Volunteer Opportunities: May 2016

Rocky Mountain PBS Ambassador at the Five Points Jazz Festival​

Seeking a weekend volunteer opportunity? The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 13th year, brings people together for a day of food, fun and fantastic music. The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May each year and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. 

This year Rocky Mountain PBS will have a booth at this amazing event, right next to KUVO’s booth! We’re looking for a few passionate volunteers to work the booth and share information about our station with attendees. We will provide schedules, one sheets and other materials for you to share with anyone who is interested. It’s a great opportunity to talk to others about why you love Rocky Mountain PBS, while also enjoying this legendary festival!

The Five Points Jazz Festival will take place on May 21st  from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We have three shifts for volunteers to work, and need three to four volunteers per shift. 

•    Morning & Setup – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•    Midday shift – 1p.m.  to 4pm
•    Evening & Breakdown shift – 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, contact Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org.


Rocky Mountain PBS Booth at the National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday June 11th​

Seeking a weekend volunteer opportunity? Rocky Mountain PBS will be joining federal agencies and other nonprofit organizations to celebrate the National Get Outdoors Day at Sloan’s Lake (north shore) in Denver on Saturday, June 11th .  This day offers FREE opportunities to families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

Two (2) volunteers to run the Rocky Mountain PBS Booth  (10 am-3 pm)
We’ll need two spirited volunteers to run the Rocky Mountain PBS tent at the event. You will be representing Rocky Mountain PBS and your duties will include setup/breakdown of the table, informing attendees who we are as an organization if inquired, handing out Rocky Mountain PBS swag, and engaging with the kids in some table side activities to be announced! 

One (1) volunteer to serve as Nature Cat Mascot Handler 
We’re looking for a volunteer to help support Nature Cat during the event! Your duties will include helping the Nature Cat volunteer in and out of costume, guiding them through the venue as they take pictures with the crowd, and ensuring that the mascot takes necessary breaks for water/snacks.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Aaliah Hartley at aaliahhartley@rmpbs.org.


Volunteer Co-Chairs Needed for Station’s Archived Memories (SAM)

Please pass along this unique volunteer opportunity to your friends and colleagues!

One of the nation’s largest and most cutting-edge public media companies, Rocky Mountain PBS, is seeking two leadership volunteers to co-chair, manage and lead the well-established archive project “Station’s Archived Memories” with innovative ideas for the future.  

The ideal candidates for the position of Co-Chairs of Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) should have a strong knowledge of current archive methods and a passion for the nonprofit/public media sector. Join our team of volunteers to take this 16-year project and develop a plan to create sound practices of archiving in today’s digital world.

Ability to manage people, delegate responsibilities and work well in a team environment. Strong data management skills and attention to detail is required.

Co-Chairs would manage a team of 25+ volunteers. Volunteering up to 20 hours weekly (for each co-chair), with combination of on- and off-site possible. Working with the station staff, the SAM co-chairs would be responsible for developing and executing processes to archive all materials relating to the organization. Assist with database management and maintenance of FileMaker Pro databases with training provided.  Promote SAM by keeping RMPBS staff and volunteers informed of the content, availability, and means of using and researching information contained in the archives. 

Contact:  Susan Barber, Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Coordinator, susanbarber@rmpbs.org
Webpage: rmpbs.org/volunteer/sam


Volunteers for Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Photo Committee

History is made every day at RMPBS – join us in archiving photos of local programming and events. The Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers archiving documents, photos, memorabilia, locally-produced programs and series, and more for our 60-year-old station. SAM’s Photo Committee is looking for a detail-oriented person to focus on current station events (as opposed to the 1980s which several volunteers are working on presently). We’re asking for four to six hours per week, training provided and vacations allowed! We pay in chocolate and camaraderie. Please email SAM@rmpbs.org to indicate interest and we’ll call you back with details.


Leadership Volunteers/Project Manager Volunteers Needed​

If you enjoy leading or managing a project, we need you!  Rocky Mountain PBS has a variety of project manager opportunities including (but not limited to):

Volunteer Advisory Team: Join an active group of leadership volunteers who work with staff and volunteers in the area of volunteer recruitment, volunteer outreach and database management.  

KIDS Fun Fest: Managers needed to coordinate/pre-plan the various pieces of the Kids Fun Fest on September 10, 2016. Opportunities for leaders to coordinate stage presentations, characters/volunteers, general volunteers and booth oversight. This is the largest event presented by Rocky Mountain PBS.

Stations’ Archive Memories (SAM): If you enjoy archival work and coordinating a team of volunteers, SAM has a variety of opportunities in research, oral history, marketing, and database management.

Tour Guide Coordinator: Rocky Mountain PBS welcomes the public into our “house.” We provide tours for all ages. Tour guides serve as goodwill ambassadors and they are a critical part of community engagement. Tours are provided during business hours, Monday-Friday. We need a volunteer tour guide coordinator who will work with our volunteer tour guides and handle scheduling.

IF ANY OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES INTEREST YOU, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org to learn more!


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


Tour Guides Have the Most Fun!​

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

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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