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Volunteer Opportunities


VolunteerLEON, a division of Leon County Government, believes strong communities identify and solve problems alongside local government. By answering our needs through service, Leon County supports interconnected neighborhoods and families, answering the needs of tomorrow today.

Already Volunteering with VolunteerLEON  Access your volunteer profile here:VolunteerLEON Login

 

Before browsing volunteer opportunities, keep the following thoughts in mind:

  • VolunteerLEON does not directly administrate any program on the Volunteer "Get Connected" network Our staff cannot place, orient, train, or confirm volunteer service for other organizations.
  • Once you apply online, please call the organizations within seven to ten days. Many coordinators receive dozens and dozens of emails a day, or a spam filter may catch the email announcement. Please follow up by phone.
  • Once you apply with a local organization, they will often have paperwork to complete for their agency. Please be considerate of the agency's process, which is designed to provide you with the best volunteer experience while also responsibly serving their clients.
 

    Up and Coming Volunteer Opportunities

Leon County's Volunteer Center, offers an online connection for local nonprofit and government agencies to host their opportunities: Get Connected

Our office, VolunteerLEON, offers this service free of charge to organizations, and staff encourages you to find opportunities that best match your interest.

Click here » to browse the online connection; and register as a volunteer or an organization. You can reach us by phone for further details at 850.606.1970 or you can email volunteerleon@leoncountyfl.gov for further details.

Community Organizations Seeking Volunteers

General

Ongoing | Reading Pals

ReadingPals relies on hundreds of volunteers to read one-on-one with a child in kindergarten, first or second grade who has been identified as a struggling reader. Volunteers donate one hour of their time for 25 weeks. ReadingPals takes place in the after school setting from 4:30-5:30pm at 12 participating elementary schools. Click here » for the Reading Pals flyer and additional information. This is a great opportunity to LIVE UNITED. Last year's volunteers who had the privilege of being a ReadingPal says it was life changing. In one hour a week they were able to make a positive impact on a child's life, not to mention making a new friend. Get involved today to have your own amazing experience! Please visit www.uwbbreadingpals.org and make a difference today!

Ongoing | Museum of Florida History

Museum of Florida History500 South Bronough Street • Tallahassee, Florida 850.245.6400 • museumoffloridahistory.comTo learn how you can support the Museum, click here ».

Disaster Volunteers

Emergency Support Function 15

Volunteer LEON is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #15 (Volunteers and Donations) in coordination with the Leon County Division of Emergency Management, as well as the community’s hub for volunteering. The purpose of the Volunteers and Donations Support Function is to be the "check-in point" for any individual or group which may volunteer to assist in the post-disaster recovery of Leon County, who has not previously affiliated with any emergency response organization. The check-in point is the Volunteer Reception Center. In addition, ESF 15 is responsible for organizing, tracking, consolidating, and distributing any and all donations that may come to the County after a major disaster in collaboration with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Please click here »for the Group/Club Volunteer Resource Form As ESF 15, Volunteer LEON's role is to:» Serve as the focal point to which all volunteers report, where their skills are verified and from which they are reassigned to the areas where they can be most useful» Categorize the abilities of the individuals or groups and then refer them, based on the needs of the County, the American Red Cross, and other community based organization.» Coordinate with the different County departments and community based organizations to determine what supplies are in immediate demand, compile a list, and then work with the Public Information Officer to advertise our needs.» Organize, inventory, package, and redistribute all donations arriving in the County, whether by bus, truck, airplane, or rail.» Set up a distribution network to warehouse all donations and re-supply the different distribution points that may be established throughout the County.

Our Mission Our mission is to complete and update CEMP to prevent and alleviate human suffering in emergencies in Leon County. In the meanwhile, we also will provide help to other county such as Franklin County / Gadsden County / Jefferson County / Liberty County / Madison County / Taylor County / Wakulla County Get Training First Some of our volunteers like to deploy around the country, and some never leave home. However, we have one common goal is to help community to better prepare for disaster. It is recommended to have online training before volunteer. Recommended courses:» IS-100» IS-200» IS-230» IS-700» IS-800» IS-22» FEMA independent Crouse list

COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

In order to improve volunteer coordination during emergency situations, Volunteer LEON has partnered with the Leon County Division of Emergency Management / the City of Tallahassee's Emergency Management  Division / and the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to form the Big Bend  Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) Coalition. COAD is an association of humanitarian organizations that participate in all phases of a disaster situation: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  The goal is to streamline service delivery by bringing together all of the agencies that provide disaster relief services.  A leadership team comprised of local response and recovery agencies, including faith based partners work to ensure that our community has the best possible response to help survivors of disaster.   If  you would like to be active in the community organization please fill out an  Agency Registration. 

Our Partners If you want to know more information about us, you can see what our partners are doing.» Leon County Division of Emergency Management» 2-1-1 Big Bend» America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend» Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross» Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida» Goodwill of the Big Bend» Volunteer LEON» Volunteer WAKULLA» Volunteer FLORIDA

Important Links

Here are some important links help us to understand what emergency management is and what should we do.» FEMA» NOAA» DHS»Leon County Emergency information» Florida Division of Emergency Management

Resource Links

National Volunteer Resources

FAVRM

Emergency Management Partner Agencies

Leon County Government Volunteer Programs

Library Program

 Submit a Library Application

You may view a complete list of Library Opportunities by clicking here

Eligibility: To be eligible, you must meet the following program requirements:» Make a service commitment of at least three months» Volunteer for one shift per week» Agree to attend an orientation at the Volunteer LEON offices, located at 918 Railroad Avenue» Be at least twelve years old to serve in the main library, and at least twelve years old to serve at the library branches Policies: Confidentiality. Volunteers are required to maintain strict confidentially in regards to any information they contact during their volunteer job. Also, volunteers are prohibited from using information not available to the public and obtained by reason of their volunteer positions for the personal benefit of themselves or others. A Manual will be distributed to each volunteer during orientation which will outline program expectations and important details, such as the dress code, or what to do with personal belongings. Please review the manual after your orientation and contact the volunteer coordinator with any questions. Locations To find library location closest to you, please check this map Availability: Please note, volunteer opportunities do not always exist at branches closest to where you live. If at all possible, please be flexible in your library assignments. However, you will not be assigned to a location that is inconvenient or inaccessible to you.

