Volunteer Positions

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Alumni Ambassador:
Alumni Ambassadors interact with teams and serve as role models for team students and mentors. They educate and engage VIP guests to inspire their continued motivation, passion, and commitment to FIRST. Alumni Ambassadors are responsible for their own travel and accommodations, expenses, and arrangements.  FIRST experience not required, but helpful.

 

Ambassador Coordinator:
The Ambassador Coordinator assists the Regional Director in facilitating the Ambassador Program. The Ambassador Coordinator collaborates with event management staff to ensure fulfillment of meeting needs.  This position provides the opportunity to cultivate support for FIRST programs.

 

Assign as Needed:
This is a position for someone who is very flexible, and is willing to show up at the event ready to take on any volunteer assignment.  Duties may include filling in for last minute cancellations; and/or breaks for other volunteers in their job/assignment.  It is a great assignment for someone who is new to FIRST and does not know what they would like to do.  Volunteers in this position report to the Volunteer Registration Room for appropriate assignments as they come up throughout the event.

 

Control System Advisor:
(Key Volunteer Position)
The FIRST Control System Advisor is a volunteer who assists teams with Robot Control System-related issues.  Works in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor and/or Robot Inspectors, who may direct teams experiencing issues on the field or in the pits to the CSA for assistance. This position requires a high level of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, and has the ability to affect the quality of the event.

 

Crowd Control:
The Crowd Control volunteer position is a physically active position that requires facilitating smooth pedestrian traffic flow throughout the facility, monitor audience, and keep walkways and aisles clear. Effective crowd control is critical to a safe and well-run event.

 

Field Assembly/Disassembly:
Field Assembly/Disassembly volunteers assist with assembly/disassembly of the competition playing and practice fields.  Volunteers need not do both.  These volunteer roles have interesting and varied responsibilities and are physically active roles.

 

Field Reset Repair/Reset:
Volunteers repair and reset the playing field after each team match. They play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  Duties need to be done efficiently.  This position can be very physically active.

 

Field Supervisor:
(Key Volunteer Position)
The Field Supervisor participates in field construction and maintenance.  This is a critical role in the competition as you direct activity on the field to ensure smooth execution of the matches, maintain the pace of the event and smooth flow of match play.  He/she works in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor.  ** FIRST will provide pre-event training for this position **

 

FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant (FTAA)
The FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant is a volunteer who helps keep the FRC field and event running smoothly.  He/She works in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor.  It requires a high level of responsibility and has the ability to impact the quality of the event.

 

Game Announcer:
(Key Volunteer Position)
The Game Announcer works as part of a team with the Master of Ceremonies to energize the teams and spectators, generate and maintain interest, enthusiasm and excitement throughout the matches. Announces play-by-play commentary for each match.  Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event.  Key volunteer position, significantly impacts the success of the event.

 

Head Referee:
(This is a certified, Key Volunteer Position)
The Head Referee is responsible for training, directing and supervising all Referees and Official Scorers.  Oversees all scoring processes and procedures. Has final authority for decisions regarding team scores. The Head Referee plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Judge:
Judges are responsible for selecting team award recipients through interaction with teams, review of documentation regarding team background information to familiarize judges with teams, and serve as role models for the competitors. Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Judge Advisor:
(Assigned by FIRST Headquarters)
Judge Advisor is responsible for leading the judge panel, facilitating decisions, clarifying award guidelines and ensuring the overall consistency of the awards process in accordance to FIRST standards.
The Regional Planning Committee may nominate the Judge Advisor. To be considered for this position, the individual must have two years of prior judging experience. Once nominated, the Lead Judge Advisory panel and the Director of the FIRST Robotics Competition must approve the nominee.  Once approved the candidate will be contacted and assigned by FIRST HQ.
Prior to becoming a Judge Advisor, the candidate must attend a Judge Advisor training session held in January, conducted by the Lead Judge Advisory panel. Existing Judge Advisors are expected to attend this training session at least once every two years in order to remain qualified. All Judge Advisors are recruited and assigned by FIRST Headquarters.

 

Judge Assistant:
The Judge Assistant assists the Judge Advisor throughout the event, collaborates with event management staff to ensure meeting competition schedule, and is responsible for motivating and energizing the judge panel throughout the competition.  The Judge Assistant is not a judge or an assistant Judge Advisor and does not interview teams or participate in awards recipient selection process.

