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Guide to Jobs on Campus

Sept 5, 2021

Compiled by S. Lamontagne

 

This is intended to serve as a non-comprehensive guide to the variety of jobs available on campus. There are a variety of positions available no matter what type of job you’re looking for. These aren’t by any means the only jobs available, just some of the main ones. Thank you to all the student workers who took the time to talk to me about their jobs!

Tour Guide

Starts at $10/hour; as you become more experienced and/or give tours more frequently, your hourly pay is raised.

As a tour guide, you'll interact with prospective students and their families and introduce them to Dartmouth. Hours are flexible; you'll usually be assigned a few tours a week (60-90 minutes each) at set times, and there's a system in place for finding a substitute for your tour if need be. Your job is to "sell" Dartmouth to prospective students, so if this is something you're interested in, it's important to be prepared to grapple with what you say to students and how it plays a role in bringing them into an institution that is ultimately exploitative and built on violence. To apply, admissions will send a listserv email inviting current freshmen and sophomores to apply sometime during the winter term. It involves a written application and interview process.

Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS): Novack Cafe

Starts at $12-13.50/hour; you receive a $0.25 raise for every term that you work, and those who are promoted to manager or supervisor positions receive additional raises.

Working at Novack will primarily be a barista job, alongside other tasks such as stocking snacks and supplies, running the register, etc. Shifts are picked based on seniority; they run throughout the day in 2-hour blocks (8 AM to 12 AM). For the most part, you will be able to pick when you want to work based on what works best for your schedule. These jobs often fill up quickly; apply early and be persistent. Apply on Jobnet and/or email Dartmouth Dining Services.

DDS: Ramekin

Starts at $12-13.50/hour; you receive a $0.25 raise for every term that you work, and those who are promoted to manager or supervisor positions receive additional raises.

Primarily a barista job, alongside running the register, opening/closing tasks if your shift occurs at that time, etc. Minimum of 6 hours a week, but many people work more. Flexible to work around your schedule. Make sure you're prepared to deal with customers who may be nitpicky or impatient. (Applies to any jobs involving customer service.) Apply on Jobnet and/or email Dartmouth Dining Services.

DDS: '53 Commons

Starts at $12-13.50/hour; you receive a $0.25 raise for every term that you work, and those who are promoted to manager or supervisor positions receive additional raises.

A number of jobs are available at '53 Commons; tasks may include baking, scanning IDs, dishwashing, cleaning surfaces, and/or serving food. You will be able to request the number of hours you want to work and at what times; your supervisor will then make your schedule. The dishwashing job is not recommended, although it does pay more than the others. Apply on Jobnet and/or email Dartmouth Dining Services.

DDS: Collis Cafe

Starts at $12-13.50/hour; you receive a $0.25 raise for every term that you work, and those who are promoted to manager or supervisor positions receive additional raises.

Most Collis Cafe workers help run a specific food station (smoothie station, stir fry station, etc.). A variety of positions are available, but you will generally be employed at one specific station. Morning and afternoon shifts are available; you'll be able to design your work schedule around your class schedule. You get some free food (and extra DBA if you work enough hours, as is the case with all DDS jobs)! Apply on Jobnet and/or email Dartmouth Dining Services.

DDS: Snack Bars

Starts at $12-13.50/hour; you receive a $0.25 raise for every term that you work, and those who are promoted to manager or supervisor positions receive additional raises.

Snack bar employees are primarily responsible for scanning and checking out items, restocking, and upkeep (especially for opening and closing shifts) Hours are determined based on seniority and are handled by the manager/supervisor of each respective snack bar. Overall a very manageable job. Apply on Jobnet and/or email Dartmouth Dining Services.

The Cube

Starts at $10/hour; you receive a raise after a year and/or becoming a student manager.

Employees at the Cube are responsible for checking people in, upkeep, supervision, and planning events. 2-3 shifts a week; 3-4 hours each. Overall not too strenuous, recommended as a good introduction to working part-time in college. Could complement a second or third job. Reach out to the Allen House professor or the Cube's administrative assistant (who is often working at the Cube earlier in the morning).

Library

$9/hour for regular desks, $11/hour for circulation desks and late hours; no opportunity for a raise

If you are employed at the library, your primary responsibilities will include sitting at a variety of desks throughout the library, checking out materials, giving directions, and more. Flexible hours, and you can almost always find another worker to cover your shift if need be. You'll often be able to do homework during your shift, which is a nice upside. Reach out to Access Services, or ask for the student supervisor's business card at the circulation desk.

Research

Depends on the department and professor.

Research positions are generally available in any subject area you might be interested in; your responsibilities will vary depending on the topic of the research and the professor with whom you are working. Very flexible hours—many research assistants are able to just do their work whenever they have free time; generally 5-10 hours a week but can vary by project. Show interest in your professor's work, and read some of their papers beforehand. Don't underestimate yourself—if you're interested in the topic, then you're probably qualified to be involved in the research in some way or another, and it can never hurt to ask! Email the professor(s) you're interested in doing research with (or look into the WISP program!).

Hinman Post Office

$11/hour, no opportunity for a raise.

Hinman employees' main tasks are sorting mail envelopes and packages, as well as distributing packages to students. Flexible hours; fall between 8:30 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday. Slower work environment. Show interest in the hiring process, and make sure you have close-toed shoes. Apply on Jobnet and email the supervisor.

Drill Instructor

Starts at $10/hour; your pay may rise depending on how long you've been a drill instructor.

As a drill instructor, you'll lead students through practice exercises for the language class(es) they're taking about three times a week. Three 50 minute drill sessions per week and three prep hours (six hours total per week), typically at a set time Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the term. Not too much of a commitment, especially if you're a native speaker of the language you're a drill instructor for. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the professor to better understand the activities you'll be leading, and make sure you have notes on each student as the professor may ask you to assign grades to each student at the end of the term. Attend drill instructor workshops at the start of the term, then try out to be a drill instructor in your preferred language.

Tutoring

Varies by subject.

There are opportunities to serve as a peer tutor across a variety of subjects, including math, economics, writing (RWIT), and more. Slightly less flexible hours—typically evening shifts, up to 3 shifts per week (4.5 hours). Nice as a side gig (especially if you like the subject), but not a main job if you really need the money—limited hours and you don't get paid for preparation. Check https://students.dartmouth.edu/academic-skills/Peer-Tutoring-Program/tutoring/group-tutoring/become-group-tutor around the beginning of the term. (Note: RWIT has a separate application process from other tutoring jobs.)

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