The life cycle of an application looks something like this

 Submit an Application » Every two weeks, the volunteer coordinator downloads all pending applications» After reviewing and processing, some applications are contacted for an orientation» During the scheduled orientation, the volunteer coordinator discusses policies and procedures, in addition to the referral process» Completed application is referred to a volunteer supervisor by email (PDF attachment), and the volunteer is copied onto that e-mail» Volunteer supervisor contacts volunteer to setup a first day training and site orientation» Volunteer service begins. As you see, the application process can be somewhat lengthy, but it is an effort to provide the volunteer with the best opportunity possible in the most professional way possible. Orientation The orientation introduces a new volunteer to the mission and vision of Leon County's Volunteer Services. In addition, the volunteer coordinator explains critical policies and procedures that dictate the LeRoy Collins Public Library System's volunteer program. Adult volunteers will be required to complete a national background release. Youth volunteers must complete a service contract, on which a parent must also sign. A manual will be given to each volunteer outlining program details.

Parks & Recreation Program

Leon County Parks and Recreation is always looking for volunteers. You can help out in officiating youth sports, maintaining Greenways, and lakeshore clean-ups. If interested in becoming a Leon County Parks and Recreation volunteer, please fill out the  P&R volunteer Application Form.

Leon County Government Special Events

Submit a General Volunteer Application

Leon County Government has several departments and divisions that can use your skills and talents. You can help also help out during the county's special events including Operation Thank You!, Press the Chest and the Veteran's Day Parade.

 

ProjectLEAD Leon County Employees Benefit

What is ProjectLead? Project LEAD allows full or part-time county employees to volunteer in the community during their normal working hours. For more information contact: Volunteer LEON at 850.606.1985 or BushJ@leoncountyfl.gov For Project Lead Enrollment Forms and Time Sheets click here.

Internship Program

When possible, submit an application online by clicking here. In the text fields, indicate your interested positions. 

Office Contact and Process You should expect to be contacted by the volunteer center to schedule an Internship Program Orientation within 5 to 7 business days after the close of the Internship application term if both your application and resume have been submitted to the Volunteer Center. Applications are sent over to the department in a group for each term (Fall, Spring & Summer). It is important to notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have not been contacted after 5 to 7 business days. Otherwise, the Volunteer Coordinator will not be aware that your status is still pending. It is also important to notify the Internship Coordinator of your starting date once it has been determined, or if you were not accepted into a specific department.   

To view a list of positions please visit the Internships tab above.

 

Florida Volunteer Administration Certificate

The Florida Volunteer Administration Certificate Program is a partnership among the Florida Association of Volunteer Resource Managers, Volunteer Centers, Volunteer Florida and the Points of Light Foundation. The intent of the program is to build the capacity of local volunteer administrators across the state of Florida by providing accessible, affordable and high quality training. Volunteer LEON's Presentation Team has more than 100 years of experience in volunteer management and volunteer coordination. Since the program's inception in 2004, 180 graduates have benefited from the instructional hours from our local experts to help build capacity to manage volunteers. The Excellence in Volunteer Management Training Series is a sequence of six courses on organizing and implementing a volunteer program in a nonprofit or government organization. The topics of the six courses that comprise the series are:

  • Evaluating Your Volunteer Program: Improving Results Through Data & Feedback
  • Understanding Volunteering: Exploring the Heart of the Volunteer Sector
  • Planning Your Volunteer Program: Building a Solid Foundation
  • Recruiting and Placing Volunteers: Matching Volunteer Skills with Service Needs
  • Orienting and Training Volunteers: Achieving Service Excellence
  • Supervising Volunteers: Maximizing the Volunteer Experience

Who should participate?Volunteer coordinators, volunteer program managers, and anyone who has responsibility for supervising volunteers.

What's included?

  • Participant workbook, handouts & resources
  • Individual & group learning activities
  • Qualified instructors with industry experience
  • Opportunities to interact with colleagues from other organizations

When: January  24 - 26, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Leon County Community Room 918 Railroad Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32310

Cost: $150  for the series of 6 courses participation in all six courses is required

Apply: To download the 2017 registration form click Here To download the Certificate Program Overview click Here For more information contact: Volunteer LEON at 850-606-1970 or Jeri Bush at mailto:bushj@leoncountyfl.gov Internship Program

Leon County Government Internship Program

Submit an Internship Application

Would you like to gain job experience and build your resume while creating important connections to professionals in your fields? Interning with local government yields many benefits, and many different college majors are supported. Departments offer internships in finance, graphic design, health policy, public administration, social service, and many more! To take advantage of Leon County's internship program, you must complete the following steps:» Review the internship position list below and find several interesting internships.» Submit an Online Application and send a resume by email to the volunteer Services Coordinator, Kay Pelt-Walker at PeltWalkerker@leoncountyfl.gov  Attend a short screening and orientation at Volunteer LEON.

