One of the distinctive aspects of Warren Wilson College is its on-campus Work Program. Briefly, it consists of students and supervisors working together to operate and maintain the College and to learn the basics of sound work practices and problem-solving. The Work Program supports the College mission statement by providing guidance for the integration of academic, practical, and experiential learning increasing excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring. It provides opportunities for students to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. During each academic term, all resident students are required to participate by working 15 hours each week. Vacation work, serving facility needs of the College, is also available. The Work Program Advisory Committee, consists of elected students, staff, and faculty together with Work Program Office Staff, and is responsible for policies and operation of the Work Program.
All resident students are required to work 480 hours per academic year. This is usually accomplished by working 15 hours per week.
All day students must work or have worked a minimum of 480 hours in Warren Wilson College's Work Program in order to graduate. Transfer Students: Juniors and Seniors prorated at 240 hours.
It is recommended that each student work on at least two different types of crews while attending Warren Wilson College. The range of work experiences spans such activities as laying water pipe, computer operations, and accounting. Students at Warren Wilson do not simply "work." The students, in fact, provide the essential work force to operate the College. Students must consider early in their educational careers the most productive ways to combine work, academic classes, community service projects, and internships. The College compiles and keeps on file a Work Transcript to assist students who want to use their work record as an employer reference. Students receive regular evaluations describing their performance level on their crews. The evaluations may be used as a measure of performance as graded by the supervisor. Supervisors are also evaluated by the student work force. Each year, outstanding students receive awards for their performance in the Work Program. Awards are given for First Year Students (2), General Work (8), and Senior Work (1).
The Career Resource Center encourages and assists students as they move from the Warren Wilson community into the wider world. The Center helps students use their Warren Wilson studies, work, and service as resources and tools to make a good living and, more importantly, to make a good life. The Center helps students discern their individual skills and gifts through counseling, self-assessment tools, and reflection. By encouraging students to frame a vision for their lives, the Center helps students use their skills to pursue their personal values. The Center assists students with writing resumes, cover letters, and resume portfolios.
Responsibility for work assignments rests with the Work Program Office. The preferences of students are taken into account, as are the wishes of work supervisors and the immediate College needs. Obtaining a particular job depends upon the existence of a vacancy, the number of students that apply, and the comparative qualifications of the applicants. Returning students, particularly juniors and seniors who have done well in their previous assignments and want the same or different jobs for which they are qualified, usually are provided that opportunity. It is a real-life situation in which competition, seniority, skills, and previous work experience all play a part. Often, new students cannot be assigned to crews reflecting any of their stated preferences -- particularly when the preferred assignments are all with small crews. Regardless of the assignment made, each job is an important one and each student's best effort will be expected.
The Work Program should be teaching work ethics, team work, dignity of work, confidence, common sense, a sense of purpose, initiative, pride in work, communication, problem solving, sacrifice, self-discipline, quality of work, responsibility, respect, interdependence, and what a student is or is not good at doing. Many different jobs are available to students in the Work Program. Current work crews, approximate number of students assigned to each, unique educational opportunities, and any prerequisites for each crew are listed below.
3-D Studio: 4 students--Studio assistants. Responsible for the general cleaning and maintenance of the studio, including monitoring of the studio when in use by students after class hours. Other responsibilities may include picking up and stocking clay and ceramic chemicals, inventory of supplies, mixing of glazes and slips, light carpentry, and loading and firing of electric and gas kilns. Unique educational opportunities include learning how to create sculpture and pottery; how to build and maintain kilns and other equipment used in a sculpture studio; and how to organize and run a professional sculpture and ceramics studio. Experience in ceramics and/or sculpture is preferred. Students with allergies to clay dust, mold or mildew may find this job unsuitable.
Academic Affairs Office: 2 students--Provide clerical and secretarial support for the day-to-day operation of the office. Responsibilities: act as a receptionist, handle telephone calls (requires familiarity with the campus so that questions are answered and calls appropriately directed), assist with office procedures (filing, course evaluation preparation, mailings, word processing, light database management), maintain faculty office hours records, assist with the processing of material for faculty searches, maintain course syllabi files, maintain confidentiality. Educational opportunities: learn time management, organizational, office, and record-keeping skills, as well as professionalism. Opportunity to learn how the College functions. Requirements: positive attitude, ability to learn quickly, telephone experience, accuracy, dependability, ability to follow verbal instructions, pleasing personality, Word 6 for Windows and Excel experience, public relations, typing skills, ability to maintain complete confidentiality, and ability to follow established procedures. Minimum one year commitment.
Academic Support Services: 1 student--Provides clerical assistance, including data entry, mail merges, and Internet research and copying. This person will work with people from three aspects of academic support here at the college and needs to have good interpersonal skills, be flexible, work in a team, as well as independently, and take initiative.
Accounting Office: 4 students--Process invoices for accounts payable, receive payments and balance cash drawer for accounts receivable, post journal entries to the general ledgers, post data to student accounts, maintain subsidiary ledgers, maintain files, and perform other duties as needed. Educational opportunities include gaining an understanding of general accounting principles, developing the responsibility to handle confidential information and cash, and customer service skills. Students also learn to enter data with a high level of accuracy. Job requires mastery of the English language. Three hour work blocks are preferred. Minimum one year commitment.
Admission Office: 8 students--Assist in the admission process; provide printed information and campus tours for prospective students. Telephone and public relations skills are very important, as crew members are often the first contact a prospective student or a student's parent has with Warren Wilson College. Extensive routine clerical work. Educational opportunities include learning computer search and data entry. Students also organize special admission events such as Open House and student visits. Responsibility is stressed through the timely response to prospective students' inquiries. Public relations skills and organizational skills are developed through the liaison between the traveling counselors and assigned student workers.
Alumni Office: 2-3 students--The Alumni Office organizes events throughout the year such as Homecoming, Leadership Weekend, Phon-a-thon, and other alumni gatherings. The office is also responsible for keeping Warren Wilson alumni up-to-date on campus news and updating alumni records, as well as helping to produce the Owl and Spade, the alumni magazine, and various other tasks. Traits needed for this job are good personal and communication skills, including telephone, e-mail, and face-to-face. Strong creative abilities, good organizational skills, and reliability are a must. Office workers are expected to be able to follow directions, work as team members, and be self-directed to complete tasks that are given to them. Students will learn the many aspects of data management, event planning and organization, development work and donor relations, as well as development of interpersonal skills. Student will work with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Aptron Campus database and Web design/management programs.
Archaeology/Collections: 4-5 students--Act as curator of the archaeological, Appalachian, and intercultural artifact collections; manage and maintain the Warren Wilson archaeological site; manage and maintain the collections as well as the rooms housing them; and work on development of educational programs related to the Warren Wilson College Archaeological Field School. Workers will also research, design, and assemble displays, both three- and two-dimensional, related to the collections. Educational opportunities include learning care of artifacts collections and developing curatorial and display-design skills. Workers gain a sense of how archaeological and material culture research is conducted. A flexible work schedule is needed, and experience in archaeology (particularly the College's lab courses) is recommended. Students must demonstrate a strong interest in archaeology, cultural studies, or museum work.
Athletics: 10 students--Maintain the athletic supplies and equipment room at DeVries Gymnasium, operate the intramural program, conduct general cleaning of the gymnasium, provide general secretarial/clerical support as needed, and serve as administrative staff for intercollegiate athletic contests. By working on the gym crew, students will learn organization through planning and implementing the intramural program. Through maintenance of the gym, students will learn responsibility and the operation of machines. Students will learn athletic management skills relating to student-athlete recruitment and mass mailing methods using a PC. Students will maintain the various athletic fields and equipment for Warren Wilson College students. Setup and operation of intercollegiate games is a responsibility. Evening hours and weekend hours are required of student workers.
