The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire relies on the skills, dedication, and enthusiasm of its volunteers to ensure a fun time is had by everyone. We welcome volunteers aged 13 and older, and encourage families to volunteer together.
We ask you to commit at least 4 hours to making this a successful Faire. Volunteer shifts will be a minimum of 4 hours (most shifts run between 4 – 6 hours), and we request that you be available for at least one 4-hour block.
All volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation meeting in May. (Tentative date is Saturday, May 27; but subject to change until a meeting space is confirmed.)
Team Leaders will also be required to attend a Team Leader orientation to be held prior to the general volunteer orientation. (Tentative date is Saturday, May 20; but subject to change until a meeting space is confirmed.) When choosing Team Leaders, priority will be given to those who are able to volunteer for a shift all 3 days, as this is the best way to ensure continuity at our stations.
- Set Up Crew – We always need plenty of hands for set up on the Friday before the show! You could be setting up tables, putting up signs, working on stage set up, assisting Makers with their load-in, or keeping the coffee pots full.
- Maker & Volunteer Check-In – You’ll be on the front line, assisting Makers & Volunteers when they first arrive. On Friday you’ll assist Makers with check in, give them welcome packages, and direct them to their booths. On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll welcome your fellow volunteers and direct them to their Team Leaders, as well as providing information for the general public.
- Information Booth – Answer questions from the public regarding the Faire, the exhibits and their locations. Conduct exit surveys. May involve acting as a wandering info point throughout the venue. Must be very comfortable talking to strangers!
- Front Gate & Ticketing – You’ll be making that first impression with our guests, greeting them at the line up, selling tickets, confirming advance sales, and often acting as the first point of information. Smiles, patience, and a sense of humour required!
- Happiness Crews – Happiness crews make sure the Volunteers, Makers, and Performers are well taken care of: bringing food and drink to remote Volunteers, being on hand to assist Makers, ensuring Performers know where to be at the right time and that they have what they need. People on the Maker Happiness Crew should be comfortable dealing with the public as you may need to cover an exhibit if the Maker needs a short break.
- Stage Crew – This year the Speakers’ Stage and Performance Stage are back, as well as our new Workshop Zone, and we’ll need techs and stage managers to keep things running smoothly. Preference will be given to people who have experience with stage tech and equipment, so please give those details on your application.
- Hands-On Activities – In past years volunteers helped run activities such as the larger-than-life-sized Angry Birds and the Paper Hat workshop. This year we’ll have more fun activities that will require volunteer assistance. You should definitely like working with kids of all ages, and you MUST like to have fun!
- Documentation – Do you have mad skills when it comes to photography & videography, especially at events? The documentation team is an important part of building the legacy of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
- Crowd Control & Safety – Staff the Exit and Re-Entry Gates. Help monitor pedestrian flow and give directions. Keep an eye out for unsafe behaviour. Assist with traffic flow on set-up day and during load out on Sunday. Must be comfortable interacting with the public.
- Tear Down Crew – After the fun is over, there’s still work to be done! Assist Makers with load out, take down tables, stage equipment, wind cable, clean up. Will the last person to leave the Forum please turn out the lights?