Summer Student Custodian

Position Summary

University Residences offers housing accommodations during the academic off-season for activities held on Western’s campus and in the greater Bellingham area. Between mid-June and September, thousands of visitors stay in Western’s residential buildings while attending conferences, institutes, tournaments, festivals and youth camps. In order to maintain our facilities throughout the summer conference season and to prepare them for fall, a rigorous housekeeping program employs 40 full-time student custodians. The student custodian works 40 hours per week, along with some evenings and weekends.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the supervision of a custodial lead, the student custodian completes all tasks required to effectively prepare residential facilities for occupancy. There will be paid training available to prepare the student custodian to do their work in a safe and efficient manner.

  1. Safely and effectively operate a variety of professional tools, including backpack- and upright vacuums, wet vacuum, carpet/upholstery extractor, leaf blower, floor scrubber, mop with rolling bucket, broom, squeegee, microfiber cloths and dusters with and without pole tools or extensions.
  2. Positively and constructively work in a team environment to accomplish all tasks assigned.
  3. Recognize and report damage and maintenance issues.
  4. Clean and disinfect the bathrooms; restock paper products.
  5. Collect and dispose of trash.
  6. Fold and distribute linen.
  7. Rearrange furniture and make up the beds.
  8. Sweep, mop, strip and wax the floors.
  9. Vacuum and clean the carpets.
  10. Wipe and dust the furniture and other hard surfaces.

Terms of Employment

  1. Prior to the start of the conference season, student custodians must attend mandatory paid training.
  2. Employment contract dates: summer intersession.
  3. Weekly workload is 40 hours: Monday – Friday (7:30 am – 4 pm). Additional evenings or weekends may be assigned.
  4. Pay starts at WA state minimum wage.
  5. Optional summer on-campus housing for the contract term is offered at a special discount that is 55% off the regular summer rate.


Application currently closed.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled half-time or more in the previous quarter and will be enrolled half-time or more the following quarter, or enrolled as a matriculated student with a half-time or higher credit load during summer.

  • Commitment to safety of self, others and property, in compliance with WISHA and OSHA standards.

  • Willingness and ability to complete rigorous tasks with a high standard of quality and within a given timeline.

  • Ability to work independently, self-organize and manage time effectively.

  • Ability to collaborate on a staff team as well as provide peer-to-peer education and direction.

  • Must be available for mandatory paid training.

  • Must be available for the entire contract term.

  • If hired, must complete the new-hire paperwork prior to mandatory training.

Important Dates

Mandatory paid training

Date and time to be announced

Work period begins

Date to be announced

Work period ends

Date to be announced

About Us

University Residences engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. Through 16 residence halls and one apartment community, University Residences provides on-campus housing during the academic year for over 4,000 of Western’s 16,000 students. During the academic off-season, thousands of visitors stay in Western’s residential buildings while attending conferences, institutes, tournaments, festivals and youth camps. Questions about this job posting can be directed to University Residences – Facilities at or  360-650-3556.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).