Position Descriptions

Leading-edge position descriptions that give volunteers the opportunity to put their skills and experience to work.

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Dynamic Words & Catchy Titles for Volunteer Position Descriptions
A great list of catchy titles and dynamic words to use in preparing volunteer job descriptions.
Outreach Position Descriptions, keywords 2023
Six Ways to Restructure Existing Volunteer Opportunities
A great list of ideas for restructuring volunteer positions to appeal to volunteers seeking more flexible and/or short term opportunities.
Outreach job descriptions 2023
Summer Volunteer Squads
Structure for engaging summer volunteers in various activities at the library from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois.
Children's Services Summer reading, Teens, crafts, maker space, STEM 2023
What to do with a Group of Volunteers
Looking for ways to engage groups of volunteers? Here are two helpful tools from the Indianapolis Public Library -- What Groups of Volunteers Can Do… more
Adult ProgrammingTech ServicesMaterials HandlingChildren's ServicesBook Sales / Bookstore groups, group volunteering 2023
Home Delivery Driver - Indianapolis Public Library IN
Job Description used by the Indianapolis Public Library in their Library Express home delivery program.
OutreachAdult ProgrammingMaterials Handling Homebound 2022
Library Express (Homebound) Delivery Volunteer - Indianapolis Public Library IN
This job description is used by the Indianapolis Public Library in their Library Express program, which is delivery for the homebound.
OutreachAdult ProgrammingMaterials Handling Homebound 2022
Virtual Job Coach Volunteer Position Description - Sacramento CA
Virtual Job Coach volunteer position description used by the Sacramento Public Library.
Job / Employment Coach COVID-19, job coach 2022
Summer Reading Beanstack Expert Trainer - Santa Clarita
This volunteer job description was developed by the Santa Clarita Public Library to be used with their Summer Reading Program.
Children's ServicesAdult ProgrammingTech Services beanstack, Summer reading 2022
Teen Team Volunteer Program Assistant - San Diego
This job description was developed for engaging teens in a number of library branches in 2022.
Teen / Young Adult Services Teens, programs 2022
Teen Book Reviewer - San Jose CA
This volunteer position description is used by the San Jose (CA) Public Library.
Teen / Young Adult Services Teen, book review 2022
Best New Volunteer Roles in Libraries
This one-hour live online meeting was held on October 20, 2022 and features  library volunteer engagement leaders sharing their thoughts on the best… more
Computer - Tech CoachMakerSpaceBook Sales / BookstoreTeen / Young Adult Services Volunteer Job Description, staff training 2022
Reading Buddies Volunteer - Columbus OH
Volunteer job description used by the Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library for their Reading Buddies program.
Children's Services reading 2022
Adult Literacy Tutor - Solano County CA
Volunteer job description for Solano County Library's literacy services.
Adult Literacy tutor 2022
Online Book Sale Volunteer - Mesa AZ
This volunteer job description from the Mesa Public Library in Arizona supports the huge online booksale operation (about $100,000/year) which is a… more
Book Sales / BookstoreMaterials Handling online booksales, Friends, Friends of the Library, Booksales 2022
Volunteer Screener
Such a great idea from Jayne Cravens, Coyote Communications. Get some help with some of your volunteer engagement tasks and engage volunteers on a… more
Leadership / Managerial screening 2021
Tech Tutor - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
This volunteer position description is being used at the Kitchener Public Library in bringing Tech Tutors back into the library as we begin to emerge… more
Computer - Tech Coach computer coach, computer tutor, tech coach, COVID-19 2021
Closed Captioning Volunteer - Cedar Rapids IA
During the global pandemic the Library shifted to sharing more programs online and wanted to ensure the programs were accessible to those who utilize… more
Materials HandlingOutreach virtual, virtual volunteer, remote, closed captioning, COVID-19 2021
Podcast Transcription Volunteer
This volunteer job description is used by the Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Association to attract virtual volunteers to tackle a very… more
Tech ServicesMaterials Handling podcast, transcription, virtual, virtual volunteer 2021
Teen Virtual Volunteer Ideas - OK
A great list of ideas from the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City for engaging teens as virtual volunteers developed during the COVID-19… more
OutreachChildren's Services Teens, virtual, virtual volunteer 2021
Create a Book Stool!
LOVE this idea shared by the Vernon Area Public Library in Illinois. What a fun way to re-purpose weeded books and engage volunteers!  I can see… more
MakerSpaceBook Sales / BookstoreArts maker space, crafts 2021