Work Study


Federal Work Study Program

Students who demonstrate financial need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible for Federal Work Study (FWS). Obtaining an FWS position is very competitive at Lourdes University.

Important facts about FWS:

  • The funds come directly to you in the form of a paycheck. They are not applied to your bill
  • A work study position is not guaranteed. As the student you are responsible for searching for and obtaining employment
  • In order to work as a federal work study student you must be enrolled at Lourdes University. If, for example you attend classes and have an FWS position for fall, but are not attending spring semester, you cannot work as an FWS in spring
  • If you don’t see any positions posted, don’t get discouraged! Check back regularly as jobs are posted on a continual basis

Available Positions

Animal Care, Clerical, and Teaching Assistant

Position Title: Animal Care, Clerical, and Teaching Assistant.

Department: Center for Science Education and the Environment                 

Supervisor: Dr. Christine Knaggs   

Purpose: To assist in various responsibilities that are current, and upcoming for the Center for Science Education and the Environment.           


  1. General animal care involving birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish
  2. Maintenance of salt, and fresh water enclosures
  3. Maintenance of outdoor bird feeding stations, care of garden (such as weeding, planting, and pruning), and pond
  4. Light housekeeping
  5. Helping with special education events involving the community
  6. Teaching special education events
  7. Daily clerical duties
  8. Other duties that may be required

General: If interested, send resume to Christine Knaggs at cknaggs@lourdes.edu.


  1. (This job is not always supervised) Must be a self-starter
  2. Good work ethic
  3. Works well alone, or with others
  4. Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  5. Not afraid to get dirty
  6. Flexible
  7. Dependable and responsible
  8. Desire to work with children                          

Pay Range: $8.10/hr                            

Hours: Job spans a 7 day week. Occasional holidays are required. Hours are negotiable.                                               

Period of Employment: Spring 2015, with possibility of extending to Summer 2015 and Fall 2015

COBAL Work Study

Position Title: College of Business and Leadership Work Study

Department: Business and Leadership

Supervisor: Heidi Keller

Duties/Responsibilities: Clerical (filing, answer phones, making copies, creating spreadsheets), assisting with event planning, various duties as requested.

General: Candidates will be required to take proficiency tests in clerical areas

Qualifications: Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office and have exemplary written and oral communication skills

Pay Range: $8.10/hour (starting January 1st, 2015)

Hours: 10 hours/week;

Period of Employment: Training for position will begin immediately and position will start in spring 2015.

Lab Assistant

Position Title: Lab Assistant
Department: Biology and Health Sciences Department
Supervisor: Jim Chamberlain

Purpose: To provide clerical and laboratory support to the department. Laboratory Personnel are directly responsible to the Lab Manager, and to the Chairperson of the Biology Department.


  • To attend the initial training session to learn about the lab work entailed in this position.
  • To be available for work during the regular Terms as well as during the following times:
    a)  at least one week before Term I commences and one week after it ends in December.
    b)  at least one week before Term II commences in January and at least until the middle of May when the Term ends.  To potentially be available for the summer sessions up to 10 weeks.
  • To do general housekeeping in the lab areas including:
    a)  washing lab tables and countertops
    b)  supplying and refilling matches, paper towels, distilled water, etc. on lab tables
    c)  cleaning out sinks
    d)  checking gas jets
    e)  similar lab-related tasks for general maintenance of the science classrooms.
  • To take proper care of cleaning, drying and storing glassware.
  • To assist in greenhouse maintenance.
  • To assist the laboratory manager in the lab preparation and clean up as needed.
  • To assist the lab manager in specialized skill areas, such as:
    a)  solution and media preparation
    b)  equipment maintenance
    c)  distillery operation
    d)  autoclave operation
  • To assist in taking inventory.
  • To assist in typing, filing, computerizing data as skills permit.

Qualifications: Must qualify for FWS.  This position is open generally to Work-Study Students; however, the student could also be paid by Lourdes University under certain circumstances.
Biology majors preferred, but will consider other majors.

Pay Range: Minimum wage
Hours: Total hours per week vary depending on budget and student award. Hours are flexible.

Period of Employment: The Fall and Spring terms as well as during the following times:

  • at least one week before Term I commences and one week after it ends in December.
  • at least one week before Term II commences in January and at least until the middle of May when the Term ends.
  • Summer sessions up to 10 weeks – end of May to the end of July.

