What do volunteers do?
All volunteers must be NESEA members. We request a minimum of six work hours for each day of Wednesday/Thursday (track and trade show days) attendance in exchange for waiving the registration fee for that same day. If you’re assigned to a Tuesday workshop, you’ll get in free for just that workshop. Your day starts at 7:00 a.m. in the office behind the registration booths.
Please e-mail Janice Kurkoski, NESEA Volunteer Coordinator, to inquire about volunteering. We look forward to working with you at BuildingEnergy!
People-people for the registration booths
We need a few friendly, eager people to help at the registration booths throughout the day, each day, but especially first thing in the morning. Good people skills are a must! Good typing skills are helpful too.
Boosters for the information booth
Volunteers with good people skills are needed here at all times. You’ll promote NESEA—you should be somewhat familiar with the organization. And you’ll answer questions about sessions, workshops, bathrooms, food, coffee, and events. Information on Boston will also be available here.
Monitors for sessions and workshops
Usually two per room. You need to arrive in the room 30 minutes early and introduce yourself to the session chair and the speakers. You’ll check conference badges and take tickets at the door, assist the speakers and chairperson, act as timekeeper, and coordinate lighting, seating, water, and room comfort. If an AV problem arises, you might have to track down the on-site AV professional or a NESEA staffer, or contact the Seaport World Trade Center. You’ll also count and record the number of attendees in each session, collect legible signatures for continuing education credits (very important to attendees!), and then hand these documents in to the volunteer coordinator.
Aggressively cheerful greeters
Greeters direct traffic in the lobby and at escalators and help attendees find their way to workshops, sessions, registration, bathrooms, and so on. Very cheerful, helpful people are needed for this job.
Rovers who can go with the flow
Rovers check in on the speakers’ lounge, set up and restock the literature tables, and more. Plenty of tasks materialize during the course of the event that may require your assistance. Be available, flexible, and ready to run and help with the unpredictable!
Strong backs for the exhibit hall
Working with NESEA’s trade show organizer, you act as a host, direct attendees to exhibitors, help set up booths if asked, load and unload items if asked, and help set up presentations for exhibitors.