Volunteer

We couldn’t do this without the help of our Volunteers!

So thanks a bunch! Volunteering is a great way to support the Organic Growers School while also getting to enjoy the services and programs we provide.

Please note that we have reduced the number of volunteer positions this year as we will be holding all Harvest Conference classes online. If you are volunteering as a Classroom Assistant or AV Tech, we will still require your help on site, as we will be filming each of the classes. Precautions will be taken to be sure that the small group gathered is abiding by safety guidelines. If you are a Marketing Volunteer, you will have access to the online class and will not be needed onsite.

Please read the information on this page carefully to choose the responsibility that best suits your interests, comfort, and abilities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emily Bell, Volunteer Coordinator at emily@organicgrowersschool.org.

Volunteer Shifts

 Volunteer Shifts

Classroom Assistant (all day) — 6 Spots Available on Friday & Saturday

Stoked on helping with one of the classes? This is the spot for you! We need folks to serve as classroom helpers for our classes. This will mean being the teacher’s assistant all day, troubleshooting and errand running, and helping with cleanup in the evening. Please come prepared to jump in in any way needed. If you volunteer as a classroom assistant, you will be comped to come to the conference only on the day you assist.

AV Tech (all day) — 6 Spots Available on Friday & Saturday

If you know your way around an LCD projector & computer, this is a great shift for you. AV Techs will be on call throughout the class to help troubleshoot technological issues. You should be aware and able to help out at a moment’s notice in order to keep the class running smoothly. We will have a videographer filming each class, so knowledge in this area could also be helpful.

Marketing — 5 hrs per day (Pre-event)

This is a great way to get your hours out of the way before the conference! All work can be done from your own home. This could include blog writing or facebook promotion of the event. Please only apply if you are computer savvy and have experience with this type of work.

 

To Apply

Because we put so much effort into making our conference affordable and accessible, our volunteer program is extremely popular… so apply early!

To become a volunteer, please:

  1. Complete the volunteer application form below and
  2. Pay online or send your deposit check within 10 business days to Organic Growers School, PO Box 17804, Asheville, NC 28816. Please write the name of the volunteer somewhere on the check. We will ONLY confirm your work trade position with you after we receive your deposit check.

 

Deposit Check & Cancellations

All volunteers are required to pay online or submit reimbursable deposit checks for $70. Reimbursable deposits will only be deposited/held if you do not complete your volunteer shift.

Please mail deposit checks to: Conference Coordinator c/o Organic Growers School, PO Box 17804
Asheville, NC 28816

Cancellations: If you have been accepted into the volunteer program and need to cancel, your deposit and registrations are 100% refundable if you notify us before September 3, 2020 (the week before the conference). If you cancel after September 3, you will not receive a refund. Please do let us know, however, so we can fill your shifts.

COVID-19 Protocol

All Harvest Conference classes will be held online this year. If you are volunteering as a Classroom Assistant or AV Tech, we will still require your help on site, as we will be filming each of the classes. Precautions will be taken to be sure that the small group gathered is abiding by safety guidelines. If you are a Marketing Volunteer, you will have access to the online class and will not be needed onsite.

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our staff and speakers safe and informed, as well as your desire to have an on-site volunteer shift, we will ask you about your social distancing practices so we can inform those who will be impacted by your attendance. Our priorities are transparency, safety, and individual autonomy. On-site volunteer shifts may put you adjacent to elders and immunocompromised individuals.

Arrival & Schedule

You will receive a confirmed arrival time upon acceptance into the program, and you will be expected to plan your travel accordingly.

Once your schedule and duties are given to you, it is up to you to show up for your shift on time, and to complete duties as asked. In the unfortunate event that you do not fulfill your shift, we may be obligated to cash your volunteer deposit.