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Volunteer at Eurofurence

A convention as big as Eurofurence can't simply grow without people committing some of their time and skills to it - people like you. Every now and then we are looking for creative people willing to volunteer, to help us with making Eurofurence the best possible experience for everyone! In case you find yourself addressed by one of the following job-offers, feel free to drop us a line. We will gladly have you aboard.

We can't offer any form of payment, but we're sure that seeing all those happy attendees will be reward enough.

App Development – Backend DevOps Engineer (C#/.Net)

Want to plan which events to attend to at Eurofurence ahead of time or see what's happening right now? Need to find your way around the Dealers' Den or the venue in general? Wish to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements about the con?

Our team is the one behind the Eurofurence mobile apps, which are available on Android & iOS and offer a one-stop shop fulfilling all those needs and more! And it's all available as MIT-licensed open source on GitHub: https://github.com/eurofurence

We are the ones

  • having the end-to-end responsibility for the app ecosystem of Eurofurence,
  • designing, developing and maintaining the open source codebase Android and iOS apps as well as the backend for them,
  • implementing automated processes for build, release and deployment,
  • talking with the other departments on how to best integrate their systems, information and notifications into our ecosystem,
  • and providing our attendees with a digital convention companion right at the tips of their fingers (or claws or talons or fins or wings or…).

As part of our team, you are right at the center of where threads of information and inputs from various departments meet up in our backend to be woven into an accessible, useful and interactive frontend made to improve the convention experience for all of our over 3.000 attendees. In the role of DevOps engineer for our C#- and .Net-based backend, you will be working on the platform that prepares and provides all the data from various sources into a well-defined API, which is then consumed by our apps and potentially other downstream services. Since we not only develop, but also deploy and run our backend, you should have solid knowledge in both Dev & Ops and know your way around a shell (and not be afraid to use it (; ).

  • You are sufficiently fluent in English to communicate within our team, with the other departments of Eurofurence and everyone else needed for our apps in spoken as well as written word, since all our documentation is done in English, too. Fluency in other languages (esp. German) may be helpful, but is not a requirement.
  • You will take over development of the app backend (https://github.com/eurofurence/ef-app_backend-dotnet-core/) written in C#/.NET Core and using MongoDB, helping us in modernizing as well as bringing new features to the platform and migrating it onto our Kubernetes infrastructure with your experience and knowledge in development and operations together with the rest of the Eurofurence IT department.
  • Some experience with HTML, JavaScript and CSS will help you in expanding the web-based backoffice esp. with administrative functionalities that are currently only available via the shell.
  • A solid understanding of OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect is required, as all authentication and authorization will be handled via the Eurofurence Identity Provider at https://identity.eurofurence.org (https://github.com/Thiritin/identity).

Following your application, we will have a brief call with you to get to know you a little bit. A personal conversation between you and the team leader will help all sides to make sure we are on the same page with any questions you may have.

Are you interested in joining the App Development team and becoming our backend engineer? Please contact @Fenrikur on Telegram and he will get back to you shortly. Thank you for taking the time to read this. The Eurofurence App Development team looks forward to hearing from you!

App Development

Backend DevOps Engineer (C#/.Net)

ConOps – Front Office

At the Front Office, you will be in direct contact with our guests, answering all kind of questions about the convention and the hotel, operating lost and found and much more. The front office is in the ConOps office and is open during the convention from Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM. You can expect a daily shift of about 2-4 Hours.

Being fluent in English is mandatory for this position, as you will be dealing with people from a lot of different nationalities.

Are you interested in joining Con Operations? Please visit us during the convention in our Office. You will find the location on the map in the Conbook.

ConOps

Front Office

ConOps – Locker Service

At the locker service, you will be in direct contact with our guest. You will be taking care of personal belongings which aren’t allowed in the art show or in the dealers´ den.
The locker service is located at the entrance of the convention center and is open during the convention from Thursday to Saturday from 11:15 AM to 20:45 PM. You can expect a daily shift of about 1-2 Hours.

