Employment Opportunities

Residence Service Officer (RSO):

Residence Services is hiring Residence Service Officers (RSOs) for September 2021!

If you are interested in applying to work for Residence Services in September, click the links at the bottom of this page to find our Application Form and our RSO Recommendation Form. 

The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm. 


Recruitment Video:

Click on the link below to view our RSO recruitment video. This video contains staff testimonials and a brief overview of the RSO position & hiring process.


Residence Service Officer (RSO) 


A Residence Service Officer is a student position with Residence Services. Residence Services operates under the Housing & Conference Services Department. RSOs work at the Loyola Residence Desk helping to maintain the safety and security of the Residence Complex. Staff have the ability to work up to a maximum of 32 hours a week, have a flexible work schedule, and conveniently work on campus.  

RSO staff receive over 50 hours of training both online and in the classroom to prepare for their RSO position. 


Front Desk Operations: 

RSOs run the Loyola Front Desk. Staff will use their customer service skills to engage with residence student’s concerns and needs. Staff will encounter situations like giving directions, entering work orders, and responding to incidents that occur within the residence complex. The Loyola Residence Desk acts as a residence security base and RSO staff are responsible for maintaining the security of the residence complex. 


Policy Enforcement & Incident Response: 

RSOs are responsible for policy enforcement within the residence complex. RSOs are taught residence policies and relevant university policies so they can effectively maintain a peaceful living and studying environment within the residence. RSOs respond to incidents that occur within the residence complex. Incidents can range anywhere from noise complaints to medical/emergency situations. 


Requirements to Apply: 

  • Must be a full-time student at Saint Mary’s University 
  • Must have the ability to read, write and comprehend English 
  • Understand that staff work back shifts (overnight 12am-8am) and 4-6 hour late night foot patrol shifts.  
  • Have Customer Service Skills/Experience 


Recommendation Forms: 

Along with your submitted online application, you need to have five (5) individuals fill out an online recommendation form. Preferably you would have three (3) professional recommendations and two (2) personal/character recommendations. However, this is not mandatory. These individuals need to fill out and submit the online reference form independent of the applicant. The deadline for recommendation forms is also May 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm. 


Application Process:

After your RSO application and five (5) reference forms are submitted, your application will be reviewed by the RSO Selection Committee. Successful applicants will be offered a virtual individual interview (via MS Teams). Decisions will be made by mid to late May. 

Residence Services will notify every applicant of their status during the application process.




RSO Application Form: 

RSO Applicants need to be logged into their SMU outlook email account before they can access the application form. Please visit SMU's EIT site to learn how to access your SMU outlook email account. 

RSO Application Form


RSO Recommendation Form

RSO Recommendation Form


If you have any questions regarding the process, please send an inquiry to  


Reasons Why Extensions / Stay-Overs / Early Arrival Requests May Not Be Granted

There are a number of reasons why applications for extensions/ stay-overs/ early arrivals may not be granted; some of the most common reasons for refusing a request are listed below:

  • Submitting your request after the deadline, or submitting it incomplete
  • Requesting an extension or early arrival for non-academic activities
  • Review of your behaviour and/or financial history with the University

Incident Report

As a Saint Mary's University student you have options available to you should you feel a Saint Mary's University student has committed an act of misconduct against you and/or your property. Please download the Incident Report with a list of options and resources available to you.

Please download and print the ‌ to formally report incidents within the Residence Complex. Please return all completed reports to the Loyola Residence Desk (open 24 hours). Any incidents submitted will be reviewed by a Residence Department Administrator*.

Please note:  Once a student submits an Incident Report to a Residence official, it becomes the property of Saint Mary's University and will not be returned to the student. Copies of the original will not be provided and it is incumbent upon the report writer to ensure they have a copy before handing in their report.

*Your statement will be reviewed by a Residence Department Administrator, and as a result, the University may take action at its discretion. It may be provided to the Halifax Regional Police upon their request; the respondent has the opportunity to read this report upon a student disciplinary hearing.

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