Volunteer Opportunities: March 2017

Fun (and short!) Daytime Volunteers at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

PBS KIDS at the Alamo is a partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Each month the Alamo will be screening a PBS KIDS favorite show including shows like "Daniel Tiger" and "Odd Squad." We need 2 volunteers to run the Rocky Mountain PBS booth in the theater, greet kids and parents and hand out schwag before entering the movie. (If you enjoy this opportunity, there will be more in the following months.) Please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org if interested!

When: Wednesday March 22nd, 10:15am-11:45am
Where: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
What: Staff the RMPBS booth at the PBS KIDS screening of "Odd Squad" at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema


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 for National History Day

Rocky Mountain PBS has a close partnership with National History Day Colorado via the outstanding RMPBS production of “Colorado Experience.”  If you are interested in history, this is the project for you!

National History Day needs your help! Each spring, hundreds of Colorado students compete in regional History competitions around the state. The winners advance to the state competition. As you can imagine, working with thousands of students requires many volunteers. This is where you come in. We are in need of volunteer judges for several of our spring contests. Would you be willing to volunteer to help our program? We will provide you with the training and materials you need, as well as breakfast and lunch, and our undying gratitude!

The Greater Denver Metro NHD contest is on Saturday, March 11th on the UC Denver/Auraria Campus. Judges are expected to arrive by 7:45, and most will be finished with their work before noon. If you are able to judge at this contest, please visit the Greater Denver Metro website. On the home page, you will find a link to the judge registration page. 

The state contest will take place on Saturday, May 6th on the UC Denver/Auraria Campus. We are in need of nearly 200 community judges for this event. If you are able to judge at the state contest, please visit the State Contest Judge Registration Form. 

Thank you for your help with National History Day! We could not hold this competition without wonderful volunteers like you! Please know you are appreciated!


Volunteers for SAM (Station’s Archived Memories)

Station's Archived Memories (SAM) welcomes new and veteran volunteers throughout the year.  If you have time to share, SAM needs your help. A volunteer-driven project, SAM has been an integral part of Rocky Mountain PBS for the past seventeen years. 

Whether your interest or skills lie in doing research, scanning materials, transcribing or conducting interviews, preserving local productions or doing data entry, your help would be eagerly applauded in the archives. Training is available to any volunteer that wants to join the effort.

SAM offers the chance to meet fellow volunteers who share your interest in the station’s history and who enjoy working with other volunteers. 

Schedules are flexible with the bulk of work being done during business hours at the SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver.

How can YOU get involved?

Why I volunteer with SAM from Lee Guy, SAM Photo Committee Volunteer:

RMPBS is my source for news and nightly viewing. I see the need in preserving its past for Denver and Colorado. Many folks contributed to RMPBS programming and SAM’s efforts to preserve its past should be accurate and factual.


Videographer for Oral History Interviews

An Oral History videographer is responsible for videotaping Oral History interviews with the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) project. The interviews occur, for the most part during the day. The Oral History interviewer schedules the interviews. The approximate time commitment for one interview is approximately two hours. The videographer is responsible for setting up the interview room at the station and returning the equipment to its storage area after each interview.  

The Oral History videographer should know how to operate a consumer video camera. In addition, it is helpful to have knowledge of proper video framing, audio and overall intended look for interviews and to be familiar with Oral History guidelines prepared for videographers.

If interested, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org


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!


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

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:
RMPBS 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!

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 Elyse Jones at elysejones@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#.

Record Your Hours

  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer
  • Click on the words in blue under “Record Your Hours”
  • Login is your email address and password is your pin #
  • Click in left-hand margin “Post Your Hours”
  • Fill in information on volunteer work (day, hours, assignment)
  • Confirm info
  • Enter another date if needed
  • When completed, click on “Exit” at the bottom of the page


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