Interested in becoming a volunteer? Volunteering to work at A-Kon can be a very rewarding and fun experience. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and learn more about how A-Kon operates. Many of our volunteers come from all over and are fans, leaders, supporters or parents who actively participate in different communities represented at A-Kon. Being a volunteer at A-Kon is also a great way to gain experience and exposure to a variety of different skills that you can apply to your resume or current work environment. We’re always looking for hard working, dedicated individuals who want to broaden their horizons, test their skills, and make a difference for the communities that they belong to.
A-Kon is very friendly to first year volunteers. We are constantly working to improve the volunteer and learning system to make everyone’s volunteer experience the best it can be. We’re always looking for ways to reward exceptional, dedicated and productive volunteers. Many of our current leaders were once entry level volunteers who were recognized for their excellence over time.
Being a volunteer can also be a frustrating process for some. We want all of our volunteers to have time to enjoy the parts of the convention they really look forward to, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. The best way to ensure you have a good balance between work and fun is to communicate with your assigned staff coordinator and try to be flexible with the hours you can work.
Volunteering means you are willing to put the work before the fun, so make sure you are prepared to compromise if you have lots of things you want to do.
The link to sign up will come out early 2020.
To earn volunteer benefits, like an admittance badge, a volunteer must work a minimum of 16 hours at A-Kon®. Please be aware that coordinators who run staffs with higher requirements may elect to only accept volunteers who can work larger amounts of time.
Volunteers who meet the minimum requirements will receive:
Possible access to shared crash space
Access to the staff lounge where volunteers can grab food
A badge that gives you admittance to the con when you aren’t working
*Access to crash space is contingent on obtaining staff head approval and crash space availability.
Here’s what you need to know (and be ok with) to volunteer…
The minimum age to volunteer for any staff at A-Kon is 18.
All volunteers must abide by A-Kon’s rules and policies regarding behavior, attire, weapons, drugs, and alcohol; these policies are in place to protect staff, guests, and attendees from harm or liability.
All volunteers are required to submit to a criminal background check. Background checks will be processed by the Volunteer Manager and any information obtained will be shared with the relevant leaders prior to your acceptance as a volunteer. A-Kon® also reserves the right to run additional background checks as it deems necessary and may use this information to terminate your volunteer status at any time and at it’s sole discretion.
All volunteers will initially be placed in the general volunteers queue while they await their assignment to a staff, based on interest and staff need. Volunteers will be notified when they are assigned. Some staff coordinators have a code they provide to those they recruit to use when they fill out their form. Using this code will assign you directly to the staff to which it belongs once you pass your background check. If you are expecting to work on a specific staff, be sure to obtain a staff code from the coordinator.
All volunteers must carry a valid picture I.D. (Driver’s License, State I.D. Card, Passport, etc.) at all times while on shift and be willing to produce it when requested by a volunteer coordinator, manager, executive, or police officer at the event.
All volunteers must provide a picture of their valid photo ID at the time of application.
All volunteers must be willing to consent to signing written agreements specifically outlining volunteer rules, expectations, procedure and policies. It is always your right as a volunteer to refuse to sign anything you don’t agree with; however, refusing to sign this documentation may result in the immediate termination of your volunteer status and benefits.
Crash space is available for some volunteers and is offered based on number of hours worked. Crash space usage is limited exclusively to the member of the staff to which it is assigned. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be removed from the room, and their volunteer status revoked for the weekend.