Volunteer Staff Position Board
Have you volunteered for MAGFest before? Do you have an understanding of how we run but want to do more? Check out what departments need in this listing to see if your skills or interests match!
When responding to a listing please include:
- what you love about MAGFest
- an overview of your interests for this particular position
- where you've worked in MAGFest before (department and year)
- a department head or manager who might recommend you (if applicable)
As a reminder, these are volunteer, unpaid positions. It is possible to earn rooming with 30 hours worked though, along with a badge and access to the Staff Suite. For the full list of volunteer perks for MAGFest 2017, please click here: Staff Perks All applicants will be considered but acceptance is not guaranteed. Thank you for your interest!
MAGFest Grand Championship Challenge
The MAGFest Grand Championship Challenge is a tournament that takes place in multiple departments including Consoles, Arcade, and Tabletops. It was called "The Pentathlon" at MAGClassic and is a great way for people to take part in an event that has people competing for prizes by completing a series of challenges in each department while competing against other challengers.
MAGFest Grand Championship Staffer:
- You will be in charge of taking down scores and tracking down scores and tracking winners of events of various teams.
- You will also make sure to reset the game and give the rules to the teams before each round starts
- All information of rules will be explained before the events starts
MAGFest Grand Championship Runner:
- You will be in charge of taking groups of teams from one area to another. For example taking teams from Consoles to Arcade.
- You will also help Staffers as they run the event until running is needed.
Contact: Frank Celona - email@example.com
Rock Island Department
Rock Island 'Lover of Rock' Assistant
Help us sell enough band merchandise to raise Kth-Rock, Lord of Awesome Music. No experience required. Mans booth in the Marketplace to sell this year's performer's merch to the MagMasses.
Background: Like Video Game Music (VGM), outgoing persona a bonus, retail/sales experience is mildly useful, be willing to join the MAG-VGM cult of metal horns. \m/
MAGFest Merch Department
- Retrieve merchandise for the person running the register
- Moving merchandise from bulk storage to shelves
- Folding t-shirts
Heavy lifting not required, but can be helpful (moving boxes out of the way)
Background: Some retail or customer service experience is useful, but not necessary
MAGFest Indie Game Showcase (MIVS)
MIVS "Game Master"
Various tasks to keep the MIVS area running smoothly, including…
- Helping find judges (pre-MAGFest)
- Potentially judging (pre-MAGFest)
- Watch the indie area, assist indies where possible
- Prevent gear / merch from being taken from the area
- Helping connect different indies
Background: Looking for someone who has a passion for indie video games. Doesn’t have to be a game developer, but must care about helping to create a community within the larger MAGFest community.
MAGFest Arcade Tournament Helper
Join the MAGFest Arcade Tournament group in helping to drive arcade and pinball tournaments during fest! Duties are pretty basic including logging scores into an online scoring system, registering players and acting as ringleader to tournaments on games.
Background:No special skills are required but it's helpful if you are outgoing enough to talk to the other players and possibly lead a tournament or two.
MAGFest Arcade AV/Network/Sound/Lighting Assistants
The arcade is a special place, and we go out of our way to build an awe-inspiring environment as a backdrop to the beautiful machines donated by collectors. As the arcade grows, we need more help dealing with video displays and projection setups used for signage and entertainment. Much of this is in support of the tournaments. In addition to the information displays, we also run a lighting network and some audio systems for the arcade. And we could use some help!
Background: This is a technical position. Our equipment is mostly owned by volunteers. Equipment includes FreeStylerDMX software for lighting control. High End Systems Technobeams, Martin Roboscans, High End Systems Powerscans and Color Kinetics wash lights are available to us. Sound currently is pretty flat but we would like to be able to do audio over ethernet (COBRANet) with time delay for speakers placed down the expo hall. On the AV tip we use flat panel TVs, Sanyo Projectors (some equipped with PJNet computer management boxes), Extron video switches, Chinese scaler boards for takeoff of VGA from games and other equipment. More networking and systems management of info displays is needed. We use some VGA over Cat5 hardware for long runs. Also during setup/teardown some rigging.
