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Radio & Podcast Superstar


Volunteer South


Marketing & Communications





The aim of the Radio & Podcast Superstars volunteer role is to host the Youth Impact with other superstars; create content in line with the marketing strategy of Volunteer South; source guests and research for youth volunteering; and be a friendly, welcoming voice on behalf of Volunteer South. The main goal of the programme is to both increase awareness of volunteering in the youth community, as well as give experience to those interested in a radio/podcast media career.

It is necessary for the superstars to work with the Volunteer South team to ensure content is appropriate and relevant, but also be able to determine what is perceived well, and act of their own initiative to seek out and promote similar content.

Core responsibilities:
Content Creation and Release
Your role is to entertain and inform an audience by presenting information or entertainment in an accessible and attractive way. You'll introduce, host (or co-host) a programme, create links between items, introduce and interview guests and interact with the audience.
The emphasis of this programme is on Youth Volunteering, so having passion for the community and voluntary sector is a must and you must be willing to showcase this in all your work.

Hosting of programmes
A radio presenter acts as a scriptwriter, announcer, and interviewer. Good speaking skills and a likable persona are important. You’ll be able to learn how to deal with technical issues that may arise in the studio as well.
As a broadcast presenter, you'll need to:

  • research topics and background information for items to be featured on the programme
  • plan and rehearse shows
  • liaise with other members of the production and technical teams
  • introduce and host programmes
  • interview guests in the studio, by telephone, Zoom or on location
  • play music
  • keep the programme running to schedule, responding positively and quickly to problems or changes and improvising where necessary

Group work and research
This is not a single person's role, and there will be a requirement to work as a part of a team. The teamwork includes hosting, researching, sourcing guests and marketing - all of which can be shared equally or by each holding different roles depending on skills and experience.

The recordings of The Youth Impact show can be found here.


The following personal attributes, skills and experience are preferred for this position:

Work Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience working with people from a wide range of cultures, ages and backgrounds.
  • An understanding and a commitment to community needs and organisations.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • A keen interest in radio and media.
  • Punctual and reliable
  • A friendly, welcoming voice and a keen interest to learn.
  • Enthusiastic, creative, passionate and positive attitude.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An ability to work alone and be self-motivated.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • A mature, service-oriented attitude.
  • An ability to maintain a balance between work commitments and personal interests.
  • A keen interest in the changing social climate and current events, particularly those geared towards youth and community organisations.
  • A keen interest in supporting and promoting the Not-for-Profit sector.
  • A commitment to partnership within the Treaty of Waitangi

Educational Qualifications and Training

  • Someone looking for experience in this sector and is working towards a degree is preferable.
  • More than one language would be an asset.

Work Environment
The candidate will be given opportunities to work within the Dunedin office of Volunteer South and Otago Access Radio for programme recording with the possibility of building up to live media. There is flexibility in volunteer hours. With current conditions under the alert levels, this may need to be negotiated depending on health and safety guidelines.

Training and ongoing development
Key media volunteers will be given appropriate training through Otago Access Radio and Volunteer South including, but not limited to, hosting radio programmes, interviewing skills, Volunteer South and the voluntary sector. Volunteer South is committed to educational and life skills development and there will be other appropriate opportunities offered to volunteers as the become available.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

The Youth Impact show is half hour long, and on air every week. We anticipate it will take about 10 hours per week to create and these hours may be shared with several other volunteers. There is flexibility of when these hours can be done, but preference is for during work days unless you have extensive knowledge of creating radio programmes.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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