Field Supervisor Aug. 2 2021| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition, Volunteer
Program: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

Field Supervisor for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer position. They supervise field assembly and disassembly in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA). This is a critical role in the competition as they direct activity on the field to ensure efficient execution of the matches, maintain the pace of the event, and smooth flow of match play. Field Supervisors work in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisors who provide support and advice during the event. Field Supervisors also lead the Field Repair/Reset Crew.

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


  • Strict adherence to the FIRST safety practices
  • Participate in pre-event trainings provided by FIRST
  • Review the Roles and Expectations document for the Field Supervisor
  • Supervise field constructions (including practice field) in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA)
  • Lead Field Repair/Reset Crew & Direct field reset process
  • Facilitate adherence to match timing
  • Monitor placement of robots on field
  • Promote and monitor the safety of volunteers and team members
  • Collaborate with Lead Queuer, Game Announcer, Emcee, FIRST Technical Advisor Assistant (FTAA), and FTA to monitor and set/adjust game pace
  • Conduct volunteer training for and supervise Field Assembly/Disassembly and Field Repair/Reset volunteers at event
  • Obtain a radio from event management office to keep aware of event information and issues, return it to office at end of day 
  • May be required to attend daily morning meeting conducted by Event Manager/Coordinator

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience required; including understanding of event match cycles
  • Team experience ideal; Team match participation preferred
  • 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 HQ
  • Knowledge of the competition game and rules
  • Construction experience helpful
  • General knowledge of robot construction is a plus
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and move about playing field

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event Training calls
  • Setup Day
  • Practice Day (if applicable)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment

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.


Field Supervisor Trainer: Scott Goering

Training Conference Calls

Dial In Information:

Access Code: 718-403-197

Conference Calls:

  • Monday - February 17, 2020 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm ET
  • Monday - February 24, 2020 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm ET
  • Monday - March 2, 2020 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm ET
  • Monday - March 9, 2020 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm ET

 *An invitation to join the folder will be sent via email by the Trainer/FIRST HQ

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • Direct Supervision: FIRST Technical Advisor
  • On-Site Guidance: Volunteer Coordinator


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