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**For this employment, state law requires a state and national criminal history background check as a condition of employment.

Review the following list of current vacancies and contact those departments that have vacancies for which you are qualified.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible for Student Employment, call (270)745-5513.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
The following departments have online applications that can be submitted directly to their departments:
Housing and Residence Life:
IT HelpDesk:
Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities center:
WKU Libraries:
WKU Health Services:


spring 2015 Vacancies


Inventory Control Student Associate

$7.25/hour and 15-20 hours per week.

Beginning Date: ASAP as well as Summer and going into Fall '15/Spring '16 semester.

Number of positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday between 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

Job Description: Tagging equipment, data entry, working with Excel spreadsheets, using scanner to conduct onsite departmental inventory audits, additional duties as assigned.

Required Skills: Ability to work without close supervision, detail-oriented, ability to work alone or with others as required by work, valid driver's license.

Please email resume and class schedule to Resumes accepted by email only.


Student Assistant - Office of International Programs

10-20 hours per week and $7.25/hour.

Beginning Date: Open

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Dependent on the availability of student.

Job Description: The Office of International Programs strives to complement Western Kentucky University's vision to be A Leading American University with International Reach through the strategic development, implementation, and management of campus-wide internationalization initiatives. The student assistant will provide staff support by making changes to the office website, creating/editing/distributing marketing materials, fielding phone calls and contacting other offices, and other tasks as needed. The position reports to the Assistant Director of International Programs.

Tasks, gained knowledge, and experience as a student assistant may include but not limited to:

  • Develop understanding of the Office of International Programs as well as other organizations on campus
  • Learn about the role of international cooperation in higher education
  • Improve leadership skills
  • Improve time-management and develop accountability
  • Develop web design and social media skills
  • Create and distribute marketing materials related to Office of International Programs events
  • Perform administrative tasks such as organizing meetings, fielding calls and emails, etc.
  • Provide support for staff as needed

Minimum Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements:

  • Full time undergraduate student in good academic standing;
  • Study abroad experience or another type of  experience with equivalent international/intercultural exposure;
  • Critical thinking skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web design;
  • Ability to work 10-20 hours per week;
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license

Preferred Skills and  Requirements:

  • Superior writing skills;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail;
  • Graphic design

Application: Those interested in the position should send a resume, cover letter, availability schedule for the allotted time, and writing sample to with “Student Assistant” in the subject line. Select applicants may be asked to participate in an interview. Any inquiries can be made to


Tutor for Student Support Services

$7.50/hour and 5-10 hours per week.

Beginning: March 2015

Number of Positions: 2.

Work Schedule: Office is open 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. Schedule is flexible within those hours; some nights and weekends might be required.

Job Description: Provide individual tutoring to students within Student Support Services (SSS). Tutor must meet with students weekly to assist with study skills, time management, review course material, test preparation, papers and assignments.

Required Skills: Tutors MUST be undergraduate students with more than 30 credit hours. Tutors need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an A or B in the class tutoring and must have a FAFSA on file. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required and must be patient, dependable and friendly. Preference will go to those who have prior tutoring experience and can commit to at least two semesters. We are looking for tutors for General Education classes to include, but not limited to: Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology,
Biology, Chemistry, English, Economics, and History.

If interested, please email with an attached resume.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

$7500/year, 20 hours/week academic semesters, 36 hours/week summer

Beginning: ASAP

Number of Positions: 2

Work Schedule: TBA

Required Skills: Chemistry laboratory experience necessary. Organic chemistry laboratory experience best. These are grant-support positions for chemistry and closely allied majors. MS candidate positions also are available. Full time summer research appointments can be worth $4000.

Applicants must be enrolled in the Sciences.

If interested, please contact







Glasgow Campus Library Student Assistant

$7.25/hour and 15 hours per week

Beginning: 1/26/2015

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Flexible schedule that could include evenings.

Job Description: Responsible for providing general library support in such areas as technical service, circulation, and basic computer support; provide clerical assistance to Campus Librarian and Library Assistant; instruct patrons in use of TopNet and library databases.

Required Skills: Federal Work Study eligible; must have excellent customer service skills; possess excellent oral and written communication skills, can respond to general information requests by telephone or refers to Librarian, is proficient at typing and computer skills, knowledge of various software packages (Microsoft Office) and modern office technology.

