Volunteer with Camara and make a difference.

Our volunteers are at the very core of what we do and have been since the beginning. Find out what it’s like to work with a dynamic social enterprise, learn valuable skills and give your career a boost. Whether you’re looking to gain hands on practical skills in our computer workshop or take up one of our office volunteer positions, we’d love to hear from you.

Refurbishing Computers

Camara provides structured placements to those who have recently completed a PC Maintenance or similar course and welcome applications for those seeking work experience. Our partners include National College Ireland, Fast Track to IT, IT Tallaght and IT Carlow amongst others, and we work closely with placement advisors to ensure positions are relevant and appropriate for students.

Have you got a positive attitude but lack technical skills? If so, we have other opportunities in the workshop that may suit you. Whilst on the job, informal training can help those with little technical expertise and give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the work we do.

 

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Positions available in the workshop:

Workshop Technician

We currently have very limited availability in the workshop. Places are available only to those looking for full time placements (Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4pm).

We will start to recruit for more workshop volunteers in August.

Please email hester@camara.org to check availability.

 

Workshop Technician Role Description. pdf

Come along to the Workshop

Every Tuesday we give tours to those looking for volunteer placements or work experience in our Chapelizod, Dublin workshop. We’ll show you how our workshop operates and what a placement involves. To find out more send an email to hester@camara.org

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 Internships and Office Positions

Camara offers internships and volunteering opportunities throughout the year, our interns and volunteers include college students, recent graduates and unemployed skilled workers. In return for their time and expertise, Camara offers individuals the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work with a dynamic and innovative organisation and to gain real work experience in their field. Volunteers bring passion, commitment, and new perspectives to Camara, which is vital for the development of the organisation and Camara gains enormous benefit from the contributions of supporters.

Click here to see the types of roles which Camara regularly recruit for .pdf

Positions which we are recruiting for now:

Web Designer / Front End Developer

ROLE TITLE: Web Designer / Front End Developer

REPORTING TO: Marketing and Business Development Officer

LOCATION: Camara Offices, Chapelizod / Virtual team

START DATE: As soon as possible

CLOSING DATE: 29 June 2015

THE ORGANISATION:

Camara Ireland is a social enterprise that aims to reform the education system and empower educators in disadvantaged and under resourced communities to provide world class education to all.
The TechSpace program has a mission to develop a national network of digital media ‘TechSpaces’ within youth services and schools. Creating a safe, facilitated and well equipped environment, where young people are supported to move from being passive users of digital media into active creators, inventors, and makers.

THE ROLE:

The TechSpace website has been in operation for the last two years and needs a complete overhaul. We are looking to recruit a talented web designer / developer to overhaul the front and back end of the TechSpace website.
The successful candidate will work with the Camara Ireland team to understand the background and values of the TechSpace program, translating this into a vibrant, youthful web presence  www.techspace.ie.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Working with the development team and project owners to understand design requirements and project goals.
  • Brainstorming, wire-framing and creating design concepts from scratch.
  • Design and development of new front end content from templated to bespoke websites, mini-sites, landing pages etc.
  • Updating, amending and creating web pages to develop existing material.
  • Optimise code for cross browser and cross platform compatibility, download efficiency, SEO, accessibility, mobile and Google Analytics.

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

  • Web development experience and web design skills
  • Ideally CSS and PHP knowledge
  • Experience using WordPress

CANDIDATE PROFILE:

  • You are recognised as a talented with top class web designer / developer skills and looking to get your first break into industry.

OR

  • You are a talented and highly experienced web designer / front-end developer in a corporate role and keen to use your skills and time for a rewarding social cause.

WITH

  • Interest and knowledge of layout and typography, latest design trends and news, branding, general design as well as specialist digital and online design
  • Creative flair, problem solving and an eye for detail.
  • Portfolio of previous work.

TIME COMMITMENT:

Depending on experience and availability this role will be offered to fit with the volunteers preference.

APPLICATION:

CV and Cover Note to hester@camara.org

Business Account Manager - Available through JobBridge

ROLE TITLE: Business Account Manager Intern

ROLE TYPE: Internship – available through JobBridge

REPORTING TO: Business Development Manager

LOCATION: Chapelizod Idustrial Estate, Dublin 20

OVERVIEW OF ROLE:

Camara is an international charity, founded in Dublin in 2005, that operates as a social enterprise and uses technology to deliver 21st century skills, and as such improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. We promote an environment that is rooted in entrepreneurial spirit and that recognises and values its volunteers who bring passion, commitment and new perspectives to Camara, which is vital for the continuing development of our organisation.

This role will support the Business Manager with day to day administration and managing account management

KEY TASKS:

  • Contributing to the development of new IT donor opportunities.
  • Communication with current and prospective IT donors.
  • Provide customer service to existing clients in terms of establishing disposal needs, agreeing a quote, arranging collections and sending data erasure and recycling certification.  This certification is sent to organisations and private individuals who donate equipment.
  • Use Salesforce, our Customer Relations Management tool, to manage all customer transactions and recommend process improvements.
  • Handle day to day logistics for collections and collection of non reusable equipment from Camara.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and also able to work on own initiative. Good communication skills are also important-particularly over the phone.

DESIRABLE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE:

  • Business/Marketing/Digital Marketing or similar qualification
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills, ability to plan and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to take direction but work independently.
  • Familiar with use of spreadsheets and CRM (training will be provided)
  • Belief in the value of reusing computers as education tools is essential
  • Excellent telephone manner – business like and professional in communication while also being friendly.
  • Previous experience of handling customer relationships over the phone an advantage.
  • Proficient in English

APPLICATION:

CV and Cover Note to hester@camara.org

We are very lucky in Camara to have so many people interested in volunteering with us, and so are not always in a position to offer a volunteer place immediately. If you would like to find out about new roles, follow us on social media where we post all our up and coming positions, or  sign up to our Quarterly Newsletter at the bottom of the page and we will keep you up to date with what’s happening at Camara.

