With the exception of seven paid staff, CJSW is run entirely by a group of over two hundred volunteers, and we’re always looking for new blood to join the CJSW ranks.
To become a CJSW volunteer, follow these simple steps:
- Read the FAQ below. This will help clear up any questions or misconceptions you may have.
- Contact our Volunteer Coordinator in-person, by phone (403 220 6563), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email, please be as thorough as possible. You can also come visit us in person at Room 312 in MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary.
- Await an email from our Volunteer Coordinator about registering for an orientation session. Our next sessions are scheduled according to demand, so please e-mail to let us know you’re interested!
- Go through a new volunteer orientation. Orientation has been described by many as the most enjoyable and enlightening experience ever (that is, until they start actually volunteering with the station).
- Come on down and volunteer! Stop by the CJSW offices and talk to our Volunteer Coordinator about how you can get involved. If you can’t make it to CJSW during office hours, email our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com to find out about volunteer opportunities that might be available outside of office hours.
Volunteering for CJSW – Some Frequently Asked Questions
So you want to be a CJSW volunteer. Awesome! Chances are you probably know a bit about the station already. Being a volunteer means you’ll understand the station even better, because you’ll be getting right into the heart of it.
Volunteers make up the most of what happens here at CJSW. We have 7 regular paid staff all year round, 5 to 7 students working in the summer, a few interns throughout the year, and over 200 volunteers. Put simply, without our volunteers the station could not function. No volunteers = no CJSW.
Here are a few questions that we get a lot about volunteering. If you don’t see your question answered here, or if you’d like more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do volunteers do at CJSW?
Volunteers do a lot here. Every time you tune in to 90.9 FM, you’re hearing a volunteer on the air. Volunteers also help by maintaining our massive music library, writing radio scripts, producing station IDs, updating our online events calendar, making podcasts, interviewing cool people, reviewing music, updating our charts, and much more.
There are also a lot of opportunities to help at special times of the year. Our annual Funding Drive in October is a great time to volunteer. You’ll meet some amazing people, speak directly to listeners who are excited to be donating, and be at the station on the busiest and most vibrant week of the year.
Summer festivals are also very busy. Our Festivals Coordinator is always looking for dedicated music lovers to help out at some of Calgary’s most exciting events.
Do I have to be a student to volunteer?
No. While a lot of our volunteers are students from the University of Calgary, or other post-secondary institutions in town, many are listeners from elsewhere in the community. We’ve got volunteers from almost every demographic you can think of. If you’re not a student, you can still find a place at CJSW.
I have zero experience with radio. Is that a problem?
No problem at all. Many of our most-experienced volunteers came through our doors for the first time with zero radio experience. We teach you everything you want to know. All you need is time and some dedication. We ask in return that you take the training seriously. Please respect the station, the staff, your fellow volunteers, and the listeners. Show us dedication, and we’ll show you how to do some amazing things.
I just missed the orientation! What do I do?
No worries. Keep an eye on your inbox, or go back through the email you’ve received regarding upcoming orientations for the month. Chances are good there’ll be another session soon. And check your spam folder, as many email services automatically file a mass email as spam.
And in the meantime, you can book an appointment to volunteer. Everyone needs to go through orientation, but you are welcome to put in some hours beforehand.
I work a 9 to 5 job. How can I volunteer?
Our volunteer hours run Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you’re new to volunteering with CJSW we’d prefer it if you could make it to the station at least a few times during those hours so that we get a chance to know each other.
Festivals, as mentioned above, are a great time to get involved. The season kicks off in May and ends in August. E-mail our Festivals Coordinator (email@example.com) if you want to help. Please note that this e-mail address is only active in the summer, when a summer student actively holds the position.
Funding Drive, every October, is also a great time to volunteer. We need plenty of help during the drive, but also lots of assistance before and after. Please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator about this at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also some volunteer opportunities on evenings and weekends throughout the year. Please make our staff aware as soon as you can about your availability. Your name will be flagged for off-hours opportunities, and you’ll be notified when the time comes.
I’m under 18. Can I volunteer?
Of course. CJSW is a very inclusive environment, and we’ve had plenty of young volunteers come through our doors. We can also help if you’re looking to fill volunteer hours for a school requirement.
If you are under 18, please note that CJSW is an adult-oriented organization that is youth-friendly. We are not youth-oriented. This means that there will be optional station events and activities that take place in 18+ venues, and there will be a lot of adults in your everyday work.
Though we are an adult-oriented environment, we are conscious of the fact that youth are working in our space, and will endeavor to make it a friendly, relaxing and appropriate space.
If parents or guardians have any concerns, or are just curious about the space their youth will be working in, they are more than welcome to make an appointment to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator and to take a tour of the station.
I’m running late for my volunteer shift. What should I do?
The way we see it is this: if you’re late a few times that’s fine. If you’re often running late, we start to wonder.
You can’t be late for radio, so you can’t be late for your shifts. We understand that life happens but a chronic lateness makes a bad impression. The same applies to missed volunteer slots that you’ve booked beforehand. If you’re running late please send an email or call the person who is expecting you.
Is CJSW a diversity-friendly environment?
Absolutely. CJSW has zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and any discrimination of any kind. If you experience anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a member of staff right away.
CJSW is proud to be a multicultural organization in the many senses of the word. People of all identities find their way through our doors, and we do our very best to make sure our environment is inclusive.
LGBTQQIP2SAA – The Acronym (lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, 2-spirit, asexual, and allies)
If you identify “within the Acronym” you are welcome at CJSW. Feel free to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator about anything including pronoun preference, name changes, dress, or any other questions or concerns.
I’m so busy. I signed up to volunteer, but I’ve honestly run out of time in my life to participate.
That’s ok! Things can get busy, and we understand. The best thing to do is to continue to support the station by being an active listener. Tune in, call in requests, follow us on social media, and tell your friends about the station. Not everyone who listens to CJSW can become a volunteer, but we need listeners as much as people helping behind the scenes.