Apply to be a 2018 GeoGirls Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  Volunteers are crucial to GeoGirls.  The roles of GeoGirls volunteers are varied, but all volunteers become part of supportive, fun community of female (cis and trans gender) geoscientists and ecologists of all ages to facilitate an empowering, adventuresome experience for middle and high school GeoGirls.  Volunteers are selected based on their availability, their desired involvement, and our program needs and resources.  Some volunteers participate in the full length of the program; some volunteers join GeoGirls for a day or two.  There are a lot of ways to be involved with GeoGirls!  If you have any questions about volunteering with GeoGirls, contact Sonja Melander, MSHI Science Education Coordinator, at smelander@mshinstitute.org.

Read through the information below to learn more about the ways you can volunteer. 

If you wish to become a volunteer, fill out a GeoGirls Volunteer Interest Form.  We will accept GeoGirls Volunteer Interest Forms until February 15, 2018. Selections will be announced February 22, 2018. Please note that the dates and roles list in this interest form are a tentative, but not a final, commitment on your part should you be selected as a GeoGirls Volunteer. If selected, you will be expected to make a final commitment by March 15, 2018.

 

GEOGIRLS SCHEDULE

DAY

BASIC SCHEDULE

DAY 1 Sunday, July 29, 2018 Check in at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters, Field trip stops  to Ape Cave and other sites on the south side of Mount St. Helens.  Drive to Windy Ridge camp in time for dinner.
DAY 2 Monday, July 39, 2018 Field trip hikes and activities on the Pumice Plain and nearby area.
DAY 3 Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Research Project day 1 at Windy Ridge side of mountain in 5 groups.  Drive to Coldwater afternoon to evening, dinner in town on the way.
DAY 4 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Research Project day 2 at Coldwater in 5 groups, evening program at Coldwater
DAY 5 Thursday, August 2, 2018 Activities at Coldwater (including volcanic crisis mission/hazards game), head to Cascades Volcano Observatory for tours & final presentations for parents

 

GEOGIRLS LOCATIONS

Windy Ridge Camp

Mount St. Helens Institute Ridge Camp is a rustic camp on the northeast side of the volcano near Cascade Peaks Information Station. Ridge Camp is equipped with canvas walled tents, wood stoves, excellent open-air cooking facilities, and a campfire pit.

Coldwater Science and Learning Center

The Coldwater Science and Learning Center is a re-purposed visitor center. It includes a commercial kitchen and excellent views of the volcano. The Science and Learning Center is located 43 miles east of Castle Rock, WA. Bathrooms and running water are available in the building, but showers are not.

 

POTENTIAL VOLUNTEER ROLES
  • Mentor a group (~6 girls) for all or part of the week.
  • Lead Field Trip Activities
  • Lead and/or plan Research Projects (see below):
    • Day 3: Windy Ridge side of MSH
    • Day 4: Coldwater side of MSH
  • Help review applications
  • Drive other GeoGirls volunteers during the program
  • Lead short activities/games
  • Share your stories or other talents around the campfire
  • Help with camp logistics
  • Help with GeoGirls blog formatting after the program
  • Record video and take photographs, then create/edit a video after program

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

On Day 3 and Day 4, GeoGirls will participate in Research Projects, which generally last ~4-5 hours (morning to early afternoon).  Day 3 and Day 4 will each consist of 5 separate Research Projects.   Each of the 5 GeoGirls van groups (5 Geogirls, 1 High School Mentor, and 1 Teacher Mentor) will conduct one of the Research Projects each day.  GeoGirls participants will be assigned their Research Projects before GeoGirls begins.

Day 3- Windy Ridge side of MSH
  • No power available except van inverters.
  • No internet available.
  • Past locations: Pumice Plain, Meta Lake, Ghost Lake, MSHI Field Camp, outcrops on nearby Forest Service roads
  • Past Research Project topics: Balloon Mapping/Photogrammetry, Ecology Field Study, Tephra Mapping/Isopachs, Deformation, Ground Penetrating Radar, Water chemistry
Day 4- Coldwater side of MSH
  • Power available at the Science and Learning Center
  • No internet available
  • Past locations: Science and Learning Center, Hummocks Trail, Lakes Trail, South Coldwater Trail, Coldwater Lake, Outcrops on State Route 504
  • Past Research Project topics: Deformation, Seismology, Landslides and Mapping, Sedimentology study of Coldwater Lake, Photogrammetry

Like the Field Trip Activities, the most successful GeoGirls Research Projects are those that minimize lecture time and maximize the time GeoGirls are actively involved.   If you would like to plan and lead a Research Project, consider the following before you submit your proposal.  Contact smelander@mshinstitute.org if you have any questions.

  • What technique or topic does your proposed Research Project focus on?
  • What supplies do you need for your proposed Research Project?  Which of these supplies can you provide and which can’t you provide?  
  • What are the learning outcomes or results you anticipate for your Research Project?  Remember, a Research Project only lasts 4-5 hours in total, driving included.  What are the 3 most important things for GeoGirls to learn from your project?
  • What will the girls actually be doing?
  • Where is the location (or possible locations) for your Research Project?  Is this location accessible by minivans?

 

Read more about past GeoGirls Field Trip Activities and Research Projects here:

https://geogirls2017site.wordpress.com

https://geogirls2016.wordpress.com/

https://geogirls2015.wordpress.com/

 

Volunteer Selection Process and Next Steps
  • If you would like to become a GeoGirls Volunteer, you need to fill out the GeoGirls Volunteer Interest Form.  This form includes a section in which you can submit a proposal for a Research Project. 
  • We will accept GeoGirls Volunteer Interest Forms until February 15, 2018. Selections will be announced February 22, 2018. Please note that the dates and roles list in this interest form are a tentative, but not a final, commitment on your part should you be selected as a GeoGirls Volunteer. If selected, you will be expected to make a final commitment by March 15, 2018.
  • If you are selected, MSHI will shortly thereafter reach out to you.  Before you are officially a GeoGirls Volunteer, you will need to:
    • Confirm the dates that you will be volunteering.
    • Complete the Mount St. Helens Institute Volunteer application form.
    • Complete Mount St. Helens Institute Volunteer Waiver.
    • Complete and pass a criminal background check, driving record included.
  • Shortly after becoming an official volunteer, you will receive lots of information to help you prepare for GeoGirls!
  • Please note that all GeoGirls volunteers will be expected to attend (either in person or via web/phone conferencing) the Staff and Volunteer Coordination Meeting, which will be the morning (PST) of June 25, 2018 at Cascades Volcano Observatory.