Athletic Training: 3 students--The job of first aid and rehabilitation involves general cleaning, filling and washing water bottles, and maintaining an inventory of supplies. The students will cover scheduled practices and set up for home games and events. Organizational and scheduling skills are important, as is the ability to work independently. The students will need to work and communicate with coaches, student athletes, physicians, and other medical support groups. Communicating with these groups will involve written reports and telephone calls to arrange transportation as needed to assist athletes with medical follow-up care. These students must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, and to complete CPR and First Aid courses in order to be competent when dealing with athletic injuries.
Auto Shop: 9 students--Depending on the skill level, a first-year student will perform routine oil changes, clean engines, do safety checks and prepare vehicles for assignments, assist in brake overhauls, clutch/transmission removal and installation, engine overhaul, and tune-ups. Second-year students with proven skill will perform the above tasks and assist in teaching new students. Educational opportunities include learning to perform routine car maintenance and some major repairs. Students learn to evaluate cars and their mechanical condition while becoming familiar with many different engines and mechanical systems. Other skills learned include computer analysis of engines, welding, solving the problems of mechanical apparatuses, and small-job metal fabrication. A three-hour block is preferred for new students, and a two-year commitment is expected. A campus driving license is also required. New members of the crew may be expected to attend a week-long training workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school.
Blacksmith Crew: 4-6 students--The Blacksmith Crew focuses on creating saleable items for the Warren Wilson Store as well as learning and teaching traditional blacksmithing skills such as drawing out, squaring, rounding, bending, heat welding, plaiting, and twisting. Students create tools to be used by other crews as well as by the general campus community. The crew concentrates on extending the opportunity to learn and experiment with Blacksmithing to the Warren Wilson community. Crew members should be creative, independent workers who enjoy learning, producing, and teaching. The Blacksmith Crew requires a two-year commitment. New members to the crew may be expected to attend a week-long training workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school. Educational opportunities on the blacksmith crew include learning the metallurgical techniques necessary for forging steel; tempering tools and creating needed items for use on campus. Students will become proficient in the use of varied shop tools (i.e. hammer and anvil; air powered forging hammers). Students will also learn how to take a project from the design table to a finished, installed creation. The crew hosts open houses for the campus community and teaches others the basics of forging iron.
Bookstore: 4 students--Responsible for the storefront services, including cash register and sales assistance, plus ordering office and school supplies, sundries, and college insignia merchandise. Receiving, stocking, and maintenance are also included in work duties. Educational opportunities include developing communication skills, learning to run a cash register, and general operation procedures (margins, markup policies, inventory control, and customer service).
Building Services: 15 students--Maintain a regular cleaning schedule of campus buildings; clean floors, carpets, windows, walls, and public facilities; move furniture; maintain inventory, distribution, organization, and storage of custodial supplies; coordinate and prepare for large and small conferences and weddings, including setups, stagings, etc. in various building and outdoor settings; perform equipment and small engine repair and preventive maintenance, including electrical repairs to housekeeping equipment; and other duties as assigned. On the building services crew, first-year students will receive training in routine detailed work; they will also learn the use of floor and window washing equipment, as well as how to set up and use scaffolding. The second-year student will learn supervisory skills by assisting in the training of first-year students and evaluation of jobs completed, and by providing the necessary transfer of materials and job information, such as an understanding of chemicals or technical use of equipment. Third-year students learn management and coordinating skills, becoming supervisors (leaders) and helping the crew managers through follow-up and completion of the jobs with satisfactory results. However, any student showing initiative and competence may be assigned the role of student leader. The progress of each student, with reference to supervisory levels, is based on the student's integrity.
Business Office: 1 student--Divides time between the main Switchboard and the Business Office (may also include Office of Church Relations and the President's Office). Switchboard duties include answering the main College telephone line, transferring calls and welcoming and directing campus visitors. Office duties include providing general office support in a variety of ways: word processing/typing, filing, answering telephones, assisting with newsletter mailing (labeling, sorting, etc.), copying and collating materials, and serving as a "gofer" around campus to deliver mail and messages. Educational opportunities include development of excellent interpersonal skills and basic organizational skills applicable in a variety of situations. Word processing skills (Microsoft Office) with additional office experience preferred.
CAD Crew: 1/2 - 2 students--Crew members staff the CAD office in Facilities Management and Technical Services and act as an integral part of FMTS operations; provide staff, faculty and students with floor plans, maps and other information; use AutoCAD (computer drafting software) and ArcGIS (geographic information systems software) to document and maintain the accuracy of the existing conditions of the campus facilities; draw and modify campus building architectural floor plans; survey campus buildings and locate underground utility lines; manage the campus-digging permit process. Educational opportunities include gaining experience in a "real-world" facilities management working environment, developing office skills and customer service skills, gaining proficiency in AutoCAD and ArcGIS and general computing skills, gaining an understanding of building design and learning how to create building floor plans. AutoCAD and/or ArcGIS experiences are helpful but not required. Students must be able to work independently. Minimum one-year commitment.
Campus Communications Crew: 1/2 - 1 student--Assists the campus communications director in writing, editing and distributing WWC This Week, the weekly campus newsletter. Students interview students/staff/faculty and writes profiles for WWC This Week and Owl and Spade. Proofreads/edits Owl and Spade and other College publications. Prepares newsletter mailings for the College Relations department. The crew requires a responsible, self-motivated individual with strong writing, editing and verbal skills.
Campus Support: 15 students--Special projects. Tasks range from demolition to laying down concrete, to framing walls, to roofing. Campus Support also will help crews such as landscaping, building services, or paint. Educational opportunities cover a broad spectrum. Students are able to start and complete a job. Students work both with hand tools like the hammer, flat bar, tape measure, and with power tools such as the circular saw, reciprocating saw, jack hammer, drill, and chop saw. The crew tasks exercise the student physically and mentally. Problem solving skills are crucial. The ability to work as an individual and with a team is also essential.
Career Resource Center: 3 students--The main task of students working in the Career Resource Center is individual management of CRC projects and events such as organizing events for graduating seniors, helping to organize the Job Fair, coordinating workshops, and writing and editing CRC publications. These individually managed projects encourage creativity as well as responsibility, and they depend on teamwork. Students working in the CRC also assist with office duties such as filing, data entry, creating spreadsheets and word-processing documents, greeting and assisting clients, scheduling appointments, and organizing resources. Educational opportunities include learning the valuable skills of time management, working with deadlines and enhancing telephone and computer skills through daily practice. Students wishing to work in the Career Resource Center should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to work as part of a team that is dedicated to providing students and alumni with excellent services and resources.
Carpentry: 10-15 students--Construction and upkeep of campus buildings, woodworking, and furniture repair. Educational opportunities include learning job organization, framing layout, sheet rock hanging and finishing, concrete forming and finishing, shingle layout and roofing. Students can also learn glass cutting and replacement, door framing and hanging, woodworking, and furniture repair. Requirements: New students must have a three-hour block for training. Returning and experienced students work with and help unskilled workers.
Chapel/Christian Education Building: 2 students--Combination of general office work, cleaning, maintenance, and event setup. Cleaning and maintenance includes floor care, window washing, dusting, cleaning of restrooms and kitchens, ordering cleaning supplies, trash and recycling, and other cleaning-related duties as needed. General office work includes use of computer, copy machine, telephone, mailings, and other duties as needed. Event setups include preparing buildings and grounds for church services, meetings, wedding or memorial services, college-related events, and special programs. Students will learn organizational skills and time management, use of office equipment, planning and implementing programs, and working in a team environment as well as working individually. Requirements: The Chapel Crew member must be willing to work in an open, all-inclusive atmosphere where team work is strongly encouraged, must enjoy meeting people, and be able to work independently when necessary. Schedules are flexible, sense of humor helpful.
