Summer Student Facilities Assistant

Position Summary

University Residences offers housing accommodations during the academic off-season for activities held on Western’s campus or 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. Under the supervision of the Facilities Associate Director, the student works 40 hours per week along with some evenings and weekends. Housing accommodations in Birnam Wood are available to student the Facilities Assistant for the summer at a discounted rate.

Primary Responsibilities

The summer Facilities Assistant (FA) completes all tasks required to effectively support the Facilities unit prepare the residential facilities for occupancy. Paid training will be provided to prepare the summer FA to do their work in a safe and efficient manner.


  1. Conduct public area and private space (bedroom, suite, apartment) inspections. Provide summary of findings. Submit work orders as needed.
  2. Perform inventory cycle count and condition evaluation efforts on University Residences public area and private space assets. Update database as appropriate.
  3. Recognize and report damage and maintenance issues
  4. Assist with furniture projects to support living space configuration objectives. Work may require reconfiguring student beds as appropriate.
  5. Assist the Warehouse Operator in loading and unloading trucks and vans; uses dollies, hand trucks, and other equipment incidental to transport of goods as appropriate. Perform pick-up, transfer and delivery of goods.
  6. Perform administrative functions such as processing paperwork, organizing files and other tasks as needed.
  7. Positively and constructively work in a team environment to accomplish all tasks assigned.
  8. Work on special projects to gain business/operational experience supporting career development.
  9. Other duties as assigned by management staff.

Required Qualifications

  1. Enrolled half-time or more in the previous quarter (Spring 2020) and will be enrolled half-time or more the following quarter (Fall 2020), or enrolled as a matriculated student with a half-time or higher credit load during summer 2020
  2. Physical ability to lift up to 25lbs without help
  3. Current Washington state driver’s license
  4. Willingness and ability to complete tasks with a high standard of quality and within a given timeline
  5. Good work ethic (dependable, responsible and self-motivated)
  6. Ability to collaborate on a staff team
  7. Should be available for the entire contract term; see dates below
  8. If hired, must complete the new-hire paperwork prior to first day of employment

Terms of Employment

  1. Employment contract dates: June 15 through September 20, 2020
  2. Weekly workload is 40 hours: Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) additional evenings or weekends may be assigned
  3. Starting wage is $13.50 per hour
  4. Optional housing for the contract term is offered in Birnam Wood at a special discount rate.

Important Dates of Work

Work period begins

Monday, June 15, 2020


Work period ends

Sunday, September 20, 2020

(possible opportunity for extension)

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 4,000 of Western’s 15,000 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).