Volunteer

Season 9 Volunteer Applications will open Spring 2020!

If you’d like to be notified when applications open, please fill out the form below. If you have questions, scroll down for our handy Volunteering FAQs or contact volunteer@atxfestival.com or tv@atxfestival.com.

Volunteering with ATX Television Festival

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 that they leave with a great impression of the festival and of Austin!

If you’re interested in joining us this year, we’ve put together some handy dandy FAQs about what to expect when volunteering for #ATXTVs9! We hope to see you in June!

Do I need to be a certain age to volunteer?

In order to volunteer, you need to be 18 years or older. If you’d like to volunteer for our Transportation Team, you’ll need to be 25 years or older.

What kind of things will I be doing while volunteering? Are you assigning me stuff 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. Really into emojis? Check out the Social Media Team!

Festival teams include Events, Festival Support, Lounge, Merch, Registration, Security, Social Media, Transportation (includes both Drivers and Ride-alongs), and Venue so be sure to check out all the available shifts once they’re posted. Do keep in mind that there are special requirements to join some teams – for example, members of the Events Team need to have evening availability – so make sure to read through all requirements before you sign up!

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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 will be offered at three different times leading up to the festival and are held in Austin, TX. Volunteer Orientation is mandatory (out of towners, we have meetings close to festival start time for you to attend), and locations and times will be sent out via email when we’re 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 y’all in on what to expect. Bring all your questions!

I’m coming in from out of town. When do you think I should try to get to Austin?

For those that are coming in from out of town, we recommend coming in the Tuesday before the festival and heading home on Monday. We’ll have volunteer shifts starting bright and early on Wednesday morning and shifts go through Sunday evening.

Do I get an ATX Badge for volunteering?

If you sign up for and work the required number of shifts, you will receive a Volunteer Badge. When you’re not on shift (and not wearing your Volunteer t-shirt), you’ll be able to line up in the general Badgeholder line for programming. Please keep in mind that Volunteer Badges do not have access to the Fast Pass System, so if grabbing that Fast Pass is important to you, you might want to consider purchasing a Festival Badge.

Pro tip: If a panel / screening strikes your fancy, we suggest you sign up to work it if there’s a shift available. And on the flip side, if you’re signing up to volunteer just to see one specific event, we strongly suggest you mull over that choice.

We advise all our Badgeholders not to attend for a single event or individual. Badges do not guarantee entry to any single screening, panel, or event, only admission up to capacity, and if you only want to see one person, you may very well be disappointed. We do our best to prevent changes in programming, however schedules can change or an opportunity to see them simply may not arise.

When do I get to pick my volunteer 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 shifts are open for selection.

So what if I try to sign up for a shift I really, really want, but the system says there aren’t any available spaces to work 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 piece of programming, we suggest you check your email regularly or touch base with the Volunteer Team. Throughout the festival we’ll send out Volunteer Calls if shifts open up and we need extra help, and we’ll fill these spots on a first response basis.

I confirmed that I would volunteer, but something happened and I can’t 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?

First off, make sure to add volunteer@atxfestival.com to your Contacts to avoid important emails from going to your Spam or Junk folders.

As things start to ramp up, we can’t guarantee specific dates of correspondence, but we’ll be in touch with updates as the festival approaches. We suggest that you routinely check your email for info from the Volunteer Department, but if you’re getting nervous, just reach out to volunteer@atxfestival.com!

What should I wear?

Volunteers will be given Volunteer Crew T-Shirts – they’re green this year! You must wear your volunteer shirt during every shift, and you can’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.

And if you’d like to wear shorts / skirts, that’s totally fine – this is Texas and it’s hot in June, y’all. Just please be mindful that your shorts or skirt are an appropriate length.

If you’d like to attend programming when you’re off shift, make sure to bring another top so you can change out of your Volunteer shirt!

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.

But all things being honest, parking downtown can be a headache. 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, or ride shares. If you do decide to drive and want to take advantage of metered street parking, check out Park ATX as you won’t be able to run to your car every two hours to feed the meter.

What do I do about food?

We work hard to have snacks or light meals available but can’t guarantee 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 your 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 or ATX HQ at tv@atxfestival.com and we can help you out!