Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Student Involvement: Employment

Working in the biology department

Each semester the biology department employs 50 to 60 students. Students have worked in the following positions:

Lab Assistants/Graders

The biology department is looking for some qualified students to work as Lab Assistants for next semester. This is a great experience.

Here are 5 reasons that you should apply:

  1. You get to develop a personal relationship with the professor you are assisting. I've heard that biology has the nicest professors.
  2. You get to apply the knowledge that you have learned. By passing it on you will actually learn it much better yourself.
  3. You get to know other students who share your interest in biology.
  4. You get to add this work experience to your resume.
  5. You also get paid and you know how hard jobs are to find these days.

Anatomy lab

Requirements for Lab Assisting

To be a lab assistant you need to be a student enrolled at Calvin College and you must have taken the course or course equivalent in which you are assisting.

To work in this lab you need to have taken these courses:

BIOL 111 - BIOL 123 & BIOL 224 or BIOL 141

BIOL 115 - BIOL 205 & BIOL 206 or BIOL 323 or BIOL 242 or BIOL 331

BIOL 141 - BIOL 141 or BIOL 224 and CHEM 103

BIOL 206 - BIOL 206 or BIOL 331

BIOL 250 - BIOL 250 or prior research experience

All others - You must have taken the course in order to be a lab assistant for that course.

Check with the professor teaching the lab or Pat Buist if you are interested in lab assisting or have questions.

Research Assistants

John MorrisFaculty members do research to know God, inform their teaching and to give our students opportunities for future success. Interested students should discuss specific research opportunities with individual professors. Paid research fellowships are available each summer.


Journalists investigate and report on biology news for our web site. They also take photos of biology events and academic activities.

Greenhouse Assitants

Greenhouse assistants work with Dave Warners and care for the plants within the department. This includes two greenhouses and the plants in the Science Building complex.

See how working for the biology department was a life-changing experience for one student.

Aquarium Assistants

Jon DeBoerAquarium assistants work with Randy Van Dragt to care for the fish within the biology department.



Department Assitants/Tour Guides

Biology tourDepartment assistants and tour guides offer hospitality and service.



Lab Preparation Assistants

Lab Prep assistants work with the biology lab manager, Lori Keen, to set up lab equipment, cell cultures and others supplies needed for the various biology lab courses each week.

Ecosystem Preserve

Preserve stewardBiology students can also work at the Ecosystem Preserve as preserve stewards, educational program leaders, summer camp leaders and animal care assistants.




Application Process

The following steps must be completed to apply for a lab assistant position:

  1. Contact Pat Buist, biology administrative assistant. Check with the administrative assistant to determine current open lab positions.
  2. Submit an application to the biology office.
  3. Once your application has been approved, complete the required tax forms through the Student Employment Office.
  4. Complete Online Student Employment Safety Training. Select, "do not have KnightVision login".Training login
  5. Receive instructions for web time entry on KnightVision from the department's administrative assistant.


Web time Entry Instructions (61 KB pdf)

Tax Forms »

Safety Training »

More Jobs

Ecosystem Preserve job opportunities