Senior Library Assistant (Bilingual Spanish/English)—White Salmon Valley Community Library

Position: Senior Library Assistant (Bilingual Spanish/English)
Location: White Salmon Valley Community Library
Status: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Starting pay: $15.48 per hour, plus 2.5% dual language pay premium (see job description for more details)
Application deadline: Open until filled
First review of applications: October 29, 2018

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time (40 hours/week), bilingual (English/Spanish) Senior Library Assistant opening at White Salmon Valley Community Library. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have a passion for working with the public, creating and presenting programs to groups of patrons of all ages, and making 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. A typical day could include these tasks:

  • 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, supervisor and/or other Senior Library Assistants. This includes, but is not limited to, a weekly story time for children, monthly family movie and monthly STEM program.
  • Participate in community events and deliver programs and services off-site.
  • Use Spanish language skills to assist patrons and FVRL employees. Some examples may include communicating with patrons in the branch or at community outreach events, presenting bilingual programs, and translating written materials.
  • Act as lead worker for the branch.
  • Perform routine circulation duties including creating and updating patron accounts and checking materials in and out.
  • Shelve materials and pull items for weeds.

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

  • Three years of clerical and/or technical library experience.
  • Previous experience as an Library Assistant II (Public Service Assistant) or more than one year and experience working with children.
  • Fluency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. Ability to pass an assessment demonstrating Spanish language proficiency.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, use good judgment, and have strong customer service skills and great attention to detail. This position frequently requires these physical abilities:

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

Please see the position description below for the position schedule and a more detailed list of job duties and requirements.


The compensation for this position begins at $15.48 per hour, plus 2.5% dual language pay premium (see job description for more details), 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.

Recruitment schedule

Application deadline: Open until filled
First review of applications: October 29, 2018
Assessments: November 6, 2018
Interviews: November 13, 2018