Chemistry: 6-8 students--Working on this crew will provide the student with skills and experience that cannot be acquired in conventional classroom situations. This crew is essential for the operation of the chemistry program; therefore the student workers and faculty members work closely together to set up labs for experiments, develop new experiments, purchase chemicals and supplies, maintain storage rooms and the inventory system, monitor laboratory safety, administer the hazardous waste programs, tutor students, function as lab assistants, and grade lab reports. Specific skills that can be acquired include preparation and analysis of solutions; problem solving; scientific record keeping; maintenance and operation of sophisticated instrumentation and computers; use of common word processors, spreadsheets, and data bases; recycling, decomposition, and proper disposal of hazardous materials; purchasing and inventory procedures; maintenance of a safety program; lab skills; simple carpentry and maintenance; and feeding Dichromate, the department's cat. A flexible schedule is essential.
College Press: 8 students--Crew members assist customers with copying and printing jobs from simple handouts to booklets and magazines; learn operation of copiers; learn pre-press operations including computer-based layout and design; and perform copying, laminating, and bindery. Some students are additionally responsible for darkroom and complex offset press operations, bulk mailings, monthly billings, inventory management, and troubleshooting equipment. Educational opportunities include developing strong customer service skills, gaining proficiency in the use and maintenance of a variety of office equipment, learning desktop publishing and bookkeeping functions, and gaining darkroom and offset press experience. Students must meet deadlines and work together to accomplish the service and performance objectives of the College Press. Special requirements include average or better physical dexterity, strict attention to and steady concentration on detail, and commitment to ensuring customer confidence by repeatedly doing good work and communicating well with customers and colleagues.
Community Bicycle Crew: 2-32 students--The crew repairs bicycles that are donated to the program to be distributed to community members wanting bicycles. The crew conducts bicycle maintenance workshops, and works to promote the use of bicycles on campus. The crew also manages the campus bicycle shop, which repairs personal bicycles for the members of the college community. Students who work on the crew share a knowledge of bicycle mechanics and a passion for promoting cycling as an economical and environmentally conscious means of transportation. Educational opportunities include learning to maintain the workings of a functional bicycle shop including bicycle maintenance, shop organization and development of learning opportunities for the campus community. Teach others how to maintain their personal bicycles and promote the use of bicycles as a realistic form of transportation.
Computing Services: 15 students-- divided into Repair Crew and Help Desk Crew
The Help Desk Crew staffs the Computing Services Help Desk. Help Desk duties include answering questions submitted by telephone, e-mail, and in person; completing work requests and scheduling work for the Repair Crew; monitoring campus computer labs; monitoring the campus ethernet network and the connection to the Internet; and providing scanning and CD-R services for the College community. Help Desk workers who wish to move to the Repair Crew will also be scheduled for some training time each week. A qualified applicant will be a self-motivated second-year student who is proficient in using the software packages available on campus, who is able to work on one evening or weekend shift each week, and who is willing to make a two-year commitment to the crew.
The Repair Crew is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all the microcomputers on campus. In addition, Repair Crew workers work on ethernet network wiring and termination; Operating System installation and maintenance; Linux; Windows 98 and Mac OS; and general troubleshooting in all areas of computer technology. Repair Crew workers also act as trainers for the Help Desk Crew. Qualified workers must have served for one semester on the Help Desk Crew or have had exceptional previous computer repair experience.
At the end of two years, a motivated worker will have learned to use many modern application and utility software packages, learned to effectively troubleshoot and solve hardware and software problems, learned the basics of network administration in a large Linux/Windows/Macintosh hybrid network, and be prepared to apply these skills in any number of jobs in or out of the technology field. Student workers will also learn people skills, written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills, and good work habits. Computing Services is a team-centered, low-management crew. Workers are sought who can work well with limited supervision, who are fast learners, and who are fascinated with technology in all its forms. Minimum two year commitment.
Conference and Housing: 2 students--Provide general administrative support for the Office of the Director of Conferences and Housing Life as well as host groups who come on campus for meetings and conferences. Assist with placement of new students and communicate with campus constituencies. While on the Conference Crew, the student will learn good public relations skills through interaction with conference participants, telephone skills, general secretarial skills, and organization and planning for conference events.
Cowpie Cafe: 15-20 students--The Cowpie Cafe is a Warren Wilson College student-initiated, student-run food establishment. Crew members are responsible for all aspects of food service including menu planning, food preparation, cooking, presentation, and clean up. Students will gain knowledge of vegetarian cooking, utilizing local and organic ingredients and working in cooperation with the College's farm and garden. General enthusiasm and the ability to work in fast-paced energetic environments, as well as a genuine interest in vegetarian, sustainable food sources are a plus.
Dean of Student Life: 2 students--Facilitate Orientation and other major events and activities. Helping students, staff and the public connect with the necessary and/or appropriate people and programs, requires knowledge of, and interest in, the campus and its populations. At the same time, absolute confidentiality in work activities is a must. General enthusiasm, ability for problem-solving, and a capacity for coping with high stress situations are desirable traits. Knowledge of word processing is essential. Prior office and Internet experience is helpful. Educational opportunities: Students will develop strong customer service skills, enhance their problem-solving skills, learn spreadsheet programs, and will gain experience working with a diverse group of people and situations.
Development: 1 student--Assist all departments within Development as needed, assist in donor file maintenance, handle mailings, assist in fund raising campaigns, and assist with receptions for friends of the College. A detail-oriented individual with adaptable work habits and an outgoing personality best fills this assignment. Student should be willing to dress up for special events and engage in conversation with friends of the College. Educational opportunities include learning and refining computer skills; taking part in and eventually coordinating special events; developing an understanding of nonprofit fund raising; and learning and developing public relations skills. Annual events include Festival on the Field, Board of Visitor meetings, Scholarship Luncheon, and Alumni Reunions. Tasks may include answering phones, research, data entry, letters to donors and friends of the College, articles for the Board of Visitors newsletter, filing, photocopying, faxing, and escorting guests on campus tours.
Dining Service: 30 students--All facets of food service business, including setup, cleanup, dish room, serving of meals, and assisting in the preparation. Educational opportunities are available through the positions of cook's helper, baker (fresh breads), salad dressing maker (from scratch), salad bar preparation, and positions in the cafe. Additional income may be earned through the advancement to a student manager position, as well as in the catering department. Students on the Dining Crew will receive first consideration for these paid positions.
Education Office Assistants/Carson Maintenance: 4 students--Crew members share maintenance and office assistant responsibilities. Each crew member spends a minimum of 5 hours a week on building maintenance -- providing a clean, comfortable, healthy work/learning environment. Crew members work with faculty and staff in the Career Resources, Minister to Students, Education, and Outdoor Leadership departments to meet their maintenance needs. The other work time is spent assisting in the Education Department. This includes the following positions -- Web Master (maintenance and development of department web page), LRC Librarian (work in Education Learning Resource Center), Office Assistant (faculty assistance -- copying, scheduling of classrooms, phone and mail responsibilities), Maintenance Supervisor (monitoring of building needs). Positions are assigned; responsibilities are shared. Educational opportunities include time management, public relations, office skills, computer use, and meeting many of those involved in support services on campus.
Electric: 8 students--Inside and outside wiring repairs on campus buildings, maintenance of fire alarms, maintenance of campus telephone system, and repair work on electric circuits of staff homes and campus buildings. Educational opportunities include gaining a mastery of electricians' tools and the installation of most electrical devices including telephones, general conduit installation, basic wiring, and job organization. Second-year students learn the layout of electrical circuits, make unassisted electrical repairs, and gain proficiency in home wiring. Commitment to two years on the crew is required. Inexperienced students need a three-hour work block to work on this crew. New members of the crew are expected to attend a week-long workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school.
