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Be an Orientation Guide

Orientation Guide Team

Orientation Guide Application and Selection Process

Applications for Summer 2014 are now closed. Applications for Summer 2015 will be posted in January 2015.

Please review the information below for more details about being an Orientation Guide.

View our student produced Orientation Guide Recruitment Video!

Information Meetings

We encourage you to attend an information meeting to learn more about being an Orientation Guide, ask questions, and pick up an application.

Attending an information meeting is not required to apply.

Job Description

The Office of New Student Initiatives is seeking a select group of fun, energetic, knowledgeable, and reliable students to serve as Orientation Guides to new students and their families during Orientation programs. An Orientation Guide's primary goals are to introduce new students and their families to the resources, services and facilities on campus in order to help create a smooth transition to the University. Job duties include mentoring new students, answering questions, leading students around campus, facilitating group discussions, presenting information, policy enforcement, and assisting campus officials with presentations

Position Responsibilities & Duties

Assistance to Students and Families

  • Welcome new students and family members to the university and assist them in the orientation check-in and checkout processes.
  • Be accessible and willing to assist with the information needs of students and family members throughout each orientation session.
  • Conduct engaging and thorough small group meetings for new students.
  • Understand the different needs of first-year students, transfer students, and new family members and consider these differences in working with each population.
  • Develop a positive rapport with new students and their families.
  • Serve as an academic and social role model.
  • Provide family members with perspective on the University community and share the student experience.

Educational Duties

  • Present workshops and facilitate discussions on various topics including working on or off campus;  managing money; living on or off campus;  campus facilities; academics concerns and expectations; academic, social and recreational balance; and other student issues.
  • Communicate information to students and family members about academic services, campus resources, and student engagement opportunities.
  • Educate students and family members about University expectations by explaining university policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate evening entertainment programs during orientation program
  • Lead campus tours for students and families.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend & fully participate in staff training
  • Efficiently complete all logistical tasks as requested to ensure the Orientation runs efficiently.
  • Maintain regular communications with the professional staff alert them to situations that warrant attention.
  • Participate in all assigned duties of Orientation fully and take initiative with unanticipated tasks or problems.
  • Assist presenters at various programs, meetings, and activities throughout Orientation.
  • Remain flexible at all times. Changes to the program schedule or logistics may occur.
  • Be supportive of all Orientation staff members.
  • Meet with professional staff as requested and attend all group meetings.
  • Complete all staff assignments, assessments, and evaluations.
  • General administrative duties, including evaluation, program and room check in.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate Students, enrolled in spring and fall courses
  • Preferred 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Be in good standing with the University

Skills and Expectations

  • Strong communication skills, patience and professionalism are essential.
  • Ability to work well as a team.
  • Display an awareness of diversity.
  • Have an overall commitment to the University of Nevada.
  • Be highly motivated, have strong leadership skills,  and ability to work well with large groups of people.
  • Have a positive attitude and enthusiasm for working with new students and families.
  • Be willing to step outside comfort zone and try new experiences.
  • Have an excellent work ethic.

You will learn:

  • Leadership skills.
  • Interpersonal and group communication skills.
  • Student programming including planning, organizing, and marketing


  • On campus, double occupancy room and board package for the duration of training and summer orientation.
  • Stipend of $2000 paid in installments.
  • Great work experience and skill building, transferable to most any work environment.

Time Commitment

Training: Roughly May 26-June 16. Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
Session Preparations: The day prior to each session for 2-4 hours. While orientation occurs on week days, preparation days may occur on Sundays.

Orientation Sessions*:
June 17-18July 7-8July 21-22August 04
June 23-24July 10-11July 24-25August 6-7
June 26-27July 14-15July 28-29August 21^
June 30-July 1July 18July 31-Aug 1August 22^

^ Housing not provided on these dates

 *Schedule subject to change
Each orientation session begins at 6:30 A.M. on the first day and will conclude at roughly 5 P.M. on the second day

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