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Conference Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering time to support the annual conference can be a phenomenal way to contribute and expand your skills, knowledge, and networks. Volunteering also allows you to make a lasting and meaningful impact.

Among other things, volunteers:

  • Articulate common values and collaborate to advance the profession;
  • Get access to training and development opportunities;
  • Enhance their experience and resumes;
  • Strengthen their community and networks; and
  • Connect and network with other like-minded people.

There are several ways to help. You can join a Conference Planning Team, working before the event begins, or you can contribute on-location, facilitating tasks during the days of the conference with Service Crew. All interested should Apply now!

2021 Conference Service Crew

Be a part of the conference by joining a dedicated group of volunteers on the Service Crew. In exchange for your time and effort, Service Crew members earn a partial refund on their conference registration fee based on the amount of time they serve. Service Crew tasks may include supporting on-site registration, running the merchandise table, providing information booth staffing, set-up and tear-down, as well as various other administrative and logistical jobs. Help make our conference a success and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Requirements and Benefits

Are you currently pursuing a career in the outdoor leadership industry? Be a part of the conference by joining the dedicated group of volunteers on the Service Crew. In exchange for your time and effort, and based on the amount of time you serve, you can earn a 30 - 50% refund on your full-conference registration fee.

  • 10 hours = 30%
  • 15 hours = 40%
  • 20 hours = 50%

There are openings for 4 volunteers on Service Crew. Applications will be processed and applicants notified of their acceptance to Service Crew on a rolling basis. Questions can be emailed to

2021 Conference Planning Teams

In the past, the WEA Board of Directors has planned the Annual Conference with the assistance of a local host committee. This year we have gathered a leadership team comprised of volunteers living and working throughout the United States to plan the 2020 conference. It is our hope that this team better utilizes our historical roots and diverse modern community.

This opens the door to each and every WEA member who is interested in the planning and implementation of the largest and most visible program of our association to serve as part of the conference committees.

Leadership Team

Planning for the 2020 WEA National Conference will be guided by a core Leadership Team that will support various aspects of the 2020 conference. Each Leadership team member gathers a group of volunteers to support four planning categories: Education and Professional Development; Vendor Relations; Marketing and Communications; and Hospitality.

  • Leadership Team: Sarah Schneider, Anja Whittington, Kelli McMahan, Brad Daniel, Andrew Bobilya, Brad Faircloth
  • Advisory: Emily McKenzie, President of the Board, and the WEA National Office Administrator, currently vacant
  • Charge: To provide an overall strategy for the conference and to execute major event logistics.

Additional teams are led by the Leadership Team in areas including Education, Hospitality, Vendor relations, Promotions and more. Consider joining the effort!

How to Apply

Anyone interested in volunteering can get information on all our opportunities on our Service Opportunities page. Click on the link to complete your application. A Conference Team Leader will contact you regarding your interest after reviewing your application.

To indicate your interest or to learn more about the available positions and specific time commitments involved, please email the Conference committee at

Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
151 NC Highway 9, Ste B, Box 136
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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