Volunteer Positions Available Now!

The Vancouver Community Network owns and operates a free, publicly accessible, non-commercial computer utility in the Lower Mainland of B.C. which provides a public space on the internet.
VCN is committed to reducing barriers to access for individuals and non-profits and providing a non-commercial community space online. We rely on volunteers to help achieve these goals through work in the following areas. 

Working for Public Access

VCN provides dial-up Internet access and support to thousands of individuals and hundreds of non-profits located throughout the Lower Mainland. User Support Volunteers provide in-person, telephone and online technical support to our users and groups during office shifts, following a period of training and orientation. If you have experience helping new users connect to and use the internet, if you have great interpersonal skills, and at least four hours a week for a regular shift between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, our users need you now! 

Training Support Volunteers deliver basic training sessions and support Instructors delivering Basic, Intermediate, HTML, User Support and Train-the-Trainer sessions. Sessions are offered to staff and volunteers developing their use of the internet and at various community sites throughout the Lower Mainland. These sessions form part of our commitment to developing sustainability through our many community intiatives, including the Community Access Program (CAP), Community Learning Networks (CLN), and others. 

Ongoing Technical Support is key to sustaining broad public access at sites throughout the lower mainland. Public Access Support Volunteers refurbish, install and troubleshoot equipment in mixed platform environments and provide ongoing troubleshooting, training and support to staff and volunteers. Others are involved in developing open source applications and servers. If you use Linux and work with open source software, apply now! 

Community Content Development

VCN is committed to providing a non-commercial community space online for individuals and non-profits in the Lower Mainland. Community Content Volunteers work with VCN and our non-profit partners to develop community information, resources and collaborative tools, and to provide technical expertise and support in developing web-based applications and using the Internet to meet organizational goals.

Community Learning Networks help community members in their efforts to map community-based assets, improve the local economy, and develop plans for resolving critical issues in the community. Community Developers with an understanding of asset-based community development practices are encouraged to apply. 

Operational Support

Administrative Support Volunteers provide reception and general clerical assistance to staff and volunteers throughout the operations of the VCN during regular office shifts. Network Support Volunteers help maintain the VCN local area network, including the 411 Seniors/VCN Community Access Site and computer lab. 

Technical Volunteer Web

VCN Volunteers were part of an InvolveBC project from December 2000 to December 2001 to develop a technical volunteer network supporting local non-profits in their use of information and communications technology. The project is complete, but you can view the history of the Technical Volunteer Web, including the January 2002 Final Report, to learn about the process and results. 

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