Join the Naka-Kon Team!

Want an easy way to make new friends? Want to experience Naka-Kon in an entirely new way? We're still looking for a few more people to help out with Naka 2017!

When you join our team, you get amazing perks --- including a free badge! The final deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2017, so get your application in if you'd like to help out! 

Here's 4 reasons to join our team:

  1. The perks are pretty awesome! First, you get a free badge. You also get a free T-shirt, access to our staff den for meals, and access to the post-Kon dead dog party, for starters.
  2. You’ll make new friends. Many of our volunteers come back year after year. It’s kind of like getting a giant convention family where everyone looks out for one another.
  3. It’s great resume experience. Seriously. Whether you’re looking for your first job or hoping to augment some specific skills, we’ve got a role that will make your resume stand out.
  4. Your job might reward you. We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so if your employer has a program that rewards you for volunteering — or even reimburses you for your time — there might be even more incentives to volunteer.

How Do You Fit In?

We’re looking for staff and convention assistants (CAs) to help out in several sectors. Both positions require you to be at least 18 years old. CAs commit to 20 hours at-Kon, while staff contribute 40 hours before and during Kon. Staff also get a spot in our hotel block as part of their perks.

Here are the teams in need of more help:

Access Control (staff and CAs): Our access control team works hard during the convention to ensure that everyone is safe! That includes checking weapons and props, patrolling the floor, and checking badges at various events. We’re not going to lie: This can be a stressful position for some. But it’s also very rewarding, and definitely makes for a great resume line or two. Above all else, we’re looking for level-headed people with strong communication and customer service skills. Bonus points if you're a night owl who doesn't mind helpng out from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Info Desk (CAs only): If you know your way around Naka and don’t mind helping people find their way, info desk is for you! Attendees visit our info desk to find out more about certain events, to find panel rooms, and get all kinds of other assistance. You’ll have to be able to handle the noise of the convention floor and occasionally guide someone through the crowd to get where they need to be, but if you love to help people, this is a great fit.

Programming (CAs): We need a few more CAs who can help our programming team with panel reviews! That means you'll go to panels, take notes and get a headcount, as well as pass out attendee panel review forms.  We also need CAs to help with 2 new programming additions: our pop-up library and live-action screening room.

Registration (CAs only): Our registration team is the heart of the convention! We're looking for CAs to help with a wide range of tasks. That includes managing lines, guiding people to where they need to be, and assisting with badge pickups, among other duties.

Staff Den (staff and CAs): Are the the “mom friend” of your social circle? Do you have a compulsive need to feed people? Do you understand the basics of safe food handling? If so, our staff den needs you! Staff den is where our CAs and staff can get breakfast, lunch and dinner at no charge — and yes, that means real food and healthy snacks, plus a steady stream of caffeine and water (because hydration is important!).

How to Apply

Applying for staff or CA positions at Naka is very easy! Just head over to the staff page and click the “Staff Application” button. On the application, mark the sectors you are most interested in helping out!

Not Ready for That Much Commitment?

If you want to just get your feet wet instead of diving right into the fun, crazy world of convention-organizing, we do have volunteer spots available! Our volunteers get partial refunds on their badges in exchange for their time. If you're 13 or older, you are eligible to volunteer! Head over to the staff page and click on the "Volunteer Application" button.

Our team is absolutely crucial to Naka-Kon’s success — and to make the convention even better, we need your help! Whether you’re just looking for a way to meet new people or want to enhance your resume, joining the Naka-Kon team will help you reach your goal.