Associate Exercise Trainer

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Allied Health

Employment Type:
Per diem

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


Reporting to the Disease Center or Program Leader, the Exercise Trainer works on studies designed to assess the impact of exercise on various outcomes in cancer patients. The Exercise Trainer will meet with patients through in-person training sessions on site at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and through virtual training sessions. The Exercise Trainer will also work with other members of the study team to coordinate intervention delivery and participant participation in the study protocol.

This position is partially remote (2-3 days onsite) and we encourage candidates within the New England states (MA, NH, RI, CT, VT, ME) to apply. 

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The position entails training cancer patients and survivors either in person or via video chat (Zoom) for the Dieli-Conwright Lab. Exercises include high-intensity interval training performed on a stationary cycle, combined moderate-to-vigorous aerobic and resistance training, and circuit based aerobic and resistance exercise.

Early morning and evening hours, as well as weekends, are often requested by patients.

  • Works with study participants via in-person and telehealth training sessions to support aerobic and resistance training.
  • Follows established policies, protocols and procedures. After successful completion of required training, provi des assistance with implementation of the study protocol.
  • Reviews and implements the intervention in collaboration with investigators and the research team in ways consistent with the goals of the research protocol, exercise oncology, and behavioral medicine principles, needs of the individual participants, and governing policies and procedures.
  • Maintains communication with study participants and staff via phone, email, text, and during study meetings as needed.
  • Meets with study PI, and other study investigators to review participants’ progress, challenging cases, treatment fidelity, and counseling strategies to maximize adherence and retention.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities.
  • Completes other study-related tasks as assigned.
  • Ensures a safe environment and maintains equipment and supplies in a clean, operable and safe manner.
  • Adheres to all hospital and departmental policies and infection control procedures.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science or a related field preferred.
  • 0-1 years of related experience required.
  • Certification of exercise training experience (preferred).
  • Experience with adult cancer patients and/or chronically ill patients preferred.


  • Demonstrated understanding of special needs and behaviors of age groups of the population served.
  • Basic understanding of health care clinical operations.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with staff as well as all other oncology interdisciplinary team members.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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