Paid Positions

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Open positions have active links to our common application form.


Positions Filled for 2016-17

  • Please check back in Summer 2017 for 2017-18 openings!

Science Fellows at North Adams Public Schools

  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week
  • Work Hours: flexible, during elementary school day (Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:00pm)
  • Contact: Molly Polk

Interested in teaching kids about animal habitats? Experimenting with dry ice? Exploring the relationship between kinetic and potential energy? If you answered yes, the Science Fellows program is for you!

Positions open in two North Adams schools in K-5 classrooms. Science Fellows collaborate with classroom teachers to lead interactive science lessons weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Students participating in the NAPS Science Fellows program are part of the North Adams Teaching to Learn initiative funded in part by the National Science Foundation.  In addition to the weekly science teaching, NAPS Science Fellows attend trainings and participate in Teaching to Learn project research and evaluation. Curriculum units and materials provided. No science background necessary.


Science Fellows at Williamstown Elementary School

  • Time Commitment: 2-6 hours per week
  • Work Hours: flexible, during elementary school day (Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:00pm)
  • Contact: Tracy Baker-White

Do you like worms? Paper airplanes? Going on scavenger hunts? If you answered yes, the Science Fellows program is for you!

Positions open in Williamstown. Science Fellows assist in teaching hands-on science lessons in an elementary school classroom weekly over the course of a semester. Lesson plans and supply bins provided. All lessons take place at Williamstown Elementary, which is within walking distance of the College (approximately 5 to 10 minutes). No science background necessary.


Classroom Help   

  • Time Commitment: 6-8 hours per week
  • Work Hours: flexible, during school day, to be arranged with teachers
  • Contacts: Geraldine Shen and student leaders Amy Rosten & Clara Beery

Paid job working at Williamstown Elementary School. Develop a close relationship with a single class and teacher as a classroom assistant. You are there to support the teacher in whatever way they might need in the classroom. Job responsibilities include leading small groups in reading and science; working one-on-one in writing and math; grading assignments and copying papers; walking the class to lunch and gym; overseeing the students during whole-class lessons. School is within walking distance of campus (5-10 minute walk).


After-School Tutoring at Williamstown Elementary

Paid job working at Williamstown Elementary School in one-on-one or small-group tutoring of local elementary students. Tutors develop a close mentoring relationship with children in need of support and assistance, or just someone to help them out with their homework. Tutors work with the same student every week so both the student and tutor will develop a close relationship. All tutoring takes place at Williamstown Elementary, which is within walking distance of the College (approximately 5 to 10 minutes), under the supervision of a teacher. No prior experience necessary, but certainly appreciated!


Reading Buddies

  • Time Commitment: 2-8 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays 1:00-3:00pm
  • Contacts: Geraldine Shen and student leader Ned Lauber

Reading Buddies generally work one-on-one with K-2nd graders at the Williamstown Elementary School. Williams students pull WES students out of their classrooms for 15-minute periods of time, during which they play word games and read books. During times when no kids are available to do reading activities, Williams students often work in 3rd-6th grade classrooms for 30-60 minutes. This is a great experience if you enjoy working and reading with young children. Experience working with children is helpful but not required.


First Grade Buddies

  • Time Commitment: 1.5-3 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Tuesdays 11:30am-1:00pm and/or Fridays 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Contact: Molly Polk

Interested in getting to know first grade students over lively conversation at lunch and recess? First Grade Buddies mentor students in two first grade classes at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, engaging directly in helping support the first graders’ social-emotional learning. A willingness to play and listen a must for this position!


Middle School Mentors

  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Mondays 12:30-3:00pm and/or Wednesdays 10:00am-12:45pm
  • Contact: Molly Polk

If you are interested in developing a close mentoring relationship with middle school students in need of academic support, this position is for you. Work in sixth and seventh grade classrooms at Greylock School in North Adams to assist students during lessons taught by classroom teacher. Placements may be available in math, English, science, and social studies.


Hopkins Forest Educators

  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Thursday and/or Friday mornings
  • Contact: Lindley Wells

Work with the Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager (Drew Jones) to develop field trip curricula and host field trips for area elementary schools. This position also involves assisting with improvements to the visitor’s center. Students may also support Drew in facilitating additional education opportunities utilizing Hopkins Forest’s natural and historical resources. All Williams students will be fully trained and no science background is needed.


Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Educators

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
  • Contact: Lindley Wells

Work with Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation staff to develop field trip curricula for Williamstown Elementary School and host field trips for grades K-3. Additionally, students will design and run Woodchuck Wednesdays, an after-school nature education program utilizing Sheep Hill’s abundant natural resources and biodiversity.



  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Mondays and/or Tuesdays 1:45-3:15pm
  • Contact: Molly Polk

Do you have an idea for using technology to support classroom teachers in augmenting and redefining pathways for student learning?  Are you passionate about computer science and interested in increasing access for students in our local schools to learn how to code?  Join us in teaching coding at Brayton School this spring, and work with WEO staff and area teachers to research and create model tech-based projects for implementation in K-7 classrooms.  Some CS background a plus, along with the desire to learn more about how best to integrate technology meaningfully in educational settings.  For more information, please visit our iPad Initiative page.


Crossover Academy  

  • Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-4:30/5:00pm, plus 1 hour of prep per week
  • Program Dates: September 27, 2016 – February 14, 2017
  • Contact: Lisa Melendy

Come coach and mentor 3rd/4th graders from Brayton Elementary School every Tuesday afternoon in Lasell Gym  as they learn and grow through the sport of basketball. Williams students will learn to coach through the games-based approach, while developing children’s skills and confidence to achieve their goals.


Teach to Learn Curriculum Development Summer Internship 

Join the Teach to Learn summer team!  Three paid internships, spending 9 weeks over the summer working with the Teach to Learn team to develop K-5 science curriculum. Room and board available at Williams College. All curriculum is published on our website and taught by Williams students the following year. Time includes collaborating with Teach to Learn partners from MCLA and North Adams Public Schools to develop, test, and revise science units.


Teach to Learn Research Summer Internship 

  • Time Commitment: 40 hours per week for 6-9 weeks in summer
  • Work Hours: Generally Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
  • Application Timeline:  January-March
  • Contact: Jennifer Swoap

Join the Teach to Learn (T2L) summer team! One paid internship, spending 6-9 weeks depending on the candidates availability, working with project research. Room and board available at Williams College. Over the first three years of the grant, the T2L project team has gathered multiple surveys on specific research questions about the nature of scientific inquiry and science pedagogy. This position will focus on reviewing, organizing, and analyzing T2L data for impacts both in line with T2L research questions as well as unexpected impacts.


Adventures in Learning

  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week (Fall) + 10-15 hours per week (Winter Study)
  • Work Hours: see description below
  • Application Timeline: rolling, open until filled
  • Contact: Melody Blass Fisher

Work with Adventures in Learning after-school enrichment program at Williamstown Elementary School as a Program Assistant. Over the fall semester, two Program Assistants spend 2-3 hours per week to promote and recruit Williams student teachers at Purple Key Fair, entries, and Paresky tabling, and assist in evaluating course proposals, contacting teachers and designing brochures. 10-15 hours per week of work will occur over Winter Study when Program Assistants will work the program around 3.5 hours per day, 3-5 days per week, on check-in, classroom support and program needs (including set up & clean up, technology).