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Volunteer Opportunities

You commit to:

A minimum four hours a week for four months, Monday to Friday, daytime hours, for Technical Support volunteers. Volunteers in other positions may require greater time commitment. (see Volunteer Aplication Form for more info)

Contribute your skills to helping people access and participate online

You get:

To meet and work with others in a challenging non-profit environment while gaining hands-on experience

A statement of service following one month of regular, reliable volunteer work

A letter of reference following four months of regular, reliable volunteer work

Training opportunities to enhance your skills to better support individuals and non-profit groups

Transportation reimbursement where project budgets allow.

To apply:

Check out the Volunteer Jobs on the bottom of this page.

Submit the online Application Form.

If selected, you’ll be invited to an interview.

After the Interview:

If you’ve attended an interview and we find a good match, you’ll be asked to begin “observation”: shadow a volunteer on shifts of your choice and learn the volunteer procedures. After a suitable time of observation, you begin your volunteer placement.

To find other volunteer placements:

If we don’t find a good match for you at VCN, you can look at other volunteer opportunities by checking out volunteer centre websites, where many organizations post their volunteer needs.

Thank you for your interest in helping the Vancouver Community Network!

 

Current Volunteer Jobs

Public Access Site Support

Objective:To assist in the maintenance of the VCN/Community Partner Public Access Sites

Training/Support to be provided by: Project CoordinatorsDuties:

  • Assist with maintaining new and refurbished computer hardware and software
  • Assist in training/supporting community agencies’ staff and volunteers in the provision of public access
  • Provide ongoing on-site, telephone and online technical support to non-profit groups and sites hosted by the Vancouver Community Network
  • Work with community partners’ technical volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience

Essential Qualifications:

  • A period of orientation and ongoing regular shifts in VCN User Support position
  • Excellent knowledge of Intel/Win hardware/software
  • Good knowledge of Mac hardware/software
  • Good knowledge of LANs
  • Knowledge of Linux very useful
  • Ability to configure and use various Internet software programs
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills (ability to tutor individuals with a wide range of skills and experience)
  • Commitment to public access to information and communication technology and knowledge of VCN and non-profit organizations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English; additional languages an asset

Time Commitment Required:

  • 4 hours per week for at least 4 months
  • Regular 4-hour Technical Support shifts per week, initially at VCN offices
  • Additional time to attend orientation, training and meetings and collaborate online with other volunteers and staff
  • A great chance to meet people, help people access the Internet, and work with other volunteers to develop skills in a non-profit setting
  • A chance to develop hands on experience in developing, implementing and maintaining a mixed platform environment
  • Statement of service following 1 month of reliable volunteer work
  • Letter of reference following 4 months of reliable volunteer work

To apply for this Volunteer Position, please fill out our Application Form

 

Internet Instructor

Objective:To deliver training sessions in basic and intermediate Internet skills, content management system, and mailing list use and administration to VCN users.

Training/Support to be provided by: Project CoordinatorsDuties:

  • Basic – Intermediate training in word processing
  • Basic – Intermediate training in Internet and Email
  • Providing training and support on connecting to the Internet
  • Providing training for other VCN applications and services
  • Work with community partners’ technical volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience

Essential Qualifications:

  • A period of orientation and ongoing regular shifts in VCN User Support position
  • Excellent knowledge of Internet and Email clients
  • Excellent knowledge of Windows XP
  • Good knowledge of PC hardware/software
  • Good knowledge of MS Office and Open Office
  • Good knowledge of internet access protocols (dial up / adsl)
  • Knowledge of Linux very useful
  • Ability to learn & teach other technical applications
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills (ability to tutor individuals with a wide range of skills and experience)
  • Commitment to public access to information and communication technology and knowledge of VCN and non-profit organizations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English; additional languages an asset

Time Commitment Required:

  • 4 hours per week for at least 4 months
  • Regular 4-hour Technical Support shifts per week, initially at VCN offices
  • Additional time to attend orientation, training and meetings and collaborate online with other volunteers and staff
  • A great chance to meet people, help people access the Internet, and work with other volunteers to develop skills in a non-profit setting
  • A chance to develop hands on experience in developing, implementing and maintaining a mixed platform environment
  • Statement of service following 1 month of reliable volunteer work
  • Letter of reference following 4 months of reliable volunteer work

To apply for this Volunteer Position, please fill out our Application Form

Local Area Network Support

Objective:You will be part of an ongoing team to operate and maintain office computers on our LAN and provide technical support to staff and other volunteers.

Training/Support to be provided by: Project Coordinators

Duties:

  • Maintaining cross platform workstations and server LAN
  • Maintaining routers and switches in our offices
  • Developing and researching open source networking applications
  • Providing some training and support to entry level volunteers
  • Assisting with workstation and server installations
  • Assisting with VOIP maintenance

Essential Qualifications:

  • A period of orientation and ongoing regular shifts in VCN Network Support position
  • Excellent knowledge of Linux/Unix
  • Excellent knowledge of Windows and Mac
  • Good knowledge of PC/Mac hardware/software
  • Good knowledge of peripheral devices
  • Knowledge of internet security and firewalls is useful
  • Experience as a System Administrator is welcomed
  • Ability to learn & teach other network applications
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Commitment to public access to information and communication technology and knowledge of VCN and non-profit organizations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English; additional languages an asset

Time Commitment Required:

  • 4 hours per week for at least 4 months
  • Regular 4-hour Technical Support shifts per week, initially at VCN offices
  • Additional time to attend orientation, training and meetings and collaborate online with other volunteers and staff
  • A great chance to meet people, help people access the Internet, and work with other volunteers to develop skills in a non-profit setting
  • A chance to develop hands on experience in developing, implementing and maintaining a mixed platform environment
  • Statement of service following 1 month of reliable volunteer work
  • Letter of reference following 4 months of reliable volunteer work

To apply for this Volunteer Position, please fill out our Application Form