Student Volunteers

2014 ESA Annual Meeting
Sacramento, CA
August 10-15, 2014

Application Deadline: June 19, 2014

Please read this page thoroughly before beginning the online application.

Note that if you are presenting in Sacramento, you should wait to apply until AFTER the scheduling notifications go out in May. This is because we will need you to tell us when you are available during the conference, so that we can schedule volunteer work around your presentation.
This opportunity is not a rolling deadline – we’ll consider ALL complete applications received by June 19.


About Volunteering

ESA will select around 100 responsible undergraduate and graduate students as volunteers to perform the tasks outlined below during the ESA Annual Meeting. We appreciate your interest in providing assistance. Our staff relies heavily on student volunteers to run such a large and complex meeting smoothly.

The Student Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Wessel (, is the primary point of contact before and during the event.


Student Volunteer applications MUST be received by the June 19 Early Bird Registration deadline. No late applications will be considered. Applicants must also register for the meeting by June 19 in order to be considered. Students who are presenting will be notified of their abstract scheduling in May and should apply after they receive this notification so that we can schedule around their presentation.

In order to be considered for a volunteer assignment at this meeting, applicants MUST:

  • Be a student as of the June 19 Early Bird Registration deadline.
  • Register to attend the meeting at the student rate by the June 19 Early Bird deadline which includes paying the appropriate fee.
  • Complete and submit the online student volunteer application form, also by the June 19 Early Bird deadline.

In order to be eligible for a refund of the meeting registration fee, volunteers MUST:

  • Confirm their volunteer assignments when they receive them in early-mid July.
  • Sign an Accident Waiver and Release Liability Form.  It will be on the back of the volunteer timesheet.
  • Show up on time and complete all volunteer assignments (14 hours).
  • Document completion of all volunteer assignments by having an ESA staff member or other designated alternate sign where indicated on the timesheet.
  • Turn in their completed timesheet at the On Site Registration Desk by 11:30 AM Friday, August 15.

Volunteers will be eligible for a refund of only their meeting registration fee after completing all volunteer assignments and submitting a completed timesheet. Volunteers are responsible for securing housing, transportation, parking (if applicable), and meals. Volunteers will be reimbursed for the applicable Early Bird student fee, but not for any optional field trip, workshop, or ticketed event fees. Most refunds will be processed after the meeting but no later than October 1, 2014.

Those accepted to serve as Student Volunteers will be notified of their selection and assignments by mid July. Each Student Volunteer will receive a copy of the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form, a print copy of his/her final work assignments, and a timesheet with his/her registration materials on site. A schedule reflecting all student volunteer assignments will also be available in the Student Lounge at the Sacramento Convention Center.

During the meeting, the primary point of contact for Student Volunteers will be the Student Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Wessel (

Volunteer Assignments

Student Volunteers usually work several shifts to complete the 14 required service hours. Shifts are available every day from Saturday, August 9, through Friday, August 15. Typical assignments are described below.


Assignment times: 1.5 – 4 hours, AM or PM, Monday afternoon through Friday morning.
What volunteers do: Follow very simple technical support instructions (we promise) and serve as a backup presider in cases where a presider does not show up (this is rare).

No previous experience with A/V support or presiding is required. All projectionists will be trained on site at one of three 30 minute training sessions. Time spent in training will be counted as part of the 14 hours of service required.

Field Trip Check-In Helper

Assignment times: 1 hour, mostly on Saturday and Sunday, with most start times early in the morning.

What volunteers do: Collect signed waiver forms from field trip registrants and help hand out lunches and water.

Event Ticket Taker

Assignment times: 1 hour, various start times, but mostly in evenings.

What volunteers do: Collect tickets at the door, control access to the event, and direct people without tickets to the Onsite Registration Desk. These assignments do not include a free event ticket.

Advance/Onsite Registration Desk Helper

Assignment times: 2-3 hours, various times throughout the week.

What volunteers do: Greet attendees and give them their registration materials, help keep the Registration area organized, and perform other support tasks as assigned by ESA staff.

Information Desk

Assignment times: 4 hours, various times throughout the week.

What volunteers do: Answer questions, help attendees sign up to use a Speaker Ready Room, help session presiders and moderators check out various materials they need for their sessions.

ESA Booth Helper (Exhibit Hall)

Assignment times: 3 hours, various times throughout the week.

What volunteers do: Help sell merchandise at the ESA booth.

Fun Run Helper

Assignment times: 2-3 hours, early Wednesday morning.

What volunteers do: Help ensure each Fun Run participant signs a waiver and release of liability form, lead Fun Run participants from the Convention Center to the event site, and cheer participants at the finish line.

Pack Up Helper

Assignment times: 1-3 hours on Friday morning.

What volunteers do: Lots of packing!


Summary of Timeline

early AprilVolunteer information and application available. Registration opens.
May 22Presenters notified of abstract scheduling.
June 19Deadline for Early Bird Registration and volunteer applications.
Early JulySelected volunteers notified of assignments.


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