Volunteer Coordination Internship

Creative Reuse could not exist without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We have a team of over 30 volunteers that help the shop by organizing, sorting, bagging, and cleaning incoming donations. Many other volunteers also assist with creative education programs and table at informational events.

The intern in this position will be trained to directly oversee individual and groups of volunteers in the shop and at events, and also assist with maintaining volunteer supplies, developing volunteer task instructions, and training volunteers.

Benefits of this internship include 20% off individual items at our retail store, BOGO bulk bags, and countless connections in the Pittsburgh nonprofit and art scene. The Volunteer Coordinator Intern reports to the Shop Manager and Volunteer Coordinator and will interact with all Creative Reuse team members.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Develop management skills
  • Gain experience training others
  • Develop writing skills with a focus on accessible and easy to understand instructions
  • Learn about reclaimed materials and reuse projects
  • Learn about nonprofit operations
  • Collaborate with a creative, hard-working team
  • Meet local artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders

Responsibilities:

  • Manage our current team of volunteers (ranging from 1-15 volunteers at a time)
  • Assist with training new volunteers
  • Help manage volunteers at special events as needed (fundraisers, events, etc.)
  • Develop written instructions for common volunteer tasks
  • Maintain volunteer supply cabinet
  • Maintain volunteer task shelf
  • Learn how to complete each volunteer task
  • Assist with keeping communal areas tidy
  • Scheme with the Shop Manager and Volunteer Coordinator regarding the overall vision and awesomeness of the volunteer program

Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and writing abilities
  • Familiar with Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets
  • Passion for the environment, creativity, and community engagement
  • Familiarity and interest in the Pittsburgh art scene, art history, contemporary art, the DIY movement, craft traditions, and creative reuse
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and great multi-tasking abilities
  • Excellent people skills – outgoing, personable, and with good humor
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds, and bend, reach, lift, and stand for extended periods
  • Cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse populations

A perfect candidate for this position is:

  • willing to pitch in whenever and however is needed
  • professional but also playful
  • respectful of deadlines and timelines
  • cooperative and collaborative
  • a self starter who thrives on working independently
  • committed to finishing projects swiftly and with quality
  • able to maintain a sense of organizational priorities over personal priorities
  • unfailingly dependable and honest
  • able to easily produce quirky alliteration, puns, and jokes
  • passionate about educating others about reuse and recycling
  • committed to recycling, reuse, and other earth-friendly practices
  • passionate about learning new skills
  • really, really good at talking to all types of people

To apply:

Please fill out the application here.

When you’ve completed the application, please email your resume and cover letter to Ashley Andrews at info@pccr.org.

Tell us why you’d like to work with us, and how your particular skills, experience, and interests fit with our mission. Please also discuss which internship you are applying for and why. If you are interested in more than one internship, please explain your interest in each. Please use the following subject line: Internship Application – [your name]

Please note:

We accept credit-seeking and non-credit seeking interns throughout the year. Although 120 hours is the standard commitment, we welcome longer internships and may consider shorter ones. Please get in touch with us before applying if you have any questions.

All internships are unpaid, but there are great benefits including pizza parties, shop discounts, and the opportunity to be part of something magical! We are a equal opportunity workplace, and everyone is welcome to apply.

If you have never been to Creative Reuse, we strongly encourage you to visit us before you apply. Find out more about us and our mission, shop, and creative education programs at www.pccr.org

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a growing 501(c)(3) community benefit organization whose mission is to inspire creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse