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Join our department, in a bigger way. Get hands-on experience in your chosen field in one of our many student employment positions.

Spring 2021 Open Positions:

Graders

GEO 110: World Regions (Bascom)
GEO 243: The United States and the World (Bascom)

Lab Assistants

GEO 120: Earth Systems (Sparks)
      Lab A: Th-10:30-12:20
      Lab B: Th-12:30-2:20
      Lab C: Th-2:30-4:20
GEO 152: Historical Geology (Higley)
      Lab A: M-1:30-4:20
GEO 250: Meteorology (van Dijk)
      Lab A: M-1:30-4:20
GEO 325: Hydrogeology (Higley)
      Lab A: T-2:30-5:20

Teaching Assistants

GEO 260: GIS and Cartography (VanHorn)
GEO 361: Advanced GIS (VanHorn
      TTh-12:30-2:20

How to Apply:

Send a completed GEO Department Application, and an unofficial transcript, to nma2@calvin.edu.


Student Employment Position Descriptions

Click on any of the descriptions below to learn the details of employment.

  • Grader

    Reports to: Class Instructor

    Job Purpose: Assist Instructor with evaluation and recording of student work; Assist Instructor with preparation of class materials as needed.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Grade assignments, quizzes, projects
    2. Keep accurate records of student grades
    3. Assist with teaching preparation by collecting information and materials, compiling or testing classroom materials, and other similar activities as requested by Instructor.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Preference given to GEO majors.
    2. Must be in good academic standing with the university, with an overall GPA of 2.7.
    3. Must have taken the course (or equivalent) with which they are assisting and have earned a B or better.
    4. Must be able to communicate effectively with Class Instructor.
    5. Must have some aptitude for internet research of journal articles and related items.
    6. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest, and able to maintain confidentiality.
    7. Must commit through the end of the semester. 

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment: one semester

    Hours: Arrange hours with instructor.

  • Teaching Assistant

    Reports to:  Class Instructor

    Job Purpose:  Assist the Class Instructor before, during and after the class; Grade student work as assigned by Instructor.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Help to set up classroom as necessary.
    2. Clean up the classroom at the end of class or at a later time as arranged with Instructor.
    3. Assist students in the performance of classwork as requested by the Instructor. This may include acting as a resource person to answer questions, demonstrating procedures.  Assistant should take a proactive role in this.
    4. Grade assignments in a timely manner and keep secure records of grades.
    5. Assist with teaching activities by collecting information and materials, compiling or testing classroom materials, and other similar activities as requested by Instructor.
    6. Distribute information to students (eg by posting on Moodle) as requested by Instructor.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Must be able to communicate effectively with students and Class Instructor.
    2. Must be able to follow directions given for the performance of the classroom activities.
    3. Must be a GEO major with an overall Calvin GPA of 2.0 or better.
    4. Must have taken the course with which they are assisting and have earned a B or better.
    5. Preference will be given to majors with additional upper-level courses relevant to the course they will be assisting.
    6. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest, and able to assume the responsibilities given. Must respect confidentiality issues.
    7. Assistants must commit through the end of the term.

    Starting Wage: $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment: One semester.

    Hours: Arrange hours with Instructor.

  • Lab Assistant

    Reports to:  Lab Instructor

    Job Purpose:  Assist the Laboratory Instructor before, during and after the laboratory; Grade student work as assigned by Instructor.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Help to set up laboratory as necessary.
    2. Clean up the laboratory space and/or equipment at the end of each laboratory period or at a later time as arranged with Instructor.
    3. Assist students in the performance of laboratory work primarily by acting as a resource person to answer questions or demonstrate procedures.  Assistant should take a proactive role in this.
    4. Grade lab reports in a timely manner and keep secure records of lab grades.
    5. Know location and operation of safety equipment.
    6. Depending on the nature of the course, be willing to drive departmental vans on field trips and to be certified as an authorized van driver by Calvin University. Must have a valid driver's license.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Preference given to GEO majors who have taken upper level courses relevant to the course they will be assisting.
    2. Must be in good academic standing with the university with an overall GPA of 2.7.
    3. Must have taken the course ( or equivalent) with which they are assisting and have earned a B or better.
    4. Must be able to communicate effectively with students and laboratory instructor.
    5. Must be able to follow directions given for the performance of the laboratory exercise.
    6. Must model and insist on compliance with safety rules and regulations.  This includes safe driving practices if asked to drive.
    7. Must be able to take appropriate action if a laboratory accident should occur.
    8. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest, and able to maintain confidentiality.
    9. Must commit through the end of the semester. 

