Call for Volunteers

The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), would like to invite individuals from Fernie and the surrounding area to volunteer at ISSW in 2021 taking place on October 3 – 8, 2021 in Fernie, BC Canada. We expect 1,000+ delegates from around the world to attend. 

Volunteers for the ISSW in 2021 are critical to the success of the Workshop. They are the first contact for many of the attendees, and we rely on them to welcome foreign participants and to foster a spirit of helpfulness and hospitality. There are also many “behind the scenes” duties to make this event a success.

As well as the week of the conference, there will be volunteer opportunities to assist in set-up of the venues beforehand, assist with evening Social Events, Field Trips and an assortment of other tasks. 

The average shift will be 5-6 hours, some may be more depending on your role. A volunteer manual and training session will be provided before the start of the Conference.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated to help ensure the success of the Conference and to provide delegates with an exceptional experience at the ISSW in 2021 in Fernie, BC.  

Volunteer Requirements

  • Attend a mandatory volunteer training session.
  • Commit to a minimum of three shifts, not including the mandatory volunteer training session
  • Wear the ISSW 2020 volunteer plaid Staff Shirt (supplied)
  • Volunteers are ambassadors of Fernie and the ISSW 2020 and, as such, will represent ISSW in a positive manner to delegates, speakers, staff and other volunteers.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to the event. There will be no volunteer parking at the venue. 


In return for volunteer services, ISSW 2020 offers the following benefits:

  • Complimentary food & beverage during volunteer shifts
  • Complimentary admission to the Conference for those who volunteer 20+ hours 
  • Plaid volunteer shirt
  • Volunteer appreciation party

What roles can I volunteer for? 

Welcome Crew

Roles Position Summary Tasks Key Skills
Information, Hosts, Parking attendants The welcome crew volunteers provide information and assistance for visitors throughout ISSW 2020 Greeting delegates, information, assist with field trips, bike/vehicle parking Customer service, knowledge of venue & area, people skills

Registration and Merchandise Sales

Roles Position Summary Tasks Key Skills
Registration, Merchandise Sales, Liquor ticket sales Volunteers will ensure delegates are registered and receive necessary accreditation. They will also help with selling ISSW merchandise and tickets to other events Register delegates, merchandise sales, ticket sales Customer service, good communication, comfortable with computers, sales experience

Room Monitors

Roles Position Summary Tasks Key Skills
Room Monitors at 3 venue locations (arena, curling club, community center) Badge check at entry doors, door security, poster room monitors Monitor doors at various venues, capacity count, information, mic running Customer service, communication (additional language an asset)

Venue Set-up and Maintenance

Roles Position Summary Tasks Key Skills
Venue Set-up, Exhibitor support, Waste management Initial set-up of venues, change-overs in venues (e.g. theatre to banquet), poster presentation set-up/tear-down, exhibitor support Set-up chairs/tables, install signage, set up tents, assist exhibitors, monitor waste & recycle stations Able to move/lift objects, physically able, problem solving

Food and Beverage

Roles Position Summary Tasks Key Skills
Servers, Food court assist, Waste management Bartenders and door security at evening social events, assist with coffee breaks and happy hours, Food Court assist Monitor and assist with food vendors, bartending, clean-up Customer service, Liquor sales certification (Serving it Right)

We will consider your interest and positions selected, however, your assigned positions will be based on available hours and required tasks.

Volunteer Registration will reopen January 2021.

Thank you for your support! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ISSW 2020 Volunteer Coordinator Sue Boyd at


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