World Festival Volunteer Positions

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FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the FLL World Festival set to take place in St. Louis, MO April 23-26, 2014. If you would like to join us or learn more about these exciting opportunities please contact Sarah Stray at sstray@usfirst.org

To be considered for a World Festival volunteer position all interested volunteers must first register in the Volunteer Information and Matching System (VIMS).

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World Festival volunteer registration for NATURE'S FURY will begin in December 2013.

To log-in or register please access VIMS here. As of April 18, 2014, FLL Volunteer positions are full, with the exception of Pit Runners and Score Runners on Thursday and Friday.  If you are interested, please sign-up as soon as possible.  

 All positions*: 

  • Make a difference in the lives of youth by creating a fun, meaningful, and inspirational experience for team members
  • Offer an opportunity to work in an exciting, fun, highly-charged environment
  • Must demonstrate Gracious Professionalism™ at all times
  • Should observe and record team interactions of exemplary or questionable behavior and report to supervisor
  • Attend Wednesday evening on-site General Volunteer Orientation (unless otherwise noted for position) and all other trainings as indicated

*Please note some volunteer positions are assigned and therefore not guaranteed
The minimum age requirement to volunteer at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis is 16 years of age by April 23, 2014.
 

Available Volunteer Positions

Assistant Scorekeeper - Full
Field Resetter - Full
Judge Assistant - Full
Judges (All World Festival Judging positions are currently filled.)

Load In/ Load Out  - Full
Other
Practice Table Assistant - Full
Pit Runners - Need three (3) volunteers for Thursday and Friday
Queuer - Judging - Full
Queuer - Robot Game
Referee - Full
Registration  - Full
Rehearsal Room Coordinator - Full
Score Runner  - Need two (2) volunteers for Thursday and Friday
Team Activities Assistant
Usher - Full


Assistant Scorekeeper   

Position Summary:  Assists the Scorekeeper in entering the Robot Game scores into the computer from the referees' score sheets.  Assistant helps Scorekeepers verify accuracy of entries.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Opportunity to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to work and interact with key volunteers, contracted staff and FIRST staff
  • Opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow
  • Opportunity to work in an exciting, fun, highly charged environment 
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend training 
  • Help set-up the scorekeeping system; ensure equipment functions properly
  • Help enter scores in scoring computer from score sheets provided by Head Referee or Field Runners, verifying accuracy
  • Assist with breakdown of scoring system and field

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Solid computer skills
  • Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Strong assessment skills
  • FIRST experience not required

Training: Provided on site Wednesday late afternoon and evening

Time Commitment: Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum of one day, two days preferred, Thursday and/or Friday 

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Field Manager and Scorekeeper

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Scorekeeper and Field Manager provide direct supervision
  • Oversight by Volunteer Coordinator


Field Resetter  

Position Summary: Repairs and resets the playing fields after each team match.  Resetter plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining pace of the event. Duties need to be performed efficiently and precisely.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Opportunity to observe matches
  • Surrounded by fast-paced action
  • Physically active role; involves standing for long periods of time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the competition flow
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to work with a variety of people
  • Opportunity to work with key volunteers
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend training
  • Reset field after each team match
  • Check field after match for debris and remove
  • Check field for damage; fix/replace as needed
  • Retrieve objects that fall outside the playing field
  • Supervise the teams collecting their robot and attachments to assure that Field Setup pieces are not taken inadvertently
  • Prepare field at end of day for the following day's play

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Basic knowledge of the competition games, rules and table set-up helpful
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time and move quickly about the field
  • FIRST and FLL experience helpful

Training:  Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening

Time Commitment: Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum one full day Thursday and/or Friday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Attend Wednesday late afternoon training and evening General Volunteer Orientation
  • Possible work day: Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Field Manager

Reporting Relationships and Supervision 

  • Field Manager and Head Referee provide direct supervision
  • Oversight by Volunteer Coordinator


Judge Assistant

Position Summary: Assists Judge Advisors and Head Judges throughout the event. Position manages team traffic before and after judging sessions.  Responsible for keeping judging sessions on schedule, keeping waiting teams quiet, assuring teams are sent to correct judging location. (The Judge Assistant is not a Judge, does not interview teams, or participate in awards recipient selection process.) Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop interpersonal skills
  • Interesting and varied responsibilities
  • Opportunity to interact with Judges, Judge Advisors and Head Judges
  • Networking opportunities
  • Physically active role; involves standing for long periods of time
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities 