    Starting Wage: $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment:  one semester

    Hours: As arranged with Lab Instructor.  (Typically include the scheduled lab period, prep time prior to the start of lab, and clean-up time after lab.  May involve some weekend field trips.)

  • Dice Museum Docent & Outreach Coordinator

    Dice Museum Docent

    - Details coming soon.

    Reports to:  Dice Mineralogical Museum Director, Dr. Sparks.

    Job Purpose: Greet museum visitors and perform informal tours for the visitors; record visitor attendance and monitor the museum during open hours; do light maintenance in the museum.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Keep records of attendance and interesting questions. Monitor the museum during open hours and keep the exhibit spaces looking clean.  Welcome museum guests and perform informal tours.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Preference given to GEO students who have taken the Mineralogy class (GEOL 215).
    2. Must be in good academic standing with the university, with an overall GPA of 2.7.
    3. Must be able to communicate effectively with museum visitors and museum staff.
    4. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, and able to maintain confidentiality.
    5. Must commit through the end of the semester.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment: one semester or the whole year, depending on schedule

    HOURS: During museum hours of operation and possibly other times when tours are scheduled.


    Dice Museum Outreach Coordinator

    Reports to:  Dice Mineralogical Museum Director, Dr. Sparks.

    Job Purpose:  Coordinate museum efforts of the Bruce B. Dice Mineralogical Museum.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Lead outreach efforts for the Bruce B. Dice Mineral Museum as
      directed.
    2. Update marketing collateral: printed materials, websites and signage.
    3. Arrange and conduct outreach efforts for local school groups.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Be a current Calvin University student.
    2. Be in the sophomore, junior or senior year.
    3. Be a Geology or Earth Science Education major.
    4. Completed or currently enrolled in Mineralogy.

      Additional requirements recommended for the position include:
      1. Previous work history or volunteer Hours in a mineral museum or museum of natural history.
      2. Active involvement within the GEO Department.
      3. Demonstrated commitment to science education.

    Wage Level:  $10.00/hr

    Length of Employment:  Academic Year

    Hours: As arranged with Director  

  • Department Office Assistant

    Reports to: GEO Department Manager (Ms. Nellie Anderson-Wright)

    Job Purpose: Assist GEO Department Manager with regular administrative and publicity tasks; assist with preparation and implementation of GEO Seminar Series.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Assist with administrative or publicity work for ongoing and special department projects. Tasks may include photocopying/scanning, creating/posting bulletin boards, small online research projects, etc.
    2. Create and distribute posters for department seminars and other events.
    3. Advertise events in Calvin News, Calvin Student News, and email event details to GEO Students.
    4. Set-up refreshments before seminars; clean up after seminars.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Preference given to GEO majors/minors.
    2. Must be organized, self-motivated, and able to complete assigned tasks with attention to detail and minimal supervision.
    3. Must be able to communicate effectively with the Department Manager.
    4. Must be available Friday afternoons up to an hour before and after Seminar Series (which runs 3:30pm-4:30pm) for set-up before and clean up after.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment: academic year.

    Hours: Arrange hours with Department Manager, 10 hours/week

  • Fountain Steward

    Reports to:  Ms. Nellie Anderson-Wright

    Job Purpose:  Maintain ecosystem in the fountain in the GEO Department.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Maintain water level and quality.
    2. Check condition of fish and maintain feeding schedule.
    3. Water plants.
    4. Alert Department Manager when supplies need to be ordered.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Experience with aquariums is desirable.
    2. Must be able to communicate effectively with the GEO Department Manager.
    3. Must be able to work independently.
    4. Preference will be given to GEO majors.
    5. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest and able to assume the responsibilities given.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment:  Academic year.

    Hours: ½ hour per week.

