Volunteer Opportunities: December 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!


Volunteer to be Clifford the Big Red Dog or Curious George on Jan. 14

Bring on the Love! If you like hugs and being a “rock star,” volunteer to be Curious George or Clifford the Big Red Dog on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10 am-2pm or 4-8pm.  You will be the official ambassador of Rocky Mountain PBS at the 5th Annual Denver Pre-School Showcase.  This Showcase, presented by the Denver Pre-School Program, provides families of pre-schoolers a fun and convenient way to explore the more than 250 pre-school options available to them through the Denver Pre-School Program.  

The Clifford volunteer must be between 5’4”-5’9” (women size 6-14 and men waist size 28”-40”).  The Curious George volunteer must be no taller than 5’1” of medium build.  It’s great fun.  If you are interested, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.


Transcribe Interviews of RMPBS History Makers
(Work may be done at home or at Denver station)

For 60 years, many people have been instrumental in the success of Rocky Mountain PBS.  Station’s Archived Memories has preserved extraordinary oral histories of these individuals.  You can be a part of this fascinating project by transcribing these interviews.

We will train you!  Most videotaped interviews are 45-55 minutes long which equates to a transcript of 25-35 pages. An average of 6-7 hours is required to transcribe or proofread one interview.  You may work at your own speed at home or at the station during the week.  If you work from home, you should have a computer with a Word program and be capable of playing electronic audio files.

The skills you bring to the table should include: excellent listening skills including the ability to type audio files word-for-word according to the instructions provided; strong computer skills including the abilities to create Word documents, receive and send emails and knowledge of how to download files. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org


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 at KUVO!

Are you a supporter of KUVO Jazz Radio? Looking to spend some quality time with an organization that is deeply involved in its community? Support us by volunteering at the front desk on Mondays and/or Tuesdays!

As the KUVO 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. 

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.

If interested, please contact Arvida Rascon at arvida@kuvo.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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