USM Public Safety

USM Public Safety Employment

Reserve (Part-time, temp) Police Officer

The Department of Public Safety at the University of Southern Maine is seeking applications for part-time Reserve Police Officers on the Portland and Gorham USM campuses.

Police Officers at the University of Southern Maine are specialists, with a strong commitment to the community policing and problem solving philosophy. In addition to performing general law enforcement, safety and emergency response functions, officers with the Department of Public Safety enjoy the satisfaction of a close working relationship with our community. We live our USM Service Promise of being Student Focused Every Day, and we are looking for team members who understand that promise and support our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

This is a part-time, temporary academic year appointment with a possibility of further reappointment. Hours and shifts are variable depending upon scheduling needs; there is a possibility of regular minimum hours per month, with extra hours as available.

Pay for these positions is between $18.50/hr and $25.00/hr depending on experience and certification. These positions are not eligible for University benefits.

USM committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. The Department of Public Safety is a proud participant of the 30X30 Advancing Women in Law Enforcement initiative (

• High School diploma or GED
• Must be 21 years of age
• MCJA LEPS (Phase II) or BLETP certification (out of state waivers may be considered)
• Valid Class C Maine driver’s license
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Student Work-Study Employment - Public Safety Assistant (PSA)

Public Safety Assistants (PSAs) provide non-sworn, civilian support to the Department of Public Safety/Campus Police with a mission to reinforce and ensure the safety and welfare of the campus community, as well as to provide excellent service and support to students, faculty/staff, and campus visitors.

PSAs help to educate and empower students to take pride in their community. They help keep the community a clean and safe place through the cultivation of positive relationships, community problem solving, proactive and visible campus patrols, and assisting Public Safety staff with community programming.

The PSA program is not only intended as a source of income, but also provides opportunities to gain useful job skills and grow personally and professionally.

The Department of Public Safety operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and weekends. As such, the PSAs have an opportunity to work a variety of shifts and at special events. All training will be provided.


  • Patrols campus facilities for the purpose of providing visibility, maintaining security, and deterring criminal activities and prepares written incident reports or activity logs for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources regarding campus safety issues for the purpose of providing information, direction and/or referral for addressing inquiries
  • Assists Public Safety staff in the development and delivery of community programming and education.
  • Notifies the Public Safety Communications Center of all incidents, emergencies or requests that require police, fire or medical response (the PSA does NOT use force, detain or apprehend anyone).
  • Conducts fire prevention duties, checking fire alarm pull boxes, fire extinguishers and reporting any unsafe conditions. Assists in the orderly evacuation of residence halls or other campus buildings in the event of a fire and/or fire alarm or other emergency situation.
  • Assists in directing traffic, controlling vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow.
  • Assists the Communications Center in issuing parking permits, answering non-emergency phone calls and other related tasks.
  • Locks and/or unlocks doors and buildings
  • Performs crowd control duties as necessary during special events or emergency incidents.
  • Maintains good working relations with the campus community including Residence Life, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Safety Management and student groups and organizations.
  • Use appropriate discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.

Pay Grade: Level 4

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The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).