Getting Started as a GSA

Welcome! We are excited that you have chosen to give your time to the New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors. Thank you!

Refer to the Policy Manual you received in class. It has a lot of details to help you along the way – even more than below!!

Click here for a list of speakers and presentations.

Click here for a tour of our GSA website. If your browser won’t let you play videos from YouTube, try Chrome Browser.

Click here to view a video tutorial of how to use our online calendar system.
Please take a few minutes to watch it before signing in. It has some additional information that you may find useful.

 

GSA Sign Up#1 LOGIN

Your first ‘assignment’ will be to log into our Online Calendar and Communications System and update your Profile tab. Click the Sign-Up button from any page.

When you log in the first time, the system will prompt you to change your password. If you forget it or have trouble logging in, we can reset it.

#2 UPDATE PROFILE & CHOOSE CALENDARS

Go to the MY PROFILE tab at the top.

UPDATE your contact information. The email on file will be your username for logging in.

UPDATE your Emergency Contact information with 2 emergency contacts (one that is not a GSA, and one that is your doctor). Use the “RELATIONSHIP” toggle at the end of each contact form to designate which is your doctor etc.

UPLOAD a photo if you would like

CHOOSE WHICH SIGN UP CALENDARS YOU WILL SEE. Scroll down to MY CENTER ASSIGNMENTS and check off 1 or 2 centers. We apologize we can’t make it not show the stuff you don’t need. Relevant centers will have [Official Visitor Information Centers\ after the center name.

You will always be able to see Events, Meetings, Tours, Gatherings… no need to check these off.

Go to bottom of page and SAVE

#3 CHOOSE MENTOR SHIFTS

Go to the CALENDARS tab. Click on a date. View available shifts. Choose a date, time and location that suits you. Call 960-0272 or email Kelly at kelly@nhgsa.com to schedule your mentor shifts. This way Kelly can be sure you are expected and your mentor is available to train you.

Once you have mentored 3 shifts at a center, you can click the SIGN ME UP button on any available shifts.

#4 LOGOUT

To learn more about available volunteer opportunities, visit our For Current GSAs information page at www.NHGSA.com/gsa and explore!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The volunteer hours I’ve served aren’t showing in the online calendar system.

Posted hours will be about 5 weeks behind. At the beginning of each month, your center manager will mail the tick sheets from the previous month to our office to be entered. One we receive all the centers sheets, we begin data entry which takes about a week.

I want to go on a tour that requires 50 volunteer hours. I’ve served the hours, but they aren’t posted to my account yet. Can I still go?

Yes! We go by what you have served, not what your file says.

I’ve volunteered my first 50 hours. Can I get my free shirt and permanent badge?

You can place your shirt order when you reach 50 hours from our merchandise page. Contact Kelly or Emily to get your coupon code to use in our store. If you already purchased a shirt and would like to use the $20 credit, we have a coupon code for that too! Orders go out in June and November, with spot orders in the middle. If we are placing an order and you are almost there, you can order your free shirt in anticipation of reaching your 50 hours. Badges are ordered in bulk and presented at our awards luncheon in June.

Permanent Badge Samples – badges are awarded at our June AMBIEs luncheon

Green – 50 hours
Green hang tags – as earned
Silver – 10 years or 1000 hours (Lifetime Member)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uniform

When do I need to wear my GSA uniform?

When you are officially “on-duty” as a Granite State Ambassador at any contact points, including visitor information centers, tours, special events and some meetings. The information page on our website will designate the requirements.

 

I have a GSA logo’d shirt. Can I still wear the plain dark green shirt I wore as a new GSA?

No. Wearing a plain shirt without a GSA logo is intended as a temporary fix until you earn your full uniform. Exception: if you volunteer daily and you don’t own enough uniform shirts, you can wear a dark green plain shirt on occasion – but you MUST wear your green permanent badge with the GSA logo on your shirt (not your silver small badge if you’ve earned one).

 

Can I wear a dark green vest over my uniform?

Yes, if it is a GSA logo’d vest. Exception: if you wear your green permanent badge with the GSA logo on your vest (not your silver small badge if you’ve earned one).

 

Can I dress up my uniform with a scarf?

No. Your shirt must be displayed cleanly with no scarves or other garments/accessories covering your shirt.

 

Can I wear a long sleeve shirt under my uniform to keep warm?

Yes if it’s solid white, black, navy, burgundy/cranberry, or dark green.

 

When do I change the color of my uniform pants?

When Emerson Aviation declares Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee you start wearing Khaki.

The Day after Columbus Day, you start wearing Black (this change hasn’t been formally announced yet).

 

Why is there such a variety of shirts / uniforms available? Why not just one rigid standard?

GSAs are encouraged to be authentic and not cookie cutter. We recognize that not all body’s fit into just one brand or style. We prefer that our GSAs are comfortable in their uniforms so that they project that authenticity and are free to shine unencumbered. We do ask that our GSAs do not push to go outside our generous uniform parameters.

 

Can I bring my purse with me? I may need something.

No, please lock them in your car. You may wear a waist pack or small wallet-style bag (no larger than 6” x 4” in size). GSA cinch packs are only allowed on designated tours and duties as specified on the information webpage. If the visitor center has a place to stow it, you may bring it, but it must be out of sight.

 

Can I wear a hat?

A GSA hat is preferable. Other NH, or non-logo’d hats are acceptable where appropriate. Hats with other state/team logos are not acceptable (note Boston Red Sox is not NH).