Fluency in English is mandatory for this position, as is a strong sense of order. You will be expected to keep things organized!

Are you interested in joining Con Operations? Please visit us during the convention in our Office. You will find the location on the map in the Conbook.

ConOps

Locker Service

ConOps – Logistics

Our specialists in logistics knows where to get the best stuff! And they drive the biggest Trucks at Eurofurence! Delivering on the spot in time is what they do best. Eurofurence needs more than 10 tons of equipment and nobody knows better how to manage that than these folks!You will help our specialists getting all consumables at different wholesales, transporting equipment to different storage locations, planning routes and sorting out everything.

Depending on your interests you need to take part in different meetings taking place weeks before the convention. It´s recommended that you already have some experience in logistics and its highly preferred that you also own a truck driver’s license.

Are you interested in joining Con Operations? Please visit us during the convention in our Office. You will find the location on the map in the Conbook.

ConOps

Logistics

ConOps – Room Management

Room management takes care of all panels held in the conference rooms of the hotel. The diversity of events taking place makes it necessary to maintain a lot of different materials, ranging from projectors to PA-systems but also simpler things like office materials. Working hours of this department start daily before the first event and end after the last one. You can expect multiple short shifts of about 20-40 minutes every day between events.

Fluency in English is mandatory for this position, and you need to be reliable and are expected to be on time.

Are you interested in joining Con Operations? Please visit us during the convention in our Office. You will find the location on the map in the Conbook.

ConOps

Room Management

ConOps – Setup Crew

A lot of stuff needs to be taken care of before the first guest even arrives at the hotel, and after everybody goes home a lot of stuff needs to broke down. The setup crew takes care of everything that needs to be done to make the convention great! Helping building up decorations, furniture, unloading of our trucks and much more. Your duty starts on the early early arrival day (Monday) until Wednesday morning and again from Sunday to Monday. You will be helping all over the convention and you can expect a heavy workload during this time, but you will be free during all normal convention days.

You need to be at the convention from Monday morning until Monday evening 7 days later. Be ready to move very heavy equipment! Safety boots and gloves are recommended!

Are you interested in joining Con Operations? Please visit us during the convention in our Office. You will find the location on the map in the Conbook.

ConOps

Setup Crew

Convention Store – Shop Assistant (Dealers' Den)

The Convention Store in the Dealers’ Den is responsible for providing people with the current (and past) official t-shirts, as also for handing out the benefit package for sponsors and super sponsors.
This means we’re in contact with a lot of people from all over the world, so English is a must - but being creative when no common language works is also a big plus.

So, what would be your duties?

  • Selling t-shirts, or giving your colleagues on the register a hand by preparing/prepacking
  • Point of contact for sponsors - handing out packages
  • “Selling” old merchandise to collect money for charity

We’re operating during the regular Dealers’ Den opening times, as also during the setup and teardown times for dealers - from Thursday to Saturday. If you think you have some hours to spare in those opening times, please contact me at constore@eurofurence.org or on Telegram, @Vulniir

Convention Store

Shop Assistant (Dealers' Den)

Dealers’ Den – On-Site Assistant

Our team specializes in creating a welcoming atmosphere for all artists, dealers and their helpers. We enable dealers to focus on what is most important to them: fulfilling even the most unique requests and wide ranging needs of their clients.

We are the ones

  • planning, building and preparing the Dealers’ Den, AD Dealers’ Den and the Artist Alley,
  • providing services to artists, dealers and their helpers and
  • responding to their requests within the facilities serviced by us,
  • keeping all our serviced areas in a tidy, presentable condition at all times,
  • answering questions from our beloved attendees, artists and dealers about the Dealer's Den and all areas affiliated with us.

