Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in our ATX Volunteer Team!

Volunteer applications for ATX Season 6 (June 8 – 11, 2017) are now closed, and applicants have been notified of their Season 6 status. If you didn’t receive a confirmation / notification email, please feel free to contact volunteer@atxfestival.com with any follow-up inquiries.

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Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, and keep things running smoothly. They’re TV nerds committed to helping other TV nerds have the very best festival ever.

As an ATX Volunteer, you are the face of the festival, which means you’re working to make sure our festival attendees have a wonderful experience, and leave a them with a great impression of the festival and of Austin!

If you’ll be joining us this year, we’ve put together some handy dandy FAQs about #ATXTVs6 volunteering! If you have still have questions feel free to reach out to the Volunteer Team at volunteer@atxfestival.com!

We’re so excited you’re joining us for #ATXTVs6! Welcome to the ATX Family!

What kind of things will I be doing while volunteering? Are you assigning me something or do I get to pick what I’m doing?

Our volunteers have the opportunity to craft their own schedules – each volunteer chooses the shifts they would like work, based on shift availability. Most of our volunteers sign up for a variety of departments and jobs throughout the festival so they can check everything out, but it’s all about you crafting a schedule you’ll enjoy. So if Transportation is your thing, sign up for all Transportation shifts. You’re really into special events? Check out the Events Department!

Festival departments include Registration, Festival Set Up/Tear Down, ATX Merch, Panels & Screenings, Events, Transportation, Airport Greeters, Security, and Social Media (all the things!!) so be sure to check out all the available shifts.

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I’m super excited, but I’ve never volunteered for a festival before. Will there be a meeting so I know what to do?

Absolutely!

Volunteer Orientations are offered at three different times leading up to the festival – June 3rd (2:00 – 4:00 pm), 6th (7:00 – 8:30 pm), and 7th (7:00 – 8:30 pm) – and are held in Austin, TX. Volunteer Orientation is mandatory (out of towners, those meetings on June 6th and 7th are for you), and locations and times will be sent via email when we’re a bit closer to the festival. The same information will be given out at all the Volunteer Orientations, so you only have to attend one of the meetings, unless you really like us and just want to hang out.

At Volunteer Orientation we’ll go over the basics of volunteering with ATX, and fill you guys in on what to expect. Bring all your questions!

And while you have your calendar open, Saturday, June 17th will be the Volunteer Appreciation Party! Time and venue will be announced post festival.

Do I get an ATX Badge for volunteering?

We have a variety of credential levels for our volunteers, like Day Wristbands and Volunteer Badges. The level you qualify for is contingent upon the number of hours you work during the festival. As you plan your time off work and / or travel to Austin, keep in mind that volunteer shifts are available starting Wednesday, June 7th and go through Sunday, June 11th.

Pro tip: If you’re hoping to catch a panel / screening, we suggest you sign up to work it if there’s a shift available. If you signed up to volunteer just to see one specific event, we strongly suggest you purchase a Festival Badge or Day Wristband. Volunteer Badges are seated at venues after those who purchased a badge.

I’m ready to get started!! When do I get to pick shifts?

Shift selections run on a seniority system – returning volunteers are able to register for shifts before our new volunteers. Volunteer shift sign up info will be emailed to you before selections are made available.

Shift selections open for:
Returning / Alumni Volunteers – Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6 pm CST
New Volunteers – Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 3 pm CST

I’m trying to sign up for a shift I really, really want, but it says there aren’t any available spaces for that shift! What should I do?

If there are highly anticipated panels / screenings / events, it’s definitely possible those volunteer shifts are going to fill up quickly! If all of the shifts are full for a particular panel / screening / event, we suggest you check your email regularly – throughout the festival we will send out Volunteer Calls if shifts have opened up and we need extra help. We’ll fill these spots on a first response basis.

Something happened and I can’t volunteer anymore. What should I do?

Please notify the Volunteer Team at volunteer@atxfestival.com as soon as you can.

I’m worried that I’m missing emails about volunteering. Leading up the festival, how often will I hear from y’all?

We suggest that you routinely check your email for info from the Volunteer Department. We’re preparing for the festival and can’t guarantee specific dates of correspondence, but we’ll be in touch with updates as the festival approaches.

Please add volunteer@atxfestival.com to your Contacts to avoid important emails from going to your Spam or Junk folders.

What should I wear?

Volunteers will be given Volunteer Crew T-Shirts – they’re magenta this year! You must wear your volunteer shirt during every shift and don’t alter your shirt in any way during the festival. As for the rest of your outfit, we suggest that you wear comfortable clothes like jeans and tennis shoes. You’ll be running around and on your feet all day, and we want you to be comfy. If you’d like to wear shorts, that’s fine – it’s hot in June, y’all. Please just be mindful that your shorts are an appropriate length.

So we’ll be in Downtown Austin… where should I park?

You are responsible for paying for your own parking, and there are several parking lots / garages near our Volunteer Hub (Trinity Hall) and other festival venues – check our Downtown Austin Alliance’s map here.

Rather than driving your own car, we recommend carpooling, having someone drop you off / pick you up, or making use of other transportation options – Capital Metro, Austin B-cycles, Fare, Fasten, and Ride Austin. If you do decide to drive and want to take advantage of metered street parking, check out ParkX as you will not be able to run to your car every two hours to feed the meter.

What do I do about food?

We’re working hard to have snacks or light meals available but can’t guarantee any food, so we strongly suggest you bring your own snacks and water bottles. There are also a bunch of places to eat within walking distance of all our venues, and you’re free to go grab a snack if you’re shift leader has oked it, or once your shift is completed.

I still have more questions!!

Feel free to reach out to the Volunteer Team at volunteer@atxfestival.com and they can help you out!