Readercon is entirely volunteer-run. Our concom, subcommittees, staff, and volunteers work all year round to make Readercon happen. If you've got a few free hours, we'd love your help! Volunteering is fun, offers the opportunity to meet new people, and earns cumulative incentives including a free membership to the next Readercon when you work 8 or more hours.
In keeping with a virtual convention, our volunteer registration process is also virtual this year. To keep track of everyone and assign volunteers according to their strengths, we ask that you register as a volunteer by filling out this form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's an overview of the core volunteer jobs:
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Readercon's program committee (progcom) is essential to Readercon, shaping every aspect of the high-level program that makes Readercon such a special and celebrated convention. Tasks include:
The progcom has members all over the world, and all work is done online using Airtable (data management), Discord (chat), and email. We encourage and welcome people of all backgrounds to join the progcom, as a multitude of voices makes Readercon's program better. If you're interested in joining or learning more, email email@example.com.
Readercon's safety committee (safecom) is dedicated to making sure that everyone at Readercon is safe and feels safe. During the convention, safecom members take shifts on our 24/7 safety hotline, responding to incidents as needed. After the convention, safecom members form working groups to ensure that each report is handled appropriately and with care. (Our safety procedures detail exactly how this works.) The safecom also annually reviews Readercon's safety policies and procedures and makes recommendations for updates.
Safecom members do not need to be local to the Boston area; all post-convention work is done online. All safecom members receive training. You do not need to have a formal background in first response or harm prevention to volunteer with Readercon's safety team (though if you do have that background, we'd love to know about it!). If you're interested in joining or learning more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readercon's Publications committee is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles that are done from the convenience of your computer before the convention doors open. You can volunteer your time for one or more of these roles:
Publications Manager (November though July)
Content Manager (November through May)
This role can be separated into multiple coordinating and contacting roles, if needed.
Designer and Production Controller (primarily March through July)
Does not require a pre-existing InDesign subscription, but familiarity of the software, as well as PDF creation, is required. This role can be separated into multiple design and production roles, if needed.
Ad Manager (November through June)
Copywriters (February through April)
Copyeditors (April and May)
Proofreaders (May and June)
Please contact email@example.com about any positions you are interested in. Tell us about your experience, abilities, and enthusiasms.
The main tracks of programming will panels—panelists will gather in a Zoom meeting hosted by a staff member, and that Zoom meeting will be streamed to YouTube for attendees to watch in Discord. Your role will be to start the Zoom meeting, invite the participants and do microphone/camera checks before the panel begins, address any technical issues that come up during the panel, forward questions from viewers in Discord to the panelists, and close the meeting down at the end of the panel. You will not be participating in the panel discussion itself. We do ask that you have a recent computer system and a stable video-capable network connection for this. Training will be provided.
We need people who are willing to monitor viewing channels and hangout channels. You will be gathering questions from attendees to pass on to the Zoom Facilitator, and foster discussion about the content. For the talks you would post YouTube links to the talks and readings in the correct channel and, again, foster discussion about the content. And finally be able to answer questions, provide timely information, and otherwise make the convention a wonderful place for others. Familiarity with Discord is requested. Training will be provided.
Blood Drive Support
Readercon has hosted a Heinlein Society Blood Drive since 2009. At-con assistance is needed with recruiting donors and in making the donor experience enjoyable. Whether or not you are able to donate blood, you can have fun helping to make the blood drive a success!