Volunteering Opportunities

If you see an opening that interests you, please fill in our volunteering form – there’s a section where you can apply for a specific position. If you have already filled out the form and wish to apply for a specific position, you can email us at volunteers@discon3.org. If you don’t see anything that suits you, please fill in our volunteering form and let us know what kind of position you are interested in.

PositionDivisionTasks and responsibilitiesExperience and skillsTime commitment
Move Out HelpersOperationsHelp with move-out on Sunday of Convention and ALSO Monday after the Convention. Tracking down things to move out. Loading things onto carts. Pushing carts. Loading trucks. Etc.Previous move-in/move-out experience is a plus.From a couple of hours to a couple of days
Move In HelpOperationsHelp with move-in on the Monday and Tuesday before the Convention and the first day Wednesday of the Convention. Unloading trucks, pushing carts, delivering thing to where they go. Etc.Prior move-in/move-out experience is a plusFrom a couple of hours to a couple of days
Truck DriversOperationsMust have experience with driving (and backing up) large trucks (bigger than a panel van) and feel comfortable driving a "26 foot / 26,000 pound truck", have a US driver's license, a good driving record, good eye-sight (corrected is fine), and be less than 65 years old. CDL is NOT required.Must have experience with driving (and backing up) large trucks (bigger than a panel van) and feel comfortable driving a "26 foot / 26,000 pound truck", have a US driver's license, a good driving record, good eye-sight (corrected is fine), and be less than 65 years old. CDL is NOT required.Several hours to a day at a time.
ListenerMember and Staff ServicesEvery member of the Discon3 community agrees to uphold the Discon3 Code of Conduct. The Listening Team is responsible for supporting our convention and its members in living up to this commitment. We handle incidents that breach (or may breach) our Code of Conduct at the conference and in associated online spaces. This involves taking reports from people who have been harmed, investigating incidents, communicating with people who have violated (or have been accused of violating) our Code of Conduct, and making recommendations about how to ensure the community's safety.

We need Listeners both in-person and online/remote. Remote listeners will be present for online events and in the incident Discord to respond to incidents in these spaces, and will maintain contact with on-site listeners via Discord to participate in incident response discussions. We are especially hoping to recruit remote Listeners outside of Discon3's time zone (GMT -5) to help improve coverage in online spaces.
Listening Team work requires empathy, sound judgment, discretion, and a commitment to upholding our Code of Conduct. This is a position of significant trust that requires recognizing harassing and otherwise problematic behavior, handling confidential information, working with people who've had negative (sometimes traumatic) experiences, and maintaining grace in the face of potentially hostile feedback from members of the community.

While not required, prior work in convention safety and/or anti-harassment is a huge benefit, as is training in mental health first aid. Context on anti-harassment work within the fandom community is helpful. Mandatory Reporters are welcome to participate in the Listening Team, but must be prepared to disclose their reporting obligations and recuse themselves from incidents involving populations about whom they have a duty to report.
The time commitment is highly variable, but tends to be fairly light prior to the con, and during the con can vary from a few hours to full-time. This is a largely "on call" role, where listeners can participate in convention events as long as they're able to respond when paged during their shift. We will work with Listeners to establish manageable on-call hours that allow them to set boundaries around when they're off the clock. After the con, the time commitment is minimal to light--in the absence of a serious incident still in need of management, post-con work involves reading over the head listener's final report and suggesting improvements.
Captioning LiaisonMember and Staff ServicesThe Captioning Liaison will provide communication between the remote captioning vendor (NCI) and the Access and Tech teams on-site at the con. This includes providing Zoom links to NCI, which are created 24 hours prior to each event, and fielding phone calls from NCI captioners checking in for each event they are captioning. This may be as many as 75 phone calls over the course of the convention; we will work with NCI to streamline this process. The Captioning Liaison will be in touch with Access/Tech via email, Discord, SMS, and phone as needed to relay information to/from NCI. [This task can be done remotely.]Familiarity with Zoom is needed.During con, roughly 3 hours a day total, over a span of about 12 hours a day.
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