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Employment Opportunities at the ISU Book Store

Student Employment

We have a variety of ongoing student employment opportunities at the ISU Book Store; all serving the campus and the community.  

Once your application is submitted someone from the ISU Book Store will be in contact with you within one week.


What is the starting wage?

The starting hourly wage for student employees at the ISU Book Store is $8.25 per hour. There are several opportunities for growth within the ISU Book Store including yearly raises and Lead positions.

How many hours per week would I be working?

Student employees are expected to work a minimum of 10-12 hours, Monday through Friday, with hours flexing up with rotating weekend shifts. University policy allows a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week during breaks and holidays.

How soon would I need to be available to start?

Our busy season begins a few weeks before classes start at Iowa State each semester. We accept applications year-round. New employees are required to attend an orientation session upon the start of employment.

I have tickets to all of the Football games, will I get those days off?

The ISU Book Store is the place to be on home football game Saturdays! Therefore, we will not accept requests for time off for football games. Your schedule may work out that you could go to some, but not all football (or other athletic event) games.

I go home every break (Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break). Can I still work at the Book Store?

Every employee is expected to be available during a portion of breaks, -Fall, Winter, and Spring Break- with different needs in different departments. Being available over Summer Break is also preferred. Needed time off is negotiable with your supervisor.

Seasonal/Temporary Employment


Students and non-students are eligible to work as a seasonal employee during the back to school seasons in textbooks or cashiering. You must be available 1-2 weeks before the start of classes and 2-3 weeks after the start of classes. Please contact Tara Crain ([email protected]) if you are interested in working with us seasonally!

State Fair Event Crew

Students and non-students are eligible to work with the State Fair Event Crew! You must be interviewed and hired by early August to be available for the new employee orientation and training. You must be available during the legendary Iowa State Fair and be able to work one of the following complete shift times: 7:15am-3:30pm, or 2:30pm-10:00pm. Please contact Rachel Faircloth ([email protected]) if you are interested in working at the State Fair!

Full-Time Employment

Full-time career openings at the Iowa State University Book Store will be posted on the Iowa State University Human Resources Employment Opportunities website.

University Non-discrimination Statement

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries  regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email [email protected].

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