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Volunteer Opportunities

Although Asheville Watchdog’s staff is small and all positions at present are staffed by volunteers, we hope to grow and add paid positions as revenue permits.

The Watchdog enthusiastically endorses the policies of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Our goal is to create a diverse news organization that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens and communities we serve. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all volunteers and employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

We have high standards, and welcome all who can meet them. A list of volunteer openings, with detailed job descriptions, can be found below.

At present, our workspace is remote (virtual) with staff meetings by Zoom.

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BOOKKEEPER/ACCOUNTANT

Asheville Watchdog is looking for an experienced volunteer bookkeeper/accountant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design, implement, and maintain Asheville Watchdog’s accounting system.
  • Financial record keeping.
  • Coordinate with payroll service provider.
  • Process, track, and pay invoices in a timely manner.
  • Bank account reconciliations.
  • Receive and deposit all organizational revenue and donations.
  • Perform annual 1099 reporting processes for vendors.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports, including standard financial reports, budget vs. actual reports, and grant-specific financial reports.
  • Coordinate with outside CPA and auditors in preparation for a year-end audit and IRS Form 990.

Requirements include:

  • Advanced proficiency in QuickBooks.
  • Experience with nonprofits.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Bookkeeper/Accountant is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Asheville Watchdog is looking for a talented, creative, highly motivated and experienced volunteer graphic designer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide eye-catching graphics and other design elements for stories, website, and marketing materials.
  • Consult with reporters and editors to develop and produce charts, graphs, and photo illustrations for each story.

Requirements include:

  • A keen eye, a strong artistic sense.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Experience in web design.
  • Experience in video is a plus.
  • Experience with interactive graphics is a plus.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Graphic Designer is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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PHOTOJOURNALIST

Asheville Watchdog is looking for a talented, creative, highly motivated and experienced volunteer photojournalist.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide clear and truthful digital photos for stories or news articles.
  • Attend local events, sometimes on short notice, to capture the visual scene for readers.
  • Schedule photo sessions with subjects of news stories to illustrate articles.

Requirements include:

  • Excellent digital photography skills.
  • Experience as a photojournalist for a news organization.
  • Ability to edit and size photos for proper story placement.
  • Experience with videography is a plus.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Photojournalist is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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