English Research Assistant: 2 students--The English Research Assistants work with a member of the English Department to edit and annotate materials that will be used in various courses at Warren Wilson College and that may subsequently be published by university presses. In addition to conducting research related to editing and annotating assignments, the English Research Assistants also help with preparing and proofreading manuscripts, with developing components of specific literature, theatre, and writing courses, and with carrying on routine office work. Educational opportunities involve the refinement of skills that are essential to successful work in graduate and professional school and also in subsequent employment within the academic and business worlds. Students who become proficient as researchers, editors and writers and who have learned to work well in a professional office setting, have marketable skills and experience that will serve them well personally and professionally. Requirements for working at this critical post are multiple. Students serving in this position must have a strong interest in intellectual history, literature, and culture; must be able to write correctly and cogently; must observe the decorum and dress appropriate to a professional office setting; must have a good command of basic secretarial skills, especially word-processing skills; and must interact and communicate well with professors, administrators, other students, and a variety of people from outside the Warren Wilson community.
Environmental Leadership Center: 10-12 students--Provide support to the mission of the ELC, which is to raise awareness of local, national, and global environmental realities and to inspire caring citizens - especially the youth - to reflect, to communicate, and to act as responsible caretakers of the earth. Crew positions include EcoTeam (5-6 students with some education or environmental education background) who teach and coordinate a third-grade environmental education ecologically-based curriculum that reaches over 1,200 Buncombe County children; EcoTeam Expansion (1 student who has served on EcoTeam) coordinates an initiative to replicate EcoTeam at colleges and universities throughout the Southeast; Campus Greening (2 students with good communication skills and a passion for living sustainably) who research, write, and deliver Green Walkabouts as well as working on a broad range of campus susceptibility issues; Internship Program (1 student who has done an ELC internship) coordinates the ELC's Internship Program; Publication Assistant (1 student with excellent editorial and writing skills) who assists in all areas of publication including the journal, Heartstone; Administrative Assistant (1 student preferably with office experience and computer skills) who assists in daily office operations including event planning. All students on the ELC Crew gain experience working for a non-profit environmental organization. Educational opportunities include field-based teacher training, curriculum development, public speaking, radio commentary, fund-raising, grant writing, regional environmental conference attendance, program coordination, non-profit management, and more.
Environmental Studies/Biology: 10 students--Provide support to the Environmental Studies and Biology departments by maintaining their laboratories, equipment, and collections; preparing labs; assisting in the greenhouses; and providing administrative support for faculty members. Students may also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty in particular subject areas, including wildlife, botany, and microbiology. This crew seeks self-motivated and mature students with a strong desire to learn, especially junior and senior Biology and/or ENS majors.
Facility Management Customer Service Crew: 3-4 students--Students create reports that analyze work order data to uncover and correct departmental service problems. They create budget reports analyzing and monitoring spending patterns, analyze work order completion trends and reports to assist supervisors scheduling work in a timely manner, maintain computerized work order system for all Facilities Management crews, perform general secretarial/clerical functions, answer telephone, take messages, answer incoming radio calls, and make radio calls. Educational opportunities include gaining a basic understanding of office work and a work order computer program for maintenance activities. Student will learn to use Microsoft Office, Windows 2000 program, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Student will also learn to communicate effectively on the radio and telephone, and to interface with a variety of people. Some computer skills and a pleasant personality are required.
Facilities Management Technical Services Crew: 2-4 students--Management interns/major highly desirable. Students are responsible for the management information systems in FMTS including the work order system, web page and digital controls. They are responsible for developing Standard Operating Guidelines and for assisting in development and implementation of Total Facilities Management Program. Students analyze work order data to pinpoint problem areas and resolve issues, assist in developing 4-month focus, and review department status. They will help develop a 5-year facilities deferred maintenance report and determine repair priorities.
Farm: 25 students--The Farm Crew is broken down into three crews: general, cattle, and pig. There is plenty of overlap between the crews' work, which consists of caring, and feeding 75 brood cows and 25 brood sows; planting and harvesting corn, cereal grains, and hay; fence repair; cleaning, painting, and renovation of farm buildings; and maintenance of the farm's tractors and equipment. Students learn about sustainable agriculture techniques, tractor operation and repair, and pasture management. Students also deliver animals, give shots, and administer medicines. Working on this crew is excellent pre-vet experience. Opportunities exist to attend seminars off-campus and to help with experiments with the N.C. Agricultural Extension and N.C. State University. All students should have a three-hour work block and willingness to work in adverse weather without complaint.
Financial Aid Office: 1 student--Provides general secretarial/clerical help. Assists with filing, word processing, checking records, duplicating, and distributing. The job requires responsibility and discretion. Educational opportunities include learning the basics of the financial and aid application process, time management skills and the importance of deadlines. Student workers enjoy the rapport developed with their fellow students as the worker will greet and initially help those coming to the office.
Fire Safety: 1 student--Conducts weekly inspections of fire alarms and emergency lighting systems. Conducts fire drills once a term in dormitories. Conducts monthly inspections of all buildings for code violations and extinguishers. Conducts extinguisher training for resident directors, resident assistants, and appropriate work crews. A willingness to learn the North Carolina Fire Code is required. The student must understand operation and inspection of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and emergency lighting systems.
Fletcher Arts Studio: 4-5 students--Maintain, clean, and supervise building and equipment; inventory supplies; build rolling tables, easels, etc.; and perform general clerical functions. Educational opportunities include learning matting and framing techniques, computer use, and simple construction skills. Students will learn responsibility, as they are in charge of building cleanliness and security.
French Assistant: 1 student--Responsible for grading quizzes, exams, and other papers; tutoring students as needed; and performing various clerical tasks such as photocopying, light typing, answering phones, etc. A strong French-language background is required for this position.
Garden: 22 students--Students are responsible for the daily maintenance of approximately five acres of organically raised crops, including; vegetables, fruits, cut flowers and herbs. Season extending resources include a 34x80 heated greenhouse and two unheated hoop houses. The daily work includes cultivation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and pest management in the field and greenhouses. The Garden crew also manages a small apiary and worm composting operation. The Herb crew as part of the Garden crew, manages a Herb garden that utilizes the herbs in developing value added products for sale on campus and at the Warren Wilson retail store in Asheville. Educational opportunities include: developing the management skills required to operate a small scale market garden, researching and developing strategies for the marketing of crops to wholesale as well as retail markets. A three hour work block is required for new crew members and highly desirable for continuing crew members. Weekend watering and monitoring the greenhouses is shared amongst all crew members. Horse Crew: 2-3 students--Students are responsible for a team of draft horses. Duties include, Driving, feeding, grooming and general horse yard chores. Educational opportunities include: practicing the animal husbandry skills needed to maintain a team of workhorses, which includes working with Veterinarians and Farriers, safely incorporating a team of horses into the draft needs of the Garden and Forest, driving a team with wagon in a number of public settings, and developing a safety ethic when working with horses. A three hour work block is strongly recommended and a two year commitment essential. Crew members will share weekend responsibilities for the feeding and grooming of the horses.
Guest Housekeeping: 1 student--General cleaning and maintenance of the St. Clair Guest House. This student will represent the College to many College visitors as well as substitute for the director in her absence. The student will develop management, job organization, cleaning and maintenance skills, and the ability to work independently; initiative, responsibility, and social skills are required. Student must live in the Guest House and be willing to work a flexible schedule, sometimes on weekends.
Health Center: 3 students--Work as health promoters and educators, maintain cleanliness of the Health Center, and facilitate patients' visits to the Health Center. Crew members learn first aid techniques, ordering and stocking of medical supplies, chart filing, and to think of health and wellness in a holistic manner. Students are required to respect confidentiality.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning: 6 students--Responsible for the maintenance of all gas, oil, heat pumps, and air-conditioning for the campus and for staff housing. This includes all the associated motors, pumps, fans, and controls for boilers, furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioning. Students learn the tools of the trade and how to use them. Students also learn boiler operation by hand and automatic control. Crew learning and leadership are stressed and are second only to the commitment to a warm, safe, and healthy environment for the campus community. A three-hour block is required for all crew members. A campus driving license is desirable. Minimum one year commitment.
