Work Study

Work study student sorting minerals for cataloging.

A work study student sorting minerals for cataloging.

The work study program at Western University is a great opportunity for students demonstrating financial need to gain valuable work experience while providing a source of income. The Richard W. Hutchinson Geoscience Collaborative Suite hires work study students every term to assist the Geoscience Collections Curator with the cataloguing of the Earth Sciences Department's rock, mineral and paleontology collections. These may include but are not limited to duties such as labeling, organizing, or cataloguing the collections, moving the collections to their storage facility, or identifying unknown rocks, minerals or fossils. This position allows for students to gain valuable hands on experience with geological specimens, as well as to meet other students who are interested in geology. 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the work study program, students must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and demonstrate genuine financial need. In addition to these requirements, to be eligible for work study during the Fall/Winter term, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum 60% course load (40% for students with disabilities). To be eligible for work study during the Summer term, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum 0.5 credit, non-distance studies course. 

In order to apply for work study positions, students must first apply and be approved for the work study program. The application is available through the Student Center via the Financial Assistance Profile Application. Once a student has been approved for work study, they are able to apply for work study positions through the Work Study Website, such as the Rock and Mineral Collections Assistant, available with the Richard W. Hutchinson Geoscience Collaborative Suite.  

International students are also able to apply to work study if they have been approved through the ISWOP program. There are also a limited number of spaces for Graduate students to apply to the program. More information on this is available from the Registrar's Office.