Graduate Conference Staff
The Western History Association is seeking qualified students to serve as members of the Graduate Conference Staff (aka "Grad Staff") for its 61st Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The Graduate Conference Staff is a group of motivated and hard working graduate students who are energized by the study of the North American West and hope to benefit from extra involvement in the WHA's premier annual event.
Grad Staff Benefits
As part of the Grad Staff, you will have the opportunity of networking with many experienced scholars in the field of western history. Through this group of students you will join years of cohorts of Grad Staff "Alumni" who have moved ahead in the profession to earn awards, scholarships, conference program placement, and invaluable knowledge about how the WHA can work best for your interests. As part of the Grad Staff you will form your own generational network of connections with peer graduate student colleagues and gain access to dozens of conference sessions, events, meals, and other ticketed programs. The Grad Staff is a vital part of the conference's functionality and through this experience you will improve on professionalization and leadership skills.
Grad Staff Incentives
4 hours = Free Registration
6 hours = Free Registration and Grad Student Reception
8 hours = Free Registration, Grad Student Reception, Opening Reception
10 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 1 meal
12 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 3 meals
20 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Banquet, Shared Hotel Room
35 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Banquet, Shared Hotel Room, 1 year student membership.
Grad Staff Work Requirements
All Graduate Staff Members will use the app "When I Work" to view their schedules and to communicate with the WHA Staff during the conference. The Graduate Staff will not be able to alter their work schedules after October 18, 2021. Please make sure you communicate your requests before that date. The Graduate Staff who meet the work requirements will receive one shared hotel room. The Graduate Staff Member dress code is at a minimum business casual.
WHA Grad Staff Schedule
The WHA Graduate Staff can work shifts from October 26-30, 2021. The Graduate Staff who are located at or near the institutional host of the WHA Executive Office (University of Kansas) may have the opportunity to fill some hours before the conference. More details will be announced upon program completion.
WHA Grad Staff Shifts
Please combine a CV, three references, and a cover letter which includes your answers to the below questions into one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are submitted, please do not postpone applying as volunteer positions may fill up.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. August 31, 2021.
Submit applications (in one PDF file) and questions to Paige Mitchell or Kaitlin Sundberg at email@example.com
The WHA will notify applicants by September 5, 2021. We thank you in advance for your patience.