Become an Owl Team Leader

Why will you fly in to Owl Team? Are you looking to welcome the next entering class at Temple University? Are you excited to learn and grow in a collaborative team environment while showing your Temple pride? Apply to be an Owl Team Leader!

The 2020 Owl Team Leader Application is now closed. If you'd like to receive information about 2021 Owl Team applications, please complete this Interest Form. 

Owl Team Leader Position Description


  • Guide and welcome students and their family members to Temple University’s campus
  • Assist with all aspects of summer orientation including, but not limited to, session prep, check-in and check-out, escorting students and families around campus, set-up/tear-down, office duties, participation in meals and evening activities, advising and course registration, crisis response, and other tasks assigned
  • Serve as a positive role model and representative of Temple University
  • Facilitate small group discussions and icebreakers
  • Work with parents and family members of  incoming students to assist in their transition
  • Introduce students and families to the services, programs, resources, and involvement opportunities available at Temple University
  • Work cooperatively with all Temple University faculty, staff, administration, and students
  • Live in assigned Residence Hall throughout the Summer
  • Adhere to the New Student & Family Programs policies, the University’s Student Conduct Code, and all national, state, and local laws throughout the duration of your employment
  • Participate in Welcome Week events and Convocation
  • Assist with the recruitment of the 2021 Owl Team
  • Assist with the execution of Homecoming and Family Weekend

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full time undergraduate enrollment at Temple University for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and throughout the duration of your employment
  • First-Year Applicants Only: Cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher at the time of application and cumulative Temple GPA of 2.75 or higher throughout the duration of employment
  • Second Year & Higher Applicants Only: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application and throughout the duration of employment.
  • Participation in and completion of the Owl Team Spring Leadership Course, summer training, all Summer 2020 Orientation Sessions (new student, parent and family, transfer, and international student), Welcome Week, and Convocation
  • Participation in the 2020 Homecoming and Family Weekend events and other engagement opportunities throughout the Fall 2020 semester for new students and their families

Work Schedule and Terms of Employment:

Please note: Exact dates of Owl Team training, Orientation sessions, and other Owl Team responsibilities are subject to change. Attendance at all scheduled Owl Team functions is mandatory. Required summer dates include June 6 through July 31. Tentative dates are as follows:

  • Owl Team Leadership Course: TBA - 1.5 hours per week in the Spring semester
  • Owl Team Kick-Off Retreat: January 20
  • Owl Team Spring Retreat: April 4
  • Move-In: Early June
  • Owl Team Training: Early June - Mid June
  • Owl Team Overnight Retreat: During summer training
  • Orientation Sessions: Mid June – Mid August (Monday-Friday)
  • Professional Development and Team Building workshops: Wednesdays throughout the Summer
  • Transfer Student Orientation Sessions: Throughout the Summer
  • Welcome Week: Late August 2020
  • Owl Team 2021 Recruitment: September and October 2020
  • Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 2020

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation for Owl Team 2020 equals over $6,000.

This includes:

  • Compensation of $3,500 (before taxes)
  • Summer Housing in a University Residence Hall (worth $2,300)
  • Meals during orientation
  • Orientation gear (i.e., polo shirts, t-shirt, etc.)

Application and Selection Process:

  • Application:
    • Completed applications include the following:
      • Owl Team Leader Application Form (located on Owl Connect)
      • Responses to essay questions (located on Owl Connect)
      • Attend a required interest session (dates below)
    • Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.
    • Completed applications are due no later than Friday, September 27, 2019 by 1:00pm online.
  • Interest Session:
    • All applicants must attend an interest session on one of the following dates:
      • Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5PM in Morgan Hall D301
      • Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4PM in Student Center 200A
      • Monday, Sept. 23 at 12PM in Student Center 217AB
      • Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4PM in Student Center 217A
    • If you are unable to attend an interest session due to scheduling conflicts, please email
  • Group Interview:
    • All applicants will be notified through email by Monday, October 7, 2019 as to whether or not they have been selected to attend a group interview.
    • Group interviews will occur on the following dates:
      • Monday, Oct. 14 from 9:00-11:00am
      • Monday, Oct. 14 from 3:30-5:30pm
      • Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 7:00-9:00pm
  • Individual Interview:
    • Applicants will be notified through email by Wednesday, October 16, 2019 as to whether or not they have been selected to attend an individual interview.
    • Individual interviews will occur in late October.
  • Notification:
    • Applicants will be notified through email in early November if they have been selected to be an Owl Team Leader. Responses due shortly afterward.
    • Applicants selected as an Alternate Owl Team Leader will be notified later that week.