History Crew: 1 student--Serves as administrative assistant for the Department of History and Political Science. Duties include assisting with library and internet research and data collection, assisting with preparation and organization of class materials, completing clerical work (photocopying or typing), and taking part in on-going projects relating to history or political science. Students will develop literature research and computer skills and will increases their familiarity with topics in the history and political science field. Computer and research skills are helpful but not required. Student must be able to work independently.
Holden Arts Center: 7 students--Maintain meditation garden; inventory supplies; design and construct student art exhibits and host openings; build rolling tables, easels, etc.; and perform general clerical functions. Educational opportunities include learning matting and framing techniques, gallery installation and publicity, food preparation, computer use, and simple construction skills. Students also learn responsibility, as they are in charge of building cleanliness and security, as well as maintaining the slide collection and permanent art collection.
International Student Coordinators: 2 students--Provide support to international students. Organize and conduct orientation programs. Help international students to settle into the Warren Wilson community and make use of the resources at the College and in the larger community. Listen to the concerns of International students and convey these concerns to the International Student Advisor. Help international students find "homes for the holidays." Assist students in emergencies. Guide students to understand cultural differences. Organize meetings and parties. Collaborate with Multicultural Coordinators and other departments to provide diversity programming. Provide clerical support to the International Student Advisor. The students serving on this crew should have an intercultural background, be hospitable and empathetic, enjoy people, and be able to work well independently. Educational opportunities include in-house training and conference workshops treating intercultural communication and global leadership.
Landscaping: 35 students--Maintain and improve the 100-acre central college campus. Tasks include seeding, mowing, and raking lawns and athletic fields; planning, designing, and planting gardens and flower beds; maintaining roads and pathways (both gravel and asphalt); snow removal; and construction projects related to the landscape. All students should have a three-hour work block. Students will gain proficiency in seeding, planning and design, as well as plant installations and use of standard landscape equipment. Some students will learn operation and maintenance of tractors and other heavy equipment. Professionals, in skilled Arborist work, may train others. Other opportunities include familiarization with botanical names, tree identification, greenhouse crop productions, turf maintenance and pruning techniques. Students work together to accomplish the service and objectives of the landscape program while incorporating learning into their overall work experience.
Grounds Crew: Students become familiar with the use and care of grounds maintenance equipment and will perform a lot of physical labor. Later, the student, working more independently, will have the chance to develop skills in design, procurement, supervision, and practical application of labor and materials.
Flower Crew: The crew plants and nurtures all the flower beds on campus and works on landscape designs for the new additions to campus and for improving old landscapes.
Tractor Crew: This crew maintains and services the 1630 New Holland tractor, Caterpillar Backhoe and Ventrac Tractor and uses their many attachments for different jobs on campus, such as transporting landscaping materials, digging ditches and holes for planting, and assisting other crews on campus with excavation.
Tree Crew: The Tree Crew maintains all the trees on the 100-acre central campus. The work includes large and small tree pruning, climbing, removals, chain saw work, and planting, thus providing opportunities for learning arboricultural skills.
Greenhouse Crew: Students who work in the greenhouse grow grasses and wildflowers native to western North Carolina for the use of general landscaping projects. These plants are grown from seed to provide the Warren Wilson community with the aesthetic beauty of plants native to the Appalachian ecosystem.
Library: 20 students--All students assist in the operation of the Library at the circulation desk. Duties include checking materials in and out, shelving, shelf reading, and answering questions. Students also work in other departments, such as acquisitions, archives, cataloging, director's office, interlibrary loan, periodicals, or readers' services. Most duties require attention to detail and may also include more technical library procedures. Students must be able to work whenever the library is open, including some weekend and evening shifts. Crew members are also collectively responsible for library maintenance including cleaning offices, study and conference rooms, and restrooms as well as removing trash and recycling. The library offers many learning opportunities for crew members. These include the use of the on-line public access catalog, word-processing, spreadsheets, database management systems, and various items of electronic equipment. Students develop interpersonal skills by dealing with the public, fellow crew members, and supervisors. Crew members may also learn leadership and organizational skills needed to manage and implement special projects. Experienced crew members selected to serve as crew leaders have an opportunity to develop additional leadership skills applicable to careers in the professional and public service sectors. Knowledge of library resources and services can provide an academic advantage for motivated students.
The Pulp: 3 students--Solicit and select written and visual art for an arts publication produced twice a year. Staff may also create opportunities for a workshop response to submitted work and sponsor readings and other student arts events. Educational opportunities include improving written and verbal skills, learning and practicing layout and graphics skills, practicing collective editorial decision-making, and supporting and encouraging student writers and artists.
The Well: 4 students--The crew is responsible for all facets of running an online magazine that publishes essays, narratives, reflections, and other non-fiction writings. The crew also organizes and leads a series of roundtable discussions each academic year. Crewmembers are non-fiction writers who have a passion for editing, sharing their writing, and providing a forum for other writers and thinkers. The crew requires responsible, self-motivated individuals with strong writing, editing, and verbal skills.
Locksmith Crew: 5-6 students--Maintain campus locks, keys, and door hardware. Repair, install, and re-key locks. Create, maintain, and implement masterkey system, key control system, and inventory control system. Educational opportunities include learning the inner workings of locks and door hardware, learning skills with hand tools, and learning how to create masterkey systems. Development of organizational, problem-solving, and mechanical skills is likely. A two-year commitment to the crew is required. Students must be second year or above. One-semester trial/probationary period is necessary, as well as a no-warning policy because of the sensitive nature of the crew. The security of the campus depends on crew members' discretion and good judgment.
MFA Program for Writers: 2 students--Crew members assist with monthly mailings to graduate students and faculty, assemble and mail information packets to prospective applicants (about 2,000 per year), work with the digital audio library (burn CD's, duplicate audiocassettes of residency lectures and readings) and are expected to do a lot of filing and Xeroxing. Educational opportunities: learn or develop proficiency in computer skills, gain experience in (and respect for) a range of office work, learn how a low-residency MFA creative program operates and enjoy the readings of students in the MFA program. Special requirements: maturity, discretion, attention to detail, sense of humor, and good typing skills. Interest in creative writing a plus.
Mountain Area Child and Family Center: 3 students--Crew members at MACFC have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow with young children alongside classroom teachers as well as assisting in basic housekeeping of the classrooms and MACFC campus grounds. Student crew members will help plan and implement educational activities for children 3-5 years of age (and sometimes with infants and toddlers) with singing, dancing, painting, reading stories, building with blocks, playing in sand, and much more. Students are often asked to work with small groups of children in activities to give children more adult/child interaction time and to work on developing specific skills. Crew members have the opportunity to be adult friends with young children who receive them into the classroom with smiles and hugs. Crew members are expected to have a Tuberculosis clearance from the WWC nurse and have an orientation to MACFC before beginning their service. A handbook has been designed to assist them in the orientation process. Educational opportunities include developing skills in teaching and interacting with young children as well as learning more appropriate ways to guide their behavior. Students learn the responsibilities of collegiality and ways to support the classroom teacher by taking initiative with both children's activities and restoring the classroom for its variety of uses.