 

Lead Robot Inspector:
(This is a certified, Key Volunteer Position)
The Lead Robot Inspector will oversee and perform mandatory robot inspection and weigh-in processes to ensure compliance with robot construction rules. The Lead Robot Inspector is also responsible for training, supervising and directing the Robot Inspectors and making final decisions regarding inspection decision disputes.  Provide general technical support for teams by helping to resolve issues with their robots.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Lead Safety Advisor:
(Key Volunteer Position)
**Underwriter Industries (UL) assigns this position for FRC Regionals**
The Lead Safety Advisor works with a team of Safety Advisors to increase the awareness of safety among all FIRST participants. This individual will work with teams to ensure they understand, comply with, and practice the fundamentals of safety to ensure the safety of all event participants. The Lead Safety Advisor is responsible for providing training of the Safety Advisors in team coaching, mentoring and evaluation during the competition from Thursday to Saturday.  The Safety Advisors will also select one team to win the Industrial Safety Award at the conclusion of the event.

 

Lead Safety Glasses Attendant:
Oversee volunteers that are handing out safety glasses during the event in the pit area.  Maintain adequate supply of safety glasses and volunteers at the safety glasses locations, alert Volunteer Registration room when more volunteers are needed, schedule lunch and bathroom breaks for volunteers at safety glasses stations.

 

Lead Team Queuer:
(Key Volunteer Position)
T Directs and supervises the Team Queuers, determines team traffic flow on and off the field, monitors flow during the competition. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

 

Master Of Ceremonies (Emcee):
(Key Volunteer Position)
The Master of Ceremonies (a.k.a. MC or Emcee) is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition. He/she creates and sustains an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event, is the most visible presence at the event; embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador. The MC works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event. The MC ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event. This is a Key Volunteer Position that significantly impacts the quality of the competition.  ** FIRST Headquarters will provide pre-event training for this position. **

 

Official Scorer:
Official Scorers observe team matches, tally the official score of the matches using electronic input devices, validate final scores and participate in ensuring correct field setup between matches. Official Scorers will play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. This role is a physically active role positioned on the perimeter of the playing field. Works under the direction of the Head Referee.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Pit Administration Supervisor:
(Key Volunteer Position)
The Pit Administration Supervisor manages all activities in the Pit and Pit area operations including coordination of Pit Administration Table, team interface, and collaborating with Emergency Medical Technicians.

 

Pit Administration Support:
Provide direction, assistance, information, and support to teams in the Pit.  This is a physically active, fast-paced role.

 

Pit Announcer:
The Pit Announcer calls teams to the queuing area, and make general announcements via use of the public address system (PA). They work in collaboration with the Team Queuing volunteers to facilitate adherence to team match schedule.  Experience as a Pit Announcer volunteer preferred.

 

Practice Field Attendant:
Schedules and monitors practice field usage throughout the competition.  These volunteers are also responsible for keeping the practice field clean and free of debris and for reporting any malfunctions or damage to the field directly to the Field Supervisor.

 

Referee:
(This is a certified position)
Referees observe team matches, identify rule violations, and “call” them.  They calculate the official score of the matches and participate in deliberations regarding contested calls. Referees work under the direction of the Head Referee. They play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  This role is a physically active role positioned on the perimeter of the playing field.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Robot Inspector:
(This is a certified position)
Robot Inspectors perform mandatory robot inspections and weigh-ins to ensure compliance with robot construction rules. They determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail). Robot Inspectors may perform random inspections. They work under the direction of the Lead Robot Inspector. Provide general technical support for teams by helping to resolve issues with their robots.  This is a physically active role.  ** Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service. **

 

Safety Advisor:
Safety Advisors are involved in ongoing safety assessment during the entire event. The Safety program nurtures a positive reinforcement model using safety credits to emphasize safe behavior and coaching to correct unsafe behavior. The goal is to have a safe event and to promote safety as a holistic life skill. Safety Advisors will receive training from the Lead Safety Advisor at each event.

 

Safety Glasses Attendant:
Safety Glass Attendants hand out safety glasses during the event in the pit area. Maintain adequate supply of safety glasses at the safety glasses locations, alert the Lead Safety Glasses Attendant when more glasses or volunteers are needed. Maintain a high level of safety as stated in the FIRST Safety Procedures.

 

Scholarship Attendant:
The Scholarship Attendant will be in charge of promoting the FIRST Scholarship Program to students, parents, mentors and others attending an FRC regional event.  The Scholarship Attendant will be in charge of locating and setting up the designated scholarship table using materials supplied in the Scholarship Program Table Supplies box. Visit with teams/mentors in the pit area to inform them of the scholarship table and its location.

 

Scorekeeper / Field Power Controller:
(Key Volunteer Position)
The Scorekeeper/Field Power Controller manages and operates the scoring and field control systems and communicates scores.  This individual plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

 

Spare Parts Attendant:
This volunteer manages distribution of spare kit of parts materials to teams and loaning control system parts.

 

Team Queuing:
Team Queuing volunteers play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  A Team Queuer is responsible for managing team traffic to and from the playing field; stage and position teams in preparation for the start of matches; and restrict access to field for unauthorized individuals.  This is a physically active role.

