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POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Residence Don

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (one or two Don(s) per house/hall/court/block). Job description revised November 2020. 

Don of Activities

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (approximately one Don of Activities per staff team). Job description revised November 2020.

Residence Education Dons

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (approximately one Residence Education Don per staff team). Job description revised November 2020. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the 2021-22 Residence Life Staff will re-open on May 12th. New candidates should apply by Friday, May 28 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants must be upper year students; transfer students may be considered

Please note: Successful applicants must be full-time Brock students who have an academic average of 65 per cent or more in their top four credits at the end of the 2021 Winter term. If selected, you will be required to have Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification, More Feet on the Ground training, the University’s AODA training tutorial and any other mandated Brock University training prior to RLS Training in August (begins Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021).

Please note that the final number of available positions will be determined when information on occupancy becomes available

All applicants must apply online https://brock.erezlife.com/login/). Applicants will be asked to complete the following:

  • Job profile
  • Application form
  • Submit three references
  • Submit a resume and cover letter

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at reslife@brocku.ca

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to join the RLS because I saw how connected everyone was and how much of a community residence can be and I really wanted to be apart of that, and really make a difference in the residence community!

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? As a member of the RLS I really love making connections with my students and being able to make their residence experience a bit easier, especially during COVID where it’s hard to meet new friends or community members.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? Come in with an open mind! Given the circumstances regarding COVID-19, nothing is ever set in stone, and the role as an RLS member can change, but having an open mind to the possibilities will guarantee an exciting experience, one that you’ll take with you wherever your path takes you.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to join the Residence Life Staff because I wanted to be a part of a larger community. I knew that I wanted to take on a leadership position among others who share similar goals. I joined RLS because I wanted to challenge myself to take on this role, I wanted to strive to put myself out there. I knew that RLS has a large impact on those around them and I wanted to have the opportunity to make the difference in someone’s life.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? My experience on Residence Life Staff has offered me so many opportunities to grow and develop over these past two years. The thing I enjoy the most about being on RLS is the relationships you build with everyone around you, both staff and students. RLS is a place for everyone and I enjoy getting to know the large and diverse groups of people you meet here.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant?  Be who you are! Don’t be afraid or nervous that you won’t find your place because I can assure you, there is a place for everyone here.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? Joining Brock’s Residence Life Staff was an opportunity for me to be a student leader on campus and challenge myself in new ways that I had never challenged myself. Additionally, initially being a student in residence, I had seen the great community amongst RLS Staff Members and I knew that it was something that I wanted to be a part of.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? I enjoy being a member of the Residence Life Staff because I am surrounding myself with a great working and learning environment as well as peers who are willing to help me challenge myself and grow as an individual. Being a part of a team who shares many similar values has been a rewarding experience and seeing the growth in myself has been very inspiring because I know it is setting me up for success and to be the best that I can be.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? If you feel challenged, don’t see it as an obstacle, see it as an opportunity for you to allow yourself to grow and be more successful.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I joined the Residence Life Staff to make connections and memories with staff and students. Being on staff has opened up so many opportunities for me to make connections, learn new skills and make awesome memories. I’m glad I have the chance to make positive contributions to the lives of students in residence.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? I enjoy interacting with both staff and students in residence. The community has been so warm and welcoming which is something I didn’t particularly have last year as a student. I feel like I can be myself and have no one judge me. I enjoy all the meetings we have and the events that my peers and I host.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? I would advise them to be prepared to learn a lot about themselves through the job as that was what happened to me just during these past few months. I would also advise an applicant to bury any fear of making interactions with others or to go to events hosted by peers. Making connections is one of the best parts of the job for me and people on RLS are just overall great people to get to know and spend time with.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to be on the Residence Life Staff to be a part of a community at University. Classes and intramurals weren’t cutting it and I wanted to attach myself to something that helped others. Having thought about it for a while, I talked to my Don, and gained the confidence to apply.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? Being on staff now for two years has been great. Definitely the community and the lifelong friends I’ve made, has been the best part. Also being on staff I’ve been given opportunities to be creative, run events and help others; things that I otherwise would have never gotten anywhere else.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? To anyone that’s either thinking of or going to apply, just remember you don’t have to be someone your not when you’re on staff. Everyone is taught and learns new skills, and find their niche. This role doesn’t require everyone to think the same, being creative and genuine is what helps build community.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to RLS so I could develop strong leadership skills and develop better communication with both my peers and in the workplace. I wanted to establish long term relationships with both my peers and students while planning fun and events and creating new learning opportunities for both myself and students.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? RLS has given me room to grow and excel in all aspects of my life: Student, Staff, and self. RLS has given me opportunities to experience teamwork, community building and a variety of other workshops. Not only do you learn and gain new skills that assist you in the job but you can take these skills with you into the world

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone. I promise you will come out with some great friends.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? During my first year here at Brock University, I loved the connections/friendships the dons had within each other, as well as the impact they made on first year students. I wanted to be put in the same shoes to where I could make a positive impact on incoming students and as well as to help students build close friendships.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? So are many things that I enjoy when it comes to being a member on the Residence Life Staff (RLS) team. I think an important one for me is the friendships I have built within the staff team. Another reason why I enjoy being a member on the RLS team is because of the impact that I make on students. I love getting to be their role model, and their go to when in need of help, or just someone to talk with.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? My biggest piece of advice I would give to a new applicant would to just be yourself! When it comes to being a member of the RLS, we like you for who you are! Be confident in yourself, and embrace who you truly are.