Mountain Bike Crew: 1-2 students--Mountain Bike Crew members will flourish if they are responsible, motivated, flexible, and consider themselves self-starters. They are mainly responsible for providing logistical support to the team in many forms: arranging travel, meals, and lodging; providing race support at events; driving, loading, and cleaning vans and trailers; maintaining the office spaces, tools, and equipment; and assisting team members with maintaining bikes in race-ready condition. Other duties will include but are not limited to Mountain Bike Team development in the forms of planning, recruiting, sponsorship development and maintenance, and trail network development. Mountain Bike Crew members are typically also Team members, but this is not a hard requirement. It is necessary to travel with the team for competitions and practices, hence the need for a flexible schedule. Crew members will have numerous options for educational growth in the following areas: crew members will be provided basic skills, with the option to receive advanced training in bicycle mechanics; students will learn from developing meal plans, travel plans, budget assistance, and completing purchasing requisitions; members will become familiar with the basics of coaching strategies, which may include peiodization concepts, heart rate based training, and lactate threshold/VO2 max theory; and students may learn by assisting with team developmental activities, which include marketing skills, written language skills, and recruiting prospective student athletes. The Mountain Bike Team seasons are generally September-October and March-April. Crew activity during the season may require extra hours.
Multi-cultural Affairs: 2 students--Crewmembers become involved in and learn about cultural diversity. Crewmembers direct a program for the benefit of all students. Students need to have computer skills, basic office skills and a strong leadership style. The crew provides a very important dimension to the campus, enriching cultural awareness with such events as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Students on the crew assist with planning leadership retreats for students, help develop and research scholarship and internship opportunities for students and help with the education of the College's community embers. Educational opportunities include developing computer research and leadership skills, learning how to interact with colleges across the nation about diversity and developing cultural awareness programs for faculty, staff, students, and volunteers.
Music Crew: 5 students--Check materials in and out, shelve and inventory materials, order and process new materials, bind scores, proofread, file library cards, maintain instruments, and provide general secretarial/clerical support. Offer assistance during choral rehearsal, organize and process music and materials, and do general clerical work. Educational opportunities include learning organizational techniques and gaining knowledge of how to coordinate music rehearsals and performances. Basic music skills are recommended. Students also learn proofreading and word processing, library procedures, instrument maintenance, organizational ability, initiative, and a rudimentary business acumen.
Natural Resources: 20-25 students--Crew conducts all activities necessary for the sustainable management of the College's 650-acre forest. Duties include conducting silvicultural practices, providing forest products to the College, trail and logging road maintenance, shiitake mushroom propagation, and occasional assistance with related Environmental Studies courses such as forest biology, silviculture, forest management, and wildlife management. Students learn many technical forestry skills, such as chain saw use and maintenance, and methods of felling trees. This crew requires a high degree of responsibility, initiative, and willingness to work with others. Work is outdoors and is sometimes physically strenuous. Three-hour work blocks are desirable but not required. A knowledge of forests and forestry is helpful. (ENS 233 Forest Biology is strongly recommended for all crew members. ) A one-year commitment is required.
Network Service Crew: 1-2 students--Crew assists the Colleges' Network Systems Administrator in maintaining the campus data network. Tasks include repairing Ethernet connections, troubleshooting network connectivity issues, and maintaining network servers. Educational Opportunities: Students on this crew can acquire intermediate networking skills. Students will also have an opportunity to learn the Linux operating systems as well as other Open source operating systems and software. Requirements; Students must have a working knowledge of networking and mastery of basic computing skills. A two- year commitment is strongly encouraged.
Newspaper Crew (The Echo): 6 students--One designer, one photographer, and three to four writers who are responsible for writing, editing, designing and printing the college newspaper. Educational opportunities include developing written and verbal skills, working on a publications team, digital photography, desktop publishing, management experience, interviewing skills, and an understanding of the need for accuracy. The crew requires responsible, self-motivated individuals with strong writing, editing and verbal skills.
Ogg Maintenance: 1 student--Crew works 10 hours per week to clean and maintain the appearance of the Ogg Administration Building. Areas to be cleaned include offices, restrooms, and areas surrounding the building. Cleaning duties include vacuuming, sweeping outside porch area, emptying trash, and cleaning restrooms on a regular basis. Educational opportunities include learning time management, basic cleaning skills, and the proper use of tools and equipment. Students also learn the safe use of cleaning chemicals and proper recycling procedures.
Outdoor Leadership Education: 1 student--Responsible for all general office and organizational work of the Outdoor Leadership Program. Student assists in organization of class materials, puts together activity days for outside groups, keeps students informed of happenings in the program, and organizes and edits the Outdoor Leadership Newsletter. Student should have good typing and organizational skills, and should be computer literate. Student will gain a first-hand experience with and develop skills related to the management and administration of an Adventure Education program, learn desktop publishing and editing skills, and use them in the production of the department newsletter.
Outdoor Program: 2-3 students--Students are responsible for checkout and check-in of all gear, maintenance of gear and gear rooms, coordination of climbing wall and mountain bike rental, advertising and outfitting for recreational weekends and break trips, and cleaning and maintaining Bryson Gym. Crew members are also responsible for coordination of the Paddling Team, including logistics, event organization, and equipment maintenance. Students must present two or more of the following qualifications: knowledge and safe use of tools, Wilderness First Responder certification, computer literacy (especially with Word, Quicken, and web pages), climbing wall facilitation, paddling basics, bike repair and maintenance, programming skills (ability to design and facilitate initiatives, wellness activities, games for groups for a variety of goals and populations), sense of humor and high level of patience, and ability to enjoy the necessary menial tasks. Students will learn to order, maintain, and repair outdoor gear; maintain and repair Bryson Gym and the gear rooms; design and build new structures for the climbing wall or bike room; use of sewing machine and other tools; and will have the opportunity to learn the skills listed in the qualifications section.
Paint Crew: 15 students--Paint crew members work together on interior/exterior campus buildings. The crew uses professional equipment, including: pressure washer, paint sprayer and scaffolding. In addition to painting, students may repair and refinish furniture. Qualities needed to succeed on this crew include a willingness to learn, ability to keep a clean work site, and to be responsible. Educational opportunities include developing a pattern for orderly work, time management skills, basic organizational skills, and the basics of working with multiple trades to complete a project.
Peace and Justice Studies Crew: 2-4 students--In the spirit of Paulo Freire, the mission of this crew is promoting peace and justice through dialogue, reflection, and action. This mission gives voice to the College mission of nurturing "wisdom, spiritual growth, and contribution to the common good." The crew organizes programs on campus such as the Witness for Peace speakers' tour. Working with the Director of Peace Studies and the Minister to Students, the crew conducts research and plans responses to issues of concern to students and to people in the larger Asheville community. The crew also plans programs with other college organizations such as Service Learning, Student Activities, the Spiritual Life Committee, Wellness and the Sexual Conduct and Safe Community Taskforce. Educational opportunities include the development of organizing, program development and evaluation, and communication skills. Special requirements include the ability to work cooperatively with other members of a small crew, the ability to take responsibility, and to relate to the concerns of the whole campus rather than being absorbed in personal commitments and passions.
Philosophy Crew: 1 student--Serves as administrative assistant for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Integrative Studies Program, and the Business Affairs Committee of Staff Forum. Duties include creation and maintenance of file systems, bulk mailing, scheduling of meetings, use of page layout and database computer programs, and research to support Philosophy and Religious Studies courses and discussion of campus issues. Also creation and maintenance of several web pages for the Philosophy Department, Integrative Studies, and Business Affairs Committee are crucial.
Physics: 1 or 2 students--Assist the physics faculty in conducting the physics program. This includes setting up and dismantling laboratory apparatus, assisting the faculty in correspondence, preparing and replicating course material, maintaining computer resources, and assisting physics students. Completing PHY 251 Physics I is a requirement.