The application can be found at Please email for more information.


America Reads Tutor

America Reads student needed for the Bowling Green City Schools Preschool and Family Literacy Programs.

The hours of operation for the Dishman Preschool program where they need help is from 11:30 to 3:00pm Monday thru Thursday. On Fridays they can work any times from 8:00 to 3:00pm working on activities in the classroom.

The hours of operation for the Family Literacy Childcare is on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Professional Development and Learning Center.

The job duties in the Preschool program would be working with the Preschool children with activities. Helping the Preschool staff and teacher with daily activities and preparing items for lesson plans in the Preschool classroom.

The job duties for the Family Literacy child care is to help with homework, play games and to provide a safe environment for the children while they are playing.

Interested applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and should email a resume to


Building Services Attendant

Department of Facilities Management

Status: Part-time

Work Hours: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

To apply for the position, please visit the employment section of the WKU website at .

Purpose of Position: The Building Service Attendant (BSA) reports directly to the Building Services Supervisor who in turn reports to the Manager of Building Services. The BSA performs custodial duties in order to keep campus buildings in a clean and orderly condition.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs: Clean university classrooms, residence halls, laboratories, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, locker rooms, athletic areas, corridors, elevators, stairways and any other public areas. Dust furniture and equipment and clean chalkboards, draperies, and upholstered furniture. Polish wood and metal work. Clean windows/sills and door panels, wash walls and ceilings, and polish woodwork & metal work. Service, clean, and supply restrooms. Gather and empty wastebaskets, segregate recyclables, and transport trash to disposal/collection areas. Clean building floors by sweeping or vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing, sealing, finishing, and polishing. Transport equipment and/or supplies between buildings as required. Move furniture and/or set-up tables and chairs. Notify team leader or supervisor concerning damage, vandalism, unsafe conditions, thefts, and the need for repairs. Assist building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors and turning off lights prior to leaving assigned work areas.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities: Maintain excellent communication/customer service with Building Coordinators to ensure client satisfaction and that employees are demonstrating respect, hospitality, and quality service. Communicate bi-laterally with other supervisors and team members within DFM to ensure that services are provided in an efficient and timely manner. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Training and Experience Required: High School Diploma or GED equivalency required

Knowledge and Skills Essential for SuccessKnowledge of machines and tools needed for the cleaning industry to include carpet cleaning equipment, floor polishers, floor washing machines, scrubbers, as well as knowledge of chemicals and their uses. Knowledge of the correct procedures in relation to all cleaning tasks and safety and equipment use including comprehensive knowledge of chemicals. Ability to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external business contacts. Ability to monitor and assess performance of yourself to make improvements or take corrective action. Excellent communication and time management skills. Familiar with and/or have experience in the use of radio protocol. Ability to work well individually and as a team member. Possess basic computer skills, familiar with web/internet navigation, and willingness to learn and utilize new technology based products as applicable. Strong attention to detail with the ability to work effectively in a service-oriented environment. Ability to accept feedback and deal calmly and effectively with stressful situations.

Physical Abilities Required: Ability to work near moving mechanical parts; be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic

chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and risk of electrical shock and vibration. Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Ability to perform strenuous physical labor, which includes lifting/moving up to 10 lbs. on a regular basis, moderate lifting/moving up to 25 lbs. frequently, and lifting/moving up to 50 lbs. occasionally. Ability to perform physical activities that require the employee to; stand or walk; use hands to grip/move objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear and smell. Must be able to work 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift based on the needs of the university. Must be able to wear protective eye wear, hearing protection, head protection, foot protection, or other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as the task dictates. Overtime is expected during special events that require housekeeping services. All team members are expected to pull their turn in the regular overtime rotation process.


Summer 2015 Vacancies



$7.60/hour and 18 hours per week.

Beginning: May 18th and continuing through Fall 2015.

Number of Positions: 2-4

Work Schedule: Monday-Thursday from 11:30am-4:00pm during the summer. Sunday –Thursday from 4:30pm-8:00pm during the fall and spring.

Job Description: Telecounselors play a vital role in the WKU Office of Admissions. They make outbound calls to prospective students who have expressed an interest in WKU. They establish rapport with these potential students and their parents, assist them with all aspects of the college admissions process, and answer questions about WKU. TeleCounseling is a great opportunity to use your WKU knowledge to help recruit the next generation of Hilltoppers. Training will be provided upon hire.

