Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers to Make Buttons for Kids Featuring Their Favorite PBS Characters (Denver)

Our newest, most popular giveaway: Kids’ Buttons! They go like hotcakes at all our events, whether it’s the Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum, KIDS Fun Fest or Cinco de Mayo! We can’t make them fast enough and need your help. Adults want them, too!  We have two button makers and a die-cutter in Membership, so we can accommodate small groups of two or three as well as the solo speedsters. Please call or email Patricia Laverty to help with this new project: Direct Dial: 303-620-5706 or patricialaverty@rmpbs.org. Thank you! 

Volunteers to Showcase Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver)

By Laura Sampson, Marketing Chair, Station’s Archived Memories (SAM)

Do you enjoy attending Rocky Mountain PBS special events? Do you have a flamboyant side? Are you looking for a meaningful and enjoyable episodic volunteer commitment at Rocky Mountain PBS? Do you appreciate history? Do you like meeting fellow volunteers who share your passion for public broadcasting? Are you a dependable and creative individual? Did you ever volunteer for “table displays” for the televised Auction?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we want to hear from you!!

The Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) DISPLAY COMMITTEE needs volunteers RIGHT NOW to help create in-house and community displays for upcoming Rocky Mountain PBS Special Events. Presentations are created to show off the station’s history through colorful displays of historical photographs and memorabilia items that are housed in the archives.

The average time spent per event is 3-4 hours to identify, gather and set up specific display items for the special event. The social part of this volunteer job begins while supervising the display and talking with guests that come to enjoy the exhibit.

Skills needed:
− Willingness to attend a 2-hour training session
− Creativity
− Dependability
− Basic computer skills
− Good organizational skills with attention to detail
− Willingness to complete a project from start to finish

Your help is needed now. Rocky Mountain PBS Special Events are held throughout the year. Several extremely special events are coming up very soon as Rocky Mountain PBS approaches its 60th anniversary. Call SAM to find out how you can be a part of the excitement!! Contact the DISPLAY COMMITTEE CHAIR, Betty Flaten at bflaten@msn.com or the SAM Office at SAM@rmpbs.org or 303-620-5734.

Review the slideshow of photos from previous SAM displays at Rocky Mountain PBS Special Events such as Downton Abbey Preview, KIDS Fun Fest, Super School News Orientation, 2006 50th Anniversary festivities, Temple Grandin presentation, NewsMakers Luncheon and many more. As a display volunteer, you can attend some of the future special events!

Click to learn more about Station’s Archived Memories.

Display Committee Slideshow

Production Preservation Needs Volunteers! (Denver)

Co-Chairs:  Lloyd Anderson and Tom Muja

The Production Preservation Committee of Station’s Archived Memories, co-chaired by Tom Muja and Lloyd Anderson, has openings for volunteers interested in helping to preserve local productions of Rocky Mountain PBS.

The job entails a once-a-week commitment during weekday business hours. Volunteers help with a variety of jobs including entering information into the production database or helping with the transfer of 1-inch tapes. Training is provided.

If interested in working on this committee, please contact the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Office at Rocky Mountain PBS, 303-620-5734, or submit a request via email to: SAM@rmpbs.org. To learn more about Station’s Archived Memories, visit the SAM page on the Rocky Mountain PBS website.

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.

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! 

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!

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 3-5pm, Wednesdays 9am- 1pm, Thursdays Noon – 5pm, Fridays 12-5pm
Number of volunteers: 4-5 (1 per shift)
Description of duties: answer phones, greet guests, administrative tasks.
Contact person: Elyse Jones  (719) 418-5851 or elysejones@rmpbs.org

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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