The Pros and Cons: Four On-Campus Jobs for Summer 2016

By Elijah Wagers
Shield Staff



            Thinking about staying on Rochester College’s campus over the summer? Want a commute that’s just a walk away? As part of the requirement to live on campus, students must work at least 25 hours a week on campus or 30 hours or more at an off-campus job.

Rent comes free with the on-campus jobs, so naturally, you are going to want to work on campus. Here are the top four on-campus RC summer jobs that you can consider, ranked in terms of physicality.

All jobs for student workers pay the state minimum wage, $8.50 per hour, every two weeks, or the 15th and 30th of each month. 


1.     Groundskeeper

Head of Department: Jason Labbate

Pros: Working outside is going to be the norm; you’ll get to be out in the summer sun doing work to beautify the college’s landscape. Tasks include mowing the soccer field and baseball field, planting flowers and weed-whacking the areas around the buildings.

“I enjoyed [the job],”  says junior Tabitha Baxter.  “I feel like I learned a lot by pushing myself daily to try something new.”

Cons: If you’re extremely light skinned and burn easy, do not like working outdoors, or are allergic to pollen, tread cautiously.


2.     IT Student Worker

Head of Department: Mark Johnson

Pros: Students will learn the intricate works of the campus’s technological functions. Last summer, even with a limited budget, the IT department was able to rewire the entire campus, enabling it to have better WiFi. The department  also operates the Helpdesk for the campus. Re-imaging and computer maintenance are also a part of the job. Even if students are not tech junkies, they still will have the ability to learn how to utilize technological aspects.

“I enjoyed learning about computers and rewiring campus for WiFi,” says senior Christian Carlisle

Cons:  It will involve some ladder climbing; maybe assisting the technologically challenged. If you have a low threshold of patience, be prepared to face anxiety. Genuine desire to learn the on job is also required. Positions are limited.


3.     Housekeeper

Head of Department: Raquel Esckleson

Pros: Students get to work inside. If students have a light skin complexion, cannot lift heavy equipment or have pollen allergies, this job is for them. You also get to listen to music on the job, provided that you’re actually working. Primarily, students are expected to clean the residence halls, the cafeteria, the Richardson Center, the Associates Campus Center and the gym. Many positions are available.  

“It’s an easy job with caring bosses,” says junior Shiloh Covell.

Cons: The job can be repetitive. As with the other on-campus jobs, there is not a lot of variety. That claim is especially true with housekeeping; sometimes there will be days where you can only clean three rooms because of the sheer size of their mold colonies in the showers or the blackness of the toilets. Also, kids will arrive for Elevate and basketball camp, so be prepared to clean up the auditorium every day for those couple weeks. Also expect to work with cleaning chemicals.   


4.     Maintenance Worker

Head of Department: Alan Carver

Pros: A Close knit group of people are responsible for repairing items around campus. Last summer, the crew painted AG lobby, the cafeteria and cafe, fixed lights and repaired other items around campus. Crew members will be getting off of work earlier than the other on-campus positions. Students will learn how to replace light bulbs, and fix other areas that the college needs (be prepared to fix the baseball field).

“You don’t get micromanaged. You get to learn about stuff that you’ll need to fix your house someday,” says junior Trevor Harnden

Cons: A lot of heavy lifting, repairing items.  Individuals with experience are encouraged to apply.


Regardless of whatever on-campus job you choose, you can take comfort in knowing that you won’t be alone: others will be working alongside you to help make the summer experience more enjoyable.

Each job has its pros and cons worthy of consideration, and students should give each careful thought. Living on campus for free (though you will have to buy your own food) and getting paid to work on campus with friends? What better arrangement could you have?

Summer 2016 could be a blast, the choice is yours.