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Interested in making university and residence the best possible experience it can be? Passionate about community and engagement? Really, really like having fun? Every spring, University of Alberta Residence Services employs over 100 students to work within our residence communities and a number of other volunteer leadership positions.

Check back frequently to see what new opportunities may be available and apply for a leadership position with residence today!

About the application process

Although there are many different types of positions, most positions follow a similar timeline and application process.

  1. To start, find the leadership position that fits you best. Is this a volunteer role? Perhaps a senior level staff position? Consider the amount of time you are able to commit to a leadership position, while maintaining your other academic and personal responsibilities.
  2. Next, click on the job posting for the position you are most interested in, and look for the information about how to apply for that specific role.
  3. Follow the instructions carefully, ensuring to include all the necessary information in your application.
  4. Submit your application and wait to be contacted.

Annual Hiring Timeline

  • January - Applications open and close
  • February & March - Interviews
  • March - Offers and regrets

Please note: Not all positions have the same deadlines or follow the same hiring timeline. Please look at the job posting for more information.

Asking someone to be a reference

References are part of the application for some student staff positions. Choosing a reference is an important choice to help support your application. References often are former or current supervisors, a teacher or coach, a professor or instructor, advisors/mentors, connections from volunteering or clubs, a community or religious leader, or even a student leader in your community in residence. Choose a reference that can speak to your qualities and skills that qualify you for the position you are applying for. References should not have a conflict of interest, such as a family member or romantic partner.

Always ask an individual if they are willing to be a reference before sharing their contact information and give them time to consider the request before the application deadline. It also can be helpful to explain the position you are applying for to the individual so they have some context for their reference.

If you don’t have a reference that speaks English, please reach out to reslife@ualberta.ca to discuss accommodations.

Preparing for an interview

General interview tips
Feeling anxious for your interview? Here are some general tips to help you feel more confident!

  • Think of questions ahead of time you believe may be asked. You can formulate questions based on the job description and the qualifications listed.
  • Think of examples from your past work, volunteer and/or life experience that you feel relate to the role you are applying for. You may need to articulate these examples in the interview.
  • Think about why you are interested in the role and reflect on what your goals would be in the position.
  • Practice! Write down your answers, share them with a friend, or practice in the shower or in front of the mirror.
  • When answering questions, don’t hesitate to take a breath and take some time to determine how you want to respond. You can also ask the interviewer to repeat the question or come back to it at a later time.
  • Be authentic and use the interview to demonstrate what makes you a good fit for the position.
  • Ask questions! The interview is a great opportunity to learn more about the department, the role and the expectations related to the job.

Visit the Career Centre for more tips on how to prepare for an interview.


Due to public health measures and university remote work guidance, interviews may be conducted online. In the event your interview is conducted online, Google Meet will be used for residence student staff interviews.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a virtual interview:

  • Test the technology. Install and test the platform your interview is scheduled to be on (Google Meet, Zoom etc.). Invite a friend to test your microphone and sound and take a moment to learn about the different features and functions, such as mute and screen share.
  • Set up your surrounding area. First impressions are important during interviews. Stand out as a professional by sitting in front of a plain wall in a well-lit area. Remember to lock your door from your roommates, pets or anything that might distract you during your interview.
  • Dress to impress. Act as if you are in the interviewer's office and wear business casual clothing.
  • Take notes. The best thing about virtual interviews is that you can keep notes on your screen and peek at other documents or webpages while still focusing on the interviewers. Remember to try not to read your notes directly—your interviewers may be able to tell!
  • Look at the camera. Make eye contact with the camera, not your screen; this helps build rapport with the interviewers and helps them know you're focused and paying attention.
Eligibility to work in Residence Life
  • Committed to contributing positively to the residence community and supporting students
  • GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • Full-time student for the time period you would be employed
  • Good standing with Residence Services
  • The majority of our positions require students to live within our residence communities, but there are a handful of opportunities (such as intern roles or programmer positions) that do not have a live-in requirement

CURRENT OPENINGS

2022-2023 Academic Year

Resident Assistant (RA)

  • Employment Dates: August 8, 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Senior Resident Assistant (SRA)

  • Employment Dates: August 8, 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Academic Cohort Leader

Nursing, Upper-year Engineering
  • Employment Dates: August 8, 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Academic Cohort Leader

Education
  • Employment Dates: As soon as possible - April 30, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Non-Academic Cohort Leader

Indigenous students, social justice and leadership
  • Employment Dates: August 8, 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Peer Tutor

Open to all upper-year students in any faculty
  • Employment Dates: September 2022 - May 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
  • Employment Type: Volunteer opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

Guest Services Respresentative

Student & Guest Services
  • Employment Dates: Until May 15, 2023
  • Deadline to Apply: August 8, 2022
  • Employment Type: Paid opportunity

Job Description Apply Now

What's in it for you?

