Volunteer Opportunities: October 2016

Daytime Tour Guides/Ambassadors Needed!

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!


Volunteers needed for KUVO’s Fall Pledge Drive

KUVO is looking for fun, jazzy volunteers to help during Fall Pledge Drive – October 6 to October 17. Great fun and great food! Times will vary and will include morning, midday and evening shifts.

Please contact Arvida at arvida@kuvo.org or 303.446.7631 to get more information.


Early Evening Event: October 20th
Behind the Scenes at Rocky Mountain PBS

Our Membership Department will be hosting "Behind The Scenes, Fall Preview" on Thursday, October 20, 2016 for new members and other invited guests.  Several volunteers are needed from 4:00 - 8:00 PM to help with setting up the studio at 1089 Bannock Street, Denver, registration of attendees, serving refreshments before and during the program and then putting everything back in place so that the studio is ready for business the following day.  With your participation, be among the first to learn directly from the hosts and producers of Insight News, Arts District and Colorado Experience about our new season of locally produced programs.  Please send an email to shsch27@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this opportunity.


Volunteers for StoryMakers Short Story Contest

StoryMakers is a short story contest for young writers in grades 6, 7 and 8. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners at each grade level. To view the winning stories from 2015 and for additional information on the contest, visit rmpbs.org/storymakers.  

Volunteers may assist as judges or administrative assistants:

Administrative assistants will organize the submissions for online entries to prepare for the judging sessions.  Assistants may work (at the station-1089 Bannock St.) during the day or late afternoon, early evening on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (volunteer’s choice) during the weeks of:
November 14-17; November 21-22; November 28-December 1
Interested volunteers should contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org 

Judging sessions for this year’s Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers contest will occur in early December 2016 on the following dates and times. 
Monday, December 5 -- 12:30 until 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6 -- 5:00 until 9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 7 -- 5:00 until 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 8 -- 5:00 until 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 10 -- 9 am until noon

Judges will need to be available to read the stories at the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network building, located at 1089 Bannock Street in Denver, on at least one of the above dates and 4-hour time slots. Judges will read, discuss, and evaluate the story entries in randomly-designated pairs. A rubric will be provided as a guideline for judges in evaluating the stories. 

To sign up, email Lauren Simmons, StoryMakers Program Volunteer Chair, at laurensimmons208@gmail.com with the day you wish to participate. 


Document Preservation/Data Input for Station’s Archived Memories Project

Join a small team of delightful and dedicated volunteers on Tuesdays at the station.  You will work together with other volunteers to preserve important documents for the station’s archives.  We hope you are comfortable with computers and data input but please know, that we will also train you.  This is a regular, weekly opportunity.  If you are interested in being part of this team or learning more, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.  Thanks!


Help Us Preserve Our Programming!

Are you a fan of Rocky Mountain PBS and have enjoyed our programming over the years?  If you answered yes, we would love to have your help preserving these productions.  It’s both a walk down memory lane and a peek into the future.

Join other volunteers who are doing this preservation work with the Station’s Archived Memories project.  Basic computer skills would be needed and database experience is a plus.  You will be trained by fellow knowledgeable volunteers.  This is an on-going weekly opportunity for 4 hours/week.  For the first 2 months, you would need to be trained on Mondays.  Following the training, the days and hours are flexible.

If this interests you (and we hope it does!), please contact Thomas Muja at tcmuja@msn.com. Thanks!


Leadership Opportunity with Station’s Archived Memories

Did you know that Rocky Mountain PBS has the ONLY volunteer-driven archive project among all the PBS stations nationwide? There are more than 30 volunteers working hard throughout the year.  The award-winning Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) project is 16 years old and provides an incredible electronic time machine for RMPBS and the community.

Rocky Mountain PBS’s has existing leadership opportunities with SAM.  We’re looking for self-starters, ready to offer guidance, and with either experience in history, archives and library sciences, or a leadership attitude and willingness to learn. The ideal candidates will have adequate time during the business week to spend on this important, volunteer-run project.

 If interested, please email SAM@rmpbs.org for details. Join the team!


Front Desk Volunteers!

Are you a supporter of Rocky Mountain PBS? Looking to spend some quality time with an organization that is deeply involved in its community? Support us by volunteering at the front desk!

As the Rocky Mountain PBS receptionist, you will be the first line of contact for our viewers, community members and business professionals who enter into the building or call our station directly. You will also receive calls for our radio station, KUVO 89.3!

Answering the phone and directing calls to the correct employee in the building is essential to navigate the flow of call traffic. Greeting our guests and notifying the employee they are meeting with is part of the duties as well. Behind the desk, you may also be given specific tasks from our employees, such as mailing duties.

We are looking to have volunteers cover the front desk when our current receptionist will not be able to. These shifts can range from half days to full days, and you will be properly trained. If interested, please contact aaliahhartley@rmpbs.org.


Want to Impact Kids? Join the Volunteer Ranks for our Super School News program

Join the volunteers for Super School News (www.rmpbs.org/ssn) and make a difference in a child’s life. This education-based program is the oldest, continuously running production of Rocky Mountain PBS. For over 30 years, volunteers have made it possible for 5th and 6th graders to produce 2-minute news broadcasts about their schools which appear on the air. This program introduces children to the world of broadcast news and, as a result, some of the Super School News alumni have gone on to careers in journalism and broadcast.

Volunteers will be assigned a school and work with a teacher and student team (1-2 coaching sessions at the school) to design their broadcast. Volunteer training is provided. In addition, volunteers will assist with assembling information (1 morning in August and December), orientation day (1 morning in September and January) and will attend the taping session at the Denver station.

We hope you will help sustain this legacy program. If you are interested in volunteering, please email superschoolnews@rmpbs.org or Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org


Helping Hands for Membership Mailings

Latrice Lee in the Development/Membership Department is looking for helping hands to mail out letters to members on a bi-monthly basis. Any of the below days and time slots that work for you would be greatly appreciated so contact Latrice at 303.620.5695 or email latricelee@rmpbs.org
Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays 10am–Noon or 2–4pm.

Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Colorado Springs/Pueblo)

If you are interested in volunteering in Colorado Springs/Pueblo, please contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org or 719-418-5851.

Western Colorado

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities

KRMJ has tons of fun opportunities for volunteers! Contact Alex Forsett at alexforsett@rmpbs.org for more information on the following opportunities: 

  • Special Events
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Calendar
  • Community Cinema
  • Office Assistance
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 alexforsett@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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