Webcast Operator May. 10 2024| 0 KB

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

The webcast operator for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer role. The Webcast Operator controls the FIRST Webcast Unit at selected events, creating a live video stream for engagement outside the arena. This volunteer works under the direction of the FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) to create an exciting, cohesive experience for web spectators, and create an archive for teams to re-live the event.


  • Wear safety glasses when in the arena
  • Create exciting experience for online spectators
  • Switch between available video feeds to create a 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: 18)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by the local Program Delivery Partner
  • Basic knowledge of the competition game, rules of play, and flow of an event
  • 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

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event training (2-3 hours online)
  • 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 HQ prior to the start of the competition season.

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

Webcast Operator Trainer: Jacob Komar

Training Conference Call:

  • Date: February 21, 8:15pm - 9:15pm EST
  • Dial In Information: 
    • United States: +1 (646) 749-3129
    • Australia: +61 2 8355 1050
    • Brazil: +55 11 4118-4897
    • Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391
    • Israel: +972 3 376 3070
    • Mexico: +52 55 1500 3597
    • Türkiye: +90 212 900 4807
  • Access Code: 967-394-693

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

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


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook