Practice Field Attendant Oct. 30 2018| 0 KB

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The Practice Field Attendants for FIRST Robotics Competition schedule and monitor practice field and equipment usage throughout the competition. These volunteers are also responsible for keeping the practice field clean and free of debris, protecting practice field electronics, and reporting any malfunctions or damage to the field directly to the Field Supervisor / FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA).

Responsibilities

  • Maintain schedule at the practice field, monitor flow of teams, ensuring fair field use
  • Assist teams in using the wireless equipment provided for the practice field using the instructions provided
  • Report any malfunctions or field damage to the Field Supervisor / FTA
  • Keep field clean of debris after each practice match
  • Ensure that teams are using the practice field in a safe manner

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required
  • Basic knowledge in making connections to electronic equipment (instructions provided)
  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive
  • Ability to keep track of, and secure as required, practice field electronics
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work and interact with volunteers, team members, and FIRST staff
  • Requires basic knowledge of the game and match process
  • Self-directed individual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment

 

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Minimum 1 full day commitment
  • Preferred 2 full day commitment (Districts) or 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.

Training

Training is on-site but volunteers are encouraged to read this document before arriving on-site. 

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Volunteer Coordinator
Technical supervision: Field Technical Advisor (FTA) or Field Technical Advisor Assistant (FTAA if the FTA is unavailable)

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

Safety Advisor Oct. 29 2018| 0 KB

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The Safety Advisor for FIRST Robotics Competition is involved in ongoing safety assessment during the entire event. The Safety program nurtures a positive reinforcement model to emphasize safe behavior and coaching to correct unsafe behavior. The goal is to have a safe event and to promote safety as a holistic life skill. Safety Advisors will receive training from the Lead Safety Advisor at the event. Maintain a high level of safety as stated in the FIRST Safety Manual and the FIRST Game Manual.

*Must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement prior to start of service.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor overall event safety, observe unsafe actions and coach teams in appropriate safe behavior
  • Perform ongoing assessment of team behavior towards safety and determine the winner of the Safety Award sponsored by UL
  • Manage the safety recognition awards aspect of the program
  • Assist with Awards ceremony

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required; general knowledge of FIRST preferred
  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive
  • Ability to link FIRST principles to a safety approach and move teams to compliance
  • Ability to move about the facility
  • Ability to work and interact with volunteers, team members, contracted staff and FIRST staff
  • Approachable and friendly personality
  • Must be ethical and impartial
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills focused on a coaching approach
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of safety principles required, work related safety background preferred
  • Work well as a member of a Safety team as well as with student team members

 

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event training
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment (Districts)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.

Training

Training is conducted on-site

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Lead Safety Advisor

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

 

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The Pit Announcer for FIRST Robotics Competitions calls teams to queuing area and make general announcements via use of the public-address system (PA) in the Pit area. Work in collaboration with the Team Queuing volunteers to facilitate adherence to team match schedule.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate adherence to team match schedule
  • Announce pending team matches, and call team to queuing area
  • Make general "housekeeping" announcements
  • Obtain a radio from event management office to keep aware of event information and issues, return it to office at end of day 
  • Communicate with the Team Queuing volunteers to coordinate team line-up for matches

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST Headquarters
  • FIRST experience not required, but a plus
  • Public speaking experience preferred
  • Ability to "take charge”; be assertive, but behave in a graciously professional manner at all times
  • Approachable and friendly personality; high energy
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Clear and strong vocal ability, comfortable using a microphone in addressing a large crowd
  • Vocally energetic, entertaining and engaging to the students
  • Ability to collaborate with others, and work as a team
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time

 

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event training calls
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment (Districts)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.

Training

On-site training from the Pit Administration Supervisor throughout the competition

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Pit Administration Supervisor
On-site guidance: Volunteer Coordinator

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

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