[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT needs volunteers ???

R Oler orbitjet at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 8 09:51:26 PDT 2013

This in many ways mirrors
corporate and educational hiring."

A non inquisitor sentence

Volunteering for AMSAT (or the Boy Scouts or insert volunteer group here)
is not "hiring"  and it certainly is not corporate or educational

Robert WB5MZO 

> From: wa4sca at gmail.com
> To: k8tl at earthlink.net; amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2013 07:47:45 -0500
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT needs volunteers ???
> Tom,
> It IS true that AMSAT is always looking for volunteers.  And we have an amazing number working on
> projects ranging from Fox to the day to day operations.  However messily, the recruiting process
> works.  However, in most cases it comes from someone with a specific skill, contacting a specific
> individual, about a specific project.  In other cases, the person needing help contacts someone who
> they know who is a good fit, or based on a trusted recommendation.  This in many ways mirrors
> corporate and educational hiring.
> What you are talking about are the generic "I want to work for AMSAT, what can I do?" volunteers.  As
> has been said, those reading the applications are also volunteers who pass them on to other volunteers
> who may or may not respond.  There have been times when the press of other projects, or personal
> health matters, have caused the applications to fall through the cracks.  Also, as Gould has remarked,
> the idea of working for AMSAT is often more appealing than actually working for AMSAT.  This is no
> reflection on your son or anyone else, but it does tend to encourage the use of people with proven
> skills and record over "walk ins."  
> As another respondent has said, ITAR is a complete roadblock for non-US citizens for most areas.  As a
> result of the NDAA changes, the first draft regulations are appearing.  We have volunteers plowing
> through the extensive documents, most of which seem to be written in a foreign language.  However, we
> have expectations that the current ban will be lifted in the foreseeable future, or at least made more
> reasonable.  The primary benefit will be working with our colleagues in other national AMSATs, but it
> will also open up our own ability to accept foreign volunteers.  
> All that having been said, I am working on getting the AMSAT generic recruitment running a bit more
> effectively.  This will include a more targeted approach for those expressing interest, and at least
> some sort of reply.  Of course, I am also just a volunteer.  :)
> 73s,
> Alan
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