Starman Trooper wrote:Hi, I'm a first timer at, well any convention, and I would like to volunteer for 2012.
I have a few questions though, that I am sure will be cleared up at the meetings, but I wouldn't mind a heads up.
Feel free to disregard questions that are already answered by the Izumicon info page or else where.
1. Is the current volunteer sheet (that still states that it is for 2011) going to be used for 2012?
2. If not, where can I find the one for 2012?
3. I signed up late (way late) for 2011 is that still on record, I.E. will it carry over for 2012, or do I have to do it again?
4. Can I sign up for multiple duties and carry out responsibilities for the 15 hours of work for each department?
5. Are there hours pre- and post- convention (set up/tear down) that can count towards those hours?
6. Can I offer more time then is required?
7. If I complete 15 hours, or if yes to 5, allocate them off open convention hours, do I still have to perform duties as a volunteer?
8. As a volunteer do I get a 3 day pass or is it strictly a staff badge?
9. How free am I to roam around the convention during open hours as a volunteer not doing duties.
10. How are the work area choices decided for the volunteer?
11. How much freedom do I have as a volunteer to assign my own hours?
12. Sort of an odd last minute question to think of, but does Izumicon provide food for volunteers?
X. Not volunteer related but, will there be a map for the con, because everyone likes maps(or is it just me?) and the Layout on the Info page is not informative enough. I know its a relatively small area to get lost in but a detailed map of the entire convention area would be most appreciative and pretty cool.
Feel free to skip this one.
Last but not least, When is the first meeting, how long is it, how much is going do be discussed, what are the conventions plans for the schedule(featured artist ?), and how much of a volunteers input will the heads of the departments take into consideration?
2) It has not yet been posted, it should be up soon though
3) Staffing applications never carry over, we cannot assume that someone will want to staff every future year just because they have staffed before. ie, you will have to signup again
4) Typically, you will be accepted by one specific department, and the director of that department will determine your schedule based on your availability. Ops does tend to cover the other departments as needed, so if you want to work under multiple categories, that would be your best bet.
5) Yes, as arranged with the director
6) ALWAYS!!!!!!! 15hrs is the minimum, if you want to work more, we'll gladly schedule you for more.
7) Depends on what time frame you have committed too (see #6). Also, congoers may approach you to ask a question when you are 'off the clock', we expect that staffers will not ignore or blow them off.
8) Staff badge, which does get you in for all 3 days
9) As long as you aren't scheduled by your director at the time, roam away.
10) There will be a section in the application for notating your top 3 preferences for department. We do our best to get you into those.
11) We will ask for the times you are available each day in the application, then your director will schedule you based on that.
X) I'll be asking to have one in the program book this year, but can't guarantee that it will be printed. Staff meetings that take place at the convention center during the year will include a walkaround when possible as well.
LBNL) Still being determined, notice will go up on the forums, twitter, facebook, etc. once dates are finalized. Meeting length varies depending on setting (we've been known to have potlucks and such combined with the meetings on occasion, which inherantly take longer). Topics of discussion usually aren't finalized until the meeting, and can vary greatly, etc. Volunteer input is almost always considered, but not always viable/approved/feasable/etc.