Volunteer Opportunities: April 2015

Volunteer To Help Run The Coolest Energy Event In Colorado! (Denver)

Inside Energy and The Energy Institute at CSU are co-hosting an engaging and interactive energy showcase in Fort Collins on Wednesday, April 15, from 5:00-8:00pm. Inside Energy is a public media start-up housed at RMPBS and focused completely on energy coverage, and The Energy Institute is the unifying hub of scholarly excellence in energy at CSU. The event will include memorable presentations, hands-on demonstrations, interviews with key energy leaders including former Governor Bill Ritter, and several multimedia experiences. Volunteers will have the chance to connect with innovative energy journalists and meet Colorado's energy researchers.

If you happen to be near Fort Collins, we are seeking at least five volunteers to help with: setting up tables, chairs, and multimedia displays; directing parking; greeting guests at the door, handing out programs, and ushering; running coat/bag check; and cleanup. Volunteers will need to be at the Powerhouse Energy Campus in Fort Collins from 3:30-8:30pm. Refreshments will be provided and volunteers will get to enjoy the live show and various displays! For more information, contact Amber Rivera at amberrivera@rmpbs.org.

Oral History Chair Needed - Station's Archived Memories (SAM) (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.

SAM Research Chair (Denver)

The Station Research Chair oversees the research and archiving of historical information pertinent to Rocky Mountain PBS approximately 15 hours per week. He/she collects and prepares documents for the storage of such materials using archival methods.

This position requires strong organizational skills, attention to details and training skills, strong computer skills including knowledge of MAC computers, scanning and database management, and the ability and flexibility to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. General knowledge of Rocky Mountain PBS is strongly suggested. Experience as a volunteer and an appreciation of history and archival methods are beneficial.

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.

National History Day in Colorado Judges Needed (Denver)

National History Day in Colorado is a social studies and literacy program that serves thousands of middle and high school students around the state in twelve different regions. This year Colorado Experience will be partnering with National History Day. There is a contest component where student papers, websites, documentaries, exhibits, and performances face a panel of volunteer judges. Over 700 qualifying students will compete at the State Contest. Volunteer judges are needed!

When: May 2nd
Where: CU Denver on the Auraria Campus.

Please consider judging at the State Contest. Judges are trained on the process and can expect around a five hour time commitment on a Saturday morning.

For more information contact Stacey Pendleton (stacey.pendleton@ucdenver.edu) or visit the website www.nationalhistorydayincolorado.org.

To register directly for the contest, click here.

Investigators needed for I-News (Denver)

Rocky Mountain PBS I-News produces in-depth, research-based journalism that many newsrooms couldn't do alone. We collaborate with the most respected news outlets to deliver this journalism to millions of Coloradans.

I-News needs the help of a few enthusiastic investigators to read through more than 1,300 police reports to help with an upcoming in-depth story looking at the effectiveness of local laws to recover wages that workers have earned but were never paid.

The job would entail scanning the police reports and singling out the ones that involve a worker not receiving payment. There is a volunteer computer available in the I-News office, or volunteers could work from home on their own computer. Those who work from home would need access to the internet, email, an Adobe PDF viewer, and either Google Docs or Dropbox. Volunteers will need experience in using all these programs, as well as an eye for detail and a desire to dig deep into important stories that affect Coloradans every day. We can provide a quick training on opening and viewing PDFs, and what to do when you find reports that are relevant to the story.

If you are interested in putting on your detective hat and participating in this exciting project, contact Anna Boiko-Weyrauch at 303-620-5686 or ABoiko-Weyrauch@rmpbs.org.

Volunteers Needed for Membership Updating Project (Denver)

Latrice Lee is looking for helping hands to mail out letters to members on a bi-monthly basis. In addition to hands needed for mailing, voices are needed to call members to gather updated information.
Any of the below dates and time slots that work for you would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping out, contact Latrice at 303.620.5695 or email latricelee@rmpbs.org.

  • Friday April 3rd AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Monday April 13th AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Friday May 1st AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Monday May 11th AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Monday June 1st AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm) 
  • Monday June 15th AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Wednesday, July 1st AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Friday July 17th AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)
  • Monday August 3rd AM (9am – 12 noon), PM (1 -3pm)

Transcribers Needed for Groundbreaking New Initiative (Denver)

Calling all volunteers! We are looking for individuals interested in becoming a critical part of the new "Gaining Ground" initiative. Over the next 18 months, the I-News Team and the Production Team will be creating several documentaries with accompanying journalism reports (online, in print, on radio and TV) to inform viewers on the racial inequities that exist in Education, the Justice System, the Economy, the Foster Care and Family Structures, among others. We are conducting on camera interviews that we would like volunteers to transcribe.  A transcription is simply the typed text of what the interviewee said. The transcriptions will be shared with everyone on the team, so that the reporters can read and quote the subjects in their reporting and the writer and editor can write the scripts. Volunteers can work at home on their own computer, or at the Rocky Mountain PBS station. Skills needed – typing and a positive attitude! If you are interested, please contact Julie Speer, 303-620-5728 or juliespeer@rmpbs.org. Volunteers will learn about the elements that go into a documentary production!

