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Security Monitors

Security Monitors Job Site 2020-2021

This position is continuously hiring throughout the year, but active hiring opportunities are limited, as we predominantly hire from a waitlist. Applicants are reviewed and interviewed to be added to the waitlist. To inquire further about this position, please email the Hiring Coordinator at

Security Monitors for 2020-2021

To Apply

In order to be considered for an SM position, you must:

  • Submit an application (see link below)

Notes Before Applying

  • SMs are not placed in the unit in which they live. This can lead to several conflicts of interest, and is something the Security Coordinators actually attempt to limit.
  • We ask that only those seriously interested in the process apply.
  • This application process is for the Waitlist for the Security Monitor Program. We only hire from this Waitlist, and we work through it continuously throughout the year. That being said, the final employment offer with us is several steps into the process, and for many applicants takes a few months. Please note this prior to applying.
  • It takes 4-6 weeks to review any application submissions, please refrain from contacting the Hiring Coordinator for the program until this period has passed to inquire about the state of your submission.

Essential Duties

NOTE: Please read the essential job duties, terms of employment, and expectations below before applying.

Safety and Security Responsibilities (100%)
  • Monitor residents and non-residents entrance into the residence halls.
  • Provide positive customer service as outlined in training.
  • Initiate safety and security precautions by informing residents about crime through education and providing resource information.
  • Report dangerous activities and/or suspicious person(s) both inside and outside of the residence halls to residential staff and/or University of California Police Department.
  • Respond to and seek out available staff to confront inappropriate behavior and residential policy violations.
  • Assist Residential Life Hall Staff in emergency situations.
  • Encourage others to use crime prevention resources (e.g. night escort, night safety shuttles).
  • Maintain an optimum work area (i.e. clean, no crowds, keeping a duty log, maintaining a quiet and orderly environment on the ground floor, and no unauthorized guests in the booth during your shift).
  • Check in and out vacuums to residents and monitor condition and cleanliness of vacuums.
  • Walk through the units / buildings and check entry points.
  • Provide breaks to other Security Monitor’s.
  • Cover shifts of Security Monitor’s in the event of a no-show.
  • Complete duty logs for every shift.
  • Complete duties as assigned by the Security Coordinator.
Responsibilities to Residents
  • Demonstrate positive role modeling behavior while a guest, resident or working in the residential community.
  • Build community by attempting to know the residents in the building.
  • Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably.
  • Be open to and understanding of issues of diversity (i.e. sexual orientation, cultural, and racial diversity).
  • Exhibit awareness and responsiveness to student concerns regarding safety and security issues.
Terms of Employment
  • Security Monitors are expected to work at least seven shifts per month.
  • The Security Monitor program runs every night the residence halls are open.
    • During the academic year, the Security Monitor program operates:
      • Every Day: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
      • All Security Monitor shifts are 4 hours.
  • The Security Monitor program begins as soon as the residence halls open and thus Welcome Week for both August and January require coverage.
  • This also includes providing coverage during vacation and holiday periods when the halls remain open, such as Thanksgiving and Spring Break.
  • Security Monitors should expect to work during some of the times listed above.
  • The period of employment for this position commences on the day of hiring until the residence halls close at the end of the academic year.
  • Summer opportunities are also available.
  • Security Monitors participate in a mandatory, paid staff training as designated by the Security Coordinator.
  • Security Monitors must attend mandatory monthly meetings as scheduled by the Security Coordinator.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the Security Coordinator on a regular basis.
  • The Security Monitor is expected to serve as a role model for all residential policies and procedures. Failure to serve as a positive role model may result in personnel action.
  • Record time by clocking in and out of shift correctly.
  • Follow instructions and procedures given by the Security Coordinator and professional staff.
  • Be available and flexible with shift scheduling when necessary.
  • Meet with the Security Coordinator and Security Monitor staff on a monthly basis. Meet with the Security Coordinator as necessary.
  • Maintain a positive relationship and open communication with residential staff and other security monitors.
  • Exhibit an attitude of professionalism (i.e. confidentiality, honesty, maturity).
  • Meet all uniform expectations while on shift.
  • Be accessible to residents at all times (i.e. no headphones permitted on shift)
  • Complete administrative paperwork as needed and in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with SCs in a timely manner and stay up-to-date on any program changes that have been issued.
  • Participate in all individual and group staff evaluations as planned by Security Coordinators or professional staff.
  • Encourage the communal following of COVID-19 aware guidelines (6 feet apart, wearing a mask at all times, regular cleaning procedures, etc.)
  • Security Monitors must be students enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Must be in good academic standing with the University possessing a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (we do not round up GPAs). Security Monitors do not need to be enrolled in classes while employed during the summer.
  • Strong preference is given to Work-Study eligible students.

Once you have read the job description and understand the expectations, please visit the application form. Please contact the Hiring Coordinator at if you have any further questions.