VOLUNTEER APPOINTMENT PROCESS:
- Form to Return: Volunteer Data Sheet
- Form to Return: Volunteer Agreement and Release Form
- Form to Return: Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement
- Form to Return: Patent Agreement
Division office will review and approve, then send forms to Human Resources for processing.
HR will send email to division office once volunteer is set up in system; division will forward to lab contact.
Lab contact must email Caltech Help ([email protected]) or submit a ticket: IMSS>Accounts>New Account Request: Provide as much information in the request detail as possible including UID# and if they have been at Caltech previously.
Include First and Last Name, and UID#
Photo (photo requirements below)
- Any passport photo
- A non-passport photo fitting the following requirements:
- The photo must be of only you (no group photos)
- The photo must be taken from directly in front of you (no side angles)
- The photo must be in color
- The photo must have a solid background
- No sunglasses, hats, hoods, masks, etc.
- JPEG format
For questions, please contact Stefany Nielsen at (626) 395-4700 or [email protected].
Caltech understands the important role volunteers play in supporting the Institute's research and education mission. The following guidelines have been established to ensure that the relationship between volunteers and the Institute is clearly identified and understood by everyone involved.
Caltech recognizes the need to balance the desirability of volunteer service with the need to protect the Volunteer's interests and the need to minimize risk to both the Volunteer and the Institute. The following guidelines and procedures address the various issues that may arise as Divisions or Departments seek to engage and maintain volunteers. Note: The responsibility for proper screening and engagement of volunteers' rests with the Divisions or Departments.
Unpaid Academic Appointments
Individuals who have unpaid academic appointments to the Institute are not considered volunteers when acting in that capacity, they are permitted to volunteer if they are visiting from their home institutions and do not perform services to Caltech.
Caltech Volunteer Definition
Caltech volunteers are individuals who donate their services to Caltech, freely and without pressure or coercion, for civic, charitable, or humanitarian purposes without the promise, expectation or receipt of compensation. A Volunteer can be paid only for reimbursement of reasonable expenses related to their volunteer activities. To qualify as a Volunteer, the individual must be willing to provide services according to these guidelines.
If you are unsure whether an individual's activities would qualify as a Volunteer, contact Human Resources for assistance.
Responsibilities and Rights of the Institute Volunteer
A Caltech Volunteer is expected to abide by Institute policies and regulations that govern their actions, including but not limited to those of prohibited against discrimination and harassment, ethical behavior, confidentiality, financial responsibility safety, and substance use.
Caltech volunteers are covered under Caltech's Workers Compensation policy. All volunteers should register with their department in order to be covered. Volunteers may be granted access to resources on campus (e.g., email, computer systems, on-campus parking, library, buildings, or labs) depending on the needs and/or requirements of their assigned activities.
Who May Volunteer
Anyone, including current or retired employees, students, alumni, or others may provide volunteer services to the Institute. An employee may not become a Caltech Volunteer at the Institute in the same capacity in which they are employed, or which is essentially similar to the individual's regular work at the Institute. Volunteers should not displace a regular employee or conduct duties that a paid employee would otherwise perform.
Employees, students, guests, external affiliates, and visitors may volunteer for specific Caltech activities and programs without being processed as a volunteer but will need to sign a volunteer agreement and release available below.
Undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions who wish to engage in research activities at Caltech are not eligible under the Volunteer or Guest status. Visiting undergraduate and graduate students who wish to perform research at Caltech may apply to one of Caltech's approved programs: the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF), the Visiting Undergraduate Research Program (VURP), Visiting Student Researchers (VSR), Special Students.
A foreign person may not volunteer unless they have an appropriate visa status. A visitor for tourism authorization (WT or B-2) does not authorize an individual to engage in the performance of volunteer services at Caltech. Foreign Persons may need Export Compliance review. Please see our Foreign Person Questionnaire chart or contact Export Compliance ([email protected]) for guidance.
Complete the Volunteer Data Sheet.
Determine if an Oracle record and therefore other forms are required.
If no agreement is required, maintain the Volunteer Data Sheet in your Division/Department (for your information and for Workers Compensation).
If an Oracle record is needed and therefore other documents are required, have the prospective Volunteer and the Division/Department complete all of the remaining forms.
Individuals under 18 years of age may only volunteer for services appropriate to their age and skill level.
Forward completed forms to Human Resources for entry into Oracle.
Volunteer is checked in by the Division.
Payments to Caltech Volunteers
Payment for services by volunteers is not allowed. However, the Institute may reimburse Caltech volunteers for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their volunteer activities, following standard Caltech reimbursement guidelines.
Please submit completed documents to Human Resources.
If the volunteer service being performed requires forms to be completed, complete the appropriate forms from the following list and send them to Human Resources.
Volunteer Data Sheet --- The data sheet includes required personal information and a section describing the volunteer's proposed activities (which organization, when, what kind of activities, etc.) If the volunteer has not been at Caltech before, the information in this form will be used to set up a new Oracle record and a UID will be generated. If the volunteer has an Oracle record, the information will be used to update the original record. If no Oracle record is required, maintain the original in the Division/Department.
Volunteer Agreement and Release is signed by the volunteer. It must have a specific start and end date, no longer than one year, renewable by the volunteer's sponsor.
Please complete this document for individuals who do not require oracle access or will be volunteering for a short period of time.
Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement for Volunteers should be signed by the volunteer.
Division/Departments may contact the Card Office ([email protected]) if Volunteer requires a Caltech ID. Please note that volunteers who are active employees, students, guests, external affiliates and visitors, do not require an additional Volunteer ID card.
When the volunteer's assignment ends, the Division or Department collects ID card (if applicable) and notifies Human Resources via email of the departure. Human Resources will terminate the record in Oracle and access privileges will close.