Volunteering is one way to make a useful contribution to the community and to help people in need. At Computerbank you can work with knowledgeable like minded 'geeks'. We have a satisfying problem solving environment where there is always some new issue to resolve.
Important Note, November 2013: Currently until the end of November we can not run any info sessions for prospective new volunteers as our coordinator is very sick (hospital). You can email your interest in these but we won't be able to organise anything until December 2013.
It is important that you have Linux skills, even to the point of being a Linux user on your own home PC. We find it is better that way.
Common Interests of our Volunteers
- Recycling electronic equipment
- Support of welfare and community based organisations
- Enable access to the internet for low income groups
- Component assembly, Linux command line experience
- Networking concepts
- Experience with open source packages GIMP, OpenOffice VLC, Firefox
Volunteering at Computerbank
For all volunteer roles at Computerbank an ability to follow
instructions is really important as we have a lot of documentation and
many streamlined processes. Volunteers need to be reliable and must be
able to commit to 5 hours a fortnight. The five hours must be from the start of the day (10am for Fri and 12.30 for Sat).
For any technical role at Computerbank, having Linux skills is important. We are unable to provide training in Linux basics. We need people with command line basics, people who can manage files from the command line and know the difference between a regular prompt and a hash prompt. Ideally you will already be using Linux on your home computer.
We ask all volunteers to help out with recycling and housekeeping tasks, if this is not you, please don't apply. Volunteers will need to login to our website on a regular basis to add their name on a roster and to check for updates to documentation and the to do lists.
Computerbank volunteer vacancies:
Front Desk and Customer Service: We urgently need front desk volunteers on Saturdays 12.30-5pm, experience with Linux essential. Duties include being able to follow instructions, answer phones, input data into a database, account for stock movement, paperwork and advising people about our low cost Linux computers and how to recycle their surplus computers. The vacancy is for Saturday between 12.30-5.00pm.. Familiarity with Ubuntu Linux is essential as is a willingness to learn. Arriving on time is very important.
Training: We urgently need passionate Linux users who can train people new to computers on Saturdays but Friday is also an option. People with group and one on one training experience only. Must have very good knowledge of desktop Linux and have a lot of patience. Must be able to attend fortnightly on Saturdays between 12.30 and 5pm.
Technical/Buildroom and Warehouse: Involves building and checking computers and components as well as recycling computers and components. Some warehousing. Familiarity with GNOME and Ubuntu 9.04+ essential. Linux skills essential. Familiarity with hardware useful too. We have vacancies on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Inhouse and Telephone User Support: Involves
providing user support to new users. Most of our users DO NOT use the
command line, nor are they expected to. Requires excellent knowledge of
command line, Ubuntu and a GNOME desktop environment. Lots of patience. We use some KDE applications.
Ability to familiarise with Computerbank's custom Jaunty and Lucid Ubuntu. We
provide in house and phone user support on Friday between 11-4 and Saturday between 1-5pm.
which of the above area/s you are interested in volunteering for. Tell
us a little bit about your skills and include your resume (please do not send in docx format!). We
will invite you to be part of our next tour and information session,
can discuss vacancies. Information sessions are held once a month.
See the note above, we won't run an info session until sometime in December 2013 due to staff illness.
Will you teach me to use and develop Linux and open source software? We
need volunteers who are familiar with GNU/Linux already. We are unable
to provide any Linux skills training. Sometimes we run work
shops to teach new skills but only when things are running like
There are many free open source teaching resources on the internet.
Are there any paid positions going at Computerbank? Not at the moment.