Each year hundreds of individuals give their time, energy, and creativity to help bring the NYC FIRST experience to thousands of youth across the city. Volunteers, like you, are essential to making our programs possible.

Our volunteers have the unique opportunity, either as a judge or referee, to watch our young participants learn, invent, and compete, all while having a lot of fun at the competitions! 

To get started with your volunteer journey, sign up on the FIRST website (at least 5 days before the event) and follow the directions for Event Volunteering (search NYC in the ‘Event, City or Venue’ box to see the list of our events). Signing up to volunteer and the background check is good for all of our events and lasts 3 years! If you need any assistance in signing up, please Contact Us.

PDF of volunteering instructions

Volunteer Opportunities


All of our programs are always in need of judges! As a judge, you will hear from teams and assess the criteria or rubric to determine which teams receive awards!


Do you like games or rules? Well then refereeing is perfect for you! As a referee, you will be making sure all of the rules are followed when teams are playing.


Queuers are integral to making our events run smoothly! As a queuer, you will make sure teams and students are where they need to be at all times.

So Many More!

Depending on the event, there are so many other volunteer roles! Once you select an event, a list of roles will show up. If you aren’t sure which to select, choose ‘Assign me anywhere.’

Event Calendar