DEFCON Furs

DEFCON Furs 2022 Volunteer Info

Interested in helping at DEFCON Furs 2022?

Would you like to help us make this year’s DEFCON Furs the biggest and bestest ever?

DEFCON Furs 2022 Volunteer Info

Do you want to know how the sausage gets stuffed? Or at least how we’re makin’ the bacon? If so, we need you! Without you, DEFCON Furs would not be. We depend on you. Your donations of time, service, and/or funds to make our events happen. On behalf of all of us who make up the DEFCON Furs community, we would like to offer our deepest thanks.

Questions regarding volunteering can be e-mailed to volunteer@dcfurs.com

EVENTS

DEFCON Furs provides events and entertainment for our attendees from our opening ceremonies on Thursday to our closing ceremonies on Sunday. While the majority of our events are planned, organized, and hosted by DEFCON Furs, not all are exclusive to the DEFCON Furs community. There are several types of events:

  • MIXERS & MEET-UPS: bringing together attendees of different identities from multiple conferences to support each other, share their experiences, and network.
  • PANELS/TRACKS/TALKS: inviting speakers to share their knowledge, experience, and perspective with a DEFCON Furs audience.
  • VILLAGES: creating a communal area for group activities, such as our Badge Challenge and work tables.
  • PARTIES: dancing, drinking, or just hanging out, help us show DEFCON just how awesome furry parties are!

BENEFITS

DEFCON Furs is an all-volunteer organization, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show our appreciation in many ways.

  • Insider knowledge - this is how a con is made...
  • Prime access to all of our limited run items and specials.
  • Upon request, written certification of your service hours for applicable professional development requirements or community donation drives.
  • All volunteers who contribute 8 hours or more also qualify for our gift pack
    • A DEFCON Furs blank PCB badge (non-electronic) w/staff lanyard
    • A DEFCON Furs Animal Control (Staff) shirt
    • A DEFCON Furs year-exclusive Challenge Coin

ROLE & DESCRIPTIONS

Shifts range from two to four hours long. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Swag Team

When: Thurs 9:30AM - Sun 6PM

Where: DEFCON Furs Suite @ Harrah’s

Training provided: Swag Checkout Process. Incident Handling.

Special Requirements: None, but previous customer service or retail experience highly recommended.

Job Description: (18+ Only) You will be the “face” of Defcon Furs for all attendees and will be responsible for the first impression we make. The goal is to make guests and visitors feel comfortable and valued while at our events. Responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting staff, or other volunteers where appropriate
  • Distributing badges and t-shirts
  • Handling on-site badge and raffle sales
  • Taking donations in exchange for Defcon Furs merchandise
  • Collecting donations via cash and card transactions
  • Stocking supplies
  • Assisting in inventory counts

Animal Control

When: Thu-Sat 9:30AM-10:30PM, & Sun 9:30AM-6:30PM

Where: DEFCON Furs Suite @ Harrah’s

Training provided: Public Safety & Incident Handling.

Special Requirements: none

Job Description: (18+ Only) You will be the “face” of Defcon Furs for all attendees and will be responsible for the first impression we make. The goal is to make guests and visitors feel comfortable and valued while at our events. Responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting staff, or other volunteers where appropriate
  • Greeting attendees arriving, or departing, at each DEFCON Furs suite entrance and exit in an engaging and confident manner
  • Badge, ID, & Covid Vax checking at all points of entrance
  • 'Tagging' (wrist banding attendees according to age group, under or over 21)
  • Helping with food and party set up
  • Making sure that food/water is stocked on tables
  • Ensuring food areas are clean and hygienic
  • Patrolling an assigned area on foot to regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent and identify violations of our Code of Conduct, or report violators

Speaker Track Handler

When: Sat 9:30AM-6:30PM

Where: DEFCON Furs Suite @ Harrah’s

Training provided: Incident Handling.

Special Requirements: none.

Job Description: (18+ Only) You will be the person running our speaker track. You get to listen to the talk, hand out speaker gifts, introduce the speaker, help keep the talks on time, and more. Responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting speakers, staff, or other volunteers where appropriate
  • Greeting attendees arriving, or departing, in an engaging and confident manner
  • Badge, ID, & Covid Vax checking at all points of entrance
  • “Tagging” (wrist banding attendees according to age group, under or over 21)
  • Making sure that food/water is stocked on tables
  • Ensuring food areas are clean and hygienic
  • Patrolling an assigned area on foot to regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent and identify violations of our Code of Conduct, or report violators

GoFUR

When: Thu-Sat 9:30AM-10:30PM, & Sun 9:30AM-6:30PM

Where: DEFCON Furs Suite @ Harrah’s

Training provided: Public Safety & Incident Handling.

Special Requirements: none.

Job Description: (18+ Only) You will be the “face” of Defcon Furs for all attendees and will be responsible for the first impression we make. The goal is to make guests and visitors feel comfortable and valued while at our events. Responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting staff, or other volunteers where appropriate
  • Running errands
  • Fetching (whatever is needed)

DEFCON Furs 2022 Volunteer Terms and Conditions

Everyone volunteering for Hack Your Lives & DEFCON Furs events is subject to the terms and conditions in our general Code of Conduct, host hotels and accommodation policies, Federal/State/Local laws, and the conditions below.

Drugs and Alcohol

All volunteers must adhere to the following zero-tolerance policies regarding drugs and alcohol while on duty or when present at any of our events or our event spaces:

  • Volunteers are prohibited from the possession and/or consumption of any illegal substance while on shift.
  • Volunteers are requested to refrain from working as a volunteer while under the influence of controlled substances.

Behavior and Conduct

Event attendees look to our volunteers as representatives of DEFCON Furs. While on duty or when present at any of our events or our event spaces, volunteers are required to follow the following policies:

  • Volunteers are free to socialize with others, provided that said socializing does not include inappropriate language or behavior, or affect the performance of their duties in any way.

Appearance

Volunteers must be helpful, courteous, respectable, and easily identifiable. As a result, volunteers are required to follow the following policies:

  • Volunteers must wear the provided Animal Control staff shirt only when on duty. Please do not wear your Animal Control shirt off duty. If you are wearing one of our shirts we can and will put you to work.
  • Volunteers must wear the provided Volunteer badge blank or Attendee assembled badge (if purchased) when on duty.
  • Volunteers must not wear any head coverings while on duty without Defcon Furs approval. This includes but is not limited to fursuit heads, pup hoods, and masks.
  • Volunteers must practice good hygiene, manners, and be rated PG13.

Volunteers who have questions about these policies can email volunteer@dcfurs.com.

All questions will be reviewed by DEFCON Furs conference organizers. The decision(s) of the DEFCON Furs conference organizers are final.

Sign Up Here!

If you would like to volunteer please sign up here!