Girls Rock! Des Moines values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.

Girls Rock! Des Moines welcomes individuals who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming to apply for direct volunteer positions at camp



Instrument Instructors are in charge of giving campers the tools they need to write an original song and perform a cover song with their band. The goal of instruction is for each camper to feel that she can contribute to the songwriting process and be happy with her part in the song, whatever that may be.

Instrument Instructors need to have basic knowledge of their instruments (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, or drums) and basic music theory to comfortably teach campers with backgrounds ranging from no experience on their instruments to several years of camp under their belt. You will need to work with the other instructors to manage the skill levels and needs of all students in your instrument group.

Musical experience is required for this position, but the curriculum outline and teaching materials will be provided by GR!DSM.

Mandatory Volunteer Training, date & time TBD

Instrument Instructors are also encouraged to be band coaches if their schedule permits!


Band coaches are assigned to work with a band and help them write their very own song and pick a cover tune for the showcase. During camp, they assist their assigned band during practice. This ranges from learning how to play as a group (both musically and interpersonally), troubleshooting gear setup, and guiding them in their collaborative songwriting process.

Lead Band Coach

(Some musical experience/experience in a band preferred) Must have basic familiarity with music making and songwriting. Don’t feel dissuaded if you do not feel like an expert musician – we try to pair band coaches with complementary skill sets together.

Support Band Coach

This position is for those that may have a lot of experience working with kids and can help with the basics of structuring a song and help setting up instruments. We can make sure to pair you with someone who is comfortable on multiple instruments but maybe hasn’t ever worked with kids before.  Diverse skill sets are valuable!

Mandatory Volunteer Training for all Band Coaches, date & time TBD


Counselors serve as mentors for the campers. This involves checking in with them every morning, eating with them at lunch, sitting with them in morning and/or closing meetings, making sure they are where they need to be at all times, and offering advice and help throughout the day.

From helping make band rules on day one, to providing collaboration help or managing creative differences midweek, to stage fright prevention on Showcase day, you’ll provide a new set of ears and a different perspective on a situation — or just a break for a tired band coach.

Experience with youth in a counseling or education environment welcome.

iROCK CLASS SUPPORT:  Counselors provide support for iROCK teachers by helping to facilitate activities and work one on one with those struggling to participate or share.

No musical experience necessary. Mandatory Volunteer Training, date & time TBD


Photographers and videographers work together and separately to document camp and the showcase through photos and video.

No musical experience necessary. Mandatory Volunteer Training, date & time TBD


iRock Teachers lead campers who are loosely divided by age through their classes. They will need to organize their lessons plans and connect activities to the mission of camp, directly or indirectly. Past iROCK classes have ranged from songwriting to how to rock on stage, to herstory of women in rock and roll & how to book a gig. We are also always open to new workshop proposals!

No musical experience necessary. Mandatory Volunteer Training, date & time TBD