  • Weather Technician

    Reports to:  Dr. Deanna van Dijk

    Job Purpose:  Facilitate weather data collection and promote weather awareness.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Maintain weather instruments used for teaching and research.
    2. Assist with weather data collection for teaching, research, and outreach.
    3. Promote weather awareness via website, bulletin boards, lobby display, and other means.
    4. Maintain weather data and respond to requests for data.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Must be able to communicate effectively with weather technician supervisor.
    2. Must be able to follow directions for the maintenance and use of weather instruments for research and teaching.
    3. Must model and insist on compliance with safety rules and regulations.
    4. Must be a GEO major with an overall Calvin GPA of 2.7 or better.
    5. Preference will be given to majors who have taken Geography 250 (Meteorology).
    6. Applicant should have some aptitude for working with computers.
    7. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest, and able to assume the responsibilities given.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment:  Academic year.

    Hours: Flexible, arrange with supervisor, 4-6/week

  • Map Library Curator

    Reports to: Map Library Supervisor (Dr. Jason VanHorn)

    Job Purpose:  Maintain the GEO map library; Assist in the upgrading of library quality as requested by the Map Library Supervisor.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. File maps that are returned to library.
    2. Accession new maps into the library collections and directory.
    3. Maintain map collections in a useable manner; making suggestions as to space arrangements.
    4. Maintain overall library cleanliness.
    5. Perform inventory as needed.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Must have taken an introductory-level course in geography or geology, and have an overall Calvin G.P.A. of 2.7 or better.
    2. Must be able to communicate effectively with Map Library Supervisor.
    3. Must be able to follow directions given for the maintenance of the library.
    4. Must model and insist on compliance with safety rules and regulations. 
    5. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable and honest.
    6. Preference will be given to majors in geography, geology or environmental studies.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment: Academic year

    Hours: As arranged with Map Library Supervisor, about 3 hours per week

  • Seismograph Technician

    Reports to: Supervisor (Dr. Renee Sparks)

    Job Purpose:  Monitor and adjust the seismograph, display earthquake data, visualize and develop system enhancements as desired.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Monitor seismograph on at least a weekly basis and adjust as needed.
    2. Read and understand the seismograph manual. Become familiar with displays and data storage.  Be able to store and retrieve data as needed.
    3. Display seismic activity for public viewing along with appropriate descriptive and explanatory information. Be able to identify the characteristic parts of the seismic signal.
    4. Maintain a neat and tidy seismograph room.
    5. Be able to explain the seismograph operation to visitors.
    6. Keep the supervisor informed of seismic events and occurrences.
    7. The seismograph assistant is encouraged to think creatively about ways to enhance public awareness and contact with the seismic data, and seek ways to enhance and improve Calvin's seismic data station.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Must be interested in earthquakes and seismicity. Must be interested in working with sensitive motion-detection equipment and real time data collection.
    2. Must be willing to read the manual, decipher the computer storage and retrieval mechanisms, and become the resident expert on the seismograph.
    3. Must be able to work semi-independently.
    4. Must be able to work safely within applicable safety rules and regulations.
    5. Must be able to creatively display seismic data in an informative manner.
    6. Must be willing to keep supervisor informed of progress, ideas, and needs.
    7. Must be a GEO major with an overall Calvin GPA of 2.0 or better. Course background in physics is desirable.
    8. Must be courteous, prompt, dependable, honest, and able to assume the responsibilities given.
    9. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 1 year at this position.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hr

    Length of Employment:  Academic year

  • Website Technician

    Reports to: GEO Website Manager (Dr. Jason VanHorn)

    Job Purpose: Maintain GEO website pages.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Meet biweekly with Dr. VanHorn to plan tasks.
    2. Respond to web updating requests from Department Manager (Nellie Anderson-Wright).
    3. Update GEO website weekly with current information.
    4. Create new web pages as needed.
    5. Respond to emails regarding outdated information and broken links.
    6. Participate in paid training sessions for web software as provided by Calvin Information Technology and Calvin Communications and Marketing.

    NECESSARY SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Must be organized, self-motivated, and able to complete assigned tasks with attention to detail and minimal supervision.
    2. Must be able to communicate effectively with the Website Manager.
    3. Must be in good academic standing with the university, with an overall GPA of 2.0.

    Starting Wage:  $9.65/hrr

    Length of Employment: Academic year

    HOURS: Flexible, 2/week

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