Tour Guides Have the Most Fun! (Denver)

Do you have a few hours a month? (Most tours are scheduled during the day but there are some occasional evenings too!) Join the fun of taking small groups around the Denver station and informing folks of all ages about the wonders of Rocky Mountain PBS. It's easy – we have tour scripts and we train you. Generally, our tours last approximately an hour. You don't have to be an expert. Just bring your smile and laughter with you. Tour guides are some of the best goodwill ambassadors that we have.

Rocky Mountain PBS is committed to our public and that means that we welcome the public into our station more than any other TV station in town. We need your help. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org and we will have some fun!

Transcribers Needed for Station's Archived Memories (Denver)

Do you prefer not to drive to Rocky Mountain PBS to offer your time as a volunteer? Transcribing for Station's Archived Memories may be the perfect volunteer job for you.

Whether from your own home desktop or a computer in the SAM office at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver), you can support the efforts of Station's Archived Memories by serving as a volunteer transcriber of Oral History interviews. The interviews average about 55 minutes in length and can be received as an audio file directly on your home computer.

Each of the Station's Archived Memories oral history interviews is videotaped, digitally preserved and transcribed for future generations. The interviews provide insight to fascinating institutional, community and individual histories. Interviews offer an insight to memorable moments in the history of Rocky Mountain PBS as well as a look into the "everyday life" at a public broadcasting station.

Volunteer transcribers must have a current computer capable of playing electronic audio files and a Word program. A volunteer for Oral History transcribing must have strong computer skills, knowledge of how to create Word documents, the ability to receive and send emails and the skills to download/upload files. Additionally, a volunteer transcriber must have excellent listening skills including the ability to type audio files word-for-word. Schedules and time commitment will vary with the individual transcriber. Detailed training in regard to specific responsibilities and expectations are provided by fellow volunteers of Station's Archived Memories at Rocky Mountain PBS.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the position as an Oral History transcriber, please contact the SAM Office: 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org.

Silent Auction Volunteers Needed for KUVO (Denver)

We're looking for volunteers with experience in working a silent auction. The Silent Auction will be take place at our annual fundraiser, Live at the Vineyards party on August 8 at Balistreri Vineyards.

We put together themed baskets filled to the rim with all kinds of goodies procured from local businesses.
For example: "Taking a Break" – this basket may include, books, coffees, teas, magazine subscription, music, chocolate, certificates to movies, concerts, dining, etc. We also procure artwork and other standalone items including sculptures, cooking classes, vacation and more.

We will have weekly meetings or check-ins beginning in April – if interested please contact Arvida Rascón arvida@kuvo.org or 303.446.7631

Photographers in the Denver Area (Denver)

We need to build a team of photographers for events and happenings in the Denver area.  If you have the time and the talent, we would love to have you record our events.  Interested individuals should email Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Please include samples of your work or a link to your work with your email.

Southern Colorado

Volunteers for KTSC Annual Fundraiser (Pueblo)

We are looking for four more volunteers for KTSC's annual fundraiser to support local programming on Thursday April 16th in the evening (5:30pm-9:30pm is the event times). Volunteers will help with set-up, check-in, and overseeing the auction table. The event will be held at the Pueblo Union Depot in Pueblo. Contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org for more information. 

Volunteers for Colorado Springs KIDS Fun Fest! (Colorado Springs)

Get ready to have some fun! Southern Colorado's KIDS Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, June 6th at Acacia Park in Colorado Springs from 10am-2pm (event times), set up will probably begin around 7:30am. More information will be available as the event nears. Contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org for more information.

Front Desk Volunteer in Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs)

We are looking for volunteers who wish to commit their time weekly at the front desk at the Tim Gill Center. They will assist in answering phones, answering questions and directing calls, greeting and assisting guests, and other office duties as necessary. We are specifically looking for anyone who may be available on Mondays or Thursday afternoons. Contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org for more information.

Western Colorado

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities

Rocky Mountain PBS on the Western Slope (KRMJ) has tons of fun opportunities for volunteers! Contact KRMJEvents@RMPBN.onmicrosoft.com for more information on the following opportunities:

  • Special Events
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Calendar
  • Community Cinema
  • Office Assistance
  • Kids Fun Fest
  • Family Science Night
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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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