House Fellow Position Description

Title: House Fellow

Immediate Supervisor: Farm & Industry Short Course Assistant Director

General Function: The House Fellows (HF) is a live-in undergraduate or graduate staff member responsible for assisting the Assistant Director with the successful provision of services, resources and programs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Farm and Industry Short Course program for approximately 25-31 students/guests. The HF employment period is on a 9-month cycle beginning in August.

The Farm and Industry Short Course halls are a unique community that serve undergraduate students, campus guests and short course students. The Farm & Industry Short Course program is a 16- week educational program designed to prepare students for exciting careers in agriculture. House fellow staff work with this community along with undergraduate students residing within the buildings and campus guests.


  • Applicants must be in good academic and non-academic standing with the university and their college and must have a GPA of 2.5.
  • Satisfactory results of a confidential criminal background check is required.
  • Students who can give a full-year commitment will be given priority.

Hours of Work:

  • Approximately 20 hours per week, including some evening/ weekend hours each week.
  • You can expect about 8-12 active duty hours per week and be available and accessible to the floor and building community 3-4 evenings a week.
  • You will be expected to be available most weekends, but can request up to14 nights away per semester.
  • Available for fall and winter training.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Must remain in good academic and non-academic standing with the university and their college and must have a GPA of 2.5 while employed.
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled for at least twelve (12) credits or a graduate student enrolled as a full-time student based on their academic program requirements.


Position Responsibilities

Student and Community Development:

  • Know residents’ names within the first 3 weeks of occupancy and establish a rapport with each resident.
  • Maintain a floor and hall environment that promotes academic success, conflict resolution, healthy decision making, respect of each other and sensitivity to individual differences.
  • Address unhealthy behaviors and make referrals to campus resources as appropriate.
  • Promote and maintain a safe, inclusive environment for all members of the hall.
  • Serve as a leader and role model and understand how your actions can impact the community.
  • Promote hall, campus and Madison community opportunities and resources.
  • Challenge behaviors and actions that are potentially disruptive or destructive to the community.
  • Be available, approachable and visible to residents.
  • Actively implement programs addressing social, academic and diverse interests and needs.

Administration & Facility Operations:

  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of rosters, check-ins and outs, room inventory forms and other operational information relevant to the floor/hall.
  • Performs on-call duty on a rotating basis to uphold the safety and security of the buildings.
  • Conduct weekly and break inspections of the floor and report concerns to building facility worker.
  • Trouble shoot minor facility concerns and report issues to the correct personnel.

Farm and Industry Short Course Program Duties

  • Attend staff meetings and individual one-on one meetings.
  • Participate in program committees aimed at encouraging student and community development.
  • Enforce and abide by the Farm and Industry Short Course program polices and State and Federal laws.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director and program staff.
  • Outside the HF role, all other combined activities including internships, paid research and other employment cannot exceed ten (10) hours/week. Outside activities are approved by the Assistant Director.

Remuneration: House Fellows receive a single room and food service membership fee (valued at approximately $8,069.02), partial food payment of $200 ($100 per semester), plus a stipend of $4,265 paid over the course of the academic year. Total estimated value of remuneration for the academic year is $12, 540.


To apply download the house fellow application.

Email completed applicant information sheet, resume with reference information and written response to application questions to

Completed applications, resumes and reference information must be submitted by December 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Or submit a printed copy to:
Cindy Fendrick
B111 Jorns Hall
650 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706