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Student Employment

It’s important that every student who comes to Grinnell has access to everything that makes our community so wonderful. That’s why we offer a multitude of resources, including work-study, to help keep a Grinnellian education more affordable and within reach for you and your family.

Student Employment

Funded by either Grinnell or the federal government, you have the opportunity to earn money during the academic year with a campus job. You can earn approximately $2,500 by working just eight hours a week.

If you have Grinnell Employment or Federal Work-Study as part of your financial aid award, you’ll be assigned to your first job. If it’s a position you like, you are welcome to keep it for the coming years. At any time, you may search for a new position, especially if you’re looking for something that aligns with a particular interest.

All students planning to work on campus should complete payroll forms during New Student Orientation or any time at the Office of Student Accounts.

Contact Student Employment (login required) for answers to your questions about payroll or where to find a list of open positions. For questions related to your financial aid award, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The NOVAtime system will default to Category III. Supervisors must make the proper adjustment to Category I, Category II, and Category IV. The Category IV rate is only applicable to the specific positions listed below. If you have questions concerning Category assignment, send a job description to Mark Watts, Student Employment Coordinator, for review.

Wages by Pay Category
Pay Classification Wage Rate Dining Contract
Category I $8.00 N/A
Category II $8.50 N/A
Category III $9.00 $10.00
Category IV $9.50 $10.75

Category I

Performs routine, non-complex work. May require a brief orientation period. No previous training required and works under direct supervision, or position requires only minimum training. The position requires primarily answering the phone or giving direction. Examples include mail room, campus security parking and building/room monitors, etc.

Category II

Entry level wage for those positions in Category III that require a training period. The training must be part of a program approved by the Student Employment Coordinator.

Category III

Semi-skilled jobs that require previous experience and/or necessitate acquiring a skill(s) to maintain the position. Positions considered essential/critical to the institution and/or positions that are deemed hard to fill and/or supervisory. May perform specialized work. Performs technical work requiring a combination of training, acquired basic scientific or technical knowledge, analytical and/or manual skills. Requires knowledge and application of specific work procedures. Also requires some developed skills such as operation of office equipment, composition, small equipment operation, or interaction with the public. May require little or no supervision. Examples include academic programs, Registrar, Bookstore, Admission tour guide, athletic trainer, Craft Workshop, Library Specialty Coordinator, Computer User Consultant, and Annual Giving Specialist.

Category IV

Supervisory position reserved for Annual Giving Specialist supervisors, Admission Fellows, Peer Mentors/Tutors, ITS Technology Consultant Coordinators, and Dining Services student supervisors. All other supervisory positions will fall under Category III.

Dining Services Positions

Hourly rate begins at $10.00/hour with potential for accumulated experience pay after each semester.

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