Volunteering at Trans Lifeline
As trans people, we believe we are the experts on our own lives. Trans Lifeline developed out of our community’s need—we will always be community operated.
Hundreds of dedicated volunteers make our work possible, bringing trans brilliance to our community every single day. Trans Lifeline Volunteers build nonprofit experience, log required clinical hours, learn the ins & outs of community economic redistribution—and meet incredible trans people across the country.
We would love to have you on our team! See our available positions below.
Internships with Trans Lifeline offer a chance to connect with our work on a deeper level, and gain valuable skills and educational credits. Currently, internships are unpaid and open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
Internships are not usually listed, but the following departments usually host 1-2 interns at a time:
Thank you for centering the well-being of trans people! The following opportunities are available to cis supporters:
- Help us produce live virtual events, streams, and fundraisers
- Support video production, animation, or design
- Help with database support & data entry
Contact us if you have any other ideas or would like to get involved!
In order to apply for Hotline, Microgrants, and Communications positions, you must live in the US or Canada and be 18+. You’ll need a phone, computer, and internet connection you can use at the same time, and a quiet, private place to take calls (Hotline). Because we offer peer support, Hotline and Microgrants volunteer positions are only open to trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconfrorming identified people.
We ask volunteers to commit for at least 3 months as Hotline operators, Microgrants, or admin volunteers.
Hours are flexible with your schedule. Hotline operators sign up for specific shifts and must be available for at least one two-hour shift per week.
Volunteers can also commit to working on one project in design, data management, or technology.
You can apply to help us produce live virtual events, video production, or help with database support & data entry, fundraising, and more. Reach out to if you’d like to get involved in any of the above!
Once you submit an application for an opening, You can expect a follow up via email within 2-3 weeks. You may be asked to schedule a short interview. If we do not currently have capacity, we will notify you.
Note: We strive to ensure that BIPOC callers have peer support from BIPOC peers. This can mean increased waiting times for onboarding non-BIPOC hotline operators.
No matter what department you’re in, training materials will be made available to you. Volunteer Operators receive 36 hours of self-guided online training with staff support, role-plays, and hop-alongs before you take calls on your own.
Volunteers in our service departments remain anonymous and confidential to both Hotline callers and Microgrant recipients. Our dashboard sends calls to you directly without showing your number. Should you experience any online harassment or threats because of your affiliation with Trans Lifeline, please contact our Volunteer Manager immediately.