Paid Positions

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Open positions have active links to our common application form.


Positions Currently Available for 2017-18

  • Please check back throughout the fall for the latest openings!


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!



Are you passionate about computer science and interested in increasing access for students in our local schools to learn how to code? Do you have ideas for supporting students in practicing digital citizenship? Join us to teach coding and model best practices in digital citizenship at Brayton School in North Adams, and work with school and WEO staff to research and create model tech-based projects for implementation in 5th and 6th grade classrooms. Some CS background a plus, along with the desire to learn more about how best to integrate technology meaningfully in educational settings. Fall placements will be in 5th grade.  For more information, please visit our iPad Initiative page.


Crossover Academy  

  • Time Commitment: 2-5 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-4:30/5:00pm, plus 1 hour of prep per week
  • Program Dates: September 25, 2017 – February 16, 2018
  • Contact: Lisa Melendy
  • Application Form

Come coach and mentor 3rd/4th graders from Brayton and Greylock Elementary Schools every Tuesday (and possibly Thursday) 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.


Positions Filled for Fall 2017

  • Please check back in December for Spring 2018 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 leader 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).



Reading Buddies

  • Time Commitment: 2-8 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays 1:00-3:00pm and 8:45-10:45am daily
  • 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 and Second 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 younger elementary students over lively conversation at lunch and recess? First and Second Grade Buddies mentor students in two different grade levels at Brayton School in North Adams, engaging directly in supporting the elementary students’ social-emotional learning. First Grade Buddies go to Brayton on Tuesdays, and Second Grade Buddies go on Fridays. A willingness to play and listen a must for this position!


Classroom Support, Greylock School

  • Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per week
  • Work Hours: flexible, during school day, to be arranged with teachers
  • Contact: Molly Polk

If you are interested in developing a close relationship with a grade 6 teacher and older elementary school students in need of academic support, this position is for you. Work in a sixth grade classroom at Greylock School in North Adams to assist students during lessons taught by a classroom teacher. Job responsibilities may also include leading small groups in reading, writing, and math, working one-on-one with students, grading assignments and copying papers, and accompanying students to lunch, recess, and gym. A limited number of positions are available.


Hopkins Forest Educators

  • Time Commitment: 2-5 hours per week
  • Work Hours:  Field trips generally between 9am-12pm, students may also need to work additional hours for field trip planning/preparation. (The mornings for this position are TBD).
  • 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. 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 (and additional hours for students who are able to support field trips)
  • 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.

Positions Filled for 2017

  • Please check back in Spring 2018 for Summer 2018 openings!


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.

Positions Filled for 2017-18

  • Please check back in Spring 2018 for 2018-19 openings!


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).