Required Skills: Must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing with a strong academic history and registered for fall classes. Applicants must be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about WKU. Excellent verbal communication skills are a must. Professional phone etiquette and knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel are required. Applicants must also be very dependable, reliable, and professional
in the workplace. Must be self-motivated and have a genuine desire to help students from all backgrounds.

***Must also have a current 14-15 AND 15-16 FAFSA form to be eligible for student employment.

If interested, please visit the first floor of Potter Hall/Admissions Office. Ask for an application for student employment or contact


Athletic Tutor/Monitor

$7.25/hour and 15-20 hours per week.

Beginning: Summer 2015

Number of Positions: 3 (Business, Math, and Foreign Language majors are encouraged to apply)

Work Schedule: Primarily morning/afternoon hours

Job Description: Provide tutorial and mentoring assistance to student-athletes. Maintain academic reports and accurate records of tutoring schedules. Provide front desk, computer lab, and study hall assistance to the SASC staff.

Required Skills: 3.0 GPA. Computer skills (Blackboard and Topnet competencies). Proficient organizational and communication skills.

If interested, please contact Lacee' Carmon-Johnson at with an attached resume.

Upward Bound Tutor Counselor

$7.25/hour. (Free private room June 2, 2015- July 10, 2015, meals and all fees to activities are provided, all-expense paid trip to major city.)

Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week for 5 weeks.

Beginning Date: Start on June 2, 2015 and Ending on July 10, 2015.

Number of Positions: 3

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday

Job Description: The primary responsibility is to ensure the well-being of the UB student participants, with regards to health and safety, discipline, interpersonal relationships, and approach to studies. Tutor Counselors will live in a residence hall and supervise students during the week. Tutor Counselors will participate in all program activities including teaching an elective class, supervising study halls, and tutoring students. In addition to supervising all participants, Tutor Counselors are expected to lead a group of 10-14 students.

Required Skills:

  • Must have a cumulative 2.7 G.P.A. or higher
  • Must have at least 60 completed college credit hours
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Must have strong leadership skills.
  • Must  be mature, and have excellent professional judgment
  • Preferred candidates should have experience working with low-income, first-generation students, and/or prior residential advisor or camp counselor experience.

If interested, please complete the online application at Applications must be submitted by April 3, 2015.


Student Gardener

$7.80/per hour

Monday-Friday 7:30P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Beginning: Summer 2015

Roles and Responsibilities: Water (using hoes or water trailer), pull weeds, mulch, plant (annuals, small shrubs, and groundcover), and run small power equipment (tillers,blowers, etc.).

Qualifications: This position will give you experience in many areas pertaining to gardening. Seeking someone wanting to learn and work outdoors. Must have a valid driver's license. May have to drive a truck and trailer due to type of watering needed.

Preferred Skills: Any type of landscape experience is a plus, however on job training will be provided.

Additional notes: Day to day responsibilities may include anything from watering to laying landscape stone. Must be able to kneel, bend, work in the heat, lift at least ten to fifteen pounds. Must be able to follow direction. May be required to work alone at times. This position can be used as an internship if needed.

If interested, please contact Leah Hopwood at


Fall 2015 Vacancies

Athletic Tutor

$7.25/hour and 10-20 hours per week.

Beginning: Fall 2015

Number of Positions: Open (Business, Math, and Foreign Language, Science, and Sport Management majors encouraged to apply)

Work Schedule: Flexible; primarily evening hours

Job Description: Provide tutorial and mentoring assistance to student-athletes; Maintain academic reports and accurate records of tutoring schedules.

Required Skills: 3.0 GPA; computer skills (Blackboard and TopNet competencies); organizational and communication skills.

If interested, please contact Lacee Carmon-Johnson at with an attached resume.


  Graduate Assistants 


There are currently no positions in this category.




Graphic Design Internship

Creative Web Services – Public Affairs

 The Graphic Design Intern reports to Creative Web Services, part of the Division of Public Affairs at Western Kentucky University.

This position is an unpaid internship open to WKU students, with course credit available. Must be available to work 10-20 hours per week during the semester.  Hours are also available during Winter and Summer terms.

