Webcast Operator Feb. 4 2019| 0 KB

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

The webcast operator role for FIRST Robotics Competition operates the FIRST Webcast Unit at selected events, creating a live video stream for engagement outside the arena. Work under the direction of the FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA). Create an exciting, cohesive experience for web spectators, and create an archive for teams to re-live the event using FIRST supplied video equipment.


  • Wear safety glasses when in the arena
  • Create exciting experience for online spectators
  • Switch between available video feeds to create cohesive, exciting story
  • Follow direction from FIRST Robotics Competition support to solve technical problems related to the equipment

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required, but preferred
  • Must be post-high school (minimum age of 18 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST Headquarters
  • Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules of play
  • Work and interact with volunteers, team members and students, contracted and FIRST staff
  • Basic technical skills (computer proficiency)
  • Strong communication skills and an eye for detail
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
Ability to stay focused and concentrated, and stay seated for prolonged periods of time

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.


Pre-event certification provided by FIRST Headquarters prior to the start of the competition season. This training will consist of a webinar with time for Q&A and will be held on:

  • 2/13 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm ET. Please register for the webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

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