 

Team Social Attendant:
Team Social Attendant oversees the Team Social to ensure a safe, secure, and enjoyable event environment for attendees.

 

VIP/Media Check-in Table:
*There may be separate volunteer positions and tables for VIP and media; to be determined by Regional Planning Committee. Responsibilities of each position would be similar.
The VIP/Media Registration and Information Table Attendant assist the VIP Reception Coordinator and Media/PR Coordinator with VIP/Media Registration and Information Table operations. This individual facilitates positive VIP and media experience at the event.

 

Volunteer Lounge Monitor:
This is a crowd control position.  This position requires that you sit by the entrance of the Volunteer Lounge to check for proper authorization to pass through the area. Use counter to get an accurate number of volunteers that eat in the facility. Must be a take-charge person with strong interpersonal skills.

 

Volunteer Registration and Information Table Attendant:
The Volunteer Registration and Information Table Attendants will manage check-in activities at the Volunteer Registration Table.  Provide direction, assistance, and information to event volunteers and attendees.  FIRST experience not required.  Good position for early birds and volunteers traveling with, but not participating on a team.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

 

Assign as Needed
Volunteer will provide assistance in various areas as determined by the Volunteer Coordinator.  This Volunteer position often helps with last minute tasks identified by the event staff and Key Volunteers.  They fill specific Volunteer positions for ‘No Show’ Volunteers who were assigned prior to the event.

 

Field Assembly
Field Assembly Volunteers assist with the assembly of the playing field perimeters, tiles and pre-assembled game elements.  At many events, these tasks are performed the day before the scheduled event.

 

Field Disassembly
Field Disassembly Volunteers assist with the tear-down of playing field perimeters, tiles and pre-assembled game elements.  Field Dis-Assembly begins with practice fields, while Alliance Selections are taking place on the

Competition Area

 

Field Reset
Field Reset Volunteers set up the field according to the game specifications at the beginning of every match.  They play a critical role in ensuring the smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

 

Field Tech Supervisor
This Key Position requires pre-event training and Certification through FTC Headquarters.  The Field Tech Advisor is responsible for the quality of Field Construction, the flow of activity on the Competition Fields and the Technology used for match play and scoring.  Reporting directly to the Field Tech Advisor are the Queuers, the Field Reset Volunteers, and the Field Management System Operators.  At the event, the Field Tech Advisor works closely with the Head Referee, Scorekeeper, Game Announcer and Emcee to keep the flow of the event moving.  The Field Tech Advisor works with the Head Referee to determine if a match should be replayed.   The Field Tech Advisor has the opportunity to demonstrate and see great examples of Gracious Professionalism.

 

Game Announcer
The Game Announcer works as a part of the team with the Master of Ceremonies to energize the teams and spectators, generate and maintain interest, enthusiasm and excitement throughout the matches.  Announces play-by-play commentary for each match.  Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event.  This key Volunteer position significantly impacts the success of the event.  There is training available for this position.

 

Head Referee
This Key Position requires pre-event training and Certification through FTC Headquarters.  The Head Referee is responsible for training, directing and supervising all Referees.  The Head Referee oversees scoring processes and procedures and has final authority for decisions regarding team scores. The Head Referee works with the Field Technical Advisor to determine if a match should be replayed. The Head Referee plays a crucial role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

 

Judge Assistant
The Judge Assistant is responsible for assisting the Judge Advisor throughout the event, providing computer support (word processing), and performing other duties as assigned.  The Judge Assistant is not a Judge, does not interview teams or participate in Awards recipient selection process.  The Judge Assistant is responsible for setting up the Judges’ room on the evening before or morning of the event, and breaking it down after the Judges have reached their decisions.

 

Judge Advisor
This Key Position requires pre-event training and Certification through FTC Headquarters.  The Judge Advisor should have prior FTC or FIRST judging experience.  The Judge Advisor is responsible for helping to recruit other Judges.  The Judge Advisor works with the Event Manager to develop a judging schedule assigning Judges into pairs, and assigning teams and time slots to each pair of Judges.  The Judge Advisor is a facilitator of the judging and deliberation processes, and should feel comfortable with helping Judges to come to consensus.

 

Judge
This position requires pre event training provided via a teleconference.  Judges are responsible for selecting team award recipients through interaction with teams and review of a team’s Engineering Notebook.  Judges serve as role models for the competitors.  Judges will receive a Judges Handbook from the Judge Advisor or Volunteer Coordinator prior to attending the event, and are required to read it prior to the event.  Judges are not referees, and are not required to understand the intricacies of scoring or ruling on the game.

