Listed below are involvement and employment opportunities available to students within Housing and Residential Education (HRE). Some are volunteer positions and some are paid, but all of them offer you the chance to participate and have influence within your living area. Most of the positions do not require previous experience, just a willingness to serve your fellow students and have a good time.

Students in Santa Cruz Village Office

Desk Assistants (DAs):  DAs work at the front desk of the Village offices and the main housing office providing support for the professional staff and general office functions.  The DA position allows students to meet a variety of residents while gaining work sills that will assist them with professional advancement.  Contact Michael McCormack at for more information.

Program Assistants (PAs): PAs work closely with the resident assistants to plan and facilitate events and activities. This is a great entry-level position that affords students multiple connections with peers, mentoring from fellow students, and weekly interaction with professional staff. These positions are mostly volunteer, but a small monthly stipend is offered. Contact Michael McCormack at for more information.

Summer conference staff having fun

Summer Conference Staff: Summer Conference staff assist with the coordination and facilitation of conferences and events from May through August. This paid position is ideal for students with a commitment to customer service interested in working with external groups and University affiliates.  Contact Emily McCarthy at for more information.

2009-2010 Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs): Though the primary role of RAs is advisor to their floor community, they also serve as a peer advisor, informal counselor, group facilitator, policy enforcer, program planner, and friend to the residents living in the community. If you feel the RA position is right for you, begin preparing immediately by applying for one of many HRE student leadership positions listed above or other leadership positions on campus. Becoming an RA takes preparation and the aforementioned leadership opportunities will put you in good standing when the application period comes around. Contact Chad Fehr at for more information.

Game Clerks:  Santa Cruz Village contains a billiard and a game room that are under the facilitation of the game clerks. The clerks are there to assist with the checkout of materials, coordination of tournaments, and game rule discrepancies. If you are interested in acting as the host for these activities, please contact Michael McCormack at for more information.

Groundskeeper Assistants: The grounds of both student housing villages are breathtaking. Many who visit comment that our facilities look more like a resort than a student housing facility. That is not without the effort of a dedicated group of student staff. As a groundskeeper you would work to rake the sycamore leaves, pull weeds, and rejuvenate the plant beds within student housing. If you love working outside and independently toward a team goal, then the groundskeeper position may be for you.