Internship Application Schedule

  • Spring 2017: September 16, 2016- November 18, 2016
  • Summer 2017: January 2, 2017 - March 17, 2017
  • Fall 2017: June 6, 2017 -August 11, 2017

These Deadlines are subject to change without prior notice. If you need additional information, contact Kay Pelt-Walker at 850-606-1970 or by email at PeltWalkerK@leoncountyfl.gov

Office Contact and Process

 You should expect to be contacted by the volunteer center to schedule an Internship Program Orientation within 5 to 7 business days after the close of the Internship application term if both your application and resume have been submitted to the Volunteer Center. Applications are sent over to the department in a group for each term (Fall, Spring & Summer). It is important to notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you have not been contacted after 5 to 7 business days. Otherwise, the Volunteer Coordinator will not be aware that your status is still pending. It is also important to notify the Internship Coordinator of your starting date once it has been determined, or if you were not accepted into a specific department.   

Back Ground Check Release & Commitment Contract: Fill out during or after orientation with your internship coordinator at Volunteer LEON.

Mid-Term Evaluation

If all goes as planned and you are selected as an intern, your internship should begin with the department you choose. Two weeks after you have begun, a Mid Term Evaluation should be completed and turned in to the Volunteer Coordinator by fax to (850) 606-1970 or by mail to 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, Fl 32310.

Concluding Evaluation and Time Records

Then two weeks before your internship is scheduled to end, the following forms must be completed and turned into the Volunteer Coordinator. Intern Exit Evaluation This form provides us with feedback on each County Department. This is designed to help us improve or recognize internship supervisors. Intern Hour Report This should be filled out through the duration of your internship to provide accuracy.

You may view a complete list of Internships by clicking:   Internship Opportunities

 

Alternatively you may view the sample list of the  Leon County Government Internships by scrolling down this page.

 

Leon County Government Internship Program Position Samples

Board of County Commissioners

Table 1: Research/Office Assistant
Research/Office Assistants  
Major Objectives To assist in administering the business, and responding to the concerns, of the citizens of Leon County.
Responsibilities Assist in reaching the objectives and goals of the office by providing assistance to the Commissioner's Aide in meeting the needs and responding to the concerns of the citizens of Leon County. Typical job responsibilities will include document analysis and synthesis; literature, telephone, internet, and personal contact research assignments; serve as project liaison as needed, and be involved in day-to-day details of office administration. NOTE: A special project can be assigned if needed for class credit.
Qualifications The student should have junior or senior student status in Urban and Regional Planning, Political Science, or Public Administration and possess good oral and written communication skills. Some computer skills are desirable. The student should be able to work independently and with others, follow directions, and be able to meet deadlines.
Time & Place Hours and days are flexible and will be worked out according to the student's academic schedule. Duties may be performed in the offices of the Board of County Commissioners or offsite as appropriate and possible.
Commitment Minimum commitment: one semester at 10 hours a week.
 

 

 
                    
            
                    

Emergency Medical Services

Table 1: EMS Intern
EMS Intern  NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEMESTER
Major Objectives To assist the Leon County EMS Division in maintaining readiness and emergency response capabilities to Leon County.
Responsibilities Assist with the organization, development, implementation and evaluation of programs, policies and procedures of the EMS Division.
Qualifications Strong English, writing and computer skills (especially Microsoft Office). Background check required.
Time & Place EMS Headquarters - 911 Easterwood Drive Hours Monday - Friday, between 7am and 5pm
Commitment One or more semesters, average of 16 hours per week.

Facilities Management & Construction

Table 1: AEC Intern
AEC Intern  
Major Objectives The Division of Facilities Management & Construction serves the citizens of Leon County and occupants of County facilities; through the provision of professional construction, operation and maintenance services; in order to provide clean, safe and fully-functional County facilities. In addition, to being the primary maintenance unit responsible for engineering and care of County building facilities; the program is also responsible for a current $40 million construction CIP (capital improvement program element). Facilities Management is responsible for providing physical maintenance, operations and construction management within a network of the County's 84 buildings (consisting of well over 1 million square feet) and over 90 acres of grounds. The Division presently consists of 38 employees, and is organized into a director and three functional programs. The utilization of volunteers, student interns, and co-operative temporary employees, has been an ongoing strategy for several years and is in the process of being expanded to meet the current assigned workload. Involvement in daily operational activities and helping to achieve departmental goals will provide exposure and experience that comes from a fast paced professional office environment. Exposure is offered daily to work in close contact with professional engineers, architects, certified general contractors, highly skilled maintenance personnel, etc.
Responsibilities Internship assignments can be custom-tailored to suit the applicant's specific needs and interests, and will involve them in the day-to-day operations of the Division Facilities Management & Construction. Opportunities may involve volunteers, internships (paid or unpaid) or co-operative employment arrangements, as based upon the qualifications and availability of applicants, or current needs and budgeting of the Department. The following are some of the tasks available:
  • performing computer support services (CAD, CAFM, CMM'S, etc.)
  • conducting facility survey, inspections, auditing and inventory management
  • providing construction administration support
  • leading project development design and reviews
  • attending meetings with County staff, architects, subcontractors
  • furnishing interior space planning, utilization and management studies
  • analysis of facilities layout, CAFM operation and CAD drawings
  • participation in facilities operations and management
  • estimating construction costs and project time schedules
  • review and approval of project invoices
  • project information management and retrieval
  • digitalization of plan metric records
Qualifications Internship options are available to students currently enrolled in the final year of study in a qualified associate's degree program, or pursuing an applicable bachelor's degree program, and to holders of technical degrees enrolled in a current graduate level program in good standing. The preferred areas of study include, but may not be limited to civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, industrial or construction engineering; additionally, study in other technical fields, such as architecture /interior design, building construction or construction management are highly encouraged to apply, as are women and minority candidates from any of these same fields. Knowledge of general scientific principles and practices; strong math skills; and familiarity with computers, CAD, spreadsheet and word processing programs, and internet research methods.
Time & Place Hours of operation are M-F 7:30-4:30, with some work on evening and weekends available. Division of Facilities Management & Construction 1907 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Commitment Commitment can vary from a minimum of 10-30 hours a week for only one semester, to a comprehensive co-operative employment arrangement which spans multiple semesters and years, and potentially lasts throughout and is worked in close conjunction with the entire academic experience derived from participating institutions of higher learning consisting of alternating periods of full-time work and school is scheduled between the student, employer and academic institution.

