Volunteer at the 2017
Outdoors NSW “Active Recreation” Conference
Outdoors NSW aims to broaden our reach within the outdoor industry – so drawing from outdoor educators, outdoor recreators, adventure tourism operators, nature based educators and more.
The theme for 2017 is: “Active Recreation” Express Yourself, Discover new Perspectives, Accept Opportunities and Participate in Life’s Adventures!
The Active Recreation theme draws on two key areas of our delivery focus: Participation and Professional Development.
Outdoors NSW exists to engage the 4 outdoors pillars of Outdoor Recreation, Education, Nature/Adventure Tourism and Therapy – for the benefit of the individual, community, society and planet. We embrace a diversity of presenters at the conference.
Outdoors NSW seeks to benefit the outdoor community by providing networking and learning opportunities.
Volunteers support the Outdoors NSW Committee with the conference proceedings by assisting the host committee with registration, hospitality, program execution, exhibits, sponsors, and operations.
Volunteers – what’s included?
Outdoors NSW would like to extend the hand of professional friendship to those who are just beginning in their career as Outdoor Educators or those who may find attending the Conference cost prohibitive by offering a reduce registration of $200.
As a volunteer we will provide you with full conference registration (2 days) inclusive of:
- 2 Keynotes presentations – exceptional visionaries in outdoor education and leadership: Scott Arizala from the United States, and John Lane-Smith from Eclat People Solutions
- Concurrent presentations
- Food for the duration of the conference including breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day. It doesn’t include the dinner on the Saturday night.
- Trade displays, fantastic sponsor support and great networking opportunities
What does Outdoors NSW expect in return? In return for a full conference pass volunteers are required to donate a minimum of 3 hours daily for the duration of the conference. This commitment will ensure the smooth running of the event. We expect volunteers to be genuine, positive, show initiative and have a can-do attitude. Plus, it’s important that you’re keen to support the development of the outdoor community and sustainability of the natural environment.
As a volunteer, you may be involved in one or more of the roles listed below; you may have an area of expertise that you wish to share your knowledge in, or maybe you are happy to contribute to a broad range of roles.
Please complete the online application form found at www.outdoorsnsw.org.au.
At the conference all volunteers will report to: Conference Volunteer Coordinator – Leanne Wiggins or to Outdoors NSW staff member Liz Horne.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities
Attendees will expect you to have the answer to everything, so familiarise yourself with the conference schedules, general logistics, room locations, etc. You will be required to help out with a number of the following roles:
Registration & Merchandise role will be to facilitate the conference registration process. This involves welcoming attendees, directing traffic to the registration table, assembling badges, and generally providing assistance to the conference organising committee with distribution of registration materials daily. You will also be in charge of selling conference merchandise as required.
Concurrent Session Rooms Role
Concurrent Session role will be responsible for keeping the Concurrent Session rooms neat and tidy at the end of each session. Just prior to a concurrent session (10 mins prior) there is an expectation that the volunteer would make sure that they have checked in with the presenter who is to deliver the next session and make sure they have all the necessary requirements including functional AV setup. A quick pushing in of chairs, resetting the room for the next session. A list of presenter requirements, presenter gifts and basic stationary items will be available from the registration desk .
Trade Display Role
Trade Display role will be responsible for checking in and assisting exhibitors and encouraging participants to visit the Trade Display area. These volunteers will also coordinate with Trade Displays exhibitors any valuables that need to be locked up overnight for security purposes. You will be asked to help during the ‘bump in’ and ‘bump out’ phases with various manual handling tasks.
IT ‘help’ desk
During the registration period of each morning and in breaks between presentations, an IT savvy person will be required to assist technologically-challenged Outdoor Educators with their IT difficulties. This may range from helping presenters with their AV needs or general IT advice.
Thank you for your interest in this event!