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GA Application Process

About the GA Program

Green Advisors (GAs) are stipended $2800 for the academic year, and as such are expected to take on a substantial leadership commitment. GAs primarily serve four roles:

  • RESIDENTIAL PEER LEADERS: provide sustainability support to their peers, host study breaks in their assigned residence halls, partner with their 'ResTeams' (DPAs, RAs, SAMs), and oversee move-in/move-out waste management.
  • ZERO WASTE EXPERTS: create a culture of resource consciousness & waste reduction, and manage the campus-wide compost system in close partnership with EVS.
  • SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCATES LIAISONS: pair with representatives from academic departments or staff offices through the Sustainability Advocates program to implement zero waste, carbon reduction, and community engagement projects.
  • CREATIVE PARTNERS: explore imaginative projects & collaborations across campus and in local communities to foster more just societies, especially in the face of the urgent climate crisis.
Hiring Timeline & Required Training Dates

Hiring Timeline (Spring 2019)

  • Tuesday, February 5: Application goes live
  • Wednesday, February 27: Applications and recommendations are due by 11:59 pm
  • Monday, February 25 - Wednesday, March 20: Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis
  • Monday, March 25: Offers are sent
  • Monday, April 1: Acceptances are due by 11:59 pm

Required Dates (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

  • Saturday, April 6 2019: Inclusive Leadership Conference, time/location TBD (plan for full day)
  • Sunday, August 18 2019: GA key pick-up and move-in
  • Monday, August 19 2019 - Monday, August 26 2019: GA Training
  • Tuesday, August 27 2019 - Sunday, September 1 2019: New Student Orientation
  • Friday, December 20 2019: Fall semester position pauses
    • GAs should plan to depart from campus after 5 pm on this day. Residence halls close at 6 pm on Saturday. Your supervisor would have to approve any earlier departures, so do not plan your travel until you've spoken with your supervisor.
  • Sunday, January 19 2020: Spring semester position resumes with team dinner (time TBD)
  • Friday, May 15 2020: Position ends
    • Non-senior GAs should plan to depart from campus on this day by 11:59 pm when residence halls close.  Your supervisor would have to approve any earlier departures, so do not plan your travel until you've spoken with your supervisor.
Application Process

Completed GA applications consist of:

  • Full submission of the application through JobX, including:
    • Uploaded resume/CV.
    • Uploaded responses to short-answer questions. 
  • One recommendation (not required for current Green Advisors).

Short-Answer Questions

Your responses to the short-answer questions will help us to learn about your interest in the GA program. There is no required length for these short-answer questions, but we do expect thoughtful and well-written responses.

  • Short-answer questions for students who have never been GAs here.
  • Short-answer questions for current or past GAs here.


Your recommendation can come from a Swarthmore professor, dean, or staff member –OR– from a source outside of Swarthmore such as an employer or mentor. Recommendations from classmates will not be accepted. The recommender should use this brief form to discuss the skills and character traits you possess that would make you a good GA. One recommendation is required for new applicants, as well as students who have been GAs in past years. Recommendations are due by 11:59 pm on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27.


All items are due no later than WEDNESDAY, February 27 at 11:59 pm. Interviews will begin the week of February 25, and will be conducted on a rolling basis.


Residential Peer Leaders live 'in-residence' and serve as role models and advisors to their residential communities. It is important that Residential Peer Leaders are supported by their supervisors in their work, and that employment as a Residential Peer Leader positively supports a student's overall success and well-being while at Swarthmore. 

