Working on Campus

A healthy, sustainable community is built on work—which is why everyone works at Pearson College. For students, working on campus has proven to be a tremendous opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and develop a sense of responsibility for something other than themselves. For faculty and staff, it has been a chance to work with students they may have otherwise never known—and it has ensured that individuals such as the school gardener, lab technician, plus kitchen and cleaning staff, are also educators at Pearson. Together with the students, we are all sharing in the job of making the College a healthier, more sustainable place.

Through their work, students now play a vital role in every aspect of campus life as outlined below.


House Duties

Every week a changing group of students is on chore duty in each residential house. Students take out the trash, recycling and compost, vacuum the stairs, hallways and dayroom, plus clean the laundry room and kitchen.

Kitchen Service

Three or four times per year for a week, each student lends a hand in the school’s kitchens for the breakfast, lunch or dinner service.

Student Jobs

Every student at Pearson College has a job overseen by a supervisor. Students complete one hour of work a week (or the equivalent) over the course of a term. This year’s jobs include:

  • English tutors
  • Breadmakers
  • Firefighters
  • Receptionists
  • Video editors
  • Greenhouse/compost workers
  • Lab assistants,
  • Library assistants
  • Bike maintenance workers.

Village Service

Once a year, for a week, students forgo their activities and dedicate their afternoons to help care for and maintain our campus.

  • Mondays, they collect, sort and organize the recycling.
  • Wednesdays, they work on campus maintenance projects such as landscaping, leaf raking and any other seasonal groundskeeping work.
  • Fridays, they lend a hand in the greenhouse and gardens as well as with composting.