  • Attend training
  • Assist Judge Advisor to keep judge panel on schedule
  • Provide clerical assistance if needed, e.g. types awards scripts on laptop
  • Organize and ensure all materials and supplies needed are available and correctly placed in judging rooms
  • Ensure correct judging and deliberation room set-up; keep room organized and clean
  • Respond to team questions and needs
  • Respond to judge questions and needs
  • Assist with breakdown and packing of judging rooms
  • Assist Judge Advisor in preparation for Awards Ceremony
  • Other duties as required to ensure smooth judging flow

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Outgoing personality; high energy
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to move about the facility
  • No FIRST experience needed

Training: Provided through emails prior to the event and on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Possible Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), Thursday, and some Judge Assistants will be needed Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet with lead Judge Assistant and/or Judge Advisor on-site and receive training
    • Prepare judging rooms and materials for Judging activities
    • Attend Judge Orientation Meeting 
  • Wednesday evening
    • Attend FLL General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    • Judging session responsibilities as assigned
  • Possible Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Perform duties as assigned
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to lead Judge Assistant and/or Judge Advisor

Reporting Relationship and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisors, Head Judges, and lead Judge Assistant provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight
     

Head Project Judge – (by invite only) (Project Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary: Leads the discussion and contributes to the deliberation process for rankings of teams in this core area.    Position serves as a role model for the team members. Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • High visibility role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Regional experience as a Head Judge or Judge Advisor during the Nature’s Fury Season
  • Experience as a Project Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to lead conversations  and keep to schedule
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight

Project Judge (Project Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary: Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process.  Position serves as a role model for the team members. Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • High visibility role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Experience as a Project Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor and Head Judges provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight


Head Core Values Judge – (by invite only) (Core Values Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary:  Leads the discussion and contributes to the deliberation process for rankings of teams in this core area.   Position serves as a role model for the team members. Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Highly visible role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Experience as a Teamwork/Core Values Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend FLL General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor provides direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight

Core Values Judge (Core Values Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary: Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process.  Position serves as a role model for the team members. Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Highly visible role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Experience as a Teamwork/Core Values Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend FLL General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor and Head Judges provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight


Head Robot Design Judge (by invite only) (Robot Design Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary:  Leads the discussion and contributes to the deliberation process for rankings of teams in this core area.   Position serves as a role model for the team members.  Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • High visibility role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Experience as a Robot Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor provides direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight


Robot Design Judge (Robot Design Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)

Position Summary:(Robot Design Judge positions are now full; please pick an alternate volunteer role preference.)  Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process.  Position serves as a role model for the team members.  Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • High visibility role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members
  • Judge shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend pre-event Training Call
  • Attend on-site Judge Training Wednesday afternoon and General Volunteer Orientation Wednesday evening
  • Interview and observe teams in the Judging rooms, Pit, and on the playing field  
  • Review team introduction sheet
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team awards recipients
  • Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams
  • Participate in the closing ceremony and assist with award presentations to teams

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Experience as a Robot Judge at an FLL Championship Tournament this season strongly preferred
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to teenagers and adults
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • Ability to move about the facility

Training:  Provided by Judge Advisor prior to the event as well as on-site Wednesday afternoon and evening. Judge training materials e-mailed to all judges 2 - 4 weeks prior to start of competition.

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training), all day Thursday and Friday, plus closing ceremonies on Saturday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Attend Judge orientation and training – REQUIRED;
  • Wednesday evening- attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Judging Sessions
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (or possibly later) - Judging sessions and deliberation
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m - Closing ceremonies
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Judges Room and the Judge Advisor
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor daily

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Judge Advisor and Head Judges provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight
     

Load-in/Load-out

Position Summary:  Helps set-up or breakdown the event. May be assigned to set-up or breakdown a specific area of the event.  This is a physically active role and requires the ability to lift a minimum of 15lbs.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • FIRST experience not required

Tentative Schedule of Activities:  Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Friday 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Report to:  Volunteer Room, then to area assigned

Reporting Relationship and Supervision: 

  • FLL World Festival Staff Manager provides direct supervision
  • Oversight by Volunteer Coordinator


Other - World Festival

Position Summary: If your volunteer role does not fit into one of the other categories set forth or if you have received a special position from Headquarters, you should choose this category.