 

Lead Robot Inspector
The Lead Robot Inspector is a Key Volunteer and must participate in Inspector Training Calls, hosted by FIRST and presented by experienced Lead Inspectors.  The Lead Robot Inspector will oversee and perform mandatory robot inspections according to the guidelines provided in the Robot Inspector Handbook.  The Lead Robot Inspector may participate in the recruitment of Robot Inspectors, and is responsible for training, supervising and directing the Robot Inspectors and for making final decisions regarding inspection decision disputes.  The Lead Robot Inspector can set the tone for the Inspection Process, and can provide teams with first hand examples of Gracious Professionalism.

 

Lead Team Queuer
The Lead Team Queuer (Key Volunteer) is responsible for robot and team traffic between the Pit and the Competition Fields.  This Volunteer trains Team Queuing Volunteers to stage and position teams in preparation for the start of the matches.  This position plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  The Lead Team Queuer reports to the Field Technical Advisor.

 

Master of Ceremonies
This Key Volunteer is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition.  He or She creates and sustains an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event, is the most visible presence at the event; embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador.  The MC works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well organized and thrilling event.  This is a Key Volunteer position that significantly impacts the quality of the competition.

 

Pit Administration Supervisor
The Pit Administration Supervisor is responsible for setting up the pit area, training the Volunteers and managing all activities in the Pit including coordination of Pit Administration Table, team interface, and collaborating with Emergency Medical Technicians.

 

Pit Administration Support
These individuals assist the Pit Administration Supervisor and will provide direction, assistance, information and support to teams in the Pit area.

 

Pit Announcer
This optional position is responsible for calling teams to the queuing area and making general announcements via a Public Address system.  This position is not generally staffed at venues where the sound from pit announcements could interfere with the sound of the Competition.

 

Practice Field Attendant

This optional position is responsible for managing a practice field schedule.  If not staffed, practice field time can be scheduled via a signup sheet at the Pit Administration Table.

 

Referee
This position requires pre-event training provided via a teleconference hosted by FTC staff and presented by experienced FTC Referees.  A Game Manual and Referee Handbook are also provided.  Referees observe team matches, identify rule violations and “call” them.  Using a referee score sheet, they calculate the official score of the matches and participate in deliberations regarding contested calls.  Referees report directly to the Head Referee.  They play a critical role in ensuring the smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

 

Robot Inspector
This position requires pre-event training which is done via a teleconference.  Robot inspectors will also receive a copy of the Game Manual and a Robot Inspectors Guide.  Robot inspectors perform mandatory robot inspections to ensure compliance with robot construction rules.  They determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail).  Robot Inspectors may perform random inspections.  They work under the direction of the Lead Robot Inspector.

 

Scorekeeper
The Scorekeeper operates the Scoring System, including the match time displays.  The Scorekeeper generates the match schedules (after all teams have checked in on the morning of the event), inputs scores into the scoring system from the Head Referee, prints reports as needed and sends final results to FIRST.  This individual plays a critical role in ensuring the smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  FTC Headquarters will provide a training done via a webinar and a Scorekeeper Handbook.

 

Team Queuer
Team Queuing Volunteers are responsible for managing team traffic to and from the playing field.  Team Queuers will stage and position teams in preparation for the start of matches.  They play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  The Lead Team Queuer will provide training.

 

Volunteer Assistant
Volunteer Assistant will assist the Volunteer Coordinator with various tasks in preparation for the Championship Tournament as well as at the event.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

 

Research Judges (JR)
These judges will be given a rubric to rate and assess research done by each team based on the annual theme. This year the theme is Climate Change (our game is called “Climate Connection”).  These judges sit at stations for the duration of the qualifier but are the only ones to meet all team members and see unique projects.

 

Teamwork Judges (JW)
These judges will be given a rubric to rate and assess “gracious professionalism” on and off the field. Teams are judged on how they share ideas and resources throughout the day. They are also being judged on their interactions with each other, other teams and adults. These judges get to view the event as a whole, walk around and talk with adults as well as students. Teamwork is the most difficult to judge as it takes the most time to assess, but its fun.

 

Technical Judges (JT)
These judges will be given a rubric to rate and assess the structure and programming of the robot. They will take a look at rate of difficulty, design, programming, etc. They sit at stations with games fields set up so that teams can show how their robot may have performed on the actual game field without the 2 minute game constraint.
These judges get to see the robots up close but do not get to see any of the actual competition.

 

Judging Assistants (JA)
These are the only positions allotted for student participation. They are all assigned to judges stations to assist with queuing teams to stations and making sure things flow in a timely manner

 

Timekeepers (TK)
Timekeepers make sure teams come to stations on time. Vital for event management and timely conclusion of the day.

 

Audio/Visual Station (AV)
need people to act as runners and also make sure that equipment is properly set up and operated.

 

Pit Team Runners (PR)
Pit Runners assist judges and others who cannot leave their stations.

 

Pit Queuers (PQ)
Pit Queuers make sure teams get to their judging stations on time and get to their next game on time.

FIRST Lego League Jr. 

 

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