The convention staff are an integral part of Fur the ‘More. Without them, the convention wouldn’t happen. Anyone interested in a staff position with Fur the ‘More should keep the following in mind.
1) Treat it like you’re applying for a position at a company. We are a not-for-profit company, and while you are still a volunteer, our staff positions require a little more scrutiny than just being a volunteer.
2) Make sure you’re qualified for the position. Sure, everyone knows what the artist alley is, but if you’ve never even set foot to work in one, then how are you going to know how to run this one?
3) You may be required to undergo a background investigation as a part of our staff. Being a part of the staff is a high trust position that places you into direct contact with the public of all ages, as well as possibly with our materials and/or funds.
4) Perks and Free badges are earned for the following year. You will still need to purchase your badge the first year. Our perks include: Full access to all areas of the convention, GOH Dinner, we feed you the whole weekend, our eternal gratitude, and of course the coveted T-Shirt.
5) You will be expected to work for a minimum of 20 hours over the weekend. That’s not a hard number to get, but especially if you are selected as a Team Lead, you’ll probably be busy enough to get it.
6) All applicants to the staff must by 18 years or older, legal residents of the United states (or legally allowed to travel in the US) at the time of application.
7) We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age (other than needing to be 18+ to be on staff) in the recruitment and acceptance of volunteers or staff, or in access to or operation of our programs and activities.
The following positions are currently available:
Staff services handles all the needs of our staff. From the staff suite/food, special needs, housing (when available), and a general pool of staff members for assisting other areas that are short handed.
Staff Recruiter (1 position) –
Pre-Con the Staff recruiter fields all applications to staff, interviews individuals to ensure all required criteria are met, and coordinates connecting them to the appropriate division and department heads for review or acceptance.
At Convention the staff recruiter is typically free to enjoy the convention as they have usually put in all their hours prior to the convention, however, they are encouraged and welcome to help in staff services/staff pool during the convention.
Staff Pool (3 Positions) – Staff pool members are trusted and vetted staff members that are on-call / available for assignment to any area of the convention that needs additional help. They are the jack of all trades, and the saviors of departments. This position is especially good for people who dont want to be in just one department or are not sure where they would fit in best to try our different areas.
The attendee services department handles all things related to supporting our attendees while they are there. This includes registration, information desk, hospitality suite (we feed them), VIP/Guest Services, and Historian/Museum. Positions in this department require excellent customer service skills, ability to use computers/tablets and devices, able to solve problems on the fly, and the ability to have fun while you provide valuable services.
Assistant Attendee Services Head
This position is to directly support the attendee services head. As the assistant head you will be responsible for learning everything about how to run the division and be available to manage situations and needs in the heads absence.
Our registration department assists our attendees in obtaining their memberships. Pre-convention it is to assist in pre-registration. At convention you will assist members/attendees to obtain and redeem their registration for the event.
- Registration Staff
Registration Staff are utilized at convention to assist attendees in the purchase and redemption of their memberships. Responsibilities include: Cash handling, credit card processing, customer services, and assisting the department in setup / teardown. Due to the sensitive nature of some tasks, this position may require a background check and references prior to starting.
The hospitality department runs our green room for the attendees with Party Animal or higher memberships. This room maintains snacks and drinks for these generous contributors during open hours of the convention. They also coordinate meals for our Ravens and Party Animals to enjoy at meal times, taking all the stress of “finding a place to eat” off their hands. Hospitality staff should be very personable, customer service oriented, but able to politely advise a member of any limitations that may be in place.
- Assistant Department Head
- Hospitality Staff
The information desk is the hub of the conventions information network. They assist attendees with finding all aspects of the convention. From where events are, how to get to places in the venue, to dining and shopping options in the area. They assist the convention with the dissemination of urgent announcements and changes. All information desk staff must have SUPERB customer service skills, and be able to keep their cool even under the heat of a frustrated attendee or staff member.
- Assistant Department Head
- Information Staff
VIP / Guest Relations
The VIP and Guest Relations department is the primary point of contact to assist all of our VIP and Guests at the convention. Guests include any Guest of Honor, Special Guests, and Musical Guests. VIPs would include our Raven gods and any sponsors we may have. Guest relations members must have excellent customer service skills, have the ability to keep a cool head while dealing with a demanding guest, able to contain their fanboy/girl reactions while assisting any of our guests/vips.
