When applying for Staff or Volunteer, you will be asked where you would like to be placed. Here is a rough estimate of what you might be doing in some of the different departments (please note, this is not an exhaustive list, you might be asked to do things that are not on this list):
Artist Alley: Helping with the layout of tables, help artist with check-in/out and taxes, as well as doing regular checks on all the artists.
Cosplay: Manning the cosplay repair room (people signing waivers, giving our repair supplies, maybe even help with repairs). Select and organize the Cosplay Meet-Ups. Help with Masquerade (please note that Cosplay Volunteers cannot participate in the Masquerade)
Logistics: Help load in and load out. Occasionally help move tables during con. You can log all of your hours before and after con, leaving you free to have fun and do all the things at-con. Logistics volunteers who stay for the entirety of load out will receive all of their volunteer hours, even if it less than 12.
Photography (Marketing): Take pictures of events happening around con. Capture the essence of the con experience to share with others on Social Media. (All photos are required to be copied to the convention, but you can still do what you want with them.)
Programming: Checking badges at programming checkpoints, checking panelists in, taking counts of the attendance in the panel rooms, signaling for help if the panelist needs tech support, collect feedback from attendees on panels. and signaling the panelists when they are getting close to the end of their block.
Programming - Main Stage: Entertain the crowd and fill the Main Stage with content. Help with the larger events on the Main Stage. Be a dancing monkey.
Programming – Video: Select what anime we will show at con, requesting licensing permissions, and make sure everything is playing during con.
Registration: Customer service. Check people in to convention at the computers (minor cash handling skills are required), make and distribute badges, and help with line/crowd control (be ready to smile).
Rovers: Customer service. Badge checking areas, line control+), peace bonding, info desk (answering question or finding out the answer via chat), checking IDs for 18+ Programming (must be 18+), and ensuring the safety of congoers (e.g. escorting people to their cars late at night).
Tech: Watching the con’s equipment and resetting it as needed, setting up the rooms, striking the equipment, helping with larger events, and handing out at the Main Stage.
Vendors: Determine the layout of vendors, choosing which vendors are accepted, assisting with check-in/out and taxes.