Pit Runner

Position Summary: Serves as Team Messenger, providing and distributing critical information to teams.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • High visibility role
  • Interesting and varied responsibilities
  • Opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Work in a fast-paced environment
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop organizational and interpersonal skills Opportunity to work an exciting, fun, highly charged environment
  • Physically active role, can involve running for short periods
  • Volunteer shirt provided 

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend training
  • Notify teams of information and/or guide teams from Pit to competition floor
  • Be available to distribute critical information to teams
  • Answer questions from teams and guests
  • Assist with distribution of match list to teams as needed
  • Assist with breakdown and pack up FLL Pit on Friday

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • General knowledge of facility and event layout helpful but not necessary
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to move quickly from one area to another
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • FIRST experience not required

Training:  Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening

Time Commitment: Wednesday afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum of one day, two days preferred, Thursday and/or Friday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training  - REQUIRED
  • Possible Workday
    • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Pit Admin Supervisor

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Lead Pit Runner and Pit Administration Supervisor provides direct supervision
  • Oversight by FLL Volunteer Coordinator


Practice Table Assistant 

Position Summary: Provides direction, assistance, information, and support to teams at practice tables in the Pit.  Position manages the practice table schedule and oversight of field model pieces.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • High visibility role
  • Interesting and varied responsibilities
  • Opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Work in a fast paced environment
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend training
  • Assist with practice table sign-up
  • Assist with re-setting practice tables as needed
  • Answer questions from teams and guests
  • Maintain practice table area
  • Assist with breakdown and pack up FLL practice tables on Friday

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • FIRST  experience and a general knowledge of the FLL robot game table helpful

Training:  Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening 

Time Commitment: Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum of one day, two days preferred, on Thursday and/or Friday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training 
  • Possible Workday
    • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Pit Admin Supervisor

Reporting Relationships and Supervision: 

  • Pit Administration Supervisor and Practice Table Manager provide direct supervision Oversight by FLL Volunteer Coordinator


Judging Queuer  

Position Summary: Manages team traffic to and from the judging areas; stages and positions teams in preparation for the judging sessions.  Position plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow into and out of the judging areas, and maintaining the pace of the event. Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position: 

  • Opportunity to work and interact with teams and volunteers
  • Opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining pace of judging
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Physically active role; involves standing for long periods of time
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities: 

  • Attend training
  • Stage and position teams for judging sessions, callbacks
  • Restrict access to judging areas for unauthorized individuals
  • Maintain an uninterrupted flow of teams to the judging rooms
  • Direct teams to competition tables and facilitate team departure from the judging area

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive but tactful
  • Basic knowledge of the game and match process
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a team member
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • FIRST experience not required

Training: Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening 

Time Commitment:Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum of one day, two days preferred, on Thursday and/or Friday

Tentative Schedule of Activities:  

  • Wednesday 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet with lead Judging Queuer on-site and receive training
  • Wednesday evening
    • Attend General Volunteer Orientation
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    • Judging session responsibilities as assigned
  • Possible Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Perform duties as assigned
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to lead Judging Queuer

Reporting Relationship and Supervision: 

  • Lead Judging Queuer, Head Judges, and lead Judge Assistant provide direct supervision
  • FLL Staff supporting judging provide oversight


Robot Game Queuer 

Position Summary: Manages team traffic to and from the playing field; stages and positions teams in preparation for the start of matches.  Position plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Opportunity to work and interact with teams and volunteers
  • Opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining match pace
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Access to field; some opportunity to observe matches
  • Physically active role; involves standing for long periods of time
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend training
  • Stage and position teams for matches
  • Restrict access to field for unauthorized individuals
  • Maintain an uninterrupted flow of teams to the playing field
  • Direct teams to competition tables and facilitate team departure from field
  • Obtain and return two-way radio and headset from event management office, following appropriate rules
  • Wear two-way radio and headset, communicating with the Pit Announcer regarding team competition schedule and timing, working with match schedule as necessary
  • Assist with Field set-up an breakdown on Thursday and Friday

Experience and Skills Needed:

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a team member
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • FIRST experience not required

Training: Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening. 

Time Commitment: Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training) and a minimum of one day, two days preferred, on Thursday and/or Friday

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday late afternoon and evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training
  • Possible Workday
    • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Lead Team Queuer

Reporting Relationship and Supervision:

  • Field Manager and Lead Queuer provide direct supervision

  • Oversight by Volunteer Coordinator


Referee

Position Summary:  Observes team matches, identifies rule violations, assesses field for scoring of matches and participates in deliberations regarding contested calls.  Position works under the direction of the Head Referee.  Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Positioned on the perimeter of the playing field; fast-paced action
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop interpersonal skills
  • Opportunity to work and interact with volunteers, team members, and contracted and FIRST staff
  • Opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition
  • Physically active role, not sedentary
  • Referee shirt provided while on-site
  • Commemorative volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Study / Train in advance of the event
  • Attend additional on-site training (Wednesday) - Required
  • Put team members at ease
  • Observe matches, "call" rule infractions, determine penalties
  • Participate in deliberations regarding contested calls
  • Complete and submit a scoring sheet after each match to field runners
  • Participate in discussions with Head Referee and other referees to determine official match scores
  • Monitor and promote sage practices on and around the playing field

