If one of your resolutions for the new year* was to support a nonprofit that supports women and girls in STEAM fields, comics, games, and other geekdoms, now’s the chance to act on it.
GeekGirlCon is looking for volunteers for 2017! With our well-documented convention expansion last year, we were looking to hire more Agents than ever before, and we’ve also brought on more staff to support the organization year-round.
This could be you. (Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr)
We have even loftier plans for 2017, and bigger plans means a bigger army of dedicated, awesome volunteers. We’d love for you to join us for a whole plethora of reasons. Because we’re an amazing organization and an even better community. Because we’re dedicated to being able to make room for what we love doing. Because the representation of women and girls in all forms of geekery matters. Because we’re going to need all the help we can get.
There is only one week left to apply to be a volunteer agent for GeekGirlCon 2016. Applications will promptly close on August 1st at 10 PM PST (next Monday), so make sure to get yours submitted soon!
Photo courtesy of GeekGirlCon via Flickr.
There are only two requirements to become one of our agents. You must available to work a minimum of 2 shifts that about about 4 to 5 hours each, and you need to be at least 16 years old. Most importantly, you’ll need to bring a ton of enthusiasm, because we’ll have plenty to do and see throughout the weekend. We’ll need help making sure that every activity and panel goes off without a hitch. Agents will spend time on both the convention floor and behind the scenes helping set up equipment, handing out passes, and so much more.
The first ever GeekGirlCon was held in the fall of 2011. During that weekend, I was in Florida adjusting to college life. Five years later, I’m now working out of Seattle, breaking into the gaming industry and working with GeekGirlCon as a Copywriter. Everyday I work with GeekGirlCon, I’m taken aback by how talented everyone on the team is. Everyone is extremely motivated about putting on a great con, and we’re all major geeks that are passionate about empowering and celebrating the achievements of women in geeky culture. We’re also all volunteers. Everyone involved, from year-round organizers to our agents, volunteer their time to put together a spectacular gathering that is now an annual event.
Photo courtesy of GeekGirlCon via Flickr.
This year, our 6th GeekGirlCon will be held at Conference Center at Washington State Convention Center October 8th and 9th. We’ve got a great lineup, including a recently announced collection of artists and exhibitors, historically brilliant panels, and plenty of fun activities to leave you breathless come Sunday evening.
Make sure to submit your application no later than August 1st by 10 PM PST, and I look forward to seeing you there!
At GeekGirlCon ‘15, we had over 150 volunteers spread across three floors, helping run panels, direct con-goers, hook up A/V equipment, and coach games of all sorts and sizes. This year, with four floors and all the extra people, space, panels, and fun that go with that expansion, we need even more volunteers.
GeekGirlCon ‘16 is just four short months away, and that means we’re ramping things up behind the scenes. One important part of the con puzzle each year is our GeekGirlCon agents—members of our army of volunteers who do a range of amazing, important tasks at the con. Volunteer as an agent for GeekGirlCon ’16!
From answering questions to shepherding lines, from setting up A/V equipment to working as ASL interpreters, GeekGirlCon agents help make sure the con not only runs smoothly but also is a fantastic time for everyone involved.
GeekGirlCon is a wonderfully inclusive organization, but it still has to be powered by a small army of volunteer staff and board members. Not only do we put on a fantastic con every October, but we also organize weekly gaming events, march in Seattle’s Pride parade every year, and celebrate women in science, tech, gaming, comics and all other geekdoms at a variety of events. That’s a lot of work!
And, as our convention grows, we are growing with it! This means we have a lot more opportunities for you to become part of GeekGirlCon. If you are up to the challenge of working with dedicated, amazing people, supporting a fantastic and worthy cause, and having a load of fun along the way, consider joining our staff or board! Our list of current vacant positions is available on our website. These are volunteer positions, but you’ll be paid in candy and warm fuzzies. Check them out and apply today!
Staff are required to attend one meeting per month, with hours increasing leading up to the convention. If you are unable to commit to that, but are still interested in supporting GeekGirlCon, sign up for our volunteer mailing list to be the first to know when we have event-specific opportunities!
GeekGirlCon is searching for some new faces to fill a few important roles here behind the scenes at the con. Our staff is filled with exciting, driven, smart, and creative people with a passion for diversity, feminism, and all things geek. The entirety of GeekGirlCon is run by volunteers and we can always use some new energy. If you’re interested in expanding your social circle, giving some time to a great organization and cause, or developing new skills, check out the position summaries below and apply soon! We’d love to have you!
If you’ve ever wondered what makes GeekGirlCon such an exciting, vibrant, and welcoming place, a big part of that is the dedication of our all-volunteer staff, working year-round to make sure the Con reflects the best of inclusive geekiness.
Would you like to be a part of that? Well, great news: we’re hiring!
The staff is already looking forward to GeekGirlCon ‘15, and to make sure our fifth convention exceeds the high bar we’ve set in previous years, we’re looking for passionate, fun, geeky people to add to our team. From Director of Programming, to Marketing Events Coordinator, to Copywriter, and beyond (that’s right, you could be writing blog posts just like this one!), we have many awesome opportunities for you to develop your skills and be part of something great.
Head on over to the Volunteer page and take a look at the open positions. If you don’t see something that fits you right now, check back; we’ll be adding more over the next few weeks.
Written by GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services Winter Downs.