Beginning: ASAP

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. TBD

Description: Reporting to Creative Web Services and Public Affairs, the Graphic Design Intern is responsible for designing marketing and promotion materials for use by the Creative Web Services department. Though this position will focus primarily on design for web and social media, marketing and promotion materials may also include print (posters, brochures), digital signage, and other supplementary items.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are customary of this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion, and institutional needs.


  • Perform graphic design duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to project timelines and procedures.
  • Initiate timely communication with the Digital Media Marketing Coordinator and Creative Web Services Manager regarding design concepts, edits and assignment priorities.
  • Possess ability to listen and accept constructive guidance.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with posting designs to websites/social media accounts
  • Assist with other Creative Web projects as needed

Performance Expectations:

The duties and responsibilities of this position must be performed in a competent manner following general standards for responsibility, accountability, teamwork, and customer service.

Required Skills:  Proficiency with Mac computers, proficiency in the use of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop. Working knowledge of Color Modes (CMYK/RGB). Experience with social media is a plus.

Application Procedures:  Send resume and portfolio to or deliver to Creative Web Services, Wetherby Room 312


Off Campus Opportunities


Gardening/Housework Position

Available at a home near campus. 10-15 hours/wk.; time flexible. $8.00/hr. to begin. This position is available immediately and is ongoing. Must be able to work during breaks and over the coming summer. Best if you are domiciled here in Bowling Green. Contact


Immediate Opening – Post-Bachelor’s Research Associate in Mathematics & Engineering

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at ORNL is searching for a qualified Research Associate to conduct detailed numerical verification of the various methods used to solve the Boltzmann transport equation. A detailed convergence analysis on the radiation transport models employed in the RNSD code Exnihilo is needed. The successful candidate will help build a library of ‘real scenario’ problems, including reactor analysis, radiation shielding, criticality safety and dosimetry, which can be used to analyze new methods and verify existing methods.

Qualifications: Must have a B.S. degree in math, applied math, engineering or equivalent. Candidate also must have basic computing skills on Linux/POSIX-type systems. Programming skills in python are desired and C/C++ experience is a plus. A background in numerical analysis is advantageous, but not required. Strong writing and presentation skills are also preferred. Applicants cannot have received their most recent degree more than three years before the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Interested? To apply, go to, make an account, and enter the reference code ORNL15-21-RNSD to find the position posting. Refer questions to  



PayRate will be decided upon experience and knowledge.

Beginning: 2nd or 3rd week of March.

Job Description: Existing .php web site needs home page revisions of .php coinciding with new page design. Will provide new .html and .cs to support the design. Some existing .php can be utilized.

Required Skills: Comprehensive expertise with writing and editing .php MYSQL database work may be needed. Examples or previous projects required.

If interested, please contact


Mary Jane's Chocolates

Mary Jane's Chocolates is looking for an Exceptional Customer Service Associate. This local business is seeking a business, communication, merchandising, hospitality, visual studies, design, sales or other related major. The ideal candidate will be qualified for Federal Work Study. Applicants must be independent, detail-oriented, friendly, professional, hard-working, multitasking, timely, reliable and drug-free. The ideal candidate will possess excellent customer service skills, would enjoy helping shoppers, keeping our shop neat and packaging chocolates to go out in the store.  Bow-tying is a regular duty. Dress is business casual.  Starting pay is $8/hour. We are closed all major holidays and many minor holidays, but require employees to fulfill their shifts during the days and weeks leading up to major holidays; therefore, we ask that the applicant be a resident of Bowling Green or the surrounding areas.  We will work around finals schedules.  We are closed 2 weeks in the summer, and 2 weeks after Christmas. Opportunity for wage increases is directly related to employee performance. Please contact Marie at or stop by our store at 1640 Scottsville Road, behind Steak N Shake for an application.  Candidates may also call 270-363-5260 for further information. 

*The three available time positions are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1:45 pm to 6:15 pm (18 hours/week) OR Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:45 am to 2:15 pm (18hrs/week) OR Tuesday and Thursday from 9:45 am to 6:15 pm (17hrs/week).


Lead Preschool Teacher

$8.00/hour and about 30-40 hours per week.

Beginning: February

Number of Positions: 1

Job Description: As a Lead teacher, it will be your responsibility to be the role model to all substitutes under you. You will be responsible for creating a fun and engaging lesson plans to promote the kids to learn in a fun way. You will have to follow guidelines to create milestones for each child in helping them be ready for kindergarten. You will have to be able to create structure and control of at least 10 preschoolers by yourself. Most days, you will have an assistant. Part of your job will also to be able to control your assistant and create a smooth flowing day for all kids in center and be able to speak to parents well.