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive but tactful
  • Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play, experience as a referee this season at an FLL Championship Tournament
  • Outgoing personality; high energy
  • Strong communication, diplomacy skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to move about the field
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Strong assessment skills
  • No mathematics needed
  • FLL experience required, championship level experience, preferably this season

Training: Provided on-site Wednesday late afternoon and evening. Head Referee provides guidance during the competition. There may also be a brief conference call training prior to the event.

Time Commitment: Wednesday late afternoon and evening (orientation and training), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday closing ceremonies

Tentative Schedule of Activities:

  • Wednesday late afternoon and evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training - REQUIRED
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Head Referee 

Reporting Relationship and Supervision: 

  • Head Referee provides direct supervision
  • Oversight by FLL Volunteer Coordinator


Registration 

Position Summary:  Assists with FLL Team Registration. Position provides direction, assistance, and information to FLL coaches and other adults accompanying teams. Position distributes team materials.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Interesting and varied responsibilities. Opportunity to utilize and further develop organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Opportunity to work and interact with volunteers and FIRST staff
  • Volunteer shirt provided 

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend training
  • Assist with area set-up and breakdown
  • Greet and check-in teams as they arrive at the Pit Area; ensure all paperwork is complete and collected
  • Distribute badges, registration materials, and other related items to teams
  • Provide information and direction to teams and guests 

Experience and Skills Needed: 

  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive but tactful
  • General knowledge of facility and event layout (training provided)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a team member
  • Strong organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-directed individual
  • FIRST experience helpful

Training:  Provided on-site Wednesday prior to team registration beginning

Time Commitment:  Minimum of 4 hours, all day Wednesday preferred

Tentative Schedule of Activities:

  • Wednesday set-up training and team registration, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision:

  • FLL staff person in charge of Team Registration provides direct supervision
  • FLL Volunteer Coordinator provides oversight


Rehearsal Room Coordinator

Position Summary: Monitor the rehearsal rooms by managing the rehearsal room sign-up sheet and keeping the teams to their allotted time.  Maintain communication with the Pit in order to locate Teams who are not at their assigned Judging Rooms. Ensure that the rooms are cleared between sessions and collect and return any items that Teams may have left behind. Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Experience and Skills Needed:

  • FIRST experience not required
  • Ability to stand for short periods of time and be mobile to go up and down a short hallway

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training
  • Rehearsal Room Sign –up sheet

Possible Time Commitment:

  • All day Thursday


Score Runner 

Position Summary: Expedites the scoring process by collecting the score sheets from the referees and bringing them to the scoring table.  Position serves as a role model for team members.  Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Access to field; ability to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Opportunity to work and interact with volunteers with leadership responsibilities, and contracted and FIRST staff
  • Opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow
  • Opportunity to work in an exciting, fun, highly-charged environment
  • Volunteer shirt provided

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Attend training
  • Bring score sheets from Referees to Assistant Scorekeeper 
  • May assist with set-up and breakdown of scoring system and/or field

Experience and Skills Needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the competition game helpful
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Physically active role, involves standing for long periods of time
  • FIRST experience not required

Training: Provided on-site.  

Time Commitment: Wednesday evening (orientation and training) and parts, or all of, Thursday and Friday. 

Tentative Schedule of Activities: 

  • Wednesday evening: attend General Volunteer Orientation and receive position training
  • Possible Work Day
    • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
    • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Prior to start of all shifts:
    • Check-in at Volunteer Registration
    • Report to Field Manager and Scorekeeper

Reporting Relationships and Supervision:

  • Scorekeeper and Field Manager provides direct supervision with FIRST Technical Advisor available for consultation
  • Oversight by FLL Volunteer Coordinator


Team Activities Assistant

Position Summary:  Interacting with and engaging teams throughout the pit area.  Position serves as a role model for the team members. Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of World Festival by helping to maintain pace
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Outgoing personality
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to youth  and be a role model at all times
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • No specific FIRST or FLL experience required

Time Commitment: All day Thursday and Friday


Usher  

Position Summary: Assists with the organized, controlled flow of traffic into and out of hall; assists with traffic control during awards presentation.   Position serves as a role model for team members. Position is responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

Experience and Skills Needed:

  • FIRST experience not required

Possible Time Commitment:

  • Wednesday evening and/or Saturday morning