Volunteering: Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ

If you have a question that is not addressed here please contact us via the Otakon Contact Form and we will reply via e-mail as soon as possible. Please specify "Otakon Vegas" as the Topic.

General Questions:

Why would I want to be a Volunteer at Otakon Vegas?
  • To be part of the fourth year of Otakon Vegas!
  • Meet new people!
  • You brought your kids to the con and want something to do other than follow them around.
  • Being a Volunteer is a pathway to becoming staff!
  • Incentives!
  • Because working at Otakon Vegas is fun!
Do I need to Pre-Register to Volunteer?

We will have a very limited number of spots open for Volunteers at Otakon Vegas. We are asking anyone interested in volunteering with us to register with us on our volunteer site. You must have purchased a ticket for Otakon Vegas before you can pre-register to be a volunteer.
If an unexpected need for additional volunteer arises at the con, we may accept additional volunteer Friday morning but that will only be on an as-needed basis. If you want to volunteer you are encouraged to pre-register.

How many hours do I need to work?

Minimum of six hours to a maximum of twenty hours (over the weekend) depending upon availability of work and needs of the con. All work over 20 hours earns only the undying gratitude of the Otakon Vegas staff.

Can I work in a costume?

Yes! As long as the costume does not interfere with your Volunteer duties. Also your Volunteer Identification and Otakon Vegas badge must be clearly visible at all times.

What is Volunteer Orientation? When is Volunteer Orientation?

Volunteer Orientation covers everything you need to know about volunteering at Otakon Vegas and it is MANDATORY. During Volunteer Orientation you will be introduced to the "Dos" and "Don'ts" of volunteering, as well as other information.
Volunteer Orientation will take place once on Thursday afternoon and once on Friday morning. Exact times and locations will be announced to pre-registered volunteers closer to Otakon Vegas.

I hear there is a Bulletin Board on the Internet that Volunteers use for information and to get to know each other. Is this true? How do I get on it?

Yes, on the Otakon Web Boards are for both Otakon and Otakon Vegas. If you are not currently a member, sign up and send a private message to Cousinsue with your Volunteer Pre-Registration information to request access to the restricted Volunteer Forum.

Can I be made staff at Otakon Vegas?

No, but positive recommendations from the staff you work with will be passed on to the Otakon Vegas Chief of Staff at the end of con. It requires the recommendation from 2 different staff members, present and in good standing, to be considered for staff next year. Remember, many Otakon Vegas staff including con chairs, section chiefs and department heads, started as volunteers.

Incentive Questions

Beyond your undying gratitude what do I get for volunteering at Otakon Vegas?
  • 4 hours: Raffle ticket! Every 4 hours you work will earn you a raffle ticket to some awesome gifts we have set aside for volunteers.
  • 6 hours: Food! You'll have access to the staff food areas for lunch and dinner
  • 20 hours: Ticket Reimbursement

Anything Else?

How can I get more information on Volunteering?

If you have any specific questions visit the Otakon Web Boards. There is a special section on the board specifically for questions about volunteers and volunteering that is open to everyone. Otherwise you can contact Volunteer Operations through the Otakon Contact Form (Please include "Otakon Vegas" in the subject line).