Treehouse Radio

Radio broadcast assistants provide vital support in the development and day-to-day production of our internet radio station. In this role, you’ll give practical assistance to programme producers and presenters to ensure that shows run as smoothly as possible. You’ll undertake key administrative activities as well as assisting in planning, researching and producing live and pre-recorded radio programmes. Assistants often have creative input on the development of new shows or features.

Where does the volunteering take place?
The volunteering currently takes place at Treehouse Sessions’ current and original venue, at a secret location in a leafy suburb of Birmingham.
How many hours would I be expected to work?

There are volunteering positions with more sociable hours, but sound is a calling and the people you get to socialise with are probably those you want to be with anyway! There are long hours and often extremely hectic schedules, but that’s nothing to worry about if you’re making your favourite band tick, right? And, it’s only once a month for 10 months of the year.

How long would the volunteering last for?
We would expect you to be with us for 3 to 6 months. Most of our volunteers enjoy the vibe so much, they just want to stay… But that’s ok, that’s what family is for.
What sort of work would I be doing if I volunteered?

The broad scope of the role, encompassing production and technical skills, means that it is a common starting point for a career in radio. This position is similar to the role of production assistant and the job title may depend on whether you’re working for the BBC or commercial sector, national or local radio. 

  • undertaking general research for programmes
  • administrative duties
  • arranging and overseeing guest visits and freelance staff
  • maintaining up-to-date contact lists
  • producing transcripts, programme logs and running orders
  • recording programme costs
  • preparing contracts and payments for guests and contributors
  • answering and archiving details of calls for phone-ins and competitions
  • archiving past programmes
  • booking resources, facilities, studio time and equipment
  • securing clearances and licences as necessary
  • editing audio packages with digital editing software
  • assisting with time-keeping and the recording of transmissions
  • supporting the production team
  • ‘driving the desk’ for some pre-recorded or live programmes
  • contributing to the creative input of a show, for example writing cues and updating scripts
  • liaising with publicity departments about programme trailers and competition prizes
  • updating the programme or station website and ensuring that the on-air and online content are the same.

Applicants will need to have creative flair, good organisational skills, a flexible attitude, strong written and oral communication skills, an interest in radio, technical skills relevant to the role. You will need to be able to work confidently in a wide variety of settings and communicate clearly and sensitively with a wide range of people. Applicants will also need to be punctual, have the ability to structure and prioritise own workload and work to deadlines and have good general IT skills preferably Reaper and Logic X and basics of IT networking.

Is the volunteering paid in any way, or are expenses covered? Is there a job for me at the end of it?
For clarity, no payment is made to volunteers. Although on show day setup we do provide a meal and refreshments. It is hugely unlikely that we would create a permanent job for you at the end of your time volunteering, however, it may help in further employment including us on your C.V. 
Can I list “Volunteer for Treehouse Sessions” on my CV during or afterwards?
You can indeed. Although we are a fully inclusive and welcome members from the whole community, our expectations are high and our long term selection will depend on a professional and mindful people who join us. Where appropriate we may possibly become one of your CV referees – which is a crucial part of advancing in Sound, film and TV – although this is in no way promised or guaranteed.
Can I volunteer part-time for Treehouse, around my existing commitments/education?
Absolutely. You might need to be available for a longer period of time overall (it takes a while to train volunteers up in certain areas and as a result it’s not efficient for us to have people volunteer for short periods of time), but if selected you can certainly fit in volunteering for us around other commitments.
Would I need to sign anything to volunteer for Treehouse?
If selected you would have access to, and be handling, sensitive data and as a result you would need to sign a legally-binding confidentiality agreement before beginning to volunteer with us.

Please note due to demand we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applications.

Treehouse Sessions are bought to you by a dedicated crew of professionals from Murmuration FilmsRainbow Records & Creation Cafe. Have a listen to our other fabulous guest performers here.