2010 Orca Bowl

Volunteer at the Washington Orca Bowl Competition at the University of Washington February 28, 2015

Washington’s regional Orca Bowl competition would not be possible without the generous support and dedication of volunteers. Each year, over 100 people come together to run each exciting and dynamic competition, helping to engage and inspire high school students in the ocean sciences.

We need volunteers like you to help us host the 18th annual Orca Bowl Competition. Volunteers are needed to set up competition rooms on Friday, February 27th and during the competition on Saturday, February 28th.

Are you interested in volunteering? Please fill out the Prospective Volunteer Questionnaire.

Volunteer Roles

Competition Officials — Help to judge/facilitate the team competition rooms, serving as moderators, timekeepers, rules judges, scorekeepers, science judges and room runners. Competition officials are required to attend at least two trainings prior to the event, and be available for the entirety of the competition day. More information on responsibilities of these positions is available online.

General Support Volunteers — Help with event preparation leading up to the competition and with specific tasks (registration, set-up/clean-up, message-running, etc.) on the day of the event.

Enrichment Presenters — Help with lab tours, hands-on experiences and other enrichment activities throughout the competition.

Learn more about volunteer roles at NOSB's Competition Official webpage.

Please contact orcabowl@uw.edu if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

2015 Orientation Dates and Location

All volunteer officials are required to attend at least one orientation session prior to the competition.

Volunteer orientation dates are as follows:

  1. New Volunteer Info Session - Tuesday, December 2, 2015 5:30-6:30pm*
  2. Training Session - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:30-7:30pm
  3. Training Session - Monday, January 26, 2015 5:30-7:30pm
  4. Training Session - Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:30-7:30pm
  5. Training Session - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:30-7:30pm

All trainings will be held in the Fishery Sciences Building - please look for signage for specific location.

*An abridged training session that highlights information about the Orca Bowl program and what it means to be a volunteer. If you are unable to make the New Volunteer Info Session, you may still attend the regular training sessions.Competition Officials required to attend 2 training sessions.

Become an Orca Bowl/NOSB Sponsor

By becoming an Orca Bowl/NOSB, you are encouraging and supporting the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians and informed citizens to consider and appreciate the ocean on a regional and global scale.
How you can help:

  1. Provide funds to assist with travel and lodging costs for teams and their coaches — teams travel from all over the state to participate).
  2. Help cover costs for meals for teams and volunteers — young minds at work need good, nourishing food to fuel them through the competition.
  3. Donate funds toward general event support — venue rental, printing, supplies, A/V rentals, etc.
  4. Donate study resources — marine-related textbooks, ocean science literature, etc. to support the months of preparation that teams engage in; or fun and relevant mementos that will be used for team prize bags — water bottles, tee-shirts, pens/pencils, key chains, etc. Each team that participates receives a prize bag for all of their efforts.

2015 Orca Bowl Sponsors

Super-Pod ($5,000 and above)

J – Pod ($1,000 - $4,999)

K – Pod ($100 - $999)

L – Pod (up to $100)