Volunteer Opportunities

Support families and children at the Annual Denver KIDS Fun Fest: Saturday, September 6 from 10am-2pm (Denver)

PBS is the largest early learning classroom in the nation, providing access to outstanding educational programming for all children. The Rocky Mountain PBS Denver KIDS Fun Fest (Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the station-1089 Bannock St.) extends this educational commitment to families and children. We need your help with the largest community outreach of the year! Children and families will be hosted by favorite PBS characters, including Word Girl, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George. Children will be encouraged to discover, learn, create and get up and go through a variety of FREE interactive activities. Stage performances will entertain as well as inform. It's the perfect outing for families in a safe and entertaining setting--the best block party FREE to all!

It takes MANY, MANY volunteers to put on this wonderful, free event. Approximately 8,000 children and families attend this festival. There are many different types of jobs and different shifts. We hope you will support our families and children by volunteering for this event. Put together your own volunteer team - it's great fun to volunteer with friends, family and co-workers! OR, volunteer as an individual. We have all types of volunteer opportunities that will suit all our volunteers. Here are the jobs that we need assistance with:

  1. Pre-KIDS Fun Fest
    A. Distributing flyers in 3 block radius of station (1089 Bannock St.) 
    Week of July 14: 4 volunteers (any day, anytime—takes about 2 hours)
    B. Distributing flyers in 3 block radius of station 
    Week of August 25: 4 volunteers (any day, anytime - takes about 2 hours)
  2. Day Of - Saturday, September 6, 2014
    A. Early Morning Set-Up; 7-10am - 15 volunteers
    B. Vendor and Volunteer Check-In Info Booth; 7am-1:30pm - 3 volunteers (lunch included)
    C. Traffic Controllers (guide vendors to set up locations); 7-10am - 2 volunteers
    D. Tricycle Village; 8am-10am Help with set-up - 8 volunteers / 10am-3pm Assist with kids and take-down  - 8 volunteers (lunch provided)
    E. Food Preparation
    - Breakfast at 6:30-9am - coffee, water, muffins, fruit (for vendors and volunteers) - 3 volunteers
    F. Monitor Block Island: Monitor block play area from 10 am-2:00 pm – 2 volunteers
    G. Greeters (welcome attendees/hand-out maps): 9:30 am-noon - 4 volunteers / Noon-2pm - 2 volunteers
    H. Characters and Handlers (guide and assist PBS characters)
    - Handlers; 8am–2pm - 3 volunteers (Handlers assist characters as assigned with moving through crowds and greeting their little fans. Lunch provided.)
    - Characters: the stars of the day! (wear costumes and perform variety of activities); 8am-2pm (lunch provided)
    Sid the Science Kid: 5 ft. 4 inches
    I. Crowd Control; Bounce House/Climbing Wall: 9:45am-2pm - 4 volunteers (lunch included)
    J. Floaters (assist where needed); 9am-2pm (lunch provided) - 3 volunteers
    K. Lost children booth; 10 am-2 pm (lunch provided) - 3 volunteers
    L. Stage Assistants (assist stage manager); 8am – 2pm (lunch provided) - 2 volunteers
    M. Tear Down; 2-3:30 pm - 15 volunteers

To volunteer or to find out more, please email Susan Barber (susanbarber@rmpbs.org) with subject header “Sign Me Up to Volunteer!” and let her know the job and shift(s) that you would like or questions you may have.

On-Call Daytime Volunteers for Pre-taped Pledge Breaks (Denver)

(You don't even need to answer the phones!)

You don't even need to answer the phones. You just need to look like you are answering the phones! Because we are producing more pre-taped pledge breaks, we often need volunteers to come in during the day for the taping sessions. Generally, we may need your help prior to the pledge periods (August, December, March, June) and you would come in on a designated day for half of the day. It's fun to do! If you would like to be on our on-call list, please contact Susan Barber, susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Thanks for your support! 

Volunteer Team to Decorate Halloween Rocky Mountain PBS Railroad Car & Welcome Kids! (Denver)

Have fun with 5 of your friends – or just volunteer by yourself – to create Rocky Mountain PBS' Halloween train car at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Volunteers will plan the décor and one or two simple activities for kids. The event will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 8:00 am – Noon. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Susan Barber, susanbarber@rmpbs.org.

Wanted: Host or Hostess with the "Mostest" (Denver)

As you may know, Rocky Mountain PBS sponsors a quarterly "Behind-the-Scenes" happy hour and station tour (of KRMA) for our wonderful new members. Volunteers and sustaining members are added to the fun on a rotating basis. We have an informal reception with a buffet of hors d'oeuvres plus a wine/beer bar, then a few words from our CEO Doug Price and a short presentation from one of our producers or on-air hosts. This all happens in the big studio; then the attendees have a tour of the station (the more interesting parts!).