For more information on all positions contact, Hester at hester@camara.org or call (01) 652 2668.

Volunteer videos and stories

Camara are fortunate to have so many dedicated people who give their time for free, to support the work we do. Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills, knowledge and expertise to the Camara team. Volunteers include college students, unemployed skilled workers and recent graduates using their knowledge at Camara to obtain further work experience.

Meet our volunteers

David Sheehan

David Sheehan

Media and Communications Officer

Having worked in finance for over ten years David made the big decision to change careers and completed a post-grad in Public Relations before taking up a 6 month internship with Camara as the Media and Communications Officer. This is what he had to say about his role. “While many internships in PR can revolve around doing very menial tasks, the role at Camara is very hands-on. From day one I was given projects to work on which were solely my responsibility. With such a small number of employees in the office, everyone really has to take ownership of their own jobs, so it is a great opportunity to prove myself in a new role and develop new skills.” You can read David’s blog here.

Eddie O’Reilly

Eddie O’Reilly

Workshop Technician

Eddie started work with Camara a year ago, having been offered a place on the Tús back-to-work scheme. Eddie’s role sees him log every computer that comes through the door of the Chapelizod workshop into the Camara database. It’s a hectic role which keeps him on his toes. “I’d say I’ve logged somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 computers since I’ve started here. I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’m gonna be sending out some CVs soon, and hopefully something comes up. Everyone here has been great and I’ll definitely miss it when I leave. Hopefully Jim (workshop manager) gives me a good reference.” Read more about Eddie here

Annie Chamberlain

Annie Chamberlain

Marketing and Communications Officer

Annie took up an 8 week placement with Camara helping out with everything from marketing to graphic design! “Working at Camara combines many of my interests. I am eager to develop my business skills, but I also have a keen interest in education and the non-profit sector. How amazing is it to gain experience in your field, all while working in a different culture and working towards such an amazing social initiative? I can’t think of better motivation than to know the work you’re doing contributes to such a great cause. I have learned a great deal and felt a part of the Camara family right away. The Camara team was great at getting me involved in projects that combined my current skills and experience with what I wanted to learn and take away from my internship.”

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Volunteer Policies

Read the policies that guide us

Volunteer policy

Camara recognises that in order to achieve our goals we need to involve volunteers. We regard volunteers as a valuable resource and encourage them to get involved at all levels of the organisation and within all appropriate activities. We aim to train, support and supervise our volunteers to the best of our abilities and to act quickly and fairly if difficulties arise.

The aim of this policy is to communicate the commitment of Camara and to ensure that there is adherence to best practice for working with volunteers.

Camara Volunteer Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

 

Volunteer Grievance Policy

Camara recognise that volunteers have the right to raise grievances about any matter related to their volunteering (this could be in relation to another volunteer, a member of the paid staff, or the manner in which they are being treated by Camara).

The welfare of its volunteers is of paramount importance to Camara. The grievance procedure is in place to ensure that all volunteers are dealt with in a fair manner.

Volunteer Grievance Policy (0.3MB | PDF)

Volunteer Disciplinary Procedure

Camara recognise that the object of disciplinary procedures is to give clear guidelines to the organisation’s volunteers in the establishment of standards of conduct, and in the effective operation of the services provided by Camara.

The procedures aim is to ensure that the standards are adhered to and that those involved in the disciplinary matter are dealt with in a fair manner.

Volunteer Disciplinary Procedure (0.3MB | PDF)

 

Diginity at work policy

Camara is fully committed to implementing and promoting measures to protect the dignity of employees and volunteers and to encourage respect for fellow colleagues. This is achieved by creating a work environment free from harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, racism and disrespectful behaviour, by dealing effectively with any complaints of such conduct, and also by welcoming diversity and promoting employment/volunteering equality.

Diginity at work policy (0.1MB | PDF)

Child Protection Policy

Camara are committed to providing a a Child-Friendly and Child-Safe environment in all aspects of it’s business. See full Policy here.

Child Protection Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

 

Equal Opportunities Policy

Camara is committed to policies and practices that provide equality of opportunity for all, protect the dignity of employees and volunteers and promote respect for others at work. All employees/volunteers are required to take personal and individual responsibility to comply with these policies in order to ensure they behave in a non-discriminatory way, and do not participate in any acts of inappropriate behaviour, harassment or bullying.

Equal Opportunities Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

Volunteer Travel Expenses Policy, Ireland

Volunteers give their time and skills free of charge, however Camara will reimburse any out of pocket travel expenses you may incur in the course of undertaking voluntary work for the organisation, provided these have previously been agreed upon by your supervisor.
Please note, Camara do not reimburse any travel expenses to and from the Camara workshop.

Volunteer Travel Expenses Policy (0.2MB | PDF)

Health and Safety Statement

Camara adheres to all health and safety legislation to provide a healthy work environment, as far as is practicable and as set out in the company Health and Safety Statement. Employees and volunteers also have responsibilities for their own safety and should be aware of these.

Health and Safety Statement (0.7MB | PDF)

 

Environmental Policy

Camara regards environmental protection as an integral and essential part of good business practice. We are committed to achieving and maintaining a high standard of environmental quality in all of our operations, to the protection of health and the environment and are determined to minimise any adverse impacts as a result of our activities.

Environmental Policy (0.03MB | PDF)