  • Candidates must have a class standing of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior for the next academic year, and must be full-time enrolled students at the time of employment.
  • Candidates must be willing to serve for the entire academic year; candidates who are planning to study abroad or take a leave from the college are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be in and remain in good standing throughout their employment.  A student is not in good standing when the student has been found responsible for a student conduct policy violation and as a result is serving a sanction of probation, suspension, or expulsion.  In addition, students are not in good standing if they are on academic probation.  Please consult with the Student Handbook for more information about policies related to academics and student conduct.
  • Candidates (both returning and new) who are offered the position must attend the Inclusive Leadership Conference, which is held on Saturday, April 6.  It is an all-day commitment; while exact times and location are yet to be determined, please plan on being involved for the entire day.  Candidates who are currently abroad do not have to attend, and will be informed of additional trainings they may be required to attend. 

For the 2019-2020 academic year, students serving as a DPA, GA, or SAM will receive a stipend in the amount of $2800. This stipend will be disbursed once in September and once in January, evenly split between the two semesters. This stipend is considered income and is taxable. 

This remuneration includes the responsibilities outlined in the program position descriptions, including: weekly duties during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, Spring 2019 Training, Fall Pre-Orientation 2019 Training, 2019 Orientation Week, 2020 Winter Break Training, 2020 Spring End of Semester Procedures, and on-going in-service opportunities. Each Residential Peer Leader program has specific training dates and responsibilities throughout the year. Please be in contact with individual program directors with any questions related to training dates or remuneration.

The Office of Student Engagement and/or the Dean's Office will need to verify your campus employment eligibility and work aid eligibility with the Student Employment Office and/or The Financial Aid Office. This information will not be shared publicly and is necessary for the accuracy of the selection process. Employment as a Green Advisor will be reflected in the Financial Aid Award you receive from the College and may alter the component of the original award. Students seeking employment as a Diversity Peer Advisor, Green Advisor, or Student Academic Mentor may wish to be in contact directly with the Financial Aid Office with any questions related to student employment and financial aid awards.

Using JobX

The GA Application utilizes JobX, which will soon become the College's new Student Employment system. For more information on JobX, please visit the Student Employment Office Website. To be able to submit your GA Application, you will need to complete all required questions in the application. Additionally, the application requires each candidate to complete and submit the "GA Application Short Answer Questions", which should be submitted as a PDF document that contains a collection of short-answer questions pertaining to the position. The required questions are listed below. Once candidates complete these supplemental questions, they will "attach" it to their formal application in JobX.  Please note that there are two versions of the supplemental questions; one for NEW candidates, and one for RETURNING candidates.

JobX Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Open the JobX website.
  2. Select “Student Employees.”
  3. Click “User Dashboard,” at the top of the right hand column.
  4. Log in with your Swarthmore credentials.
  5. Click on “Student Employees” in the top navigation.
  6. Select “Find a Job” from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click “Show All Active Jobs” on the top left of the “Select a Quick Search” box.
  8. Review the disclaimer for on-campus stipend jobs and click “I Agree.”
  9. The Green Advisor position will appear in the “Active Jobs” list. Click the job title.
  10. “Click here to apply for this job” on the top left of the screen.
  11. Read and complete all portions of application, as they contain important information on eligibility, remuneration, dates of employment, spring training, and more.
  12. Some data will be pre-populated into the application from your Banner account. Please review it to make sure it is correct and up to date.
  13. Be sure to upload your GA Short Answer Supplemental form.
  14. Click “Submit.”

If you have any questions regarding the GA program and selection process, please contact one of the following:

  • Melissa Tier (mtier1), Sustainability Program Manager
  • Maisie Luo (yluo1) or Oswaldo Morales Solorzano (omorale1), GA Student Coordinators
  • Any of your residential GAs!


GAs on the David Kemp green roof.

GAs tour the campus heat plant.

GAs get to know each other during August training.

GAs host a waste relay and other games during New Student Orientation.

GAs have lunch with Scott Arboretum staff.

GAs take their annual tour of the Convanta waste plant in Chester, PA.

GAs explore compost piles at the Kitchen Harvest site.

GAs sort waste from campus buildings during a Waste Characterization Study.

GA student coordinator Josh Medel '18 advertises the program on Parrish Beach.

GAs on the David Kemp green roof.

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