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Volunteer Program

 

Archaeological Legacy Institute is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon.  Our streaming-media Web site and chief project, The Archaeology Channel (www.archaeologychannel.org), launched 14 years ago, has become one of the world’s most popular Web sites relating to archaeology and the human cultural heritage, with annual traffic exceeding one million page views.   In 2012 we re-launched TAC as an even more attractive, content-filled, dynamic, and interactive platform for our programming, services and information.  A closely-related spinoff of TAC is The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, produced each spring at The Shedd Institute in downtown Eugene.  TAC Festival is the only juried international film competition for our genre in the Western Hemisphere and attracts participation from all over the world.   In 2010, ALI launched its first cable TV programming distributed over a growing nationwide network of stations.  

 

ALI, The Archaeology Channel and our other programs could not operate without the generosity and hard work of our volunteers, to whom we express our heartfelt gratitude.  Dozens of them are helping us in one way or another, both locally (Eugene, Oregon) and around the world.  Through their excitement and their contributions, these unselfish and skilled individuals make it possible for us to share with all the benefits of archaeology and the diverse perspectives of cultures around the world.

 

ALI has numerous opportunities for unlimited growth as an Internet media and public outreach organization and needs to expand its volunteer work force in order to take advantage of these opportunities.  Some of our volunteers may become our employees, depending upon their productivity and effectiveness.

 

Presented below are our current Volunteer Position Openings.

 

 

Volunteer Position: Script Editor

 

Title: Script Editor

 

Location: Online

 

Hourly Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours per week.

 

Job Purpose: To help our Audio News from Archaeologica team generate professionally well written scripts.  This work helps us get our message and image out to the public and thereby effectively raise public awareness of who we are, what we do and why they should care.

 

Description:

Because of its long history, its accumulated experience and vast worldwide network and its ambitious vision, ALI is on track to become an influential participant in the world of media.  In a continuing effort to improve our programming, we need a dedicated volunteer to supplement our existing Audio News editing staff to spread the task load for this program that has been produced weekly without a break for the past 13 years.  You will be part of a team of 10 special people currently coordinating their efforts to make this show.

Here is your chance to get involved with the creative heart of a dynamic and growing enterprise.  Your help here will have a direct impact on ALI's productivity and ability to pursue its public mission.  The experience you gain will be directly transferable to other positions you may seek in the future.

 

Key Responsibilities: The Script Editor will receive draft scripts by e-mail on Saturday or Sunday evenings or Monday mornings to edit.  The editing chore often goes beyond simple copy editing, involving rewriting and checking sources.  The end product is a script that is delivered by e-mail to ALI’s production office, where it is processed further before being read and recorded.

 

Requirements: This volunteer job requires people who have strong interest and demonstrated ability in writing and text editing.  We are looking for people who grasp the nuances of the English language and have close attention to detail, not only in terms of words, but also in terms of meaning and expression.  The ideal person also will have some background and knowledge relating to archaeology and history.  We expect some measure of on-the-job learning and training, but we want to find people who can take us to the next level of competence and productivity as we move further into the world of digital media delivery.

 

To Apply: Contact Dr. Richard Pettigrew by telephone (541-345-5538) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  A resume is required.

 

 

Volunteer Position: Web Site Assistant

 

Title: Web Site Assistant

 

Location: Local or online

 

Hourly Commitment: At least 5 hours per week.

 

Job Purpose: To assist our Web Site Administrator in the maintenance and development of our Web site through the use of a content management system (Joomla) and other software.

 

Description: TAC is one of the most popular archaeology-related Web sites, featuring video and audio streaming, a large body of content, and other functions.  We currently are maintaining TAC through the use of Joomla, a commonly used content management system (CMS).  Thus far, our Web Site Administrator has been covering this area, but the task is big and we want to move ahead faster with TAC development.  Our Web Site Assistant will be responsible for a variety of diverse tasks in maintaining and updating the site.  This is a chance to help accelerate the progress of a dynamic and growing nonprofit enterprise.  You will be joining a dynamic and innovative team on a mission to create a unique media organization with worldwide influence.  Your help here will have a direct impact on ALI's productivity and ability to pursue its public mission.  And the experience you gain will be directly transferable to other technical positions you may seek in the future.

 

Key Responsibilities: Upkeep of our Web site, troubleshooting, and technical and creative input on its content and functionality.

 

Requirements: We prefer people who have interest and experience in CMS (especially Joomla) operation and management.  The more experience in this area the better, of course.  We will train you in the day-to-day tasks so that you can take them on yourself with confidence.  Specifically, the ideal applicant will have experience in the following: Windows Server 2003, PHP, MySQL, CSS/HTML, and Joomla.

 

To Apply: Contact Dr. Richard Pettigrew by telephone (345-5538) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  A resume is required.

 

 

Volunteer Position: Publicity Specialist

 

Title: Publicity Specialist

 

Location: Local or online

 

Hourly Commitment: At least 5-10 hours per week.

 

Job Purpose: Work with our Publicity Coordinator to get our message and image out to the public through publicity via all available Internet and media channels in order to effectively raise public awareness of who we are, what we do and why they should care.

 

Description: Because of its long history, its accumulated experience and vast worldwide network and its ambitious vision, ALI is destined to become an influential participant in the world of media.  However, until recently we were seriously understaffed, which means that our people were focused mostly on content development and distribution, fund-raising and other essential work and weren’t able to devote adequate time to informing the public about our activities and accomplishments.  Now we have developed a Publicity Team concentrating specifically on publicity and translating our mission-related activities, programs and prospects into exciting messages regularly transmitted to the public through a wide variety of modes and channels.

 

Here is your chance to help build and secure the promotional base of a dynamic and growing enterprise.  Your help here will have a direct impact on ALI's productivity and ability to pursue its public mission.  The experience you gain will be directly transferable to other technical positions you may seek in the future.

 

Key Responsibilities: The Publicity Specialist will work with our Publicity Coordinator to develop and distribute news content about us and our programs through our Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Twitter pages, ArchaeoSeek (own own social media site), YouTube, our newsletter, TAC itself, press releases, listservs, and other outlets.  The Publicity Specialist will help create a publicity program designed to excite the public about ALI and what we do and to grow in impact and effectiveness as time passes.

 

Requirements:  This job requires people who have strong interest and ability in media and events promotion and publicity.  We are looking for people with knowledge in these or related areas, like advertising and marketing.  We expect some measure of on-the-job learning and training, but we want to find people who can take us to the next level of competence and productivity as we move further into the world of digital media delivery.

 

To Apply: Contact Dr. Richard Pettigrew by telephone (541-345-5538) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  A resume is required.