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Wildscreen USA is a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization that uses the power of wildlife imagery to educate the public on the world’s biodiversity in order to motivate people to protect our natural world. The organization is working to achieve this mission by spearheading U.S. efforts in support of the ARKive project (www.arkive.org) - a unique global initiative, gathering together the very best films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world's threatened animals, plants, and fungi into one centralized digital library to create a freely-accessible, audio-visual record of life on Earth. ARKive is leading the 'virtual’ conservation effort by creating comprehensive and enduring multimedia species profiles, complementing other species information datasets, and making a key resource available for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public. These important audio-visual records are being preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations and are being made freely available via the ARKive website as a valuable educational resource and conservation communications tool.
Wildscreen USA and the ARKive project is seeking 5 to 10 volunteers to interact with over 15,000 science teachers at the ARKive booth at National Science Teachers Association annual conference in Indianapolis, IN from March 29-31, 2012. The NSTA conference is one of the largest professional education conferences in the United States and attracts teachers from across the United States and beyond. This would be an especially valuable experience for anyone interested in a career in teaching, keeping up-to- date with new technologies used in the classroom, learning about hundreds of organizations dedicated to creatively educating youth of the United States and more. Additionally, individuals interested in exploring the world of nonprofit management would also benefit from this experience.
This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity which requires a commitment of 10 hours of pre-event research and orientation to ARKive and at least one full day of volunteering at the ARKive booth throughout the NSTA conference.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Independent research and orientation to ARKive guided by Wildscreen USA staff;
- Attendance of at least one conference call with Wildscreen USA staff before the conference to discuss ARKive and the role of the volunteer in greater detail;
- At the ARKive booth:
- Greet visitors to the booth and introduce them to ARKive;
- Guide visitors through a tour of the ARKive website using the booth computers
- Introduce visitors to ARKive’s new app, "Survival" using booth iPads or other tablet PC’s
- Engage visitors in the ARKive Creative Climate Change Campaign Challenge
- Encourage visitors to sign up for the ARKive newsletter
- Other duties as they arise
We are looking for volunteers who are organized, detail-oriented, pro-active, and interested in gaining further experience in professional education opportunities and public relations. Previous event volunteering experience is a plus. Communication skills, both verbal and written are essential. He/she should have an interest in environmental and conservations issues, and nature photography and/or films. There will be access to coffee and snacks, and breaks throughout the day to explore the hundreds of conference exhibits including Sea World, National Geographic, NASA, Discovery and more.
It is essential that volunteers be comfortable speaking and interacting with members of the public.
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