We will have a mailing list just for this side of arcade so if anyone is interested in joining in on the fun and fun work, step forth!
Tech Operations Department
Join the Tech Ops team to help roll out and operate the (literal) tons of equipment used to make MAGFest awesome. Lots of hours available immediately before and after MAGFest to set up and tear down equipment, in addition to troubleshooting and operating equipment during the event. We handle all of the equipment for panel rooms and some music equipment.
Background: Existing A/V experience is a help, but we do have training available. Volunteers for this position should be fast learners who are able to improvise while occasionally working fairly autonomously. During set up and tear down, the ability to lift objects weighing 50lbs or greater is beneficial. Previous experience running a mixer/sound board would be helpful. Must be willing/able to learn and use the over-under method of cable coiling, if not already familiar with this method.
Tech Ops runs the network at MAGFest, which means getting here early, configuring switches and routers, mounting wireless AP's, setting up VOIP phones, and yes, running/crimping/taping down miles of cat5 and fiber… And then we take it all back down again once everything is over. If that sounds like your particular brand of crazy, let us know!
Background: Existing experience running enterprise or other advanced networks, specifically experience with OSPF, Cisco IOS, and VyOS. (Or training in those areas without actual experience.) Must be willing to do boring stuff (tape cables to the floor) alongside more interesting stuff (modifying ACLs). The ability to lift objects weighing 50lbs or greater is beneficial.
Join the Gameroom; You can volunteer to help set up, maintain, and pack up eight generations of console video games. Lots of hours available before, during, and after MAGFest and MAGFest Classic.
Background: Passion for console games, basic knowledge of cables, components, add-ons, and how to beat ET on Atari is preferable, but not required. Volunteers for this position may be
required to lift as much as 25lbs of equipment at a time, assist attendees with locating games from a cataloged system, and maintain the organization of the equipment and events within the Gameroom.
Staffing Operations Department
Do all the above department and positions sounds fun and exciting, but your not sure what you really want to do?
We are always looking for Staff Support Volunteers to work out of Staff Operations Department. This role fills critical needs across all departments, so you could end up in the Game Room for a shift, or go over and help in LAN or end up in Staff Suite. You might end up in registration and get to help check in your friends or guests to MAGFest. Wherever there is a critical shortage of staff at the moment, you get to plug in that role for the department.
Background: You have to be flexible in what you are willing to do, on-time and reliable. Most importantly, a sense of humor and desire to have fun!
PC Gaming Events Department
Tournament Admins help run all of the tournaments in the LAN Room. We run almost 2 dozen tournaments each year and are hoping to expand to even more tournaments, both at event and online. Tournament Admins:
- Help direct attendees in the signup process
- Make and maintain tournament brackets
- Ensure the tournaments run smoothly and in a timely manner
- Coordinate with the LAN Theater if their tournament is being livestreamed
Background: No special knowledge is required, just a love of competitive PC Gaming. The software we use is fairly simple. The ability to work under pressure and work with the public are definitely necessary.
Tournament Casters are the backbone of the LAN Theater, a room connected to the LAN Room where some of our larger tournaments are livestreamed to Twitch.TV with live commentary. The room also provides space for a live audience to watch, as well. Tournament Casters:
- Provide live commentary
- Ensure the livestream is up and running smoothly
- Interact with the online chat audience
- Interact with the live audience
Background: While not required, a deep knowledge about one or more of the games we livestream is a huge plus. Also, some experience streaming on Twitch or some other streaming platform is a big help. This is very much a ‘performance’ position (we do it live) and the more prepared you are, the better. We are especially in need of people with a deep knowledge of CS:GO, Hearthstone, Warcraft 3, Starcraft 2, Starcraft Brood War, Heroes of the Storm, and DotA 2.
We are looking for a couple knowledgeable video editors to help us turn the recordings of our livestreams during the festival into digestible chunks (both highlight reels and individual matches) for posting onto Youtube or other video sites. We also might have other editing needs throughout the year.
Background: Experience with video editing software is obviously a huge plus. We will be producing at least 30-40 hours of content, and would like to have it available to the public ASAP after the event.