The Amherst Recording Council can currently only employ current students of the College who can make a time commitment. If you're not able to make much of a time commitment at the moment, or aren't an Amherst College student, a little volunteer work transcribing a lecture or letting us know about an upcoming event can make things a lot easier for us: see the Help the ARC page.

If you think you could really help us with something that doesn't have a job description at right, please email us: arc at amherst dot edu. We love to hear suggestions and offers of help.

If you want, download the awesome PDF flyer version of this announcement, that we were passing out at the Student Activities Fair. Print it out and show it to all your friends.

Job Opportunities

The Amherst Recording Council needs lots of new staff to handle the enormous number of lectures and events that we'd like to record in the coming year, and to catch up on making the long backlog of past events available online. We think the cause is important enough to inspire volunteerism, but the Public Affairs Office is also able to pay you so that you'll be able to take the time for it.

The Amherst Recording Council is student-run, and currently it's almost entirely senior-run, so we need new people to help out right away so that younger students can take over the organization for the 2006-2007 school year and continue this important historical and educational endeavor.

We need help of all types at the moment, so read through the following descriptions and see what you're most interested in, or have the most experience with, and then send us an email (arc at amherst dot edu), or talk to an ARC member in person.

Recorders

Number needed: Lots.

In short, we pay you to attend talks you're interested in attending anyway, so that others will be able to hear them later. Recorders talk to the organizers beforehand to make sure that recording is allowed and to find out what's necessary. They also arrange with the Frost Media Center to check out audio or video equipment for the event. And then, on the night (or afternoon, or morning, even), the recorder picks up the equipment beforehand, gets to the event early, talks to the speaker (to get permission, and to talk to interesting people), sets things up, and presses record.

Recorders need to be interested in our project and in the wide variety of speakers that we have (you can even keep an eye out for talks you'd specifically like to record). Little or no technical skill is necessary (we'll teach you the little you need to know), but it's important for recorders to be extremely reliable and responsible people.

Pay is $8 per hour (better than almost any entry-level job you'll find on campus). You'll probably work a few hours each week, though it will vary.

Audio Editors

Number needed: Lots.

We record a whole lot of lectures during the year, but to get them up on our website we need lots of audio editors. It takes us about an hour or two to use some piece of audio editing software like Audacity or Adobe Audition to clean up the static, balance out overloud and oversoft sections, and basically make the audio more pleasant to listen to. Audio editors make the raw content that the recorders capture into an usable form so that everyone in the world can listen to it.

We prefer that audio editors have some significant computer ability. You don't need to have any prior experience with Audacity, or Audition or any audio-editing software for that matter (although if you do, we'd absolutely love you forever), but it helps to be pretty comfortable with computers to be able to learn the fairly complex software. It helps if audio editors are a little bit perfectionist, though not obsessive.

Pay is $10 an hour (better than almost any job you'll find on campus, even after you've been working for a couple years). We'd like you to put in at least a few hours a week and, with the enormous backlog of audio that we've got at the moment, you can work about as much as you want.

Video Editors

Number needed: A few.

We're beginning to capture some video of occasional events that have an important visual aspect. We record these onto standard MiniDV tapes, but very few people on the staff know how to grab the content from the tapes, much less edit the video and compress it for use on the web.

This job in particular will be pretty independent. The video editors will get handed the DV tapes and expected to take it from there to compressed output. The Library Media Center has cameras, the occasional video deck, and external hard drives that you can check out to work on. We don't have a whole lot of experience with Final Cut Pro (which is probably the software you should use), so it would help a lot if you have video editing experience, particularly with Final Cut. But apply even if you don't have experience but are interested in the work -- we can teach some basic lessons.

We won't need a whole lot of video editors as we don't do a whole lot of video taping at the moment. But when we do take some video, video editing can take quite a long time, so it would be good to be able to devote some time to it. Pay is $10 an hour (better than almost any job you'll find on campus, even after you've been working for a couple years).

Web Designers/Programmers

Number needed: A couple, from time to time.

The Amherst Recording Council website was written in PHP and JavaScript by Nick Doty, with some occasional help from Tim Brooks Paige, but now we'd like to add some additional frontend functionality (particularly in terms of search and RSS) and backend functionality (wrappers around a MySQL database, that kind of thing). Code needs to be simple and maintainable, and should be filled with functionality such that non-programmers (like the recorders and audio editors described above) can add content to the website easily.

Work should be pretty interesting -- you'll likely be at least partly in charge of designing and determining the functionality that you put into place, as well as doing the actual coding. Your code will be used for a real, significant purpose as soon as you finish writing it. Experience is necessary: PHP at least, and preferably some with MySQL; familiarity with JavaScript, CSS and DOM scripting are also nice. Graphic designers can apply if they can convince us that the graphics need sprucing up and have good suggestions for what to do about it.

Pay is $10 an hour (excellent). Work is pretty flexible (there is work to be done, but most of it doesn't have to be done right away), though we would like to be able to call on programmers to work quickly if something breaks.

Presidents/Tyrants/Leaders/Gurus

Number needed: A couple.

The Amherst Recording Council was founded by Nick Doty a long time ago (Spring 2004, maybe). He was soon joined by Jesse McCarthy, and a little later, Alex Apostolides. They attempted to recruit others, with some success, but, as is often the case with these sorts of organizations, the original founders (particularly Nick) ended up taking on the large task of managing everyone and everything, as well as keeping up with a lot of recording and editing and programming.

But almost everyone is graduating this year, as all those people above, and most of the people who came on later to help, are in the Class of 2006. So we need someone to take over the heart and soul of this operation. The president/tyrant/guru in training should be really interested in the philosophical and practical aims of the ARC project, willing to dedicate a lot of time to keeping the organization up and running, be better at interacting with and managing people than Nick has been so far, and have experience with, or some interest in, audio, and the Web. The leaders-in-training will be expected to learn as much as they can of the other ARC jobs as well, so they know what everyone else is doing and how to help them.

Perhaps most importantly, the leaders should have grand ideas about what to do with the ARC -- that is, why aren't we involved in projects like the Veterans History Project, the Library's oral history videotape program, recordings in the form of text and images as well as audio, etc.? What else can this organization do to help prospective, current and former students get an idea of what goes on here?

The job is, of course, extremely rewarding. Pay varies based on the work, but is very reasonable and also includes fame and the appreciation of the students and the College. You'll get to know the fun staff at the Public Affairs Office and the Library Media Center, and will probably get to meet many of the important speakers that come to campus. You will have a significant impact on how the school is perceived and remembered.


To apply for any job, send an email to arc at amherst dot edu with "Job: Name of Job" as the subject of the message (where "Name of Job" is obviously replaced with "Recorder", "Audio Editor", "Video Editor", "Web Designer/Programmer", "President/Tyrant/Leader/Guru" or something close enough to one of those). In the body, tell us who you are and what experience or other qualifications you have (for recorders in particular, and audio editors to a significant extent as well, just telling us that you're interested is qualification). We'll then know that you're interested in helping out, and get back to you about a time to meet up for some training.

Currently the Amherst Recording Council can only employ students of the College. If you'd still like to volunteer to help us with any of the above work, please do email us. Also, see the Help the ARC page.

Thanks in advance for offering to help! We really appreciate it.