c) professional competence in the physical activity program or area.

The two elements below sufficiently qualify an individual to perform their duties as a group fitness instructor:

a) a high school diploma or equivalent; and

b) a primary certification from an accredited health/fitness organization* or a certification from a commercial/industry health/fitness organization approved by the Service HQ in the specific physical activity program in which they instruct (e.g. yoga, cardio dance programs)**. Imh 06/02/2021


*Accredited health/fitness organizations are listed per DoD MWR Fitness Standards (issued 21 July 2016)

**Approved certifications are included in CNIC ltr 1710 Ser N9/21U177 of 13 Apr 21, enclosure (1).

imh 06/02/2021


Staff qualifications will vary significantly, depending on the type of participant accepted by the facility.

Facilities that offer programs designed to appeal to children, older participants or to participants with known health problems; the staff should have special qualifications, usually an advanced, clinically oriented certification from a nationally recognized professional organization.

Incumbent must possess or be able to obtain the following within 60 days of hire:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid Certification
  • Automated External Defibrillator Certification
  • Blood-borne Pathogen Training
  • Navy Basic Fitness Certification

Occasional travel of less than 10% may be required.

Basis of Review:   Applicants will be evaluated based on experience and qualifications described above and presented in written format.