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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

If you're passionate about making a difference in the lives of WV 6th grade students, but aren't able to commit to a season of work with us, consider volunteering. 

Volunteer Outdoor Education Guide. This requires your presence on site from Monday – Friday. You will be partnered with an experienced senior guide for the duration of the week. You will be spending the majority of your time from student arrival on Tuesday morning through student departure on Friday afternoon with your group of students guiding them through the activities and experiences of the week. You will have the opportunity to and we encourage you to enjoy learning, exploring, and adventuring with your students as you participate with them throughout the week. You understand that there will be limited personal time during those four days.

Medical Support Volunteer. You understand that you will work under the direction of Nurse JoAn Jackson to provide medical care, pass medications, and otherwise be there to support the health and well-being of our students. It is expected that you will be present during medication passing times in the morning and evening for the duration of your volunteer period. During your time at SAS, you are welcome to accompany groups to discuss life as a professional in a science field and enjoy learning, exploring, and adventuring with our students as long as your volunteer duties are fulfilled and participating is approved by your SAS leadership team partner.

Operations and Logistical Support Volunteer. In this position, you agree to help execute logistical support throughout the duration of your volunteer period. Tasks could include things such as: helping the team deliver lunches to program areas, taking student groups needed supplies, going to the store to purchase needed supplies, helping guides by assisting with group activities, organizing paperwork, setting up or leading evening activities, helping do program laundry, supporting guide teams that need extra help, or a variety of other tasks. During your time at SAS, you are welcome to accompany groups to enjoy learning, exploring, and adventuring with our students as long as your volunteer duties are fulfilled and participating is approved by your SAS leadership team partner.

Remote Work Support Volunteer. Key components of this position are that you will be available in the evening hours to help support setup and operation of or lead an evening activity, eat meals with and interact with students, and participate with a group of students for at least one Science Behind the Sport or environmental education activity during programming hours (8a-12p or 1p-5p) Wednesday or Thursday. You will also be asked to help patrol camp during free time and assist with lights out. During your time at SAS, you are welcome to accompany groups to enjoy learning, exploring, and adventuring with our students as long as your volunteer duties are fulfilled and participating is approved by your SAS leadership team partner.

Camp Carer. Key components of this volunteer position includes being a support for students who may need some extra care and encouragement or be dealing with things such as homesickness. Our students are going through a lot during this time in their lives, so your job is to insure that our students are feeling cared for and supported. You may also assist by supervising students during free time and eating meals and talking with our students during meal times. During your time at SAS, you are welcome to accompany groups to enjoy learning, exploring, and adventuring with our students as long as your volunteer duties are fulfilled and participating is approved by your SAS leadership team partner.

Visiting STEM Professional. This role includes spending time with one or more groups of students by accompanying them throughout their day of activities. You may also lead an evening activity. The idea is that the students are getting to know you, how cool you are, the kinds of things you do at work, and make connections that scientists and STEM professionals are just everyday people who usually do pretty cool things and that this kind of work is available to them if they are excited about it!

Evening Activity Leader. This includes preparing a an ~60 min engaging activity for students to do during the evening activity block. These activities can be about any topic that you are excited or passionate about! It is the one opportunity that students get to select the activities they want to do and to interact with students from other groups/schools, so you should expect to include some introductions. Activities should also be somewhat flexible in case the day is running late and be interactive and engaging. You may also choose how many students you would like to work with.

You are welcome to join us for dinner the evening that you will be doing your activity and/or arrange for overnight accommodations if you choose – just let us know!


Things to Know

Volunteering will only be valid with a passing background check and begins following successful completion of volunteer requirements via Google Classroom assignments.

Science Adventure School will provide housing (tent, cabin, yurt, or other depending on the programming location) and food for the duration of your volunteer period.

Email Abe Johnson at abjohnson1@mail.wvu.edu with your availability and choice of volunteer activity.

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