Swinburne TSSE 2022

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Applications are now open for Swinburne TSSE!

After several years of lockdowns, YSA Melbourne is proud to be offering volunteering opportunities in the June-July period. And we don't just have one! From the 28th to the 30th of June, Monash University is running MYSci, their science experience for year 11 and 12 students. The week after, the Swinburne TSSE is running from the 6th to the 8th of July.

Swinburne Santos Science Experience

  • Wednesday 6th of July – Friday 8th of July
  •  It is held at Swinburne University in Hawthorn
  • It is a day program (students travel home each night)
  • Non-residential for staff and students (we do get there early to help though!)
  • Staffies must be at least year 11
  • Volunteers must be a current YSA member!

How can I help?

For most people, you'll probably be looking for the position of Staffie, which are the general volunteers. However, we also have a leadership team, made up of the Kahuna (the main organiser) and the Gophers, who are their helpers!

In order to be able to be a Kahuna (coordinator), or Gopher (assistant coordinator), it is highly preferred that you are able to attend the entire given program, including training sessions to be held before the program.

Staffie role

Staffies are YSA volunteers who help to make program the super fun experience it is for students, while keeping everybody safe and excited. You’ll have a partner (or two) and will receive training. As a staffie, it’ll be your job to:

• Run games and lead conversations with students

• Lead students around campus, take them to workshops and lectures, while ensure that they are getting involved the best they can

• Work in a team with your staffie partner, other staffies, and the leadership team to make sure the program runs smoothly

• Keep track of students to make sure nobody gets lost or gets involved in anything unsafe

• Be a representative of science and encouraging students to chat, make friends, and experience science for themselves.

• Swinburne TSE is accepting staffies of all ages! As long as you have previously attended a TSE, or are too old to attend one (aka year 11 and above), you can apply to staff!

If you are personally unable to staff any of these programs, please encourage your friends to enrol and apply instead! 

Sounds cool, but how do I apply?

If you'd like to apply to be a Staffie, click the link below to fill out the application!

Staffie Application

The Kahuna role

  • liaising with our partner organisations and the YSA committee (including attending meetings)
  • planning logistics, including organising, transport, etc
  • planning YSA's involvement, including activities, training, staff selection, etc
  • coordinating and running the program on the ground

Candidates should be familiar with YSA's programs and activities, and must be over 18 at the time of the program. Typically, a Kahuna should have staffed several outreach programs and already have experience in organising YSA events in some capacity (eg: Gopher of a previous TSE, outreach or Mysci program).

There will be one Kahuna needed for each of MYSci and Swinburne TSSE.

The Gopher role

  • assisting in coordination, planning and running of the program
  • supporting the Kahuna during the program
  • taking care of students and staffies (volunteers) during on the program
  • liaising between Staffies and the Kahuna

We are looking for three Gophers for Swinburne! There are no requirements for this position. Previous outreach experience as a Staffie is preferred, but not compulsory. 

Sounds cool, but how do I apply?

If you'd like to apply to be on the leadership team, click the link below to fill out the application!

Leadership Application

If you've got any questions feel free to send our secretary an email at secretary@melbourne.ysa.org.au.