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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 Grinnell education more affordable and within reach for you and your family. For more information about student employment at Grinnell, please review the Student Employment Tip Sheet (PDF). Students who are selected to be a community adviser, Grinnell House monitor, or admission overnight host coordinator should review the Room Grant-Eligible Positions Tip Sheet (PDF).

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.

Incoming first-year students who have student employment or federal work-study as part of their financial aid will be assigned to their first job prior to their arrival on campus. Students can keep the position they are assigned or search for a new position. Any student, regardless of financial aid status, can work on campus. Open positions are posted on the Student Employment website (login required).

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) with questions about student employment policies, payroll, or how to apply for a campus job. For questions related to your financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Pay categories are assigned to each position on campus to provide consistency and equity for similar work across similar campus jobs. NOVAtime assigns the appropriate pay rate for each job on the timecard, so no additional work is required by supervisors to ensure proper pay rates.

Wages by Pay Category
Pay Classification Wage Rate Dining Contract
Category 1 $8.24 N/A
Category 2 $8.76 N/A
Category 3 $9.27 $10.75
Category 4 $9.79 $11.75

Category 1

Performs routine, non-complex work. May require a brief orientation period. No previous training required and works under direct supervision, or the 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 2

Entry-level wage for those positions in Category 3 that require a training period. The training must be part of a program approved by the student employment coordinator.

Category 3

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, and 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 4

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 3.

Dining Services Positions

Hourly rate begins at $10.75/hour with potential for accumulated experience pay after each semester.

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