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Employment Opportunities

University Housing employs over 200 full-time and 700 student employees. We are one of the largest employers of students on the SIU campus.

Our campus offers several different employment levels from student to graduate assistant to faculty or staff. Learn more about these positions by clicking the links in the navigation bar.

The positions described below are typical University Housing student employment positions. We may not have a current vacancy. To view available positions on the SIU jobs page, click "apply now". General descriptions of the types of positions frequently available in University Housing are below.


Food Service Assistant positions are available through Culinary & Nutrition Services (CNS). Available positions include servers, dishwashers, food preparation workers, or a combination of these duties. Food Service Assistants are also responsible for delivering quality customer service within our dining facilities. Hours range from shifts starting at 6 AM and ending at 9 PM, 7 days per week. All student employees will work every other weekend. You must be registered as a full time student, during your semester of employment, to qualify. A copy of your class schedule (for the semester that you are applying for) must accompany your application. Once selected for this position, all students must complete a food handler training course before completing hiring paperwork.

Apply online for Culinary & Nutrition Service Jobs at Lentz or Trueblood, or download a paper application.


Are you looking for student employment on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year? If so, look no further! Residence Education has positions opening this fall that may be of interest to you. Consider applying to be an Academic Peer Advocate (APA), Community Assistant (CA), or Resident Assistant (RA) to become a piece of the Residence Education puzzle!

Information Sessions

Before you apply to be an APA, CA, or RA, you will be required to attend one Virtual Information Session. Why? As a resident within University Housing, you may only see a certain part of the work our student staff does on a weekly basis. We want you to connect you with other staff members who can better explain the quality and quantity of work that being a member of our student staff entails. During this Information Session, we also want to share with you the timeline for the Interview Process.

Application Process

Learn more about each position and the application process.

If you have additional questions about the APA, CA, or RA hiring process, please reach out to Nicole Poggendorf, Assistant Director of Residence Education at nicole.poggendorf@housing.siu.edu or 618-453-3318.


Duties of the Desk Assistant (DA) include, but are not limited to: receptionist responsibilities, upholding policies, and maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the lobby area. Please note that, regardless of where desk assistants live, they may be placed at any of the desks in any of our residence hall areas or at "Wall & Grand" Apartments.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Live on campus for the entire period of employment. Note: Off Campus Applicants may be considered for Break Desk jobs (i.e. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break).
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at SIU.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and semester GPA of 2.3 at the time of application and during employment. If in a graduate degree program, the DA must be in good academic standing with their individual colleges.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing.


Housekeeping and maintenance job duties are listed below.

  • Janitorial duties to include sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, and waxing.
  • Cleaning sinks, toilets, and showers.
  • Cleaning windows and trash cans.
  • Washing, cleaning, and moving furniture in excess of 40 pounds.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Driver's license preferred.

To fill out an application go to one of the following Custodial Offices: Lentz Hall room 9D, Mae Smith Hall room 116B, Wall & Grand 2, room 10, or Evergreen Terrace Area Office.


Our tour guides provide tours for prospective students and their families. They are hired to work out of the University Housing Marketing Office and may also provide clerical support. Preference may be given to students who have availability at least one day a week, Monday - Friday, 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., however; all interested students are encouraged to apply.

For additional information about being a tour guide, please contact Cindi Moss at cindi.moss@siu.edu