Assistant Department Head
Exhibitions (Charity helper, Artist alley helper) (2 positions)
Exhibitions is looking for two staff members to assist with the management of the Charity department at the Artist Alley department. If you want to help promote and gather donations for the charity, or to assist in managing the Artist Alley, apply for the team you would like.
Programming Department is at the forefront of our attendee experience. The staff in programming ensure that the attendees have events, panels, and workshops that they can attend to enjoy their weekend while they stay with us.
Assistant Director of Programming
Assists in the procurement, planning, scheduling and management of all programming and event activities at the convention. Directly supports the programming director by being an on site point of contact with the panelists and event managers.
- Art Track Lead The Art Track Lead’s primary task is to design and schedule a track of panels covering a wide range of artistic subjects, and to reach out to the many talented artists within the furry community to find suitable panelists to fill that schedule. Panel topics that may fall under the Art Track Lead’s purview include things such as: drawing skills, sculpture, painting, anatomy, figure drawing, business for artists, etc.…
- Dance and Performance Track Lead
The Dance and Performance Track Lead is a flexible position whose task is to design and schedule a track of panels and workshops covering various dance and performing arts. This is not limited to fursuit dancing, but may include any classes on modern dance, ballroom dance, non-dance physical theatrical movement skills such as Neutral Mask or Alexander Technique, Magic, Juggling, Musicianship, business for performing artists, etc.…
- Fandom and Social Track Lead
Fandom and Social Track Lead is unique in that Fandom Track is the catch-all for many one-off and otherwise unclassified panels, and Social Track, while its own track, does not often have panels in sufficient numbers to warrant a separate staff member in responsible charge. This track lead’s job will be to wrangle and schedule panels that do not fit into other categories but have been approved, as well as social Meet-and-Greet type panels. Many attendee-submitted panels will fall into the Fandom category, therefore this track lead will have to be the most flexible and work very closely with other track leads to make certain relevant panels make it into their tracks if they fit.
All positions require:
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills – Much of the communication between a track lead and their panelists is conducted via e-mail, and it is essential that communications be clear, concise, and personable.
- Organizational skills – The ideal candidate will be familiar with basic event scheduling (or willing to learn). They will keep records of panel attendance, attendee feedback, and general quality of instruction by panelists. They will maintain a database or list, accessible by the programming director and their assistant, of panelists and potential panelists for their track with associated skill sets. Additionally, track leads will be required to set their track’s schedule and work with the programming director to adjust that schedule based upon space and time slot availability.
- A willingness to put in a great deal of work prior to the con in preparing the event. A track leadership position is an immense responsibility.
Travel Team (going to other conventions to promote Fur the More) (open)
Do you go to every convention? Most of the conventions? Would you like to help promote Fur the ‘More and possibly assist attendees in pre-registering? We’re looking for individuals or groups that would be interested in bringing Fur the ‘More to other conventions. Duties would include manning a table in other convention dealers areas during their open hours, responding to questions about Fur the ‘More, presenting a good public appearance, and assisting interested furs in pre-registering for the convention. We may also be interested in conducting contests or promotions as well. Benefits include a badge to the event (depending budget/funding availability), and after 20 hours of staffing our tables, you earn your badge to Fur the More.
Fur the ‘More Television is our video marketing department. Situated as a part of our Tech division, this team is responsible for taking lots and lots and lots of video footage during the convention for use in our video releases and hopefully annual DVD’s. We need people who are able to take video, as well as people willing to work on creating the final prudct. We will accept and review video from anyone, but this is our dedicated team. There may also be a sub-team of this department that is familiar with live-streaming and would be willing to dedicate most of the convention to sending out a video feed of our main events (when allowed) and other areas of the convention.
Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society (501c7 Nonprofit)
Information Technology Department
We are looking for an experienced volunteer webmaster to manage our websites. We are currently utilizing WordPress based technology for our sites. Additionally, we have other web based technologies in use, including a dynamic information kiosk.
We utilize some custom software and could use an experienced programmer to assist with development and upgrades. Includes software based on ASP, PHP, and python, among others.
If you do not see a position you are interested in, please feel free to contact our convention operations department. Otherwise, please consider being a gopher at the convention to help us out.
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