For each event, we need two to three volunteers to help with food preparation and set-up, attendee check-in, buffet maintenance and break down. For those of you who would enjoy the station tour, you're very welcome to join that (as well as sampling and critiquing the food and wine – we know the beer is nothing special!).

The next "Behind-the-Scenes" is Tuesday, August 26, and prep starts at 4:00 PM. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Patricia Laverty in Development at patricialaverty@rmpbs.org or 303-620-5706.

Receptionist(s) for Front Desk (Denver)

Do you like meeting and greeting people and talking to folks about Rocky Mountain PBS? Do you like talking on the phone? If so, this is the volunteer opportunity for you. We need volunteer(s) who are available to come in on Mondays and/or Tuesdays (4-5 hours—we are flexible!). If that sounds like you, please contact Ella Jeffers at ellajeffers@rmpbs.org or Natae Swanson at nataeswanson@rmpbs.org for an interview.

Volunteer for KUVO summer festivals (Denver)

KUVO is looking for volunteers to staff our booth and have a great time during our summer concerts and festivals. Some of the upcoming events include:

  • Black Arts Festival – 7/13
  • Chicano Music Festival – date TBA
  • Arvada Center – Summer at the Center -- date TBA 

For more information about these events and shifts, please contact Arvida Rascón at arvida@kuvo.org or 303.446.7631.

Paid Opportunity: Looking for a job? Want to help raise money for Rocky Mountain PBS? (Denver)

Donor Development Strategies is hiring responsible individuals with a strong work ethic, a charismatic personality, and excellent communication skills to go door-to-door throughout Colorado to raise money for Rocky Mountain PBS. Learn the basics of membership building and fundraising while engaging individuals in the public on an interpersonal basis. Canvassers make between $400-$750 per week, dependent upon position and performance. Full-time employees are eligible for a competitive benefits package, including health care package, paid vacation, and paid sick days. Experienced candidates are encouraged to apply for leadership positions with DDS.

To apply call Sam at (303) 590.9176 or visit this link to apply now! 

Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Chair (Denver)

The SAM Chair is responsible for managing the SAM volunteer committee. The position will start immediately and should expect to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours weekly. Work can be done from home as well as from the Denver SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS. Mentoring by previous SAM Chairs is available.

The volunteer chairman position of STATION'S ARCHIVED MEMORIES (SAM) is open for application. The purpose of the SAM Committee is to identify, document and preserve the history of Rocky Mountain PBS. This exciting volunteer-driven project has been underway for 14 years, and is unique within the entire public broadcasting system.


    • Organize and preside over SAM Committee meetings or special events.
    • Manage and supervise the SAM Committee.
    • Supervise and communicate with SAM chairpersons regularly providing assistance and support.
    • Serve as the primary contact person for research information as requested by staff or others.
    • Maintain records (i.e. minutes, expenses, history, photographs, etc.) related to SAM meetings or events.
    • Ensure that each of the SAM Filemaker Pro master databases is properly and accurately maintained.
    • Inform Rocky Mountain PBS staff and volunteers of the content and availability of researchable information within the archives.

Serve as a voting member of the Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board.

Volunteers interested in more information or being interviewed for any SAM position should contact the SAM Office immediately at SAM@rmpbs.org or call the SAM office during business hours at 303-620-5734.

Station's Archived Memories (SAM) Oral History Chair (Denver)

The Oral History Chair is responsible for overseeing the videotaping and archiving of Oral Histories for the history of Rocky Mountain PBS relating to its programming, community outreach, administrative operations and volunteer activities. A complete Oral History Chair manual is available to the chairperson. The Oral History Chair reports to the SAM Chair. The Oral History Chair supervises an Oral History Committee consisting of interviewers, transcribers, proofreaders, data entry persons and any other positions deemed necessary for the completion of the assigned work.

An estimated average of 15 hours per week is required for the Oral History chairperson to adequately oversee the scheduling, research and conducting of interviews as well as managing post-interview work including transfer of interviews to DVD, scheduling transcribers and proofreaders and maintaining and organizing all related tapes, paperwork and electronic data.

Volunteers interested in more information or being interviewed for any SAM position should contact the SAM Office immediately at SAM@rmpbs.org or call the SAM office during business hours at 303-620-5734.

Southern Colorado

Welcome Desk Volunteers at the Tim Gill Center and Other Opportunities (Colorado Springs)

Where: Tim Gill Center for Public Media 315 E Costilla St. Colorado Springs
When: 2 hour shifts on a weekly basis
Time: Mondays 3-5 pm, Wednesdays 9 am- 1 pm, Thursdays 12 pm – 5 pm, Fridays 12-5 pm thru July.
Number of volunteers: 4-5 (1 per shift)
Description of duties: answer phones, greet guests, administrative tasks.
Contact person: Barb Van Hoy barbvanhoy@rmpbs.org (719) 418-5158

Western Colorado

Kids Fun Fest on August 2

Volunteers are needed for Grand Junction's Kids Fun Fest on August 2, 2014 in Lincoln Park. A variety of assignments are available. If you are interested in helping out, contact Ryan Stringfellow at ryanstringfellow@rmpbs.org.