Geographic Information Systems

Table 1: GIS Technician Intern
GIS Technician Intern  
Major Objectives The Tallahassee-Leon County GIS provides internet-based mapping for the citizens as well as the employees of Leon County Board of County Commissioners, City of Tallahassee, and The Leon County Property Appraisers Office. Additionally the TLCGIS department provides data, mapping products and analysis to the offices it serves as well as the public. The GIS Technician Intern would help support the functions of the department to meet the needs of our customers (Internal and External).
Responsibilities Provide customer support (via phone or walk-in) by assisting them with the TLCGIS web sites, creating maps, providing data products. This position also supports the needs of the other TLCGIS staff with regards to data entry, analysis and team support on larger projects where multiple staff are involved.
Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Geography, GIS classwork, or equivalent GIS experience with ESRI ArcGIS software. Good oral and written communication skills as well as good organizational, technical, creative, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Must be proficient with computers and most of the Microsoft Office software.
Time & Place Duties will generally take place in the Central GIS section in the Leon County Courthouse, with the possibility of working with GIS staff housed at satellite offices. Shifts of 4 consecutive hours. Minimum 8 hours a week.
Commitment Minimum semester 3 to 3.5 months. Interns seeking class credits will be subject to additional class requirements for credit.

Health Department

Table 1: Human Services Intern
Human Services Intern  
Major Objectives The Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships provide a wide range of services to the Leon County community. Programs specifically in the Human Services Programs include, the Direct Emergency Assistance Program (DEAP), Community Health Services Partnership (CHSP), State Mandates, including Medicaid Share of Cost, Indigent Burials, and Healthcare Responsibility Act. The Human Services Intern will assist the Human Services Analyst in various capacities, including research/analysis; administration of funding for rent and utility assistance; assist with the development and implementation of the programs; and other special projects as assigned.
Responsibilities
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the DEAP Food Card Program
  • Conduct research on social services trends and issues that affect Leon County residents
  • Provide analysis of data obtained through research
  • Prepare written materials based upon research in the form of reports and/or Board agenda items
  • Process Medicaid billing
  • Review and process application for rental and utility assistance
  • Assist with the review and revision of policies and procedures for various programs
  • Other general office duties, including filing and answering phones.
Qualifications Major in Social Work or Public Administration. Intern should be at Graduate Level or in Senior year of undergraduate work.
Time & Place  
Commitment 12 weeks or based on office and Intern needs.
Table 2: Financial Compliance Administration
Financial Compliance Administration Intern  NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEMESTER
Major Objectives Health & Human Services promotes and maintains the health, safety, and welfare of all Leon County citizens.  The Financial Compliance Intern position is a very detail-oriented position which will assist the Financial Compliance Administrator with research, analysis, and financial tracking of the Department's budget and other funding sources, including grants.
Responsibilities
  • Assisting the Financial Compliance Administrator with tracking and analysis of funding sources to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Data entry into detailed spreadsheets for tracking purposes.
  • Prepare written materials based on research in the form of reports and/or Board agenda items.
  • Prepare documents for the Financial Compliance Administrator's signature.
  • Maintaining financial files for various funding sources.
Qualifications Major in Business Administration or Public Administration, in at least Junior or Senior year of undergraduate work. Strong experience with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
Time &/or Place Health and Human Services
Commitment 12 weeks minimum at 10 hours per week
Table 3: Social Services Intern
Social Services Intern  
Major Objectives The Health and Human Services Department provides a wide range of services to the community. Programs specifically in the Human Services Division include, primary healthcare for uninsured/indigent citizens, State Mandates, including Medicaid Share of Cost, Indigent Burials, and Healthcare Responsibility Act. The Social Services Intern will assist the Human Services Analyst in various capacities, including research/analysis; coordination of Community Health Coordinating Committee; administration of funding for rent and utility assistance; assist with the development and implementation of the Medicaid Substance Abuse Program; and other special projects as assigned by the Director of Health & Human Services.
Responsibilities
  • Conduct research on healthcare trends and issues, and community health collaboration initiatives
  • Prepare written materials based upon research in the form of reports and/or Board agenda items
  • Provide analysis of data obtained through research
  • Assist with identifying external funding sources, i.e. grants, to leverage funding of the Primary Healthcare Program
  • Assist with Healthcare Advisory Board meeting preparation, including agenda packets and room set-up
  • Assist with the review and revision of policies and procedures for the Direct Emergency Assistance Program
  • Process Medicaid billing
  • Maintenance of the Primary Healthcare Utilization Reports
  • Other general office duties, including filing and answering phones
Qualifications Major in health related field (e.g., Public Health, Healthcare Management/Administration or Nursing), Social Work, or Public Administration. Intern should be at Graduate Level or in Senior year of undergraduate work.
Time &/or Place Health and Human Services
Commitment 12 weeks at 10 hours per week

Housing Division

Table 1: Finance Reviewer
Finance Reviewer  
Major Objectives To administer and review housing assistance documentation.
Responsibilities
  • Data entry into detailed spreadsheets for tracking purposes
  • Prepare written materials based on research in the form of reports and/or Board agenda items
  • Maintaining financial files for various funding sources
Qualifications Major in Finance or Economics
Time &/or Place Housing Division
Commitment 12 weeks minimum at 10 hours per week
Table 2: Director Assistant
Director Assistant  NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEMESTER
Major Objectives To assist and facilitate in all business associated with the Housing Department. Keep records. Maintain email.
Responsibilities
  • Reviewing and answering request
  • Taking detailed messages
  • Sitting on grant and finance review / distribution
  • Working with committees
Qualifications Major in Finance or Economics or Business or Public Administration
Time &/or Place Housing
Commitment 12 weeks minimum at 10 hours per week

Human Resources

Table 1: Human Resources Intern
Human Resources Analyst Intern  
Major Objectives The purpose of the human Resources Division is to provide recruitment, employment, benefits, training, employee relations, compensation, workplace safety, and regulatory compliance services to attract and retain a highly talented, committed, and diverse Leon County workforce.







