GMU-WYSE Faculty Advisors needed

George Mason University and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) seek several dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to fill the positions of Faculty Advisor for a week-long residential student leadership conference held June 26-July 1, 2016. WYSE brings together 250 of the Nation’s brightest rising high school juniors and seniors for an experiential and intensive conference focusing on leadership and environmental science and conservation. The students will reside on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, while taking advantage of Washington, D.C. and venues such as the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the U.S. Capitol. Detailed program information and a tentative schedule can be found at

Job Description:

The Faculty Advisor will be responsible for providing students with the best possible conference experience. Each Advisor will be assigned to a group of no more than 25 students and will facilitate the assigned curriculum and discussion topics. The Faculty Advisor must be able and willing to interact in a large group setting and is responsible for the students’ safety and well-being at all times during the conference. Faculty Advisors reside in on-campus, single-room accommodations for the duration of the conference.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Ability to carry out the responsibilities listed above
  • Interest in and knowledge of environmental science/conservation studies/sustainability efforts
  • Experience and/or interest in working with high school students
  • A high energy level, flexibility and the ability to work extended days and hours
  • Ability to reside on campus at George Mason University for the entire conference week
  • Attend a mandatory paid training session immediately prior to the conference and participate in several conference calls leading up to the conference
  • Pass a mandatory criminal background check
  • Faculty Advisors are expected to be on campus from the evening of Thursday, June 23, 2016 to the late-afternoon on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Compensation: Each Faculty Advisor will receive $2,200 plus single-room accommodations for the conference week (June 26-July 1, 2016) plus 3 training days prior to the conference (June 23, 24, and 25). We expect the compensation to cover your travel and minimal meal costs during the conference.

Faculty Advisors are expected to be on campus from the evening of Thursday, June 23, 2016 to the late-afternoon on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Application Review is on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2016 with final decisions made by March 1, 2016

Interested candidates should review the conference details at & and then submit a letter of interest and resume, including references, to:

Richard Friesner, Ph.D.
Program Director
Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
Phone: (703) 993-5417

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: