To be considered for a 2017-2018 Resident Assistant position, you must:

1) complete and submit the following application by 11:59pm Thursday, January 26, 2017
2) complete the UC Merced CatPAWS Resident Assistant job application by 11:59pm Thursday, January 26, 2017 *** UPDATE*** - We know the CatPaws application closed early. Please send your resume to jplueard@ucmerced by 11:59pm.

To be considered for a mid-year 2016-2017 hire (if available) you must:
1) complete and submit the following application by 8:00am on Monday 11/28/2016
2) complete the UC Merced CatPAWS Resident Assistant job application by 8:00am on Monday 11/28/2016

Contact Information

We will communicate with you primarily via your UC Merced email account.

* 1. Full Name:

* 2. UCM ID Number:

* 3. UC Merced Email:

* 4. Phone Number:

* 5. Do you currently live on-campus?

* 6. If so, where? (Building & Room)

* 7. Are you interested in being interviewed for a mid-year position, to begin in January 2017, if a position comes available?

Please carefully review information regarding the Resident Assistant position posted on the housing website:

Preliminary Questions

* 8. Explain in detail any past or current leadership experiences that you have had and how those experiences could relate to the Resident Assistant role.

* 9. If you were selected to be an RA, what would your preferred living community be and why?

Current communities include: Sierra Terraces, Valley Terraces, Half Dome, Cathedral And Tenaya, and the Heritage Apartments (off campus).

* 10. In recognizing that UC Merced has a very diverse student population, what are 2-3 things you would do to build safe and inclusive learning communities as a Resident Assistant?


Should you be selected to move on to the next step in the process, you will be contacted by email to schedule an interview time, date, and location.

Note to 2017-2018 Academic Year Candidates:

To be considered for an academic year position, you MUST participate in three 2 hour Group Interview Sessions and one 1 hour individual interview session.
  • The Group Process Interviews will start the week of February 6th, 2017. You will have to attend a 2 hour Group Interview session each week for three weeks.
  • The Individual Interviews will begin thereafter on March 2nd and March 3rd 2017 and will last for 1 hour. You will have to attend just one 1-hour individual interview.

* 11. Are you a part of the Theme Housing Programs/Living Options?

* 12. If so, which one?

Grade Release

Please list your cumulative and previous semester GPA if applicable: Your semester and cumulative GPA must be 2.5 at time of hire.

* 13. Cumulative GPA: Leave blank if not applicable

* 14. Previous Semester GPA: Leave blank if not applicable


Please provide two references. One must be a current or past UC Merced RA.
References should be professional in nature, individuals who can attest to your readiness for the RA position. Examples of good references might include former/current supervisors, faculty, or organization advisors. Family members and close personal friends should not be listed as references.

It is professional practice that applicants first ask an individual for a positive reference, before listing them.

Applicant’s Waiver of Access to Letter of Recommendation: Under the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the California Information Practices Act of 1977, students are given the right to inspect their records, including letters of recommendation.

* 15. Reference 1 (Current or Past UC Merced RA – Does not have to be your RA)

* 16. I expressly waive my right to read this letter of recommendation.

* 17. Reference 2

* 18. I expressly waive my right to read this letter of recommendation.

Please make sure to also submit your application on CatPaws. Failure to complete the application on CatPaws by 11:59pm on January 26th, 2017 will result in an incomplete application and you will not be able to move forward in the process. You can find the application here:

By submitting this application, I am certifying that all information I have provided in this application is accurate. I have read all job information posted on the housing website. I also understand that by submitting this application  I am hereby giving authorization for the Housing & Residence Life Staff to access my student records to verify pertinent information relevant to my student standing at UC Merced.

For any questions regarding the application and/or selection process, please email Jenni Plueard, Residence Life Coordinator at