Work Study Opportunities

Helena College offers Montana State and Federal Work Study Programs. The Work Study Programs provide on- and off-campus employment opportunities to students in order to help meet their educational expenses. The Work Study Program is funded through part of a total financial aid award based upon financial need. Students must be eligible in order to qualify for employment.

Students who participate in the Work Study Program are paid biweekly. Students earn their Work Study award on an hourly basis, the same way they would at a regular job.

To check your eligibility and obtain applications, please contact the Scholarship & Work Study Officer or the Financial Aid Office.

For more information regarding the Work Study Program at Helena College, please review the Student Employment Handbook.

Positions Currently Available for 2018-2019

Admissions and Records Work Study
Date Posted: 12/7/18
Department: Admissions and Records
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Donaldson Welcome Center
Hours: Up to 20 hours per week
Position(s) Available: 1
Supervisor: Kylie Parker, Assistant Registrar—447-6910

Duties: includes but not limited to: filing, answering a multiline phone, accepting documentation from students attending or applying to the college, making phone calls on behalf of the Admissions Coordinator, answering questions of students that walk-in. Assisting students during registration on our computers, mailing letters that both Admissions and Records generate. Assist with Recruitment efforts through data entry, making packets, answering questions regarding the admissions process and Helena College programs. 

Other requirements: Knowledge of Work, Excel, Outlook, and Access recommended, but not required.

America Reads/America Counts Tutor Program
Date Posted: 12/7/18
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Area Elementary Schools
Hours: Up to 20 hours per week
Contact: Karina Moulton, Scholarship & Work Study Officer--447-6915

Duties: Literacy tutors may be employed in a pre-reading or reading program for individual students or groups of pre-school through elementary students, and also Financial Literacy Programs. Math tutors may be employed to serve children in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Diesel Shop Assistant
Department: Diesel Technology
Date Posted: 11/9/18
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Airport Campus Diesel Shop
Hours: 5-10 hours per week; generally 4:00pm-6:00pm (may be negotiated with Diesel faculty)
Position(s) Available: 1
Supervisor: Rick Purcell or Derrick Hauer, Diesel Technology Instructors—447-6366

Duties: At the request of the Diesel technology faculty, perform duties that may include, shop equipment maintenance, tool repair, lab set up, tool room organization, etc. Applicants must be self-motivated and be able to track their hours worked properly.

Other requirements: This position requires heavy lifting at times and a need for certification to operate a lift truck (this training will be given after employment).

Lab Monitor
Department: Computer Technology
Date Posted: 1/11/19
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Donaldson Campus Computer Labs
Hours: Saturday late morning/early afternoon
Position(s) Available: 2-3
Supervisor: Bryon Steinwand, Computer Technology Instructor--447-6967

Duties: monitor computer lab and assist students with connecting to network resources. Enforce food and drink rules in computer lab, ensure lab is vacated when lab is over, notify maintenance of any problems with facilities, notify IT or Computer Technology instructors of hardware or software issues, assist Computer Technology program with software upgrades to lab computers, as well as other duties as assigned.

Network Administrator
Department: Computer Technology
Date Posted: 1/11/19
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Donaldson Campus
Hours: Monday-Friday daytime flexible
Position(s) Available: 1
Supervisor: Bryon Steinwand, Computer Technology Instructor--447-6967

Duties: include the following: installation of server, configuration of server software, installation of software updates, and configuration of physical server layout. Setup and configure all student servers to support course work. Evaluate and/or recommend purchases of computers, network hardware, peripheral equipment, and software; investigate user problems, identify their source, determine possible solutions, test and implement solutions; install, configure, and maintain student servers running Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Ubuntu 18.04, or Center OS 7 operating systems, perform software installation, and upgrades; maintain Microsoft Academic Alliance licenses for department/organization; plan and implement network security, including building firewalls, applying cryptography to network applications, managing host security, file permissions, backup and disaster recovery plans, file system integrity, and adding and deleting users; ensure timely user notification of maintenance requirements and effects on system availability; maintain confidentiality with regard to the information being processed, stored or accessed by the network; document network configuration and problems and resolutions for future reference; as well as other duties as assigned. Other requirements: ability to lift up to 40 pounds.  

Orientation Leaders
Department: Student Support Center
Date Posted: 12/7/18
Semester/Year: Spring 2019 & Summer 2019
Location: Donaldson Campus
Hours: 4-5 hours per orientation (2x spring, 1x summer)
Position(s) Available: 5-6 per orientation
Supervisor: Greg Thompson, Academic Advisor—447-6938

Duties: Orientation Leaders have a unique opportunity to work first-hand with new incoming students. You will be interacting with both traditional and non-traditional students by leading guided tours through the campus, providing important information, directing students to orientation workshop sessions, setting-up/tearing-down event items, administering orientation surveys, and most of all having fun.

Parking Attendant
Department:  Parking Department
Date Posted: 12/7/18
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location:  Airport Campus
Hours:  9 hours per week , flexible with students schedule
Supervisor:  Bridget Guerin, Administrative Associate Airport Campus—447-6350

Duties: Will be responsible for monitoring vehicles that are parked on the Helena College Airport Campus safety parking compliance.  Including assisting the Helena College Airport Campus Welcome Center Administrator with various projects as needed, including Excel and customer care.

Retail Services Work Study
Department: Retail Services
Date Posted: 11/9/18
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Donaldson Campus Bookstore
Hours: Varies. Up to 20 hours per week
Supervisor: Josh Bennett, Retail Service Manager—447-6932

Duties: Cashiering, stocking, customer service, cleaning, helping with food preparation, making coffee if necessary.