Summer Outreach Opportunities

KRMJ needs volunteers to assist in outreach events this summer:

  • July 24th: Help staff booth at Grand Junction Farmer's Market, 4-8pm, 2-4 volunteers
  • July 31st: Help staff booth at Grand Junction Farmer's Market, 4-8pm, 2-4 volunteers
  • August 2nd: Kids Fun Fest 9-2 pm, 12 volunteers

2 hour shifts are available for all the above. If you are interested in helping out, contact Ryan Stringfellow at ryanstringfellow@rmpbs.org

Administrative Assistance

Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of station tasks. This is a great way to brush up on skills and meet new people. If you are interested in helping out, contact Ryan Stringfellow at ryanstringfellow@rmpbs.org.

Volunteer at Rocky Mountain PBS

Volunteers play a critical role at Rocky Mountain PBS. The Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer corps donates (on average) 15,000+ hours per year. They expand the capacity of the organization in order to enhance the public outreach and sustain viewer support of the mission-- to inspire people to engage in deeper, more meaningful ways with the world around them. Volunteers enjoy the opportunity to work together supporting and leading station initiatives.

We hope that you might consider donating your time and talent to Rocky Mountain PBS. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and new opportunities are constantly popping up. The best way to learn about these is to sign up in our database or contact volunteer coordinator, Susan Barber (susanbarber@rmpbs.org). To sign up in the database, go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer and click on “Sign Up to Volunteer.” If you are in our database, you will receive monthly updates on volunteer news and opportunities. Below is a list of some of the many opportunities available:

Station Tours:
Rocky Mountain PBS is a PUBLIC broadcasting station and we invite the public into the station at any opportunity! This is a very important piece of community outreach. We rely on our volunteer tour guides. Tours are done primarily during the day/business hours (but we also provide occasional weekday evening tours). It’s great fun and training is provided.

On-Call Volunteers:
Sign up to be on our on-call list for a variety of short-notice, immediate jobs from mailings, to button making, to data input, “faux” phone banks and many more!

Community Cinema:
Greet and register guests at free screenings of outstanding independent films that occur approximately once a month. You meet great folks and have the opportunity to see award winning films.

If you enjoy taking pictures and you are pretty good, sign up to be a photographer! We take pictures of everything!!!

Pull a team together of your friends for an evening and take over the phones! or, volunteer individually to assist with the production and logistics

Super School News:
Coach a classroom in preparation for an on-air news broadcast about students’ schools. This nationally recognized program provides students with the opportunity to get a taste of broadcast journalism.

Station’s Archived Memories (SAM): 
Help keep the history of Rocky Mountain PBS alive. A nationally recognized volunteer-driven project, Station’s Archived memories welcomes volunteers interested in preserving photographs, memorabilia, oral histories, local productions and station documents related to Rocky Mountain PBS. Archive training provided, but computer skills mandatory. Work is done during weekday business hours at Rocky Mountain PBS. 303-620-5734 or SAM@rmpbs.org.

Perfect for the volunteer who has limited time! Be a reader/judge for this state-wide short story contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Help us judge and read over 900 stories.

Write articles, coordinate newsletters that include the monthly Volunteer Bulletin and the Cooks Club Newsletter.

Community Outreach:
Perfect opportunity to work with friends on weekdays, weekends or evenings for screenings, staffing booths at community events (including jazz events and the like).

Volunteer Recruitment:
Call your friends and build our volunteer corps by reaching out to your network – your friends and colleagues.

Volunteer Leadership:
Develop and enhance your leadership skills. Opportunities abound to really make a significant impact by taking leadership roles in new and current station initiatives and on the Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board!

Special Events:
Big and small events – many different jobs!

Online Auction:
Variety of different types of jobs. Fun work in team atmosphere.

Southern Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Colorado Springs & Pueblo)

For more information, contact Keanna Smith at Keannasmith@rmpbs.org
Special Events
Tim Gill Center for Public Media: Office assistance, grant writing
Matchwits: Statewide quiz show for Colorado High Schools
Kids Fun Fest

Western Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Grand Junction)

For more information, contact Ryan Stringfellow at ryanstringfellow@rmpbs.org
Special Events
Community Outreach
Office Assistance
Kids Fun Fest

Directions for Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Database

  • Sign Up to Volunteer 
  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer 
  • Scroll down to first item-“Sign Up to Volunteer” 
  • Click on words in “this form” 
  • Complete application and submit 
  • You should then receive an email shortly with your pin#.


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