The WRRI conference needs many hands and helpers to make it a success. We’d love to have you involved. Please read about the volunteer opportunities below. You may volunteer for more than one role, but please fill out the appropriate form at each individual link provided below. While we understand that unplanned situations arise, by completing a form, you are indicating your commitment to volunteering and attending the conference. All conference participants are required to register and pay any relevant registration fees.

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Moderators

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Who can volunteer?

Open to all students and professionals, but students are highly encouraged.

When will this happen?

Either day of the conference. You can let us know if you only plan to attend one of the days and we’ll assign you accordingly.

What’s this opportunity about?

Moderating is a low key but super helpful way to help the conference, and a great opportunity for students if you’ve never moderated sessions before!

Moderators keep speakers in concurrent sessions on track by holding up time cards and changing out presentations between talks. You do not have to be an expert (or have any prior knowledge) on the subjects being presented during your session in order to be a successful moderator. You’ll also be responsible for helping to address technical glitches if they arise during your session – there are A/V techs at McKimmon who will help you with this task, but it’s the moderator’s job to contact them to come assist if needed.

WRRI hosts brief (10 minute) moderator orientation calls prior to the conference so you know exactly what to expect. You can download moderator guidelines here if you want more details.

Moderator volunteers will be given the chance to select their first, second and third preferences for which sessions they want to moderate as soon as the agenda is published in December/January. This allows you to moderate in a setting where you have significant interest.

 

Poster Judges

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Who can volunteer?

Open to recent graduates, post-docs, faculty and professionals. Sorry, no student judges!

When will this happen?

You must be available on Day 1 of the conference (March 21st) and must be able to attend the evening reception to interact with students in order to serve as a judge.

What’s this opportunity about?

Poster judges are assigned 2-3 student posters (4 max) to review during the conference and at the evening poster reception. In-person communication with the student is part of the judging criteria. You will evaluate posters for things like content, organization and visual appeal, presentation and reasoning. You can download sample poster judging criteria here.

You will not be assigned based on areas of expertise. This is intentional, as it is the job of an effective student poster presenter to speak to diverse audiences about her or his work in a clear manner. WRRI will ask you to identify conflicts of interest upon assignments to ensure you are not judging someone you’ve worked closely with.

Cash prizes go to first, second, and third place and honorable mention winners.

 

Mentors

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To allow sufficient time to pair mentors and mentees prior to the conference, the deadline to sign up is March 8th at 12:00 p.m.

Who can volunteer?

Open to professionals and faculty.

When will this happen?

For mentees to get the most out of the experience, you should be available to attend both days of the conference if you plan to serve as a mentor. You will need to arrive at the start of each day to participate in this program and meet your mentee.

What’s this opportunity about?

WRRI offers a student mentorship program at the WRRI conference that has received overwhelming support and interest from participants. We invite you to serve as a mentor to a student or recent graduate. Mentors submit a short bio that explains a bit about your background and your work, the sector/discipline you work in, and a statement about your interest in offering guidance to students or your role as a mentor. These will be compiled and mentees then choose their first, second, and third choice based on the information you provide. Then WRRI plays match-maker.

To be a mentor, you only need to have a genuine interest in interacting with students and providing support and feedback. This is a low-input, high-reward commitment. Your role as a mentor is not to provide a job opportunity, but rather to answer questions students (or recent grads) may have about working in water resources, introduce them to colleagues at the conference, and provide advice or guidance to them regarding academic or career interests. To help with some more targeted interaction, we will offer a mentorship meetup time each day to make initial introductions between participants. Participation in this program should not interfere with your ability to attend other presentations that you attend the conference to hear.

If you are interested, we’ll provide information on opportunities to stay involved after the conference through the NCWRA-WRRI mentorship program, but participation is not required in order to serve at the conference only.

 

Mentees

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To allow sufficient time to pair mentors and mentees prior to the conference, the deadline to sign up is March 8th at 12:00 p.m.

Who can participate?

Students, recent graduates, young professionals, or established professionals who are seeking a career change or reentering the workforce after a break.

When will this happen?

To get the most out of this program, you should be available to attend both days of the conference. You will need to arrive at the start of each day to participate in this program and meet your mentor.

What’s this opportunity about?

Are you a student, recent graduate, a professional looking for a career change or someone reentering the workforce after a break? Are you interested in working in the world of water? If so, we invite you to participate in the WRRI conference Mentorship Program.

Through this program, you will be paired with a professional mentor – you’ll select your preferences from a list of available mentors and we’ll pair you based on interest.  Your mentor will then facilitate your networking with other water professionals, address questions related to water resources research and careers, and provide a more enriching experience at the WRRI conference.

Two special mentorship meetup sessions will provide opportunities for you to meet each other and carve out your time together. Mentees will be provided with materials to help guide conversations as needed.

If you are interested, we’ll provide information on opportunities to stay involved after the conference through the NCWRA-WRRI mentorship program, but participation is not required in order to participate at the conference only.