Hal-Con is purely run by volunteer power, and without our fantastic volunteers each year we simply would not be able to have such an amazing event. We thank you for your interest in helping keep it going. This year we will be notifying applicants as we slot them in to roles. We also reserve the right to turn away applicants we feel do not suit a role, or because we have filled all of our volunteer needs.
To give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into, below is a list of descriptions of the volunteer positions.
Runner/Gopher – These folks are the backbone of the Con. They spend their shifts running from room to room, delivering water bottles, finding that random mysterious box that no one else can locate, and just being helpful in general. Wearing comfortable shoes is key to this position.
PA Runner/Gopher – These folks are as important as the runners except that you can add the words “for the guests” to every piece of description to the entry above. This is a limited position however, and is subject to additional screening. Wearing comfortable shoes, for the guests, is key to this position.
Area Monitor – Area Monitors are essentially the dispatch for Runners and Security in a particular room. They help transition the room as needed and make sure everything within runs smoothly.
Registration Desk – The front line of Hal-Con. This team is the first thing everyone see’s so bringing a smile and a friendly attitude keeps everyone happy. Since you’ll be taking everyone’s money, thinking fast on your feet and knowing the inside and out of using a calculator are important skills to have. An admirable ability to handle the piles of people impatiently waiting in line will also be helpful in this role.
Info Desk – The seat of knowledge. The handler of inquiries. This is the kind of role for people who like to sit at a desk and make gestures towards doors, and point out the obvious in the Convention Guide.
Security – Our team of heroic Transformers are always at the ready, ever vigilant in their duties. These folk keep the Con safe and fun for everyone!
Volunteer Room Supervisor – The people who keep us organized. They ensure the runners aren’t confused and running like headless chickens, as well as keeping the volunteer sanctuary safe and tidy.
Guest PA’s – Hand selected by our Guest Coordinator, PA’s sell their souls to be the slaves of their assigned guest, and love every minute of it. You’ll work hand in hand with an assigned guest and have the privilege of fetching their coffee order.
Merch Booth – Sell sell sell! The ever important duty of selling Hal-Con’s merchandise such as shirts, mugs and more.
Gaming Info Desk – The brains of the operation in the Gaming Kingdom of Hal-Con. The fountain of infinite knowledge is where these volunteers reside. Check with them before putting your Portable Hole inside of your Bag of Holding.
RPG Game Masters – The main attraction. Whether it be crawling through creepy dungeons with crazy companions or shooting aliens in on a strange new planet, these folks have all the fun. Jerks.
Board Game Demonstrators – Show off your favorite board game by teaching people who are new to it how to play. Hours and hours of preaching the rules!
Video Game Monitor – Keep it fair and square for everyone involved in the Video Gaming section. Guard the systems and televisions from the wrath of an upset gamer.
Gaming Seminars – Explain in full detail the best way to beat Tetris, or teach a class on how to be a DM. Share your expertise with the world.
Drivers – The secret society within Hal-Con. Not listed on our volunteer applications, as only the best of the best (Can you drive a large vehicle with grace and honour?) are qualified for this job. They are hand picked from those who apply for various positions. Those interested are also welcome to submit themselves to a test of courage and loyalty in an attempt to join the Secret Drivers of Hal-Con Society.
Of course there are rules that come with volunteering. Here’s a quick summary. Once you become a Hal-Con Volunteer, a more detailed Rules & Guidelines document will be provided.
- No arriving to your shift hung over/drunk, or drinking on your shift (excluding exceptions made for the Soiree.) This also applies to recreational drug use.
- No harassing guests, attendees, or other volunteers in any way shape or form.
- No stealing.
- No abusing volunteer privileges (sneaking friends in, going into areas you are not permitted, using your volunteer status to network with, or show your work to guests)
- Wear volunteer t-shirt uncovered at all times. No face obscuring masks please!
- Make sure you know who your team lead is so you are able to ask questions and get help when you need to!
This year we have separated our applications in to four major categories. Gaming, General, Security and Personal Assistant’s. We have done this to make it easier to sort our applicants and let them know if they have been accepted more quickly. This also allows that if you aren’t accepted in a special role, such as Security or Personal Assistants, you can apply to another general role. You may also be put on a waiting list for the first role and will be notified should an opportunity open up.
We are asking that our volunteer commit to two shifts minimum this year, or twelve hours in total. In exchange we will give our volunteers full weekend passes for their time and dedication to the convention.
Now that you have read the rules you can click on a link below and begin your journey with Hal-Con.
Choose Your Destiny
Personal Assistant Application Form (Currently Full)
Security Volunteer Application Form (Currently Full)