Plumbing: 6-8 students--With the guidance of the supervisor, the student crew maintains the entire campus plumbing system of hot and cold water supply pipes, sewers, and a wide range of commercial and domestic fixtures. Students working on the plumbing crew learn to use power and hand tools, connect pipes and fittings, repair faucets and valves, unblock drains, and install new fixtures. Other skills include learning to read and work from blueprints, order and purchase materials, drive and service vehicles, respond to emergencies, and develop a sense of humor. Students also learn good work ethics and gain a sense of achievement and satisfaction, knowing that their efforts provide a very important service to the community. A minimum three-hour block is required for all students on the plumbing crew, and a two-year minimum commitment. A current driver's license is mandatory. New members of the crew may be required to attend a week-long workshop beginning one week prior to the general opening of school.
Pool: 15 students--Crew members assist in the operation and maintenance of the college swimming pool. Students learn the functions of running a pool for the college and for the Asheville community. All crew members are responsible for lifeguarding, pool member relations and various cleaning duties. Some special jobs include chemical maintenance and office assistance. Educational opportunities include the development of strong customer service skills, gaining an understanding of the maintenance of a community swimming pool, education and preparation for dealing with emergency situations. Students are responsible for having proper lifeguard and CPR certification.
Psychology Assistant: 1 student--Provide general secretarial help, updates web page, assists with preparation of class and lab materials; and assists with library research, data collection and analysis. Educational opportunities include developing research skills and gaining an increasing familiarity with topics related to psychology and the social sciences.
Publications Department: 1 student--Student will be required to scan and manipulate photos in Adobe Photoshop software as well as lay out documents, merge text, photos, and other graphic elements using Pagemaker or other layout software. In addition, this crew member will help keep the photo filing system in order, take photographs, and provide administrative support for the Publications Office. Educational opportunities include learning software programs, principles of clean visual design, and all the steps involved in creating a printed publication. Minimum of one year commitment, preferably two years.
Public Information Office: 1 student--Crew member will be involved in most or all of the following areas: news writing, information gathering, interviewing, photography, photo arrangements, desktop design, mailing, faxing, phoning, web work, and newsletter editing. Educational opportunities include developing skills vital to various aspects of mass communications.
Public Safety: 29 students--Members of the Public Safety crew are the eyes and ears of the College campus. Training includes but is not limited to the following: receptionist/switchboard skills, patrol procedures, basic first aid, and report writing. These skills are unique to this crew and can prove beneficial in future job experience. A campus-driving license is desirable and a two-year commitment is expected. Crews operate between the hours of 6 am and 12 am (midnight). During these hours, students respond to emergencies, enforce parking policies, direct visitors on campus, provide emergency transportation to medical appointments, lock/unlock campus buildings and patrol the campus
Purchasing: 3 students--Provide the College, faculty, staff, and students with necessary supplies. Process purchase requisitions following written and verbal instructions that include verifying signatures, assigning control numbers, obtaining quotes, using main frame vendors, running errands, and interacting with faculty and staff. Educational opportunities include developing organizational, communication, and problem solving skills; becoming detailed oriented; working with detailed computer analysis reports; and learning to work under time constraints. A basic knowledge of computers, good social skills, and strong motivation are requirements for these positions.
Registrar: 2 students--Provide general secretarial/clerical support. Students are expected to assist with registration, operate office machines, and interact with the public via telephone or the receptionist window. Educational opportunities include developing organizational skills and practicing responsibility, discretion, and professionalism.
Religious Studies: 2 students--Students on the crew are responsible for a variety of duties that include the completion of general office errands, photocopying, filing, submitting inter-departmental paperwork and general support for two full-time and two adjunct faculty members of the department. S/he should be someone who is literate and comfortable with computers and not at all adverse to learning more in this direction as the maintenance of the department webpage is an integral part of the job. From time to time, there will be minor research projects and/or event-planning done in collaboration with faculty members. Educational opportunities include developing organizational skills, computer ;skills and professionalism.
Residence Hall Maintenance: 29 students--Work under the supervision of the Residence Hall Directors to clean and maintain the public/common areas and the grounds of the residence halls. Educational opportunities include learning specific cleaning skills, the proper use of cleaning equipment and chemicals, and recycling procedures. Other opportunities consist of learning proper time management, self-discipline and customer service skills.
Sage Cafe and Baking Crew: 15 students--The crew consists of one manager and 14 cafe workers who are responsible for all aspects of running this student space. Basic duties include food and beverage service, daily cash handling, cleaning and maintenance of cafe space, and program planning and support. Two crew members are responsible for running and maintaining the Cafe's wood burning-brick oven, producing pizza, bread, and treats to be sold in the Cafe. These students have the opportunity to learn about baking, brick ovens, and perfecting recipes. Cafe crewmembers work two nighttime shifts per week, including some weekends, and must be able to work well independently. Previous experience in a cafe setting is helpful but not required. Crewmembers should be creative and interested in supporting a wide variety of activities in the cafe.
Service-Learning Program: 30 students--Approximately 2/3 of this crew are Bonner Scholars (see below). Support the Service-Learning Program through contact with students and work in community agencies. Lead service-learning group projects. Promote service-learning opportunities by writing for the newsletter and other campus publications, creatively advertising on bulletin boards and flyers, and developing innovative recruiting techniques. Assist students in finding service-learning projects and documenting these experiences. Educational opportunities include developing written and oral communication skills, building an understanding of experiential education and approaches to help communities, and practicing leadership. Students must have a strong desire to do service in the community and strong interpersonal skills. Writing skills are helpful. The job requires a high degree of self-motivation, availability in some evenings and weekends, organizational skills, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Bonner Scholars [and AmeriCorps] Program: These service-learning crew students promote service on campus through strong community involvement. Engage in service on a local and broader level. Enrich the education system through work in local schools and with local school-aged children. Promote group and team building skills by consensus decision-making policies. There are educational opportunities to develop leadership and oral communication skills; learn good facilitation, listening, and group mediation strategies; and enrich learning through first hand application and experience. Study targeted community needs and design programs to respond to those needs. Students should be experienced with groups and in planning as well as implementing activities. A background that involves working with children is highly recommended. This crew requires self sacrifice and a healthy sense of personal identity because of the nature of the work.
Social Science Research Crew: 2-3 students--The Social Science Research Crew assists certain members of the Social Science department with a variety of tasks. These include course preparation, maintenance of departmental websites, editing and writing, institutional research and most importantly, collaborating on research projects carried out by these faculty members. Educational opportunities include gaining experience developing research projects, gathering data through interviews and participant-observation and interpreting and writing up findings. Research conducted by this crew has led to conference presentations and publications. This crew is particularly suitable for self-motivated students with a background or interest in Sociology or Anthropology who have writing skills, computer skills, and are confident working with others independently.
Social Work Program Assistant: 1 student--Works as an assistant under supervision of Social Work Program Director. Primary duties include word processing for document development, use of copy machines, communication with agencies, daily mail runs, maintenance of office files, and assisting with special projects as directed. Because of confidentiality requirements related to the position, the Assistant must not be a Social Work major, but must be mature, responsible, organized, and capable of working independently.
Solid Waste/Recycling Crew: 9-12 students--The Solid Waste/Recycling Crew provides collection of waste and recyclables from campus housing and recycling sheds. Students maintain and operate the campus recycling center and crew equipment. One student on the crew works specifically on "Campus Greening," an effort to make the Warren Wilson campus more environmentally friendly. In addition to trash collection, the crew cleans and organizes reusable wood and construction materials and maintains the campus "Free Store." Special educational opportunities include learning recycling procedures, operating a forklift and wood processing tools, and organizing community outreach projects.
Spanish Assistant: 2 students--Responsible for grading quizzes, exams, and other papers; tutoring students as needed; and performing various clerical tasks such as photocopying, light typing, answering phone, etc. A strong Spanish-language background is required for this position.