Other requirements: Some lifting of food and textbooks will be necessary. Ability to stand at register for extended period.

Office Assistant
Department: Student Support Center
Date Posted:
Semester/Year: Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Location: Donaldson Campus Room 139
Hours: up to 20 hours per week
Position(s) Available: 1
Supervisor: Lori Cooper, Student Support Center Administrative Associate—447-6939

Duties: This position will be the official greeter of students, staff, and faculty who desire to use the resources located in the Center. A pleasant, helpful and courteous attitude and personality is paramount to the nature of this job. Duties include: answering the phone and taking messages for Center personnel; assist students, staff, and faculty in the use of the various computer programs located in the Center’s computer room; assist the Center’s personnel with keeping the bulletin boards organized and up-to-date; publicizing events by creating, addressing, and posting materials on the bulletin boards around campus; and sending out mailings on-and off-campus; getting the mail and running errands; keep the reference books, located in the Center, in proper order. Catalog and put on the shelves college catalogs as they are received in the Center; administer test placement exams to new and returning students; schedule appointments for Center personnel; type letters as requested for Center personnel; and use the copy/fax machine to communicate Center correspondence. Privacy and confidentiality must be practiced at all times. Other requirements: must be able to type with accuracy. Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and a familiarity with computers. Must be able to take accurate phone messages. Must enjoy working with the public. Showing up for work, honesty, performing the assigned work, following directions, taking initiative, reliability, confidentiality, checking work for thoroughness, and accuracy with attention to detail, interest in learning new skills; especially computer skills are mandatory.

Welding Shop Work Study
Department: Welding
Date Posted: 1/11/19
Semester/Year: Spring 2019
Location: Airport Campus Welding Lab
Position(s) Available: 1
Contact: Glen Zeigler, Welding Instructor—447-6372

Duties: Maintain equipment and tool room; make minor repairs to equipment and tools. Other Requirements: Applicant must have knowledge of welding equipment.

Student Employment Week

Student Employment Week is April 8-12, 2019.

Why We Celebrate

Helena College employs a wide variety of student workers who perform invaluable services with passion, commitment, and initiative. All while developing important skills and experience they will carry with them into their future careers upon graduation. Our student employees contribute so much to the campus community and providing access and support to our students’ success.

In addition, through the Federal Work Study Program, several local nonprofit agencies hire Helena College students to work in community service positions for their organizations.

We encourage all departments to recognize them for their hard work not only during Student Employment Week, but throughout the year to let them know that their efforts are valued.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations

Supervisors nominate their student workers for Student Employee of the Year.

Nominate your employee!


Nomination Form


The Helena College Student Employee of the Year Award was established to recognize and help promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of Helena College students who effectively combine campus work with their academic commitments. We look to supervisors within the college to nominate student employees who they feel are especially worthy of recognition based on their performance.

Nominee Criteria

Nomination forms should be completed and submitted to the Scholarship & Work Study Coordinator. To be considered, nominations must be complete and submitted NO LATER THAN 5:00 pm, February 10th of each year. Additional letters of nomination may be submitted by following the instructions at the bottom of the nomination form.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be:

  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credits as a Helena College student;
  • Working at least 10 hours a week on- or off-campus as a Work Study student;
  • Employed with the same department/office for at least 6 months during the selection period which is the academic year July 1st to June 30th; and
  • Must be maintaining good academic standing.
  • Nominees are not restricted to students employed through the Federal/State Work Study Programs. All student employees are eligible for consideration.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Must be nominated by a Helena College employee.
  • You may attach an additional support documents that are each no more than 2 pages in length.
  • A committee comprised of the Work Study Committee and a representative of Helena College Student Government Association will select the Student Employee of the Year. The student employee selected will be announced during the Student Employment Week.

Tips for nominating your student employee

  1. It is best to gather all letters of support and additional documentation before completing the nomination form. Please note that you may only attach two additional support documents that are each no more than 2 pages in length. These may also be emailed to the Work Study Coordinator.
  2. Nominations will be reviewed for minimum eligibility requirements. Only students meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be reviewed further. The Student Employee of the Year should be maintaining academic performance while working.
  3. Reviewers will be reading for specific examples of how this student demonstrates the following: Team work/Collaboration, Commitment, Excellence in Attitude, Initiative & Creativity, and Problem Solving. Avoid only using general statements.
  4. The nominators of the students selected as Student Employees of the Year will be notified in advance to the awards ceremony to ensure they will attend.

Should you require additional information, please call (406)-447-6915.

Calendar of Events

Student Employment Week is April 8-12, 2019.

Past Student Employee of the Year Awards

2017-2018 Student Employee of the Year

Stanley Munson- Financial Aid Office

2015-2016 Student Employee of the Year

Gregory Matteucci- Machine Shop

2014-2015 Student Employee of the Year

Lori Cooper- Student Support Center

Notice to all Helena College Work Study Students:

All payroll information/changes may be made at Cyberbear.

Instructions: Login to Cyberbear using the above link. Below the sign in boxes under the Need Help With Your Account? heading click What's My NetID? Enter the requested information to retrieve your NetID and then click the Forgot Password link to obtain password to login.    

To obtain calendars of time periods and time sheets go to HR Forms page under Payroll.

Please contact the Helena College Financial Aid Department at 406-447-6916 with any questions.

Helena College provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or political beliefs.

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