Apply to Work at the Writing Center
Are you a curious person who loves to help others? Are you eager to grow as a student of writing, tutoring, and, by way of conversation with a wide variety of students, all topics taught at Evergreen? You may be interested in interviewing to become a peer tutor at the Writing Center!
Peer Writing Tutor Positions
Tutoring responsibilities include:
- Meeting with student writers at appointed times and applying concepts and practices learned in Cultivating Voice in sessions
- Participating in conversations and activities that help the Writing Center cohere as a community of practice
- Supporting the Writing Center's work by completing independent and collaborative projects around publicity, editing, workshops, and research.
Students interested in becoming a peer tutor at the Writing Center are also required to take a two-credit course, Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor’s Craft, offered every Spring. Please refer to the Cultivating Voice course description in the current academic year's Evening and Weekend catalog.
Applicants should be welcoming, responsible, and community-minded. They should have strong attention to detail, be quick to ask clarifying questions, possess good time management and task prioritization skills, and take pride in their unique abilities as they relate to the work of the Writing Center.
Are you bilingual (or multilingual)? Is Spanish one of your languages? You may be interested in applying your skills to our Spanish Writing Sessions Pilot!
How to Apply
Taking Cultivating Voice does not guarantee employment at the Writing Center. At the end of the class, interested students interview for a paid internship the following Fall. After the internship, intern tutors interview again for permanent positions. Please see the Cultivating Voice page for instructions and an application for the class.
Olympia and Tacoma Campus
Evergreen Tacoma students can apply to work at the Evergreen Tacoma Campus. Olympia Campus students can apply to work at the Olympia Campus.
Hours and Pay
During their first quarter, new tutors may work a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14 hours per week. After that, tutors may work between 8 and 19 hours per week, depending on our budget. Tutors start at $14/hour.
- Winter quarter of this academic year:
- Apply to the 2-credit spring course week 8. Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft.
- Upon receipt of an acceptance email, join the class (you will receive further instructions on how to do this in the acceptance email).
- Spring quarter of this academic year:
- Take the class weeks 1-10. Complete the course work over the quarter and learn about tutoring!
- Week 10 interviews. Interview for a tutoring position with the Director, Assistant Director, and another staff member.
- Offers sent Eval week. Respond to an offer for employment for the coming fall.
- Fall quarter of next academic year:
- Fall, Orientation week. Do your employee training with us at our mandatory (and sometimes fun) 1-3 day staff training retreat.
- Fall, weeks 1-10: Begin your journey as a tutor! We hire tutors in spring with the expectation that they will tutor for the whole year, but if you need to leave to Study Abroad or if you're graduating mid-year, we can usually accommodate that. There is continued training for tutors throughout the year. At the end of fall quarter, you have a brief interview to confirm that you will stay on to be a permanent tutor. When you leave the Writing Center, we hope that you are confident in your next career move and welcome your questions and ideas about how you can increase your skills while employed with us.
If you have any questions about working at the Writing Center, please email Assistant Director Ariel Birks at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you on the next step of your personal, professional, and academic journey!