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General Volunteer Training, February 4th or February 11th, 2 -3 p.m. HQ, Room 122
905 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
Officiant Training, January 21st, 4 - 6 p.m. Rates Hearing Room, 120 Lloyd Blvd. Ste 200 Portland, OR 97232
Officiant Training, January 23rd, 4 - 6 p.m. Maintenance HQ, 1211 NE Minnehaha St. Vancouver, WA 98665
Primary Volunteer Job Descriptions:

BPA’s Regional Science Bowl (held at the University of Portland campus) runs on volunteer power!  We need close to 200 volunteers to make this event happen each year – sign up forms accepted now through early January 2020. See bottom of page for form.

  • Middle School event: Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • High School event: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Not sure what types of positions are available? 
Before the event we have Friday Night Set Up!  It only takes a few hours, snacks and beverages included!  4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Arrival to University of Portland for morning shifts on event day is 6 a.m. -6:30 a.m. for check in and t-shirt pick up.
The following shifts are available on event day: Morning 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Partial Day 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and All Day 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. or Afternoon (type in OTHER box if you are interested in this shift.)1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (includes final competition and help tear down competition rooms and put materials on rolling carts.) After sign ups conclude, you may be contacted by our volunteer coordinator to fill a different time slot based on scheduling needs. Shift assignments will be finalized in January 2020. Michelle Whalen at is the point of contact for scheduling.

We need Judge/Timekeepers (setting/resetting buzzer lights, use stopwatch to monitor time during competition, collaborate and make judgements during competitions), Moderators (read questions during team competitions, keep the competitions moving along, make the tough calls when teams interrupt, blurt out answers and reign in disruptions from the audience), Scorekeepers (fill out scoreboard during team competitions), Set up Crew, Tear Down Crew (breaking down rooms after competition), Door holders, Runners (typically staffed by kids age 9 years and up is preferred – running scores from competition rooms to score room), Lobby Activity Tables,  Information table, Check in, Score room (data entry of scores into system), Greeters, Team lunch cooler monitor (label and watch over the team lunch coolers while they compete), Volunteer room monitors (checking in volunteers, passing out volunteer gear), Catering monitor for three buildings (making sure we receive the food we have ordered) and Team t-shirt/bag distribution.