In 2016, our members gave over 1650 hours of their time and skills in a voluntary capacity. This made a huge difference to the organisation. This included, volunteering on the committees, helping with the website, working in the office on projects, volunteering at conferences and workshops, running field trips and courses, contributing to the magazine, the development of the North Sea Map and running events up and down the country for the regional groups and the Special interest groups. I haven’t included the hours given over to mentoring students and the time many of you give to talk about careers in Geo Science at schools and events. There is a history and a culture of volunteering within the geoscience industry that our members can be justly proud of.
Why volunteer with us?
- Give back to the geoscience community
- Develop ideas that you believe in
- Offer skills to fill the gap, develop new ones and enhance your CV where appropriate
Volunteering for the PESGB should always be a 2-way relationship where both parties get a benefit. We can offer interesting and challenging opportunities, where you can get a sense of satisfaction from a job done well. There are opportunities for roles with decision making elements, positions with responsibilities and the opportunity to make a difference to elements of the membership. Volunteers are recognised and embraced as part of the PESGB team
Opportunities can be time limited, on a regular basis, at a venue, the office or from your desk in some cases. Over 6 months or 6 hours, volunteering really can be shaped to fit in with what you are doing.
- Consult the community
- Develop new ideas
- Bring in new skills
- Achieve what would otherwise be impossible
Within the PESGB team and Council we have big ambitions for the Society, things we would like to achieve, new projects and the re-imagining of existing activities. These are ideas that would benefit from careful consideration and the time to develop and deliver the desired outcomes.
This is where volunteering provides an opportunity to make these things happen and historically our members have been happy to participate, particularly in conference committees and making ’tangible things happen’. This willingness to ‘help’ is something the industry can be justly proud of.
Volunteers receive expenses as it shouldn’t cost you money to give your time. Travel costs and lunch can be reimbursed on presentation of receipts.
Hear from a volunteer…
SEAPEX London 2018 Committee
We are organising a conference in partnership with SEAPEX for the first time in London in June 2018. It will be the first time we have organised a conference in this model and there is much to do, we require members volunteer on the committee. Each role on the committee has a function, a role and an outcome to deliver so more than one individual can sit in each function just to spread the workload.
Roles include: University Participation, Exhibitor Recruitment, Social Secretary, Field Trip Organiser, Web Marketing, PR and Blog content, Media, Moderator Coordinator, Quiz Organiser, Opening & Closing Event
PROSPEX 2017 Committee
The PROSPEX committee still exists in the traditional form of Organising Committee and a Technical Committee. This will change and develop and roles will be available like the ones for SEAPEX but obviously with a different focus. If you would like to help with PROSPEX in one of the roles or in an admin and organisational capacity based in the office 1 day per week in the run up to PROSPEX please get in touch.
Regional group event organiser
The Regional groups do great work in offering opportunities for members outside London and Aberdeen to engage with the PESGB and we value their contribution enormously. Some of the groups are active and others are suffering from a lack of interest. This role would re-look at the less active groups and explore the companies that work in the area for opportunities to build the activity back up. This can be done from the office or at home (or a mixture) its quite flexible and the role is time limited, if that’s required, as once the group is back up and running they are pretty self sufficient.
Stoneley/GEOLiteracy Public engagement
The Stoneley Lecture is part of a series of activity now, which aims to engage the public. The public for these events are the friends and family of our members and we strongly believe this is a wonderful opportunity to spread the passion our members feel about Earth Science. This role will explore further opportunities to add to the programme of activity in 2017 we engaged 1500+ people and in 2018 we want to increase this. As a volunteer you will be contacting other societies, individuals and organisations to explore opportunities to add to the programme through partnerships and then supporting the event through to successful execution.
This is mixed location volunteering as it can be done form home or the office (though some time will be spent in the office). This could be one day every two weeks over approximately 9 months.
Website Industry news journalist
Our new website requires lots of new and up to date content. If you are interested in writing about what’s happening in the industry, who is taking over who and who has had some success to celebrate then we would like to hear from you. Good English skills and the ability to cross check your articles to make sure they are fact is essential. We require approximately one article per week of around 500 words. This is not office based at all and we would require a minimum of 13 articles from you.
Member to Member advise Website page -resources and advice
Here at the PESGB we are often asked by members about starting their own businesses, HR and Legal issues and other things that we really aren’t qualified to advise on. We would like a knowledgeable volunteer to write articles for the website offering advice to members and answering their questions. We require approximately one article per month of around 700 words. This is not office based at all and we would require a minimum of 12 articles from you.
Stories from SCID projects – research and write
The PESGB has been giving grants to organisations since 2004 and in 2016 we did a review of the last 2 years. We would now like an in-depth look at the funding given and the impact that it has had.
This role would look back through the funding record and see how these organisations are doing and what the money was spent. Stories from the organisations and opportunities for our members to get involved. This will form the basis of a webpage which once established will be up dated annually by volunteers. The role initially will be 2 days per week in the office for 6 weeks in order to get the page up and running and then the volunteer can decide alongside the office how the role progresses.
Anecdotes from the start of the North Sea oil industry boom – create and refresh the page.
As the society started with the North Sea we wanted to feature this on the website with stories and resources for members. This volunteering role involves setting up the page content and refreshing it on a quarterly basis. Seeking out new articles and contacting members for stories. This role can be done from home or the office and the initial commitment is one year.
YP Summit organisation and liaising
The PESGB would like to organise the YPs of the various petroleum societies to come together for an event in 2018. We’re calling the event The YP Summit and have spoken to several societies about this and demand is there. We now need to establish further organisational structures and agreements with the other societies on how we will proceed. It’s an exciting project with lots of scope for creativity. Those involved need excellent organisational and people skills coupled with an eye for detail.
We would be looking for an individual/s to commit to the project for approximately 12 months and it would be a mixture of in office and home working. You do not need to be a YP to do this role as there will be many YPs involved in all aspects of the event.
Africa Conference volunteers
If you fancy giving a day or two of your time to some event volunteering then we would be happy to accommodate you at this year’s Africa conference 31st August and 1st Sept at the Business Design Centre in Islington. We would appreciate your help on registration, at the talks, preparing the rooms for speakers, directing delegates etc. If you would be interested in giving your time then do please get in touch.
To volunteer, or for further information on opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org