Careers at the Joplin Public Library

Become a Part of Our Team

We often have part-time or volunteer positions available.

Become a


The library is grateful to our terrific volunteers who lighten the staff’s load in many ways. If you’re interested in volunteering at the library, please stop by and fill out a volunteer application or complete the form. Volunteers generally work shelving materials or assisting in the Technical Processing department with materials processing, but if you have special skills, we’ll see what we can find for you!

Temporary Library Assistant – Teen Department

This is a 24 hours per week, $10.00/hour, temporary position comprising a total of 269 hours that will end on or before August 9, 2019; it includes daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Must have 80 hours of college credit or equivalent; bachelor’s degree preferred.  Must have experience working with middle school and high school age youth.  Must enjoy working with teens and their parents, have excellent customer service skills, strong computer skills, and a love of literature.  Must be reliable, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task.  Library experience is not required, but enthusiasm, flexibility, and creativity are a must along with a cheerful, personable demeanor.

Bulk of shifts are spent standing and walking.  Duties include assisting patrons with locating materials in the library, planning and presenting programs for teens—including crafting and technology activities, creating promotional and departmental documents, working with teen volunteers, providing book suggestions, answering phones, and straightening and shelving materials.

The schedule requires flexibility, with the hours varying week-to-week.  If you have schedule restrictions, please include a detailed explanation on or with your application.

Must apply in person at 1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, Missouri. 

Applications will be accepted through Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Applications will be reviewed the same week with phone and in-person interviews scheduled by May 7.