A gopher is a volunteer who helps out setting up, running and breaking down the convention by performing a wide variety of tasks. These tasks completely depend on what needs to be done at the time. They also help out visitors with questions or issues. They are expected to do so in a friendly manner at all times. We’ll also ask our gophers to help out before and after the convention when able. The more hands we have, the faster we can work.
Being a gopher is about team work and trying to bring out the best in yourself. You’ll work in a team, with all kinds of different people. If this seems like fun, why don’t you sign up as a gopher and see the convention from a very different perspective? You might not know this, but a lot of Staff started out as gophers. Give it a try!
We are sorry to say that there is no guarantee in this matter. The first step after you registered as a gopher is filling in the gopher form that will be provided to you by our gopher manager. Based on the information provided by the submitted form it we will decide if you are qualified to be a gopher or not. Because there is a limit on the amount of gophers we need on the convention and we have certain requirements we are unable to accept all applications. We hope you can understand our decision in these matters.
After you have registered yourself during ticket chekout you will receive an e-mail from our staff. Attached to this mail is a form. We expect you to completely and truthfully fill out the form before returning it to our staff. By assessing all the submitted forms, our staff will then determine who will be accepted as volunteer and who will not. After this you will receive an e-mail from our staff if you are approved or not. If you haven’t handed in your form on time, your application won’t be processed and will be rejected by default.
The minimum age for helping out as a gopher is 16 years. This requirement is set because of legal reasons and non-negotiable.
Yes, you will have to pay for a ticket beforehand. If you’ve performed your tasks as expected, your ticket will be refunded afterwards. We choose this approach to prevent people from neglecting their tasks.
Yes. Before the convention starts, our volunteer managers will hold a training on-site. In addition, stewards will have one more training before the convention. You’ll be informed of the time and place of these meetings at least a week in advance.
It’s okay if you can’t make to the gopher meeting. Before the convention starts you will receive a gopher manual. Read it very thoroughly if you’re unable to make it to the meeting. The manual has all the information you need to know. If you have any further questions, please contact gopher management. Please use this form to contact them.