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We need your help – volunteer for PLoS

PLoS is a growing organization of 50 dedicated folks based in San Francisco, USA and Cambridge, UK. Like lots of new ventures, there’s too much to do and not enough people to do it. That’s where you come in. We need volunteers to assist with a broad range of tasks that span all skill levels. Join us and not only will you work with interesting people in a cutting edge environment but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the PLoS mission in a “hands on” way.

Here’s a quick overview of who we are looking for:


1. Help Desk/Systems Intern. We need someone to assist our full time support person. The role involves (deleted comma): workstation sweep duties, IT materials organization, inventory data accuracy, special projects, server maintenance, helpdesk, and backups. In return we offer training for certification in one of A+, N+, MCP – XP. Full job description available on request.

2. Content Specialist. The web team will need somebody to parse/fix all PLoS articles before they are migrated to our new publishing platform. Necessary skills include an understanding of XML and attention to detail.

3. Web Team Volunteer. We need help researching open standards, help with basic design tasks, etc.


Our team needs help mailing promotional items, media kits and other PLoS freebies, as well as general administrative support (such as researching lists, etc).


We’re always on the look out for people who are happy to work in any capacity–from moving folks between workstations to core clerical activities.

If any of these roles sound interesting, email and we’ll register you on our database. And, if you feel you have a useful contribution to make but it’s not listed above, please don’t hesitate to tell us about yourself also via We seek volunteers in our San Francisco office only initially and any information supplied will be kept in confidence for use by PLoS staff only.

We look forward to seeing some friendly new faces at PLoS.

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