There is a lot that goes into creating the Gender Odyssey conference and we’d love to have your help! Whether you are a social butterfly helping others connect or a behind-the-scenes task-oriented person, we have volunteer opportunities available for you. Volunteer positions exist before, during, and after the conference.
At this time, we especially need to fill the following positions (in priority order):
- Kids Camp Counselor
Plans and coordinates indoor day camp activities; helps with art projects, snacks, and other activities. Childcare experience (ages 4-12) and simple background screening required.
- Session Host
Coordinates activities within each workshop/seminar room. Welcomes participants and introduces speaker. Distributes and collects evaluation forms for each session. Keeps time for presenters and discussion. Ensures session and location is properly identified on signage. Tidies room before and after session as needed. Assists participants and presenters as needed.
Monitor attendee traffic and travel between GO and GOF conference spaces, and especially during GO Free events. Familiar with facility layout and registration process. Strong communication skills required.
Help staff the registration desk – greet, use a computer to check-in conference attendees, and hand out badges/information packets to conference attendees. Must be a “people person” with a welcoming attitude and a friendly “can do” approach to customer service. Basic computer/typing skills needed.
- Subsidy Specialist
Works as part of the registration team to process on-site subsidy/scholarship applications. Work with applicants to determine what they can afford to pay for registration; also direct them to resources for housing or food as needed. Must be a friendly “people person” with good customer service skills, sensitive to individuals in difficult situations. Basic computer experience needed.
- AID Desk Assistant
The Assistance, Information & Directions (AID) desk serves as a welcoming contact point for attendees with questions and concerns. Help people find their way around the conference and around downtown Seattle. Help resolve minor crises like missed connections or mislaid keys. (Think “concierge”.) A reference book and handouts will be provided to assist with questions. AID desk volunteers must be good communicators, resourceful troubleshooters, able to field questions and find solutions effectively. Basic computer/typing skills needed.
- Meet the Doctor Receptionist
Coordinate the three Meet the Doctor consult rooms Friday and/or Saturday. Assist doctors with greeting and checking in visitors and directing them to the right room. Help individuals schedule themselves via the online scheduling system. Smartphone or tablet with internet browsing capability required.
- Event Hosts
Greet people and serve as a welcoming presence to all who attend our various social events (family meet & greet, all-gender swim, POC luncheon, etc.)
- VIP Care Coordinator
Serves as assistant and driver for keynote speakers and other special guests. Must have a well-kept vehicle with room for passengers and luggage, valid driver license, and current auto insurance.
- Swag Bag Assembly
Help put together the “swag bags” for conference participants and get a sneak peek at all the coolness included.
To volunteer, follow these important steps:
- Join Our Mailing List. We’ll send regular announcements about opportunities throughout the year.
- Check with your employer to see if they have ‘volunteer matching’ opportunities available. Many companies like Microsoft, Safeco, Red Robin, State Farm and UPS have volunteer matching programs that donate funds for every hour you contribute.
- Review the list of currently available positions. Note some are year-round and others are only on-site during the conference. (You don’t have to commit to a specific position right now, just let us know where your interests lie.)
- Complete and submit the volunteer application form below.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering! Gender Odyssey is a collective effort and we very much appreciate your help.
Note: Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.