Softball Manager

Position Title: Softball Manager

Department: Athletics

Supervisor: Jo Ann Gordon, 419-824-3897 or jgordon@lourdes.edu

Purpose: To assist the softball coaches with daily practices, team laundry and scorebook during the season

Duties/Responsibilities: Laundry, data entry, practices/workouts, scorekeeper during season

General: General work study rate

Qualifications: Self-motivated, hardworking and passionate about softball

Hours: 10 hrs/week during Fall semester and 10-20 hrs/week during Spring semester

Period of Employment: Entire school year (mid-August through mid-May)

Student Life Position

Position Title: Student Life Position

Department: Student Life 

Supervisor: Caroline Kwiatkowski

Purpose: To assist with projects as needed in the Office of Student Life, including Athletics and Residential Life

Duties/Responsibilities: Copying, faxing, computer use on small projects; distribution of posters, flyers in mailboxes and across campus; ordering and delivering supplies to coaches; assisting with compiling surveys for residential life, and student life surveys. Sorting and filing for VP for Student Life. Making new file folders and labels for health forms for new students.  Assisting with events as needed. 

Qualifications: Computer literate, use of office machines, faxing, copying, folding; ability to follow instructions, to be flexible, prompt, and mainly to maintain confidentiality. 

Pay Range: Work study wages 

Hours: 8-10 hours per week  

Period of Employment: From the beginning of the school year in August until end of school year in May. Not necessary for the summer months.

This Work Study position for Student Life is approved by the Vice President for Student Life.

Table Manager - Women's Lacrosse

Position Title: Table Manager

Department: Athletics

Supervisor: Paul G. Sieben

Purpose: Score Table

Duties/Responsibilities: Run score table at all HOME games for Women's Lacrosse

  1. Sit at table and relay to SID via walkie-talkie any player's number who committed any penalties, made assists, and/or scored goals
  2. Be available to relay any information from officials to SID/Scoreboard staff

General: We are required to have someone present at the score table at all home games

Qualifications: Responsible male or female student at Lourdes University. No lacrosse knowledge required. Some sports knowledge preferred.

Pay Range: Minimum wage

Hours: 6-8 home games for 3 hours

Period of Employment: Feb/March/April Spring 2015

Contact: Paul Sieben at 419-517-8867, or at psieben@lourdes.edu

Team Manager - Women's Lacrosse

Position Title: Women's Lacrosse Team Manager

Department: Athletics

Supervisor: Paul G. Sieben

Purpose: Manage team operations


  1. Wash uniforms after games/return to team
  2. Film Home and Away games
  3. Equipment management
  4. Help prepare team for games
  5. Set-up and break down of home games
  6. Misc. duties as assigned by coaching staff
  7. Ability to travel to away games will be required

General: A motivated, responsible, self-sufficient individual who can help manage/organize the women's lacrosse team and game operations

Qualifications: Female, Lourdes University student, non-freshman. No filming experience necessary, but preffered

Pay Range: Minimum wage


  1. Fall (4 hours for each scrimmage day (3 scrimmages)) = 8.5 hours total
  2. Spring (15 hours a week in season, 3 months/12 weeks) = 180 hours total

Period of Employment:

  1. Fall 2014: needed only for scrimmages (3), scrimmage days TBD
  2. Spring 2015: Feb/March/April

Contact: Paul Sieben at 419-517-8867, or at psieben@lourdes.edu

Learn More

What is Federal Work-Study?

FWS (federal work study) is a source of federally funded, need-based financial aid whereby eligible students can search for and obtain a job working on or off campus at a pre-determined FWS location. You can work up to 20 hours per week and earn a paycheck biweekly. Students who demonstrate financial need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible for work study.

Am I eligible for Federal Work Study?

To find out if you are eligible for FWS just file your FAFSA, making sure to check that you are interested in Federal Work Study. Then wait for your financial aid award letter from Lourdes to see if federal work study has been awarded to you. In some cases if you do not see FWS on your award letter you may still be eligible. Contact the Financial Aid Office (FAO) to find out.
If you have any questions regarding FWS please contact the financial aid office at 419-824-3732 or email Finaid@lourdes.edu


Financial Aid Office
Phone: 419-824-3732
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210
Fax: 419-517-8866
Email Financial Aid

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