Employment & Volunteering Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities at the Library 

Booksale

The WFPL Building Committee sells used books in the Red Leaf Cafe. We need volunteers to sit in the cafe and collect money from book sales after the Red Leaf Cafe's hours of operation. Hours are generally from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with some flexibility. We are currently seeking someone for Monday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 pm and Friday from 5 - 7 pm. The booksale volunteer must be able to count money, give change, and sit for 2-3 hours.

Data Entry/Collection Maintenance

To keep the library collections a volunteer is needed for some basic clerical data entry tasks.
Data entry projects may include changing "NEW" items to items in the regular collection, marking "in-house use" items, withdrawing discarded materials as determined by librarians, mending materials, and other projects as needed. Volunteers working on this project must understand and be capable of locating items by alphabetical order or Dewey Decimal Number, must have basic computer skills and feel comfortable learning new computer software, must be able to look and read a computer screen for 1-2 hours and must be able to peel stickers off books.

Movie Mondays

Every Monday the library screens a movie. We need volunteers to help run the program. This volunteer position may include popping popcorn, assisting with volume control or troubleshooting AV problems, and monitoring the movie. Time commitment is one Monday a month from 5 until the movie is over.

Shelf Reading

Shelf reading consists of scanning shelved items to make sure they are in the correct order in the Adult, Teen, and Children's departments. This task requires attention to detail, ability to put items in alphabetical order, understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, ability to read spine labels on books, and the ability to bend and lift. In order to volunteer as a shelf reader, the applicant must be able to successfully put a cart of books in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order. Minimum 2 hours a week.

Shelving

Shelving materials consists of putting returned library materials on the shelves in any of the library departments. This task requires attention to detail, ability to put items in alphabetical order, understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, ability to read spine labels on books, and the ability to bend and lift. In order to volunteer as a shelver, the applicant must be able to successfully put a cart of books in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order. Minimum two hours a week.

Teen Miscellany

The teen department needs a volunteer for 2-3 hours a month for miscellaneous projects including shelf reading and collection maintenance. This volunteer opportunity requires the ability to bend and lift, organize by alphabetical order, and read spine labels.

Teen Tech Program

Teen volunteers are needed who will use their computer skills to help patrons with basic computer questions, technology issues, and basic internet guidance. In turn, teen volunteers can earn community service hours for school.

Teens must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and must go through an application process to be considered for the program. If selected they must also successfully complete the training and orientation program. Click here for the Teen Tech Program application. Contact Carey [cconkey@watertown-ma.gov] if you have questions about the program.

To Apply

To apply for a volunteer position, please read our volunteer policy and fill out an application or use the apply button below. Volunteers age 18 and under will need to fill out a permission form, you can view this form here.

Other Opportunities

  • Internships are available for students currently enrolled in a graduate program for Library and Information Science. For more information please email the Assistant Director at cbrowne@watertown-ma.gov.

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