Student Employment

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Campus Safety Student Employment Opportunities:


Student Employee Hours:

Most of the student employee hours available, (90%), will be assigned after the normal school day concludes and on weekends.  The evening and weekend shifts run between 3 to 4 hours per shift on average.  The office assistant may work 1 to 4 hours depending on class schedules and office hours available during the day.  Most students will work one to two times per week with rotating weekends.  Dispatcher shifts start at 3:00 PM daily, Academic Building Patrol shifts start at 6:00 PM daily, and Residential Hall Patrol start at 10:00 PM seven days a week. 

Department Goals:

The goal of the Department of Campus Safety is to protect the people and property of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Student employees will patrol and observe the Academic Buildings, Administrative Buildings, Residential Halls, and College grounds, constantly providing the most secure environment possible.  One of our main goals is to continually build an atmosphere where our facilities are a better place to pursue the goals and mission of an institution of higher education.

Position Information:

The Department of Campus Safety has a large student employment program.  We will normally have around 100 positions that students will cover and multiple positions available for students to apply.  There are five areas of work and we select or promote from within to apply for supervisory, dispatch, and administrative positions.   There are no positions that require special skills that cannot be learned on the job; the dependability to cover your assigned work shift and perform those tasks assigned for your work area is all that is required.   All areas build on customer service skills, communication, and supporting the needs of the department in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to enjoy our campus life style.  Student employees are not involved with any type of altercations; however they act as administrative, communication, and reporting to full time officers to handle calls for service or scenarios that may occur.  All employees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement due to the various types of scenarios that they may hear about from radio traffic, full time officer involvement, or documentation they may come across.  The job positions are as follows:

Academic Building/Residential Hall Patrol

This is the largest portion of our student employment program.  Roughly 50% of our employees will work this position.  Academic building patrol will monitor activity and patrol specific campus academic building during the evenings:  6:00 PM to Midnight Sunday thru Thursday, and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Fri/Sat.  There are some additional day shifts on Saturday/Sundays.  Residential hall security will monitor the main entry doors to first/second year dorms and complete hourly exterior door checks.  Shifts go from 10:00 PM to 01:00 AM Sunday thru Thursday and 10:00 PM to 02:00 AM Fri/Sat.  Both these position allow students to study during their shifts when posted and the students alternate between academic patrol and residential hall security.  Their schedule will rotate so students do not work same day every week.  Students will work and be assigned shifts approximately every 3rd weekend .

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Safe Rides

Students working this position are required to have a valid driver’s license and perform safe driving habits during their work shift.  Drivers will provide rides in the department Safe Rides vehicle to and from posted Safe Rides pickup/drop off locations.  Upper class students work a shift from 8:00 PM to 01:15 AM Sunday thru Thursday.  First-year students selected to this position will work a shift from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday thru Thursday.  Alternating weekend schedules are rotated among all student escorts on Fri/Sat from 8:00 PM to 02:00 AM.  Students can be promoted to this position from the Academic/Res Hall Patrol area. The position also involves shifts spent answering phone requests for Safe Rides and communicating with drivers about locations and logging activity.

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Dispatch Assistant

Eight first-year students will be selected from reviewing their work history and student employment job application.  Students selected for this position should have shown a history of customer service skills, computer usage, and administrative involvement.  This is an entry level position for the student dispatch position and will be competing for open dispatch positions the following year.  They will be assistant the dispatcher, communicating via radio to officers around campus, and learning the Campus Safety office procedures for the dispatch area.  Shifts are 3.5 hours in length one time a week with rotating weekends. These positions are generally filled by the start of the Fall semester.

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Normally student dispatchers will be selected from the assistant dispatch position moving up the following year.   However, if positions come available, we will pull from other areas of the department.  Dispatchers normally work for the department their full four years of college.  Dispatchers handle all after-hours incoming calls to Campus Safety, dispatch full time officers on calls for service, track and complete computer log sheets, handle emergency calls for the campus, monitor lost and found, and issue parking permits.  Shifts run seven days a week from 3:00 PM to 01:30 AM;  a normal schedule is a 3.5 hour shift one time a week, (same time and day every week),  with rotating weekends. 

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Late Night/Early Morning Dispatcher

These positions are “special approval” and open to students who do not qualify for student employment.  Our goal is to maintain the Campus Safety office open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Shifts go from 01:30 AM to 04:30 AM and 04:30 AM to 08:00 AM.  Dispatchers will handle all after-hours calls coming into campus, calls to the Campus Safety office, dispatch officers, maintain log sheets, issue parking permits, and maintain the Campus Safety office.  Dependability and good communication skills are an asset.  This position is open to all students that qualify through an interview with the Campus Safety Sergeant. 

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Student Supervisor

This position is promoted from within the Campus Safety student employees.  Student supervisors  complete scheduling of student shifts, monitor student  employee activity, train new employees, perform academic building interior locking procedures, issue warning letters to students, and maintain computer programs that assist in scheduling, tracking, monitoring, and documenting student employees.  Supervisors are paid at an increased student supervisor rate.

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Day Dispatcher/Office Assistant

These students work in the Campus Safety officer under the direction of the Officer Manager, (Lisa Octigan), during the school day.  These office workers will utilize basic office and communication skills, clerical skills to include computer data entry, word processing, and filing; assist with projects and dispatch coverage; answer phones and questions from visitors, staff, and faculty.  Multiple shifts/times will be available during the work week with hours available between 08:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day.  Strong motivation and strong customer service skills desired.


Lost and Found Coordinator

These students work in the Campus Safety office under the direction of the Administrative Assistant.  These office workers will use organization and data entry skills to process Lost and Found, and assist with pickups, notifications, and inventory. After initial training and supervision period, hours can be flexible.


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