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Volunteering can be a way to contribute and expand your skills, knowledge, and networks. Volunteering also allows you to make a lasting and meaningful impact. Volunteers:
articulate AORE’s value and advance the profession;
get access to training and development opportunities;
enhance their experience and resume;
strengthen their community and networks;
connect and network with other like-minded people.
A commitment to volunteer the time that is sufficient to make a difference.
A commitment to engage in purposeful conversation and the work to be accomplished.
A commitment to the mission of AORE and to advancing outdoor recreation and education.
Volunteerism comes in different shapes and sizes. AORE has specific projects, focused task forces, and positions with longer time commitments. Some opportunities can be accomplished through individuals, and other efforts require group work. Some opportunities include the need to engage thought leaders who are not practicing professionals but who bring a unique expertise and perspective to advance our mission.
New in 2018! In the past, a host team local to the destination venue has planned the AORE Annual Conference. But with AORE’s new partnership with WEA, a planning team comprised of volunteers living and working throughout the United States will now plan, in part, this event. This opens the door to each and every AORE and WEA member who is interested in the planning and implementation of the largest and most visible program of our respective associations.
A volunteer Planning Team, comprised of 15 project leads, will support various aspects of the 2018 conference. You can learn more about these 15 project areas here.
To volunteer to help with planning of the 2018 Joint National Conference, please sign up by clicking here.
AORE Specific Projects: Members who want to support the association have a couple of ways they can provide their skills, experience, and time. There are three different categories of specific projects:
A specific initiative: For example, the “AORE Membership Initiative” is a project that uses volunteers to identify potential members. Volunteers input information into a database to expand and diversify our network.
Specific project to completion: These are projects that are coordinated between a volunteer’s interest and AORE’s needs. For example: creating an AORE promotional video.
Monthly projects: These projects need small amounts of time, between 1 and 3 hours a month, but need to be completed consistently. For example: reviewing reports and cleaning databases, curating member profiles, and updating resources.
Task Forces: Task forces are working groups composed of current association members in good standing or designated individuals committed to a specific, time-bound task assigned by the board of directors. Task force members are selected on the demonstrated skills and expertise as defined in the specific task force position description.
Committees: Committees work toward providing the AORE membership with a variety of important opportunities and information relevant to the field of outdoor recreation and education. Committees have responsibilities (such as annual and standing projects) that aim to move the association toward its goals. Committees are advisory committees to the board of directors and provide advice and recommendations based on their area of expertise.
Board of Directors (BOD): The BOD serves at the pleasure of the members, and the board members are elected by AORE’s eligible voting members. Members of the BOD have a legal duty to be loyal and to act responsibly and in the best interest of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. In addition the BOD fundraises, sets the strategic direction, and creates policy.
AORE also has many informal volunteer opportunities, including:
Annual conference presenter: breakout sessions, workshops, research symposium.
Subject-matter writer for AORE publications.
Completion of surveys, benchmarking, and best practice research requests.
Participation in and hosting regional events.
Interested in volunteering? Please read about eligibility requirements and the application process by clicking here.
Ready to apply? Please fill out the Volunteer Application form by clicking here.