Student Activities Office: 10 students--Charged with planning and implementing the weekly entertainment and special events on campus. This includes music, lectures, and workshops; as well as annual events such as the Funky Formal, Spring Jubilee, and Commencement. Students represent a wide range of tastes and interests and are also responsible for generating input and feedback from the student body regarding on-campus events. The Student Activities Office also maintains the master calendar and acts as an information hub regarding all events on campus. Duties of the crew include budgeting for, scheduling, and publicizing entertainment, as well as offering technical support, such as operating sound equipment, as needed. Students on the crew have good organizational skills and the ability to see a project through to its end.
Student Caucus Officers: 3 students--Elected by the Student Caucus to a one-year term. The officers facilitate and plan weekly meetings; publish caucus legislation, concerns, and current campus issues; act as liaison between the staff, faculty, administration, trustees, and students; research and advocate student concerns; provide advice and information to students; serve on the Executive Appeals Committee; appoint students to serve on College committees; oversee shared governance in relation to students; and attend numerous college meetings. Educational opportunities include developing communication, listening, and public speaking skills; developing mediation and facilitating skills; enhancing time management, organization, and research abilities; and learning how to work on a team as well as in the many aspects of the shared governance structure of the College, and how to be effective in influencing change within Warren Wilson's decision-making systems. Members of this crew will acquire first hand experience about how organizations run and about how to deal with people. Special requirements include being personally responsible, self-motivated, and caring about the community.
Student Services: 14 students--Minimum one-year commitment. Provide service to the students and staff of the College in the following ways:
Town trip driver: Pick up mail, run errands for offices and crews, and transport students to the airport for break flights. Special requirement is a good driving record and a college- provided 15-passenger van training.
Student bank: Perform teller functions for the bank and perform bookkeeping functions by maintaining student account balances. Allows students to use basic math skills. This position provides a platform for the business major to practice skills learned in business classes, and to recognize reconciliation errors and develop a knack for solving out-of-balance accounts. A special requirement is to be at ease with money and math.
Campus mail room: Sort Federal and campus mail, forward mail to former staff and students, weigh and meter outgoing campus Federal mail, and deliver packages to students through a package window. Students develop interaction and "service to others" skills and learn the importance of paying attention to details and the effect on customers when they do not. Willingness to perform routine functions and work with the public are special requirements.
U.S. Federal Branch Post Office: Sell stamps for letters and packages, sell U.S. Postal Money Orders, accept accountable mail, comply with postal regulations, and perform cash accounting functions. Interfaces with U.S. Postal personnel locally and in Charlotte. Develop interpersonal skills.
Fixed asset accounting: Assist in maintaining the computer data base of fixed assets of the College and perform inventory duties, data entry, and reconciliation functions. Travel the campus locating newly purchased items, and assign asset I.D. numbers to each asset. Interface with college auditors. Business majors are able to transfer classroom accounting to an actual business function. Desire to work with a live accounting function that others rely on is a special requirement.
Swannanoa Gathering Office: 1 student--Crew member provides assistance in many aspects of planning and running the annual summer folk music festival. The student is responsible for general office duties including phone reception, mailings, and processing registrations. The crew member may work as an office assistant throughout the summer event, assisting with registration, students' needs and issues, and office duties. The ideal crew member is a self-starting, independent worker who is dependable and has a valid campus van license. Educational opportunities include learning office procedure, many aspects of event planning, and acquiring new skills or a greater knowledge of computer software used in the office, such as Microsoft Word and FileMaker Pro database.
Switchboard/Reception: 3 students--Serve as receptionist for individuals visiting the College, and staff the Switchboard operation for all offices. Students may also help with office work if time permits. Educational opportunities include learning to operate the campus switchboard; to gain public relations skills; and to develop responsibility, a professional attitude, time management skills, and an appreciation of others' needs. To work on this crew, students must be at sophomore level or above, with knowledge of the staff and the campus, have good interpersonal skills, and dress appropriately.
Theatre: 14 students--Assist in running all areas of a 321-seat theatre facility. Work includes scenery and costume construction, lighting and audio maintenance and operation, 30-batten counterweight system maintenance and operation, box office and publicity, stage management, and general office work. The Theatre Crew provides technical support and running crews for the department productions, college concerts, recitals, meetings, receptions, touring theatrical productions, and other events in the outside community. Crew works under the supervision of the Technical Director, Costume Designer, and Theatre Director. Educational opportunities exist in all the above areas, although often students with some previous experience in construction, sewing, electrical, and/or audio are sought. Students emerge from the crew with strong experience in lighting, carpentry, stage management, and promotional areas. Regular crew hours are between 1 and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some additional hours occur while running evening performances.
Wellness Activities Crew: 6-7 students--The Wellness Department's main goal is to further the mission of WWC, which is to "promote wisdom, understanding, spiritual growth, and contribute to the common good" by providing programs to encourage and develop students' needs. Examples of our programs are Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, African Dance, and Massage. Students are responsible for keeping track of class size, staying in contact with teachers and teachers' needs, handling of contracts, developing new Wellness classes and events, caring for Bryson and the Pavilion, helping the Athletic Training Crew 3-5 hours per week, helping to coordinate events with Student Activities, Counseling, Athletics, Outdoors, Herb Crew and campus greening projects. Educational opportunities include learning the details of contract writing, scheduling, customer service, and communication. Students must be familiar with on-campus resources, weight room equipment, must have working knowledge of computers, and must be a non-smoker with a general knowledge of healthful life-styles.
Women's Studies Assistant: 1 student--Duties include planning, organizing, and advertising a minimum of one Women's Studies event per term, including one event per week for Women's History Month in March; organizing the Women's Studies web page; and assisting the Women's Studies Program director with course paperwork, memos, research, etc. Requires a great amount of responsibility, self-motivation, and organizational skills. Strong telephone and interpersonal communication skills and basic computer knowledge are also necessary.
Work Program Office: 7 students--Perform general administrative assistant/clerical functions, record work hours from time cards, help with the orientation of new students to the Work Program, complete federal paperwork, provide customer service to the college community and beyond, become familiar with computer input and operation, and complete special projects. Two students will have the responsibility of assisting the Dean of Work in scheduling appointments, typing, organizing, and other administrative functions specifically related to the Dean. Students in the Work Program Office have access to confidential information; the ability to maintain confidentiality is of utmost importance. Educational opportunities include learning data entry, producing payrolls, word processing, typing skills, knowledge of campus personnel, general office procedures, and public relations skills. Student initiative is encouraged. Students must have the ability to work unsupervised in a fast-paced workplace.
WorldWide Program: 1-2 students--Office support for the following activities: newsletter reporting, editing, and layout; external communications for international programming and off-campus program opportunities; outreach to international students, faculty, and visitors. In addition to basic office and telephone procedures, crew members have significant opportunities for learning office and management skills, public relations, desktop publishing, website-building and maintenance, database management, customer service, and interoffice procedures and committee work. Creativity in planning and managing international events and announcements on campus is encouraged. Working with students regarding the many details of international study application and travel preparations requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy. Good writing skills, basic computer experience, and enthusiasm for international studies are necessary.
Writing Center: 5-7 students--This crew provides peer tutoring assistance to students in the Writing Center. The help includes working one-on-one with students to improve their proofreading skills, and working regularly with specific students or small groups to develop a broad range of improved writing skills. Tutors who have completed Modern English Grammar feel more confident in their tutoring, but completion of this course is not a requirement for the position. Writing Program workers also receive tutor training, work collaboratively to develop handouts, and assist the director by providing secretarial/clerical help. Educational opportunities include learning and practicing teaching skills, improving written and verbal skills, learning clerical skills and managing of routine program activities.
Yearbook: 2 students--Produce the College yearbook. Students must work as a team to research, plan, budget, photograph, design, and write the contents of the yearbook. Prior experience helpful; interest is a must. Educational opportunities include job management, interpersonal skills, design basics, using computer layout and photo-editing software, shooting and scanning photography, writing and editing copy, and print production basics. Depending upon skill level and motivation, students will have the opportunity to work on other publications. A two year commitment to the crew is required.