Career Services - Part Time Jobs

Employment While You're In College

Employment is an exceptional way for students to gain relevant and transferable skills while supplementing your income.­ West Texas A&M University is committed to helping you seek, secure and cultivate success in part-time jobs while you’re in school.­ Our online job board promotes a variety of positions, from on-campus jobs to part-time and seasonal employment in Canyon and across the Panhandle.

Working on campus

Working off campus 

How to find a part-time job

After you're hired

Federal work study information

Off campus employment notice


Interested in working on campus?­ Follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Complete your profile on Handshake, this is the online database we use to post jobs for students at WTAMU. Once you’re enrolled in classes, you’ll be able to access this comprehensive job board and begin your job search.­ Use your university login credentials to connect. Please contact us if you need assistance getting logged in.

Step 2: Download and fill out a WTAMU On-Campus Job Application. ­The application can be found in Handshake under the Career Services tab, then Resources, follow the directions found in Handshake to ensure success. ­Be sure to save the application and upload it to "My Documents" in Handshake.­ 

Step 3: Apply for the jobs you’re interested in.­ Be sure to follow all of the instructions listed in the “How to Apply” section of each job posting. At a minimum, to be considered for any on-campus position, you must submit your application electronically though Handshake.  To do this click on the desired job, select "Apply Now" (at the top of the posting) and finally click "Save" on the next screen. Some employers may require other documents (such as a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation and/or class schedule) so be sure to read each listing thoroughly to ensure you are following all directions in the job posting. Failure to do this may result in you not being considered for the position.

Note:­ Be advised that under Texas law, names and other information concerning applicants or nominees may be subject to disclosure upon request.­ West Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or veteran status.


What is FWS and how do you know if you have it?

FWS stands for Federal Work Study, also called simply "Work Study," and is a benefit that the government awards to eligible students as part of their financial aid package.­ If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 806-651-2055.­ Few on-campus positions require candidates to have a FWS award in order to apply; however, some departments prefer work study eligible students as it reduces payroll expenses. If you are work study eligible, you can use that award for any on-campus job.


Have you considered part-time jobs in Canyon – and beyond?­

The Canyon community embraces the talents and energy of our students.­ Local businesses post positions in Handshake – and many are within walking distance or an easy commute.­ If you live in Amarillo or a surrounding town, you’ll also find opportunities posted in Handshake.­ Note that you won't need to submit a WTAMU On-Campus Application for these positions, so read the posting thoroughly to find out how the employer wants you to apply.­

Sometimes local residents contact Career Services with temporary part-time jobs, such as moving furniture, painting houses or babysitting.­ These postings are listed in Handshake. However, many are 'immediate need' type work, so if you’d like to be alerted about the opportunities, please email us and include your name and preferred email address.  

 Notice: West Texas A&M University’s Career Services Office posts on- and off-campus jobs on our electronic job board and makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by this office. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. Students are urged to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting off-campus employment.


Need help conducting a part-time job search?

Visit Career Services.­ Located in the Classroom Center, Suite 113, we’re open weekdays from 8:00AM until 5:00PM.­ During long semesters, we’re available until 7:00PM on Mondays.­ Drop by for a quick tutorial on Handshake, give us a call at 806.651.2345 or schedule an appointment with one of our staff in Handshake.


You’re hired!­ What’s next?

Paperwork.­ Wherever you work, you’ll be required to complete the Federal­ I-9 Form.­ You will be required to show proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.­ You can expedite employment by coming to school with the required I-9 documents.­ Remember, employers can only accept originals that are current and legitimate.

Background Check.­ All employees of West Texas A&M University – even student workers – undergo a criminal background check.­ In addition, Texas law requires that males within the ages of 18 and 25 be registered with the Federal Selective Service.­ The Selective Service website enables you to verify compliance.­

Training.­ All WT student employees must complete mandatory online training during your first 30 days of employment.­ Access to TrainTraq and your assigned courses will be granted in your “Authorization to Work” email, which typically arrives in your inbox within 48 hours of completing your electronic I-9.

Timesheets and Pay ScheduleEmployees of WT can access the electronic payroll timekeeping system here. Be sure to log your hours regularly to ensure timely and accurate payment.­ ­Student employees of WT are paid on a bi-weekly schedule.  For ease and efficiency, you can have your earnings directly deposited into your bank account by completing the Direct Deposit Authorization Form that's in your employment packet.  You can also obtain this form from Career Services (CC#113) or Human Resources (OM116).  Otherwise, you will need to pick up your paycheck in the HR Office (OM116) within 90 days of payment.

Professional Development.­ Student employment provides excellent preparation for career success. Besides on-the-job experience, student workers gain soft/transferable skills through workshops addressing a variety of topics, including customer service, University policy and CliftonStrengths.

Recognition.­ Student employees make significant contributions to the daily operations of West Texas A&M University.­ Every spring we celebrate your accomplishments with activities and awards during National Student Employee Appreciation Week.

Job Fairs.­ We hold two job fairs in the Spring especially for our current students.­ The Summer Camp Job Fair features opportunities to connect with camps and other recreational facilities that have summer openings.­ The Student Employment Fair features employers who are looking for interns and for students to work regular part-time jobs and/or full-time seasonal positions.  Our Welcome Week Job Fair on Thursday, September 1, provides the chance for you to talk with local (Canyon) and on-campus employers about part-time jobs and area organizations about volunteer and service opportunities.  Don't miss it!