Field Supervisor Jan. 20 2017| 7.2 MB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

Field Supervisor is a Key volunteer position who supervises field assembly and disassembly in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor. This is a critical role in the competition as you direct activity on the field to ensure smooth execution of the matches, maintain the pace of the event and smooth flow of match play. Work in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor.


  • Participate in training opportunities offered by FIRST
  • Supervise field constructions in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor
  • 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 Game Announcer, Emcee and Event Manager to monitor and set/adjust game pace
  • Conduct volunteer training for and supervise Field Assembly/Disassembly and Field Repair/Reset volunteers at event
  • Sign-in/Sign-out two-way radio and headset from event management office, return it to office at end of day
  • Wear a two-way communication radio and headset to keep apprised of event information and issues
  • Exercise decision-making authority in collaboration with the Lead Robot Inspector in cases of dispute
  • Direct Alliance selection process with the Master of Ceremonies
  • Attend daily breakfast meeting conducted by Event Manager
  • Exhibit Gracious Professionalism and honor FIRST Core Values

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience required; team experience ideal
  • Knowledge of the competition game and rules
  • Construction experience helpful
  • General knowledge of robot construction
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and move about playing field

Time Commitment

  • Commitment:    Minimum four days + Training
  • Approximate times:
Day Times
Set-up Day (two days before competition) 12 noon - End of Day
Practice Day (the day before the competition) 7am - End of Day
Day One of the Competition 7am - End of Day
Day Two of the Competition 7am - End of Day

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 start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Field Supervisor Trainer: Paul George

Training Conference Calls:

Conference calls will be held on 2/19, 2/25, 3/5, 3/12 from 1pm – 2pm ET

Dial-in information: Dial in toll free #: 1-866-951-1151; Conference Room: 9052704

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: FIRST Technical Advisor provides support and advice during the event

*Please Note: some events will conduct a pre-event evening Volunteer Orientation and Training.