The University of Wisconsin System (UW System) is a premier system of public universities and colleges—one of the largest in the country—educating students of all ages and backgrounds. With campuses around the state, it is an academic, cultural, and economic resource with an annual economic impact of more than $10 billion.

The UW System is home to the “Wisconsin Idea”—education for people wherever they live and work, and works in partnership with state government and private business to produce and attract college graduates, create the jobs to employ those graduates, and strengthen the local communities that support and sustain both.

The UW System consists of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore colleges, and 72 UW-Extension programs. Enrolling more than 180,000 students, the university also serves more than one million Wisconsin residents annually through statewide outreach programs. More than 33,400 professionals earn a UW degree each year, thanks to the dedication of more than 40,000 faculty, academic and university staff, and graduate assistants.

Employee Benefits

The UW System provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The benefits package includes affordable quality health insurance and other core insurance benefits, rich retirement income plan benefits, employee reimbursement accounts, tax sheltered annuity accounts, a short and long term disability program, domestic partner benefits, and an extensive paid leave package (paid legal holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal holidays). For additional information regarding the UW System’s benefit package, visit the Employee Benefits site.

Our Workforce

The UW System is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and differences among its members. We believe an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion is essential to academic excellence, and we seek to build a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. As an Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity employer, the UW System encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. To learn more about our mission, visit the UW System AA&EEO site.

Career Movement

The University of Wisconsin System values its employees and the unique skills they possess. It is our goal to offer all employees a professional environment in which they can build a career while taking advantage of opportunities to learn and grow professionally. UW System employees are encouraged to pursue career movement by applying for positions both within and between UW System institutions.
For movement to a different UW System position, all applicants must participate in a competitive process. This process may be available:

  • only to the specific UW institution’s current internal employees;
  • only to current employees within the entire UW System; or
  • for all individuals both internal as well as external to the UW System.

The UW System Careers at UW provides access to vacancy listings at each UW System institution. Please review the “How to Apply” section of a job announcement for more specific information relating to application procedures for each position/vacancy.

If you are a current State of Wisconsin (civil service) employee considering employment with UW System, information regarding vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits upon movement to a position within the University of Wisconsin System can be found on the UW System’s Employment Changes and Family Changes page.

Temporary & Student Employment

Each of the UW System institutions has both temporary employment and student hourly employment.
Temporary Employment is an appointment for less than 1,040 hours in a calendar year; or employment on a sporadic, as needed, basis.
Student Hourly Employment is available for eligible students who provide part-time and/or temporary administrative, clerical, laborer, technical, or other general support to a UW institution’s faculty or staff. To be eligible for student employment, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. The position is incidental to the individual’s purpose or presence at the UW institution as a student. In other words, the individual’s reason for being on campus is because they are a student, not an employee. It is not permissible to hire a person as a student hourly if they are taking credits merely to be eligible for student hourly employment. Factors to consider when making this decision include whether they are taking courses for credit, whether they are working towards a degree, and whether they have a pattern of taking less than a half-time load.
  2. The individual must be enrolled for academic credit at an educational institution. An educational institution is defined as:
    • an accredited institution of higher learning granting associate degrees or higher;
    • a technical college;
    • a vocational or trade school; or
    • a high school.
  3. The individual must be at least 16 years of age.
  4. Semester Eligibility—A student may not be employed prior to the first payroll calendar day of the student’s first semester of enrollment. Summer eligibility is the only exception (see Summer Eligibility below). Students who graduate, or complete an academic semester and will not be enrolling in the following semester, may continue to be employed as a student hourly only through the last day of the student hourly pay period of the completed semester. Students who withdraw from school during a semester are no longer eligible for student employment as of the date of withdrawal.
  5. Summer Eligibility—Any student who has been accepted for fall enrollment, is continuing in the fall semester after completion of the spring semester, or is enrolled during the summer is eligible for summer employment.

Find a Job

The UW System offers a variety of employment opportunities in the areas of faculty, non-faculty teaching, professional, clerical/administrative support, blue collar, and student jobs. To browse employment listings at each UW institution, use the following links.