Make a difference

Build your community, make everyone feel welcome, and connect people to the support they need.

Be a student, too

Prioritize your academics by taking on a role that flexibly works with you—with a great commute, too!

Gain leadership experience

From communicationand collaboration to conflict resolution, build your skills in residence! Looks great on a résumé, too.

Support your future career

Boost your job, scholarship, and university applications with great new skills and references. We do dozens of  references each year for our student staff!


Make lifelong friends

One of the highlights we always hear from past staff are the connections they make with other leaders that last beyond graduation.

Be ready for your first day

Get two weeks of training before the school year begins and more (free!) through the year—from First Aid to Suicide Prevention and the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.

Benefits and perks

Access to the  Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), which includes free counseling with very short wait times. You'll also get swag, access to exclusive spaces, priority housing, and more.

Opportunities for advancement

Apply to be a Senior RA or an Intern and gain even more advanced leadership experience and skills supervising before the end of your degree.


Frequently asked questions

Do I have to have lived in residence in the past/this year to qualify for a leadership position?

No. Student staff positions do not require previous experience living in residence, although it may be an asset.

Do I have to live in the residence I am assigned to work in?

Yes, if there is a live in component. All staff are assigned to live in the residence they are working in, unless under extenuating circumstances (which are at the discretion of Residence Services).

Note: Some positions do not have a live in component. Please check the job descriptions for details.

Can I work in residence if I am an international student?

Yes. All employees do require a Canadian Social Insurance Number, which all students are eligible to have.

Can I hold more than one leadership position?

Students can only hold one leadership position, to ensure a positive balance within a students’ academic, extracurricular and personal priorities.

Are student leaders required to purchase a meal plan in Lister and Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH)?

Yes. Student leaders living in Lister and PLH are required to purchase a meal plan.

Lister and PLH are primarily first-year residences; however, there’s also a significant upper-year population that serve as student leaders. As such, we want to implement a Meal Plan that will help first-year students adjust to university life, while also supporting the entire community. This means that everyone who lives in these residences (Lister Centre Peter Lougheed Hall) must participate in the meal program. The residence meal program also helps build community and supports the University’s proposed Healthy University Strategic Plan by helping students reduce stress, which lends itself to increased nutritional and mental health. One of the primary focuses of the meal program is to promote and foster a community-based dining experience in the Dining Hall, thereby reducing isolation in dorm rooms.

If I am not successful during the hiring process, can I receive feedback?

Yes. Our Residence staff are happy to meet with individuals to deliver feedback following the completion of the hiring process. Please email reslife@ualberta.ca to indicate your interest in feedback.

Can I re-apply for a leadership position in Residence if I did not receive an offer in the past?

Yes, all students are able to apply for any openings they qualify for. Your application will be evaluated uniquely for each individual process.

What if I am not able to attend a part of the hiring process (e.g. interview) on my assigned date?

Contact reslife@ualberta.ca and we will try to make an accommodation based on your time conflict. We encourage applicants to read the hiring dates in application forms closely to identify any conflicts as early as possible.

When can I expect to return to campus for student-staff training in the Fall?

Student-staff training typically occurs during August of each year. Employment dates on each posting identify the date employment begins. Fall student staff arrival typically aligns with that date.

Will I be able to choose my specific floor/work assignment?

While we take community or cohort preference into consideration, Residence Services reserves the right to assign student staff to floors or communities within your preferences to meet needs based on capacity and demand. We understand that rates for living in a community may impact applicants, so we encourage you to familiarize yourself with rates before identifying preferences in your application.

When should I apply for housing?

You should apply as soon as you can! Watch your email for announcements on when applications open. Your application can be transferred to your assigned community if you are offered a position in a specific community. Successful applicants will be provided a deadline to apply for housing before their employment term.

How do I become a Wellness Ambassador or Storyteller?

These roles are “add-on” roles to other residence student staff positions. Applicants who are successful in receiving a student staff position will be provided the opportunity to apply for Storyteller or Wellness Ambassador positions.