Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a vital part of our Orientation and Family Essentials programs. They ensure incoming students and family members have a successful transition and integration into the University of Arizona community. Throughout the orientation experience, they provide an introduction to campus and it’s resources, answer questions and represent the student experience.

Meet Our Orientation Leaders!

Ernesto Cabrera

Ernesto Cabrera

Senior | Patagonia, AZ

  • Majors: Psychology, Spanish, and Communication
Emily Compton

Emily Compton

Junior | Vail, AZ

  • Major: Nursing
Aakanksha Gadh

Aakanksha Gadh

Junior | New Delhi, India

  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Minor: Chemistry

Become an Orientation Leader!

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! Orientation Leaders serve an integral role in supporting the programs and operations of Orientation and New Student Services (ONSS). Ideal candidates are those who enjoy assisting others, have a desire to share their experience and pride in Arizona, hope to gain interpersonal experience, and want to make new friends.

Please use this application link to apply for the Orientation Leader position. 

Orientation Leader Job Description and Responsibilities

Job Summary

As part of this position, Orientation Leaders (OLs) support the facilitation of New Student Orientation (NSO), Transfer Student Orientation (TSO), Family Essentials, Virtual Wildcat Series (VWS), and Destination Arizona. All these programs are designed to help our newest Wildcats become familiar with campus while preparing for academic success. The OL position will be a hybrid in-person and virtual role. This year, Orientation, Family Essentials and VWS will take place in an online format. However, training, and Destination Arizona will take place in-person. 

Destination Arizona is a two-day, in-person program in August that reinforces concepts from Orientation and presents a shared understanding of what it means to be a member of the Wildcat community. During this program, Orientation Leaders will have the opportunity to become mentors and assist with the hiring and training of Destination Leaders. 


  • Representing the student experience at the University of Arizona
  • Actively participating in all mandatory trainings, programs, and events 
  • Taking initiative, following instructions, being flexible and punctual
  • Leading Wildcat Connection, small group, discussions pertaining to University policies, course availability, and course registration 
  • Meeting, greeting, and mingling with students, families, and guests
  • Drawing from personal experiences to answer questions with a positive attitude and demeanor
  • Assisting with the set up, organization, and facilitation of Destination Arizona. Program attendance is mandatory for all OLs
  • Working hours during each program will include early mornings and late evenings potentially in the summer heat and will involve the lifting, carrying, and sorting of boxes and paper

Mandatory Dates

Interview Process

  • Monday, November 8th - Wednesday, November 10th : OL Group Interviews (Only one required!)
  • Monday, November 15th - Thursday, November 18th : OL Individual Interviews (Only one required!)
  • OL New Hire Meeting (Only one required!)

Spring Training

  • Wednesday, January 19th : OL Spring Training
  • Wednesday, January 26th : OL Spring Training
  • Wednesday, February 2nd : OL Spring Training 
  • Wednesday, February 16th : OL Spring Training
  • Wednesday, March 2nd : OL Spring Training
  • Wednesday, March 16th : OL Spring Training  
  • Wednesday, April 6th : OL Spring Training
  • Wednesday, April 20th : OL Spring Training 

Summer Training, Orientation Sessions & Destination Arizona 

  • Monday, May 16th - Friday, May 20th : OL Summer Training 
  • Monday, May 23rd - Friday, May 27th : OL Summer Training 
  • Monday, July 18th - Friday, July 22nd : Destination Leader Summer Training
  • Monday, July 25th - Friday, July 28th : Destination Leader Training
  • Wednesday, June 1st - Tuesday, August 16th : New Student & Transfer Orientation
  • Wednesday, August 17th - Friday, August 19th : Destination Arizona
  • Saturday, August 20th : Destination Arizona Day One
  • Sunday, August 21st : Destination Arizona Day Two 


OLs are paid at a rate of $12.15 per hour and expected to attend four hour-long training sessions during the Spring semester. In the Summer, OLs are required to work between 30-35 hours per week starting mid-May through August. Student Assistants may NOT graduate in May 2022 and must enroll in classes for Fall 2022. A GPA of 2.75 or higher is preferred.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in working as an Orientation Leader. This application will close on Friday, October 29th at 12:00 am. Our staff will be in touch with you by Friday, November 5th to schedule your group interview if you meet the requirements. If you have any questions regarding the application or the position, please contact laurawester@arizona.edu or (520) 621-0572.

Please use this application link to apply for the Orientation Leader position.