Senior Library Assistant—Goldendale Community Library

Position: Senior Library Assistant
Location: Goldendale Community Library
Status: Part-time, 32 hours per week
Starting pay: $15.48
Application deadline: Open until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received
First review of applications: September 26, 2018

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time (32 hours per week) Senior Library Assistant (SLA) opening at Goldendale Community Library. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have a passion for working with the public and want to make a positive impact in their communities.

The primary responsibilities of a Senior Library Assistant are assisting with patrons and books in the library branch and planning and presenting programs in the branch and community. On a typical day, an SLA might:

  • Perform routine circulation duties including creating and updating patron accounts and checking materials in and out
  • Shelve materials and pull items for weeds
  • Answer patron questions regarding library resources and services, as well as technology, equipment and devices
  • Plan and present programs, in coordination with the branch manager and/or senior branch supervisor. Examples may include children’s programs, storytimes and teen book group.
  • Drive the bookmobile along a regular route. This position will drive at least one route per week which is 60 miles one way and includes stops such as Sundale Fruit Co. and Mercer Ranch. Training is provided; CDL is not required.
  • Participate in community events and deliver programs and services offsite

To be considered, applicants must have a combination of the following experience and training:

  • Three years clerical and/or technical library experience
  • Previous experience as a Library Assistant II (Public Service Assistant) or Senior Library Assistant of more than one year and experience working with children

The ideal candidate will be flexible, use good judgment, have strong customer service skills, and pay great attention to detail. The ability to speak Spanish is strongly desired.

This position frequently requires these physical abilities:

  • Lift up to 35 pounds
  • Push and pull book carts and book return bins on wheels
  • Bend, kneel and reach to shelve books
  • Stand for extended periods of time

Please view the Position Description below for a more detailed list of job duties, requirements and schedule.


The compensation for this position begins at $15.48 per hour with an excellent benefits package including health insurance benefits, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, short term and long term disability benefits, Washington State PERS retirement and paid time off.

Application procedures

To apply, please submit a completed FVRL Application for Employment, résumé and cover letter to Those who do not submit the required documents will not be considered.

Candidates for this position will be asked to complete assessments for both the Public Services Assistant (PSA) and Senior Library Assistant (SLA) positions.

Successful candidates will have to attend a new hire orientation in Vancouver, WA.

Recruitment schedule

Application deadline: Open until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received
First review of applications: September 26, 2018
PSA orientation and assessment: October 15-16, 2018
SLA assessment and interviews: To be determined