Please note: KZSC is not accepting any new non-student volunteer applications at this time. You can email to be put on a notification list when an opportunity opens up.

Community members who are not UC Santa Cruz students interested in volunteering at KZSC should be aware that their participation requires a great deal of time, effort and patience. If you don’t want to wait or follow the process described below, we suggest you check out other community radio statiosn in our area such as KHDC in Salinas, KBCZ in Boulder Creek, KKUP/Cupertino and Free Radio Santa Cruz. Their requirements to become a programmer are less demanding.

First, non-student community members must apply to become a volunteer at KZSC by completing an application and submitting it, along with two letters of reference to the Station Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.  The application will then be reviewed by KZSC’s Executive Committee and Broadcast Advisor. If the application is approved, non-student members of the community are fingerprinted and background-checked prior to starting as a volunteer. New volunteers receive a station orientation first, then volunteer a minimum of 20 hours as described elsewhere before they can apply to take our broadcast preparation course, Intro to Radio. Please note that KZSC’s mission is to be a broadcast learning experience for UC Santa Cruz students. Students have priority to the limited space in the class. Class typically meets twice a week for two hours; there is a sizable amount of outside classwork to be completed as well. This is required training and socialization to the KZSC culture for even the most seasoned radio programmer. You are expected to share your experience and connect with all of our programmers through your volunteering.

If space allows and the background check is successfully completed, the community member spends one quarter in the Intro to Radio course. Upon passing the class, volunteers are then eligible to apply for a program timeslot. Like the class, new community members should be advised that students have priority in the allocation of timeslots.