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ANTHROCON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

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Our Volunteering FAQ

Thank you for your interest in helping out with Anthrocon. We depend on our small but dedicated army of volunteers to help with the thousands of things that need to be done. While we cannot pay our volunteers for their unselfish service, we can at least try to make their efforts worthwhile. As you work, we will ask you to keep track of your hours on a form that we will give to you. You will be given a timesheet and a fabulous ribbon when you sign up.

If you work for six (6) hours during the convention, we will give you a a small token of our appreciation TBD. If you work for twelve (12) hours during the convention, we will give you a free Anthrocon T-shirt! If you work more than eighteen (18) hours, we will give you a complimentary membership to Anthrocon next year.

Except as noted below, we usually do not try to assign volunteers tasks ahead of time. This is simply because people's plans change even up to the last minute.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this e-form with your information. You will also need to stop by the Convention Operations Office (aka Con Ops) to get your timesheet.

The list below is to give you an idea of what sort of help we need and when, and to give you a chance to plan ahead on your own what you might want to do to help out.

Where, when, and why we need volunteers.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

  • EARLY-MORNING Pittsburgh-area Loaders. We need folks who can travel to the Anthrocon storage locker, located about 5 miles north of the Convention Center in Pittsburgh, in order to help load the equipment that we keep there. The truck is arriving in the area around 7:30 AM! We need about 3-4 people with good strong backs; additionally, we need one or two people who are either local to the Pittsburgh area, or will have a car with them, who can help shuttle volunteers out and back. The truck is expected to arrive at the storage locker at 7:30 AM and is expected to be there about an hour, so we will need people who can get up early to help out. Breakfast will be provided when we arrive in Pittsburgh! Since Con Ops will not yet be open, we will have volunteer timesheets on hand and can sign you up at the storage facility. If you can commit to helping with this activity, please email volunteer(AT)anthrocon.org and let us know (1) that you are available, (2) whether you will have a car, and (3) if so, how many people you anticipate that you could take in your car.
  • Unloaders. A fully-laden truck will be arriving at the Westin at approximately 9:30 AM (that's in the morning, as a reminder!). We will need 2-3 people to carry some of the equipment from the loading dock up to the Crawford Room. If you couldn't make it early enough to be a "Loader," we can still use your strong back here. There will not be a lot of material going to the Westin, so we only need a few folks here. If you would look to help out with this activity, just stop by the Westin Operations Office located in the Crawford Room, 3rd floor.
  • Internet Room Volunteers. Help run cables, carry computers around, and learn from the immortal Tigerwolf! We also have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • Registration Volunteers. We'll have more than 6000 registration bags to stuff with con books, flyers, pocket programs, and so forth. It is a tedious task, but the more folks we have working on it, the faster it will go. You'll even get credit for 150% of the time given! This year the job is going to take place in Concourse B of the Convention Center, starting around 12:00 PM, much earlier than in previous years. You must stop by Con Ops first and sign up as a volunteer complete with ribbon before coming down to help!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

  • Registration Volunteers. With the new expanded layout for registration this year we will need a significantly larger number of volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you. You'll even get credit for 150% of the time given! We are asking that volunteers start showing up at 10:00 am.
  • Art Alley Volunteers. The Artist Alley is looking for a few good volunteers to help with a general office duties during normal office hours (9 AM to 6 PM). Good communication skills are a must and a strong back would be nice, but isn't required.
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help in getting artists checked in and making sure everything flows smoothly.
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • Headless Zone Assistants. Weary fursuiters will be grateful for your help as they stop in to cool off.
  • Internet Room Volunteers. We have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • A/V Assistants. Audio & Video needs volunteers who are comfortable learning and working with professional A/V gear, and who can keep a cool head when the pressure is on. We are especially looking for individuals who are willing to return from year to year.
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Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st, 2017

  • Registration Volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you! We will still need a significant number of volunteers on Friday. We are asking the volunteers start showing up at registration between 8:00 and 8:30 on Friday as we will be opening at 9:00.
  • Art Alley Volunteers. The Artist Alley is looking for a few good volunteers to help with a general office duties during normal office hours (9 AM to 6 PM). Good communication skills are a must and a strong back would be nice, but isn't required.
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help in getting the rest of the artists checked in, signing up bidders, and making sure everything flows smoothly, as well as help with the Mature Art Auction Saturday night.
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • Headless Zone Assistants. Weary fursuiters will be grateful for your help as they stop in to cool off.
  • Internet Room Volunteers. We have a special need for night-owls to keep an eye on the Internet Room between the hours of midnight and 8 AM. Hours worked in this late-night capacity will count at 200% of time worked. If you will be available to help out during this time, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • A/V Assistants. Audio & Video needs volunteers who are comfortable learning and working with professional A/V gear, and who can keep a cool head when the pressure is on. We are especially looking for individuals who are willing to return from year to year.
  • Programming Office. Want to learn the ropes about how programming works for a convention? Want to help us keep Anthrocon flowing smoothly. Well come work in the programming office Your will be helping us keep the show running on time, help attendees with questions, and most importantly help us understand what attendees want!
  • Convention Operations. Looking to get a foot in the door with Convention Operations? Volunteers able to do quick and accurate data entry are being sought.

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

  • Registration Volunteers. Want to help hand out badges or check folks in? We can certainly use you! Also, once Registration closes in the afternoon there'll be a lot of things to pack up.
  • Art Show Volunteers. The Art Show staff can use help with the General Art Auction, in getting artists checked out and making sure the Art Pickup flows smoothly.
  • Charity Assistants. The charity auction may need some folks backstage to help organize the items and to man the radio. We may also need runners at the auction itself.
  • Dealers Room. For Dealer load-out, we need to be sure the Dealers have packed up and left their areas tidy. We'll need a few folks to help with verification! This will run from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday.
  • Door Guards. There's some areas that require Anthrocon badges to enter. We often ask sharp-eyed volunteers to man the door and make sure the riffraff don't get in!
  • Headless Zone Assistants. Weary fursuiters will be grateful for your help as they stop in to cool off.
  • Internet Room Volunteers. Help pack up cables, carry computers around, and pack the Tigerden truck to return home around 9pm. If you will be available to help out, please contact tigerwolf(at)tigerden.com in advance.
  • Convention Operations. Looking to get a foot in the door with Convention Operations? Volunteers able to do quick and accurate data entry are being sought.

For more information on volunteering, please see our Volunteering FAQ.

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