An intern in the Human Resources Division would assist in collecting data, completing surveys, evaluations, analysis, and reports related to various functions in Human Resources. Occasionally, the person may assist with meetings or training events.
Responsibilities The tasks may vary, depending on the projects being executed at any given time. Generally tasks include:
  • Collect (phone, written, other) and input data;
  • Check data for accuracy;
  • Analyze data, using simple measures such as number of percentages and averages; and
  • With Supervisor's direction, prepare and disseminate reports of evaluations or studies performed.
Qualifications
  1. Must be a junior or above. May be undergraduate or graduate student;
  2. Should have some experience using electronic spreadsheets. Excel experience preferred;
  3. Should have basic knowledge of measure of central tendency (averages, means, percentages); and
  4. Must have basic word processing skills, specifically Microsoft Word.
Must be self-directed--able to perform ongoing tasks with limited daily supervision.
Time & Place Interns may work any time between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Most work will be performed in the Human Resources Office.
Commitment Interns should make a commitment to work for at least one semester for a minimum of 10 hours per week, up to two weeks prior to end of semester.
Table 1: Wellness Web Developer
Health & Wellness Web Developer  
Role Overview This position supports The Leon County Wellness website. The individual for this position should have a passion for analysis, design, implementation, and testing of operations based work. A web developer intern should have or be in the process of gaining expert knowledge in content management systems, Templates, applications, file and backend systems. A web developer intern should have intermediate level front end development skills. Troubleshooting is a valuable skill set. A web developer intern should be capable of working as an individual contributor on a team and open to learning new technologies. Critical thinking, documentation, communication, project leadership, and pride in work are all skills critical to success in this role.
Qualifications
  • Experience with front end languages (ASP, JavaScript)
  • Experience with CSS and HTML
  • Ability to creatively work within parameters of the over-arching look and feel of the County's web page
  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to assist other team members in problem-solving
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be highly flexible to quickly changing business needs and new technologies
  • Ability to follow existing programming and style guidelines to maintain consistent website look and feel and consistent quality of code
  • Maintains documentation, procedures and working instructions for the operations team
  • Shows initiative in constantly reassessing business needs and makes suggestions that meet those needs proactively
Time & Place 301 South Monroe Street P-3
Commitment Minimum of 10 hours a week.
Table 2: Health and Wellness Intern
Health and Wellness Intern  
Major Objectives To assist in administering the business, and responding to the concerns, of the citizens of Leon County.
Responsibilities
  • Assisting with developing current and future health programs for Leon County Government
  • Acting as a liaison between Wellness Program employee advisory workgroup and outside vendors, wellness experts, etc.
  • Developing, directing and implementing public relations and communication strategies to support program goals and increase community awareness of program
  • Working in unison with the Human Resources and/or its benefits coordinator
  • Facilitating Health and Wellness Committee meetings and documenting short-term and long-term progress on its goals
  • Organizing events or friendly competitions to improve fitness and physical health through structured programs and goal achievement. This may require the cooperation of local health organizations and hospitals to assist in the testing and screening of community members
The position may involve:
  • Research and analysis in order to develop several general plans of action aimed at improving or alleviating important health issues and justifying costs associated with the proposed programs.
  • Preparing budgets, compiling reports, maintaining accurate files and records, coordinating resources and administering programs minimum bachelor's degree with two years counseling or health education experience.
Qualifications Sports Management, Exercise Science, Nutrition/Dietetics, Athletic Training or similar majors preferred, but we are mostly looking for professional individuals who are willing to work and go the extra mile. Prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree and/or two years health education experience and who have worked in a health care environment. Prefer someone with knowledge of population health, community health and worksite employee wellness plans; experience managing projects, including developing timelines and facilitating meetings; and ability to understand, and use the findings of, journal articles on effective Company Health and Wellness Program Procedures. Punctuality, professionalism and willingness to learn and contribute.
Time & Place Hours vary. On certain occasions, position may require intern to work on weekends. Minimum of 20 hours/week.
Commitment One academic semester, but preference will be given to those who can commit to two consecutive semesters.

