Volunteer Opportunities

August 21: Volunteer for our Ken Burns event! (Denver) - NOW FULL

Rocky Mountain PBS is hosting Ken Burns for a discussion of his fall series, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" on Thursday, August 21. He'll be joined by Dr. Bill Convery, Colorado State Historian and a featured presenter on our own "Colorado Experience."

This event will be held at the University of Denver's Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall, located at 2000 E. Asbury Avenue (at Race Street). The event runs 7–8:30pm, with a private reception for major donors beforehand (5:30–6:30).

We'll need volunteers for a variety of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • VIP Reception and main event check-in
  • Parking (directional assistance) and ADA assistance
  • Ushers
  • Assisting with Q&A
  • Other prep and assistance as needed!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Patricia Laverty at patricialaverty@rmpbs.org or 303-620-5706. P.S. This event is sold out!!! Thank you!

Annual Denver KIDS Fun Fest Volunteers Needed – Saturday, September 6 (Denver)

Please help us fill our remaining volunteer slots. We can't do it without you! This is the largest Rocky Mountain PBS event of the year. 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. Please email Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org and let her know where and when you would like to help out. Here are the jobs that we need assistance with:

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Denver station—1089 Bannock Street, Denver

  1. Early Morning Set-Up 
    7-10am: 11 volunteers
  2. Traffic Controllers (guide vendors to set up locations)
    7-10am: 1 volunteer
  3. Tricycle Village (help with set-up)
    8am-10am: 8 volunteers
  4. Greeters (welcome attendees/hand-out maps)
    Noon-2pm: 2 volunteers
  5. 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: 1 volunteer 
  6. Floaters (assist where needed)
    9am-2pm (lunch provided): 2 volunteers
  7. Photographer and Photographer Assistant
    Photographer - 8 am-Noon: 1 volunteer
    Assistant - 8 am-Noon: 1 volunteer
  8. Tear Down
    2-3:30pm: 11 volunteers

Judges & Office Workers for StoryMakers-RMPBS Short Story Contest for Kids (Denver)

StoryMakers is a state-wide short story contest for young writers in grades 6, 7 and 8. Each story is double spaced and no more than 1,000 words. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners at each grade level. To view the winning stories from 2013 and for additional information on the contest, please visit www.rmpbs.org/storymakers. Volunteers lead this program and staff this program. StoryMakers is a fun and fulfilling experience for the Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer corps!

  1. Office Work-Process On-Line Entries
    Work at the station (1089 Bannock) on your schedule printing and assembling the entries for StoryMakers. Work begins the week of September 29-week of October 11, 2014. Volunteers may select 3 hour time slots on any day/days during this period but will need to coordinate time with Volunteer Co-Chair, Sheryl Steuart. Volunteers will be trained. Interested volunteers should contact Sheryl at ss_steuart@yahoo.com or Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org
  2. Judges
    Whether you are a past volunteer or a first-time judge, we are seeking your assistance with this incredibly popular Rocky Mountain PBS initiative! A rubric will be provided to help judges evaluate the stories. Judges will need to be available to read the stories at Rocky Mountain PBS, located at 1089 Bannock Street, on at least one of the following dates and 4-hour time slots:
    Monday, October 20 – 12:30 until 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, October 21 – 5:00 until 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, October 22 – 5:00 until 9:00 pm
    Thursday, October 23 – 5:00 until 9:00 pm
    Saturday, October 25 – 9 am until noon

    If you would like to be a judge (sooo much fun) or have questions, please contact Lauren Simmons, StoryMakers Volunteer, at laurensimmons208@gmail.com or Susan Barber, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at susanbarber@rmpbs.org. and include your name, email, phone number and the date(s) you wish to volunteer. Feel free to forward this email to friends, coworkers, fellow book club members, or any other individuals that might have an interest in participating in judging these stories.

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! 

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

PBS Kids Reading and Rhythm Breakfast with Elmo (Colorado Springs)

Where: Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Dr., Colorado Springs 
When: Saturday September 13, 2014, 8am-12pm 
Number of volunteers: 3
Description of duties: help check in attendees, sell tickets, assist costumed characters 
Contact person: Elyse Jones, elysejones@rmpbs.org, (719) 418-5158

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: Elyse Jones, elysejones@rmpbs.org, (719) 418-5158

Western Colorado

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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