Temporary Employment

Thank you for considering employment with Pirate Temporary Services (Pirate Temps). We are an in-house temporary service for the university. The role of a temporary employee is critical to the day-to-day operations of the university. Temporary personnel can fill in for unexpected or scheduled staff shortages, provide essential support during a work surge, or complete special projects. Temporary employees placed through our office gain valuable hands-on university experience in a variety of departments. Although permanent hiring decisions are not made through Pirate Temps, many ECU temporary employees have successfully obtained permanent employment with the University.


Seeking Temporary Employment?

Temporary positions can offer flexible, changing schedules in a variety of occupations, and being a Pirate Temp employee gives you exposure, which in turn can help you become a permanent employee! Positions vary in length from several days to several months and we offer part-time and full-time schedules. The types of temporary staffing we provide include, but are not limited to:

  • Administrative Support Staff
  • Business Services Coordinators
  • Accountants
  • Staff Nurses
  • Research Technicians
  • Grounds Workers
  • Housekeepers
  • Information Technology Staff
  • Patient Access Representatives
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Medical Assistants
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers

To be considered for temporary employment, please submit a completed application at jobs.ecu.edu.


How Long May a Temporary Assignment Last?

Temporary employees may work in an assignment for a period of 11 consecutive months or less, from the date of their first day worked. When temporary employees reach 11 consecutive months of service, the employee is required to take a 31-day break. Both the department and the temporary employee must be in touch with ECU Pirate Temps prior to returning to the University on a temporary assignment, as employee forms need to be updated.

All temporary employees must take a 31-day break in service after 11 months of continuous employment. There are no exceptions.


How and When are Temporary Employees Paid?

All University staff employees, temporary and permanent, are paid on the 15th and last day of each month. The University has 24 pay periods every fiscal year with a two-week processing period for paychecks. Therefore, a temporary employee will receive a paycheck for hours worked in the previous pay period, not for hours worked in the current pay period.


Do Temporary Employees Receive Time Off and Pay for Holidays or University Closings?

The work schedule follows the holiday/closing schedule for the University. Temporary employees are not paid for University holidays or closings.

During adverse weather conditions, temporary employees are advised to contact the site supervisor to determine whether the University will be open or closed. Temporary employees are not paid for hours not worked during periods of adverse weather.