Volunteer at NIRSA 2017

Volunteers like you help to make the conference better every year.

The NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition is enriched in no small part through the generous contributions of the time and talent of our amazing membership.

The benefits of volunteering are familiar to returning volunteers; but if you’ve never offered your service at the NIRSA Annual Conference, you might be surprised to learn that your own conference experience will be enriched as much as all the people you serve.

Wear it and share it

Be adorned with a volunteer ribbon during the conference. We want to recognize your service with other attendees — even after your shift ends.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to lend your time and talents to.

Volunteers will be needed to:

  • Check in attendees at conference registration
    Meet and greet conference attendees as they check in, answer questions, help assemble/distribute registration materials at the NIRSA Registration Booth. Signup »

  • Assist attendees locate assigned ribbons
    Share information about conference ribbons and assist conference attendees with the selection of ribbons that are assigned to them. Signup »

  • Serve as session monitors
    In general, session monitors are expected to pick up the session information from the NIRSA Education Table at least 15 minutes prior to the session; introduce the presentation speaker based on the bio included in the session packet; instruct session attendees to use Guidebook to submit session evaluations; assist the speaker with the distribution of their materials (if any).  Signup »

  • Support the Campus Rec & Wellness Expo
    Tasks vary, but typically include handing out attendee bags at the NIRSA Booth, supporting NIRSA staff and the appointed emcee in the NIRSA booth and in the Fitness Forum, and monitoring activity in the hoop shoot and Unified Sports Experience. Signup »

  • Rebound and keep score at the Hoop Shoot
    This fun but physical task might include rebounding basketballs for shooters, keeping track of baskets made, collecting small amounts of money, and managing a sign-up sheet.  A minimum of six volunteers will be needed per shift. Signup »

  • Work at the NIRSA Foundation’s Mark Fletcher Potomac Plunge
    Meet/greet participants, Place signs, bring various items and registration materials, etc. at plunge site and return materials to designated location after event. Other volunteers will hand out towels, hand warmers, etc. to plunge participants exiting the river. Must dress warm and be available 5:30am-9:00am! Signup »

  • Support the NIRSA Foundation Corporate Auction
    Volunteers on the expo floor and throughout conference sporting a special button that informs members that they can help answer questions about the Foundation Corporate auction and the auction app (32auction). Volunteers will be trained pre to conference and onsite. Signup »

  • Support the Career Opportunities Center
    Some volunteers are charged with greeting candidates and employers, answering questions, and ensuring a smooth COC operation. Others help monitor computer usage or assist with employer mailboxes by placing information from candidates, such as resumes and correspondence letters, in mailboxes. Or you may be asked to assist in providing resume and mock interview help. Signup »

  • Author sections of the annual conference recap
    Help NIRSA recap the 2017 Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo. Love to write? Interested in creating short videos? Help us capture the excitement of this premier professional development experience. Contributors will be contacted in advance with more information; volunteers will be expected to submit their contribution to NIRSA Headquarters by March 3. Signup »

Whether you offer up one hour or many more, all volunteers will be decorated with a distinctive ribbon during the entire conference week. The NIRSA mission is realized by our members unwavering commitment to service. The impassioned commitment of our Association’s volunteer leadership will be on full display as the NIRSA family hits the ground running in National Harbor!

For more information, contact NIRSA’s Assistant Director for Professional Development, Brittany Rejda


Volunteer to be a proposal reviewer

In order to serve as a proposal reviewer, it is preferred that reviewers have presentation experience, and familiarity with NIRSA’s Core Competencies. Reviews will be conducted through a blind process, and will be evaluated according to a standardized tool developed by NIRSA’s Annual Conference Program Committee. In addition to scoring presentations, reviewers are expected to provide constructive comments to reviewed sessions.

Additional Information:

  • Session reviewer interest forms are due June 3
  • Anticipated review period will be June 22-July 11.
  • Reviewers will be expected to review approximately 10 educational sessions during this period.
  • Each proposal will be evaluated by 4-6 reviewers.