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Positions: Desk Receptionist | Peer Writing Tutor

Employment at the Writing Center gives you excellent opportunities to develop skills such as communication, marketing, volunteer outreach and, of course, writing. As a tutor, you improve people's own relationships with their writing, and also broaden your own understanding of the subject.

As a desk receptionist, your work involves ensuring that every student who enters the Writing Center has a pleasant and professional encounter with us. Receptionists often serve as the first contact people have with the Writing Center.

We hope you'll consider joining our family.

Desk Receptionist Positions

This position accepts work-study students only.

The Center for Active Student Learning at The Evergreen State College, which is comprised of The Writing Center and The Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center, continually seeks to hire dynamic individuals to be receptionists. Receptionists ideally should be interested in becoming Writing Center or Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center tutors. Capable and reliable receptionists are vital to the Centers' success.

Applicants should be polite and friendly, responsible, creative, organized, and community-minded. They should take pride in their work and the work of the Writing Center and the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center communities, be unafraid to ask questions, and possess good time-management skills. The ideal receptionist will be working with people, on the telephone, and on computers, so being comfortable with both Macs and PCs is preferable. Receptionists should be able both to prioritize their own tasks and to delegate other duties to the Centers' tutors.


The receptionists' duties will include taking information from students and entering it into a database, scheduling appointments both in person and on the phone, and helping keep the Tutoring Center in good, general working order. Receptionists also will be able to answer questions about student-scheduling and the tutors' specific areas of strength. They also will attend weekly staff meetings with the Centers' Directors, their Learning Resource Specialist, and the tutors. The receptionists will also be members of a Project Team which has specific Writing Center- and Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center-related duties.

How to Apply

To apply for a desk position, fill out a printable application [PDF] and submit it to the Assistants to the Director in 2304F or Michael Radelich in 2304A.

Applicants can apply for up to 19 hours/week with this position.

NOTE: You must have work study to apply for this position.

Peer Writing Tutor Positions

This position is currently closed.

Tutor Training Course

Students interested in becoming a peer tutor at the Writing Center are required to take a two-credit course, Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft, offered every Spring. Please refer to the Evening and Weekend Studies catalog for the current academic year for more information.

Cultivating Voice combines readings, reflective writing, seminar, and a practicum to prepare students to become peer tutors in the Writing Centers. In seminar, students explore tutoring theories, examine the role of a peer tutor and develop effective tutoring practices. In the practicum, students will observe peer tutoring and graduate to supervised tutoring. The course also will address working with unique populations of learners. Students considering graduate school in related fields like education, creative writing, and literature will benefit from this training.


Taking Cultivating Voice does not guarantee employment at the Writing Center. At the end of the class, interested students interview for a contracted internship the following Fall, Cultivating Voice II. After the internship, intern tutors interview again for employed positions.

Tutoring responsibilities include meeting with student writers at appointed times; applying concepts and practices learned in Cultivating Voice; supporting the Center's work by participating in a workgroup; and participating in reflective practices to support tutor growth.

Hours and Pay

During their first year, new tutors can work a maximum of 10 hours/wk. After that, tutors can work up to 19 hours/wk. Tutors earn $9.50/hour.