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Becoming an RA or ALA|Residence Life & Dining Services

RA Hiring

Welcome to the Department of Residence Life & Dining Services’ web page for the Resident Assistant (RA) and Apartment Living Assistant (ALA) selection process.

The residence hall and apartment communities should provide an atmosphere that is conducive to study as well as social interaction and individual development. Our student staff work with students and other RLDS personnel to promote a socially, culturally, and educationally enriching experience for students.

We consider the RA/ALA to be one of the most important student staff positions on campus, and are required to play a variety of roles. Please see below for details!

RA/ALA Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Role model positive personal, academic and job-related behaviors.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
  • Building and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with my supervisor(s) and fellow staff members.
  • Be able to effectively communicate in writing and in person.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of campus and community resources in order to refer students to appropriate assistance.
  • Be present, engaged and visible in residential community.
  • Actively build community amongst residential students through individual interactions, programming and community events.
  • Assist with all administrative, facility and operation tasks and deadlines required within the position as outlined by the Department.
  • Perform duty functions as established by the Department to enforce policies, ensure safety and serve as a resource to the community.
  • Work 9-10 hours at the community desk per week; shifts are established by the Department. 
  • Not exceed more than a total of 10 hours of non-academic activities (including outside jobs).
  • Adhere to all Federal and State Laws as well as University and Departmental policies (as outline in the Rights and Responsibilities, Code of Conduct and Employee Handbook) whether on or off campus.
For specific position compensation, please review the Agreements listed below.


Minimum Qualifications to apply for RA/ALA Positions:

  • You must have a minimum cumulative University of Wyoming Grade Point Average of 2.7 which must be maintained throughout your employment as a student staff member (3.0 graduate; 2.0 pharmacy and law).
  • Have earned 24 credit hours by the time of employment and we prefer you to have lived at least one semester within UW RLDS housing.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours undergraduate; 9 hours graduate). 
  • You must be available to work during University Breaks.
  • You must be in good standing financially, academically, and judicially with Residence Life & Dining Services and the University of Wyoming.
  • You must be available from 6-8 pm (RA) or 5-7pm (ALA) each Monday evening of the semester for in-service and staff meetings.
  • You must be available for training sessions each semester (RAs: 2-3 weeks prior to fall semester; 1 week prior to spring semester; ALAs: contract date begins in June).

RA/ALA Agreements

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