Event Volunteers

FIRST® hosts more than 3,600 events around the globe a year. These events are made possible through the support of event volunteers. There are various event volunteer roles ranging from fun squads and safety glass monitoring to judging, emcees and referees. Find information about FIRST programs, volunteer resources, opportunities, and more!

Technical and non-technical event volunteer roles for every level are available to support FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FIRST® LEGO League. Working alongside people passionate about the mission of FIRST run seasonal events at the local, regional, and national levels; take on a variety of positions from judging and field reset to crowd control and safety attendant.

As an event volunteer you will:

  • receive training for your volunteer role
  • have access to year-of-service pins and other recognition items
  • be part of a community with a vision for the future

Volunteering with FIRST is an amazing opportunity for you to be energized, feel fulfilled and have FUN. The time you give will inspire every student participating in FIRST programs.


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Event Volunteer Roles

There are 250,000 people like you around the world working to support the next generation. Whether you have a few hours, a day or a weekend to help, have technical or non-technical expertise, there is an event volunteer role suited to your unique interest. Available volunteer positions vary depending on the program.

General description of most event volunteer positions

FIRST LEGO League Explore
FIRST LEGO League Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Robotics Competition

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Volunteer Registration Information

To apply to be a volunteer, sign up or log into the FIRST Dashboard.

  • After signing in, click "Volunteer Registration" to get started.
  • You will be able to create an account, apply to volunteer at an event, or request to join a team as a mentor or coach.
  • After you've applied you can go back in to check your event volunteer role assignment status and if you have any notifications of tasks that you need to complete.
  • You will receive an email once you have been assigned to a volunteer role by your local event coordinator.


At FIRST, student safety is always a priority. Every adult must become familiar with our Youth Protection Program (YPP). Take the time to watch our videos and read our Youth Protection materials. All adult volunteers from the United States and Canada must complete background screening through our Volunteer Registration for the safety of all FIRST team members.

FIRST LEGO League Explore

For children ages 6-10, FIRST LEGO League Explore captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey. Learn more about FIRST LEGO League Explore
A non-competitive aspect of the FIRST programs allows for children to explore STEM without feeling the pressure of "winning" or "losing". Children are able to celebrate their accomplishments big or small. Be a part of their celebration by volunteering locally or at FIRST Championship.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Learn more about FIRST LEGO League Challenge.

FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge.

FIRST Tech Challenge offers many volunteer opportunities that range in a variety of skill sets and time commitments. If you would like to volunteer for a FIRST Tech Challenge event, sign up or log in to register today!

FIRST Robotics Competition

The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition.

FIRST Robotics Competition season events are already looking for amazing volunteers to join their crew. If you are interested in volunteering at a local event or FIRST Championship, please apply in  Volunteer Registration.

Contact us at volunteer@firstinspires.org