Library Services

Table 1: Computer Training Assistant
Library Computer Training Assistant  
Major Objectives To help educate patrons in basic computing needs / services. Classes are held every Thursday.
Responsibilities To assist in teaching classes on computer skills for the public and staff. To assist Technology Trainer with computer class administration. To help develop computer classes on basic computer skills and library resources. To assist patrons one-on-one as needed and by appointment. To recognize the proper level of assistance to render in each case to ensure that the patron can then carry on by themselves. To become aware of various troubleshooting situations which occur with databases, applications and equipment.
Qualifications Good fundamental understanding of the basics of microcomputers and their peripherals. Versatility with microcomputers. Ability to use a variety of software applications. Proficient with library online database searching, word processing, spreadsheet and desk-top publishing applications, etc. Familiarity with the World Wide Web, browsing and search is helpful for working in some library locations.
Trained by staff on protocol, procedures, and hardware, software documentation. The intern will begin patron assistance as soon as the supervisor or section designate feels s/he is ready.
Time &/or Place Adult Services / Reference
Commitment Minimum of 10 hours a week for one full academic semester.
Table 2: Library Services Specialist
Library Services Specialist  
Major Objectives This department is responsible for ordering, receiving, cataloging, and processing incoming materials for the Library System. The Intern's role will be to assist in the above mentioned areas.
Responsibilities Cataloging - checking DRA , LCMARC and OCLC for holdings, perform copy cataloging, adding item records to the DRA system; database maintenance: detailing OCLC records as needed and performing clean-up on existing records.
Qualifications Graduate Student. Basic cataloging knowledge, such as Dewey, MARC, etc.
Time & Place Monday - Thursday, any time between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Friday, any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Collection Management, 3rd floor
Commitment Minimum of 10 hours a week for one full academic semester
Table 3: Youth Services Librarian Assistant
Youth Services Librarian Assistant  
Major Objectives Provide assistance to patrons over the telephone and in person at the Youth Services desk.
Responsibilities To be at the Youth Services desk as scheduled, to follow library policies and procedures.
Qualifications Must be familiar with reference interviewing, must be familiar with computers and database searching including the Internet, must be customer-service oriented, must be able to follow directions and ask for help from coworkers when unable to assist a patron. Must be graduate student currently enrolled in library science courses or have a degree.
Library and computer background is helpful. Will be trained by Youth Services staff. If desired, intern may be trained in presenting story times and other programs as well as collection development and other department projects.
Time & Place To be determined by mutual agreement.
Commitment At least 10 hours per week; for at least one semester.

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County

Table 1: ESOL Specialist
ESOL Specialist  
Major Objectives Assist the ESOL Program Coordinator in assessment and reassessment of students. Plan and organize special education events for students. Participate in tutor training workshop. Develop ideas for student involvement and assist students in independent study.
Responsibilities The intern will be responsible for planning educational events for the students and tutors, assisting students in independent study and assisting the Program Coordinator.
Qualifications The candidate must be able to work independently and be able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and with little or no English skills. Background in Education, TESOL, Psychology, and Social Work are desirable.
Time & Place Literacy Volunteers Resource Room located in LeRoy Collins Leon County Library.
Commitment An academic semester.

Management Information Systems (MIS)

Table 1: Web Developer
Web Developer  
Role Overview This position supports the Leon County suite of web applications. The individual for this position should have a passion for analysis, design, implementation, and testing of operations based work. A web developer intern should have or be in the process of gaining expert knowledge in content management systems, Templates, applications, file and backend systems. A web developer intern should have intermediate level front end development skills. Troubleshooting is a valuable skill set. A web developer intern should be capable of working as an individual contributor on a team and open to learning new technologies. Critical thinking, documentation, communication, project leadership, and pride in work are all skills critical to success in this role.
Qualifications
  • Experience with front end languages (ASP, JavaScript)
  • Experience with CSS and HTML
  • Ability to creatively work within parameters of the over-arching look and feel of the County's web page
  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to assist other team members in problem-solving
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be highly flexible to quickly changing business needs and new technologies
  • Ability to follow existing programming and style guidelines to maintain consistent website look and feel and consistent quality of code
  • Maintains documentation, procedures and working instructions for the operations team
  • Shows initiative in constantly reassessing business needs and makes suggestions that meet those needs proactively
Time & Place 301 South Monroe Street P-3
Commitment Minimum of 10 hours a week.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

Table 1: MWSBE Intern
MWSBE Intern  
Major Objectives The goal of the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Division is to provide minority, women and small businesses with a means of participation in Leon County's procurement process for the purpose of achieving economic parity among all Leon County vendors. The purpose of the MWSBE Division is to effectively communicate Leon County procurement and contracting opportunities, through enhanced business relationships, to end disparity and to increase participation opportunities for certified minority, women and small business enterprises in a competitive environment.
Responsibilities The MWSBE Intern must be able to exercise independent judgment, including the ability to perform outreach to internal and external constituencies; prepare and maintain required documentation for certification applications in accordance with County policies and procedures; organize, coordinate, and follow through on assignments; ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner; and carry out the day-to-day operations of the MWSBE Division. The intern must be able to relate and interact with the public on a regular basis.
Qualifications Some public speaking ability; experience in event planning; a concept of how to formulate reports. Spreadsheet (Excel) and word processing experience (Word & WordPerfect).
Time & Place There are some times when special events take place after 5:00 p.m., the primary time of need would be afternoons of specific full alternating days.
Commitment 12 to 15 hours per week, per semester. All semesters available.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Table 1: OMB Intern
Office of Management and Budget Volunteer Intern
Major Objectives The goal of the Office of Management and Budget is to continuously enhance the quality of County services by optimizing the use of County financial resources through the effective provision of planning, policy analysis, budget development, budget implementation, and program evaluation services to benefit citizens, elected officials, and staff. The OMB intern must be able to exercise sound independent judgment, including the ability to interpret County policies and perform outreach to broad internal and external constituencies. Work requires initiative and creativity to complete assignments independently. Deadlines will be very important in this position. The intern may be required to work on numerous projects simultaneously with other individuals, departments, and County staff to meet project deadlines. The intern will be required to accomplish numerous tasks within deadline constraints.
Responsibilities Assists the Budget Director and Budget staff with duties assigned to the Office of Management and Budget. Prepares budget documents, research reports, analysis, and memorandum on key issues and special projects as assigned. Conducts in depth analysis of revenues and expenditures related to department budgeting.
Qualifications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experienced with data collection, data analysis and research.
  • Efficient with computer programs specifically Microsoft Office Programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to take on multiple tasks and meet set deadlines.
  • Ability to organize and present clear and concise oral and written reports.
  • Must be in good standing at the attending local university
Time & Place OMB is willing to accommodate the schedule of the student volunteer with a minimum of 10 hours a week and a maximum of 25 hours a week (Monday through Friday). Minimum shift duration of 3 consecutive hours.
Commitment The minimum commitment for a volunteer internship is one semester or 3 months.

