Earth Guardians are volunteers who help guard the Earth and keep her clean. We make sure everyone is following the Leave No Trace (LNT) Principle, and we pick up MOOP (Matter Out Of Place; trash) if its original owners forgot it or lost it to the wind.
Earth Guardians are also Guardians of the Loo, which maintain the trash in and around the porta potties, while reminding participants the Porta-Potty Pledge: “If it doesn’t come out of your body, it doesn’t go in the potty.”
After you’ve purchased your ticket to the event, you can sign up for volunteer shifts.
General Volunteering Policy:
- Be sober, rested, fed, hydrated, and properly attired.
- Show up to your shift on time so the volunteer from the previous shift can be relieved.
- Try to get an assessment from the previous volunteer or a team member about the current condition, any issues you should be aware of, to confirm you understand what is needed from you during the shift, and to ask any initial questions.
- Make friends with other volunteers on your shift and try to figure out how everybody can help each other out.
- Try to be friendly to everyone, offer to help others whenever possible, and give appreciation or compliments when appropriate.
- If you aren’t sure about something, ask another shift volunteer or team member.
- If there’s ever a problem that needs outside help, especially if an emergency, send for a Ranger.
- During or after your shift, try to provide feedback to a team leader about your experience, and any suggestions for improvement.
- If you are not the last shift of the day, stay on shift until you are relieved by the next volunteer. If you’re the only volunteer on shift and more than 20 minutes pass, send someone to the volunteer station to find someone to relieve you, and to ask what to do next. If you have another volunteer shift to start, someone also needs to let that other volunteer know that you’re being held up and will be there as soon as possible to relieve them.
- If you enjoyed your shift, we hope you’ll tell others about it, sign up for these shifts in the future, and even consider becoming a team member or lead.
- If you didn’t enjoy your shift, please share why not with a team member so improvements can be made. There are many teams and shifts to choose from, so hopefully you can find the right match next time.
- If you like the department and its mission, but not the way it’s being run, then we’d love for you to become a team member so you can help be the agent of change for the better.
- Thank you.
GLoo volunteers are Guardians of the Loo. These dedicated individuals do their best to keep the porta potties relatively clean for their short term visitors. We typically hire a service that empties and cleans the potties every morning so GLoo volunteers mostly just keep them from getting trashed during the day. As an added bonus, GLoo shifts are the only 2 hour shift; all others are 4 hours.
- Follow the General Volunteering Policy.
- Enforce the Porta-Potty Pledge, “If it doesn’t come out of your body, it doesn’t go in the potty.” Toilet paper is ok, but no baby wipes, trash, or anything else that might clog the siphoning machines.
- Educate Participants about proper potty etiquette.
- Refill toilet paper and necessity bags in potties as needed.
- Remove MOOP/trash as needed, in and around the potties.
- Judge potties for Golden Loo points.
MOOP Patrol are volunteers who maintain the Leave No Trace (LNT) Principle. “Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.”
- Follow the General Volunteering Policy.
- Patrol the grounds for MOOP (Matter Out Of Place), which is any stuff that shouldn’t be there, including even the smallest piece of trash.
- If you find potential MOOP, try to locate the owner and ask if they plan to take care of it.
- If the MOOP has been abandoned, pick it up.
- If it’s too big to pick up and take with you, alert a team member or Ranger.
Earth Guardian Team Members:
Earth Guardian Coordinator
The Earth Guardian Coordinator makes sure the team is running smoothly and everyone has what they need to guard the Earth.
Duties Before the Event:
- Be part of the Event Planning group.
- Join the Event Planning communication channels.
- Have an Assistant Coordinator or “Coordinator in Training” so duties can be shared or taken over as needed.
- Inventory supplies & submit orders for additional supplies to the Event Coordinator at least 45 days prior to the event.
- Arrange for supplies to be transported to event site.
- Submit needed volunteer schedules to WebTeam for website inclusion.
- Solicit volunteers for the event.
- Monitor volunteer signups to confirm most shifts will be adequately covered.
During the Event:
- Make sure all supplies arrived at the event site.
- Make sure all volunteers understand their duties, are properly trained, and have all necessary supplies & equipment.
- Make sure shifts are adequately being covered, and if not, take steps to ensure that they are.
- Periodically monitor that the shift volunteers are doing a satisfactory job.
- Individually thank all volunteers for their help, before and after their shift.
- Give praise, appreciation, and compliments to the entire team often and abundantly.
- If appropriate, nicely offer ways the volunteers can do a better job, or make it easier on themselves.
- During or after their shift, ask the volunteers for feedback about their experience, and any suggestions for improvement.
- Occasionally ask participants if they feel your volunteers are doing a good job. Ask for any suggestions or room for improvement.
- Document the feedback you get, and any other notes or reminders which may help you write the post-event summary to the Event Coordinator.
- Solicit volunteers for the current or future events.
After the Event:
- Arrange for any supplies or equipment to be packed up and transported to its designated storage.
- Submit a summary of problems, concerns, suggestions, and successes regarding this team to the Event Coordinator.
- Submit a report to the Event Coordinator of amounts of supplies used, and suggest the approximate amount of supplies and equipment needed per 100 attendees to help with future approximations. Also include any requests for new, replacement, or rental equipment to be available for the next event.