Walla Walla University offers a limited work program for students on the College Place campus. The university neither assigns nor guarantees students jobs. Rather, each student who wishes to be employed is responsible for finding, getting, and keeping a job. Students may pursue job leads on their own or with the help of Student Employment. (To request a student employment information packet, contact Student Employment at (800) 656-2357, (509) 527-2357, or student.employment@wallawalla.edu)

Finding a Job

Students who wish to begin job-hunting before arriving on campus are encouraged to do so, at:


Students have access to Job Scene—a listing of available jobs are posted at Student Employment and online at:


Students who are not on campus and who do not have Internet access may telephone or contact Student Employment to request a current copy of Job Scene.

Applying For a Job

Job applications are available on the Internet at:


The staff at Student Employment can help students with getting their application distributed to potential employers on campus.



The pay scale for most jobs begins at minimum wage. Washington State minimum wage for 2023 is $15.74 and is adjusted on January 1 each year. Students with advanced skills may be paid more. Also, students who stay in their jobs and whose skill levels increase may receive periodic raises.

All students working on campus are covered by workers’ compensation but are not covered by unemployment insurance.


All students employed on campus are paid every other week. Payments are electronically deposited directly into a bank account at any U.S. bank, savings and loan association, or credit union of the student’s choice. In most cases, students have instant access to their money through automated teller machines even when banks are closed.

Students may opt to have a percentage of their net wages (after taxes) applied to their student account. Students wishing to have this option should sign the "Voluntary Authorization for Payroll Deduction" form available online at the Student Employment office.

Work Hours

What Hours to Work

A student’s class schedule may affect a student’s employment opportunities. Many employers need student workers between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. In general, students find that having three- to four-hour blocks of time available is ideal for their work schedules.

How Many Hours to Work

Students registered for 12 or more credit hours generally find 10 to 15 hours to be the maximum they can work per week.

Proving Eligibility for Employment

Federal regulations require that all employees hired present Original documents that establish both their identity and eligibility to work. All students wishing to work on the Walla Walla University campus are required to present such documents in order to receive authorization to begin work.

Sick Time

WWU student employees receive sick-pay benefits, accruing 1.6 hours for every 40 hours worked. Note that sick time will only accrue for clocked (worked) hours and not for sick hours.