Parks and Recreation

Table 1: Parks & Rec Specialist
Parks and Recreation Specialist  Not available this semester
Major Objectives To assist the Parks and Recreation staff in the planning, promotion, organization, implementation and evaluation of Parks and Recreation services and facilities.
Responsibilities To research and identify community resources valuable to the formation of a rural recreation program. To maintain contact with volunteers and community organizations to monitor programming efforts. To assist in the development of procedures relating to the establishment of youth sports leagues; to administer youth sports leagues and assist with county-wide special events as necessary; and to develop specifications for equipment and materials as necessary. To assist in the development of a program brochure detailing Parks and Recreation services available to the public, and to review and evaluate plans for future Parks and Recreation facilities.
Qualifications Leisure Services or Physical Education majors who have completed their sophomore year are preferred.
Intern should be familiar with the principles of Parks and Recreation management or have some previous experience working in a Parks and/or Recreation program.
Time & Place Available hours are Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Some weekend and evening hours may be required.
Commitment Individual schedules will be arranged with the intern. Minimum commitment of 20 hours per week during an academic semester.

Pre-Trial Release Program

Table 1: Specialist Assistant
Pre-Trial Release Specialist Assistant Intern  
Major Objectives Leon County's Supervised Pre-Trial Release Program is a court ordered term of community supervision for defendants conditionally released under specified conditions pending the disposition of criminal charges currently before the Court. The defendant is expected to abide by all conditions ordered by the Court and the SPTR Program. The program aids in reducing jail over-crowding and provides an opportunity for the defendant to return to the community and family, to work and assist in the preparation of their case. Interns will assist Pre-Trial Release Specialist/ Case Worker with supervision of court ordered conditions for defendants released from Leon County Jail during the pendency of their Misdemeanor, Traffic and/or Felony case.
Responsibilities Assisting Pre-Trial Release Specialist/Case Worker in the following:
  • Managing a caseload of adult defendants in compliance with their court ordered conditions of release to include monitoring of alcohol and drug screening, monthly case management appointments, preparing and maintaining required documentation for case files in accordance with established procedures;
  • Maintaining liaison with drug testing agencies and treatment facilities,
  • Maintaining liaison with State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, private counsel, law enforcement officers, victims, and other parties.
  • Assisting Pre-Trial Technician with administrative duties to ensure proper documentation of court ordered releases and compliance with conditions of release.
Qualifications College students with experience and/or interests in criminal justice, corrections, psychology, social work or related field.
Students must have excellent interpersonal, telephone and computer skills, be task-oriented and able to follow direction.
Time & Place All duties will be performed at the Supervised Pre-Trial Release office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm.501 Appleyard Dr. Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Commitment Intern must be willing to commit to 20 hours per week for the duration of the internship period. The internship period should be no less than 16 weeks.

Probation

Table 1: Probation Officer Assistant
Probation Officer Assistant  
Major Objectives To perform specialized, responsible, professional probation work, assisting the supervision of a caseload of misdemeanor and traffic offenders on probationary status.
Responsibilities Assisting the Probation Officer in the following: managing a caseload of adult offenders in their compliance with court-ordered obligations, including payment fees, fines and restitution, and participation in community work, treatment, or screening programs; maintaining liaison with treatment agencies and community referrals sources for appropriate affidavits, summonses and warrants needed for sentencing and violation of probation proceedings; maintaining liaison with State Attorney, Public Defender, law enforcement officers, private counsel, victims, and other parties involved; preparing and maintaining required documentation for case files in accordance with established procedures; monitoring client compliance with probation obligations; representing Division at Criminal and Traffic arraignments, docket sounding and plea dispositions.
Qualifications College students with experience and/or interests in criminal justice, corrections, psychology, social work or related field.
Volunteer work performed in an office setting with same or similar duties as listed above. On-the-job training is provided.
Time &/or Place Probation Division
Commitment All semesters available. Must be willing to commit 20 hours per week for the duration of the internship period. Must be dependable, prompt, and professionally dressed, and enjoy working with people from varied socio-economic backgrounds. No field work required.

Community Media Relations

Table 1: CMR Intern
Community Media Relations Intern  
Major Objectives CMR is responsible for public information and education, communications strategy and message development, media and public relations, and the marketing of County programs and services. The office aims to develop and maintain a continuous positive image of Leon County government by fostering proactive and responsive communication with the public.
Responsibilities To assist with media relations and special events; draft news releases and media advisories to promote county activities; prepare news stories for publication for internal and/or external publications; some photography, design & page layout and general aid in carrying out the day-to-day operations of the CMR office.
Qualifications Prefer Public Relations, Journalism or Communications majors but mostly looking for students who are willing to work and go the extra mile. Punctuality, professionalism and willingness to learn and contribute are key.
Time &/or Place Community Media Relations Department
Commitment Monday through Friday, and on certain occasions, Saturday. Hours vary. Minimum of 20 hours/week.
Table 2: Graphics Design Intern
Graphics Design Intern>  
Major Objectives
  • Work with design programs, such as Adobe CS5 to create artwork for the County's promotional materials and much more.
  • Interns will have the opportunity to photograph County events, employees and landmarks on a daily basis.
  • Help develop the County's photo website to share photos from special events and community activities.
Responsibilities
  • Assist Community and Media Relations and other senior staff with day-to-day operations.
  • Create promotional materials for external and/or internal distribution using Adobe CS5.
  • Attend County events as photographer or photographer's assistant.
  • Process and select photos from events; upload selected photos to the County's photo website.
  • Update the County's Information Channel that runs on Comcast Channel 16.
  • Prepare slideshows to be shown during County Commission Board Meetings.
Qualifications
  • Candidates must at least be a junior or senior pursuing a degree in Graphic Design, Photography, Communications, Art, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of the general operational practices of state and county government.
  • Basic knowledge of design principles; minimum entry-level design/art courses required.
  • Skill in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint and Word.
  • General photography knowledge using a digital SLR camera.
  • Creative-minded individual who can think and act quickly on his or her feet.
  • Problem solving skills and ability to find solutions to design problems.
  • Ability to take on multiple tasks and meet set deadlines.
  • Ability to organize photos consistently by department and date.
Time &/or Place Community Media Relations Office
Commitment This is a part-time and unpaid Graphic Design internship to assist Public Information Officers in the Leon County Community and Media Relations.

