1. Position Details and Expectations
    1. Volunteer Captioners must
    2. Volunteer Captioners should
    3. Volunteer Captioners should know that
  2. Time Commitment
  3. Benefits to Joining the PMC community
  4. Accessibility Statement

Captioning refers to text that appears on screen in films and videos. It is the primary way students with hearing impairments can access the audio components of such film and videos shown in class. The PMC captions multimedia clips offline (i.e. the captioning is not done in real time) before the clip is shown in class.

Volunteer Captioners provide support for students with hearing impairments by captioning videos and/or clips that will be shown in class and/or used as class material. Captioners will report to the supervisor at the start of each shift and then work independently in the PMC Captioning office.

Position Details and Expectations

Volunteer Captioners must

  • Check-in with supervisors
    • Annually for availability
    • Regularly for scheduling
  • Complete the AODA and PMC training (provided)
  • Arrive on time and prepared for schedule shifts
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Have strong problem-solving skills

Volunteer Captioners should

  • Be able to think critically and problem-solve when working with unfamiliar material
  • Be comfortable in engaging with new information and content (PMC receives requests from various academic departments per semester)
  • Be comfortable learning new technology (training on how to use Inqscribe will be provided)

Volunteer Captioners should know that

  • Nature of the work will depend on course material submitted by professors for captioning. Note: some videos may be of a sensitive nature. Please be aware of your own needs and comfort levels and do not hesitate to speak with your supervisor if you’d prefer to work on a different video.

Time Commitment

  • Flexible – approximately 2-4 hours per week
  • Time of day determined by the student’s availability and supervisor (shifts will be scheduled between the hours of 8:30-4:30)

Benefits to Joining the PMC community

  • Contribute to the culture of accessibility and effect positive change at Carleton University
  • Acquire sought after knowledge, skills and experiences for future employment
  • Gain references and experience to put on your resume and discuss at your interview
  • Recognition of volunteer time on your transcript through the Carleton Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Accessibility Statement

The Paul Menton Centre welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

If you are interested in applying to become a Volunteer Captioner please fill and submit the form below.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: pmc@carleton.ca with the subject line: PMC Volunteer– Offline Captioner.

Apply to be a Volunteer Captioner