Required Skills: Good communication skills with parents, other staff, and the children. You will have to be able to problem solve and sometimes deal with difficult child behaviors. You will need to be respectful, professional, and follow policies and procedures.

**To submit an application, please go to and fill out an application under the careers tab.


Substitute Teacher

$7.50/hour and about 20-25 hours per week

Beginning: February

Number of Positions: 3

Job Description: Substitutes are on a when needed basis, and act as a fill in for teachers. Most of the times needed would  be scheduled, and would be based off of the substitutes availability. You will assist the Lead Infant, Toddler, and Preschool teachers with curriculum needs, the development of the children, family communication, and overall communication of the classroom. You must be a reliable member of the team, working cooperatively and with flexibility!

Required Skills: Being able to communicate well with parents and staff members. You will need to be able to problem solve well
and take direction from those around you.

**To submit an application, please go to and fill out an application under the careers tab.


Topper Talk

Need a part-time job? Looking to build a resume? Topper Talk is hiring!

Starting wage at $7.75/hour plus monthly bonuses and incentives!

Schedules built for student life!

Valuable fundraising experience and on-campus location!

If interested, please apply online at

Contact Joel Thorson at 270-745-5395 or with questions about positions.


Student Fundraiser

 Up to $8.50/hour, and a minimum of 9 hours per week

Beginning: ASAP

Work Schedule: Select three shifts for work schedule: Sunday 5-8, Monday-Thursday 6-9. Calling will continue up to June 30th and end on July 1st. Students hired to work in the summer will be invited to join our staff once we resume in the fall.

Duties: Call alumni, parents, and friends of WKU to update their contact information, build a positive relationship with them, and raise funds for scholarships, research funds, and other academic pursuits.

Required Skills: Applicants should be persistent, enthusiastic, and outgoing. Preference will be given to students that can work between finals week and June 30th.

Contact: Applications are taken at


Summer Consulting Internship in China

Summer Consulting Internship in China is supported by the Global Multinational Companies Education Alliance (GMEA). The goal of GMEA is to provide strong supports for the international elites to pursue their higher education and future career especially with a focus on China. The students who participate in their programs will have more opportunities to work for the multinational companies either in China or in the US after their graduations.

 -Consulting internship experience in Chinese enterprises focuses on Chinese management challenges

-Intensive practical training in business Chinese language and etiquette

-Business School Lectures on Chinese Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese History and Chines MNCs

-Cross Culture Communication Coaching

-Case Studies on Chinese Management Characteristics and Internationalization of Chinese enterprises

-Tours of historical areas

-Cultural experiences in China

 This Program is designed to provide participants with a global view of business, but with a particular focus on Chinese business philosophy and challenges. It provides students with an edge in the business world. Through creativity, entrepreneurship and globally important ideas, students are challenged to deepen their view of MNCs, develop a strategic mindset and grasp the latest management tools required by a multinational company leader in today’s fast-moving business world.

 The Program places each student into a Chinese multi-national company for two different experiences: a single day immersion with a Senior Manager and a 4 weeks long placement in a consulting engagement. The first placement allows students to understand a Chinese MNC's manager's typical day and the challenges that he or she faces. The second placement allows the students to study a particular problem in an MNC and propose a formal solution to the issue, using internal and external information as appropriate. 

 The Program blends innovative course design with face-to–face interaction, consulting experience and immersion study tours. It also unites students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds in the spirit of learning, open-mindedness and debate, while at the same time providing a deeper understanding of Chinese business philosophy and culture through first-hand experience. At the end, students may earn their college academic credits once they complete the program.

Academic and professional requirements:

-- Undergraduates and graduates at college/university or equivalent

-- Eager to gain experience in a multinational company

-- Dynamic and open-minded with International mindset

-- Ability to appreciate different cultural models of business

-- Strong leadership potential

-- Clear motivation, drive and maturity

-- Recognized achievements

-- Academic ability

-- Minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Procedures

Step 1 – Send CV to

Step 2 – Scholarship /Company Stipend Application

Step 3 -- Acceptance by NBS Committee

Step 4 —Visa

Step 5 – Pre-training


*Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability, and provides, on request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs, and activities.


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