Public Works

Table 1: Engineering Assistant
Engineering Assistant  
Major Objectives Public Works - Engineering Services supports the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public infrastructure, such as county-maintained roads, stormwater systems, and parks. The Engineering Assistant would perform basic tasks such as researching data, organizing records, and preparing simple displays associated with division projects.
Responsibilities The volunteer will assist with the collection and analysis of basic engineering data (including site visits), summarizing traffic accident reports, researching property records, identifying property owners and mailing addresses within project areas, compile maintenance activity statistics, and complete draft permitting forms.
Qualifications Knowledge of general scientific principles and practices; strong math skills; and familiarity with computers, spreadsheet and word processing programs, and internet research methods.
Graduate or undergraduate student with major course work in mathematics and science.
Time &/or Place Public Works - Engineering Services Division
Commitment One academic semester/ Between 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at the Public Works Center, 2nd floor.

Second Judicial Circuit Court

Table 1: Court Admin Intern
Court Administration Intern  
Major Objectives The Court Administrator's Office handles judicial support functions for the circuit under the direction of the chief judge. This office oversees program functions set up by the judiciary. The Second Judicial Circuit is administered by the chief judge. The chief judge is responsible to the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court for the administration and supervision of the courts, judges, and officers of the courts within the judicial circuit. The chief judge is responsible for developing and implementing a plan for the efficient operation of the courts that provides for the prompt disposition of cases, assignment of judges and staff, control of dockets, regulation and use of courtrooms, and review of the status of inmates in local jails.
Responsibilities
  • Screen individuals seeking admission to the Judges Chambers to ensure security for the Judges and Judicial Assistants,;
  • Serve and provide assistance to the general public in person and by telephone with information regarding the 2nd Judicial Circuit and other areas within the courthouse;
  • Provide administrative back-up to the Judicial Assistants when needed or when they are absent;
  • Provide clerical support and assist with data collection, entry and management.
Qualifications Ability to organize, coordinate, and follow through on assignments; ability to learn, understand, and apply the mission of the 2nd Judicial Circuit and the Office of Court Administration; ability to deal with the public in potentially stressful situations; ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner representative of the court; ability to conduct independent research or staff projects; and punctual & dependable.
On-the-job training is provided.
Benefits to the Intern:
  • Experience in the legal field;
  • Direct contact with constitutional officers, law enforcement, attorneys, general public, etc.;
  • Exposure to court processes, case procedures, and court and judicial management/administration.
Time &/or Place Leon County Courthouse Office of Court Administration, Room 225301 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Commitment 10 to 20 hours per week for a full academic semester.

Veteran Services

Table 1: Directors Assistant
Veterans Director Assistant  
Major Objectives To assist and facilitate in all business associated with the Veterans Department; keep records; maintain email.
Responsibilities
  • Reviewing and answering request
  • Taking detailed messages
  • Working with committees
Qualifications Major in Finance or Economics or Business or Public Administration.
Time &/or Place Veterans Services Department
Commitment 12 weeks minimum at 10 hours per week.
Table 2: Parade Coordinator
Veterans Parade Coordinator  
Major Objectives To coordinate the Veterans Day parade to be held November 11, 2014, and to report on the conclusion of activities.
Responsibilities To assist with media relations.
Qualifications Public Relations major.
Time &/or Place Health & Human Services--Veterans
Commitment One academic semester, all semesters are available.

Volunteer Center

Table 1: Special Events
Special Events - Marketing Intern  
Major Objectives To assist the Volunteer Services Coordinator in effectively marketing the Leon County Volunteer Center within Leon County and to assist in the planning and execution of the many and varied special events presented by Volunteer LEON each year. To assist in the sustainability and enhancement of Volunteer LEON, as well as foster the development of community partnerships.
Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to; creating and maintaining publicity for the Leon County Volunteer Center; assisting in the creation of press releases and following-up with the press and special events coordinator; Assisting in the creation and maintenance of website content; Assisting with the coordination of special events like the annual 'Street of Service' event in April; Providing public presentations to individuals, groups, community conferences, and other venues.
Qualifications
  • Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills,
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes,
  • Basic Desktop Publishing and Website Management skills (e.g.: Microsoft Publisher, Front Page/ Photoshop, etc.),
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and problem-solving mentality,
  • Willingness to provide public presentations in a variety of settings,
  • Desire to work in a social service setting with a wide range of individuals with diverse needs
Time &/or Place Volunteer LEON Department
Commitment 10 – 15 hours per week for one academic semester
Table 2: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant  
Major Objectives To assist the Leon County Volunteer Center in marketing Volunteer Programs and fostering the development of community partnerships.
Responsibilities Assist with the organization, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies and procedures of Volunteer LEON's programs.
Qualifications Strong English, writing, and computer skills (especially Microsoft Office) and good organizational, technical, creative, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Time &/or Place Volunteer LEON Department
Commitment One or more semesters; minimum of 10 hours per week.