Being on our team is the perfect way to get immersed in the very heart of action at one of Eurofurence's high-traffic venues. As one of our on-site assistants, you are responsible for assisting the Dealers' Den and all affiliated areas. You have to be familiar with traditional tools such as paper lists as well as digital media, including how to utilize them. You will be trained by us on which products we allow to be displayed on the stands for sale.

  • You are sufficiently fluent in English to communicate within our team, the dealers and our attendees. Fluency in German and/or other languages would be a plus.
  • You already have knowledge in the field of sales, guest services or have other experience in interacting with customers in a professional manner on site or would like to learn more about this topic.
  • You have a sense of how to handle even challenging situations in a calm, de-escalating manner, and always with a smile. In stressful situations, you remain quiet, collected, and professional.

You may have to spend a few extra hours during the convention, as we need to fill all of our time slots with responsible people. We also need someone to help with setup on Wednesday and teardown on Sunday morning and would love to have you join us. It would be a great advantage - but not a requirement - if you booked early arrival (Tuesday) and late departure (Monday).

Following your application, we will have a brief call with you to get to know you a little bit. A personal conversation between you and the team leader will help all sides to make sure we are on the same page with any questions you may have.

Are you interested in joining the Dealer’s Den team and becoming an On-Site Assistant? Please contact @Pattarchus on Telegram and he will get back to you shortly. Thank you for taking the time to read this. The Eurofurence team looks forward to hearing from you!

Dealers’ Den

On-Site Assistant

Fursuit Support – Support Staff

The fursuit support team is the friendly crew in the background, who keeps the growing number of fursuiters alive at Eurofurence each year. We’re the ones

  • running the fursuit lounge
  • providing dances and panels with blowers and refreshments
  • planning fursuit excursions and the parade
  • providing service and help with any fursuit related issue

Being part of the fursuit team is one of the best ways to make sure you get to meet all those fluffballs first hand. Currently the team consists of about 25 volunteers.

The main driving force of the team, and a genuine staff position. You have attended EF a few times and know your way around? Maybe you even worked for the convention before and want to keep being awesome to others in general and fursuiters especially? Much like the helper, your job is to keep the lounge running and equipped, keep an open eye for any medical or social emergencies in the lounge, and assist with fursuit events if needed. You will also be running your timeslot shift as “person in charge” either alone or with a helper.

You can also specialise on a certain aspect of duties. Purchase preparations, resource management, construction,..

You may have to dedicate a few more hours during the convention, as we need to fill all timeslots with responsible people. We also need people to help with setup and breakdown on early-day and on dead-dog day, and would love to see you there if any possible.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact @Mystifur on Telegram, or send a a message to the Fursuit Support Team.

Fursuit Support

Support Staff

Local & Public Affairs – Show-Your-Badge Local Scout

Our team is responsible for engaging local restaurants, intriguing points of interest and other vendors for both small and larger goodies to benefit our attendees.

We are the ones

  • talking to potential partners in preparation for the convention, recruiting them for the Show-Your-Badge and showcasing them to attendees.
  • answering the questions of our Show-Your-Badge partners, as well as our attendees about the affiliate program.
  • visiting our partners during and after the convention, to check if everything went smoothly.

Joining our team is your opportunity to get involved in the many ways we organize Eurofurence and finish all the work in time until the beginning of the convention. Simultaneously you make sure our attendees will be able to get the most out of their stay in Berlin. As our Local Scout you are the one responsible for the acquisition and support of our local partners. You will mainly use digital media and also maintain our database for the app. You will be trained in all aspects around your job and have constant support from your Team Lead and another Scout Consultant.

  • You are fluent in German and have good written (email, chat) and verbal (personally, phone) communication skills in German as well. You are sufficiently fluent in English to answer questions from our attendees and our Social Media department. Fluency in other languages would be a plus.
  • You already have knowledge in the field of sales, guest services or have other experience in interacting with people in a professional manner or would like to learn more about this topic.
  • You have a good understanding of Google Office (Docs, Sheets) and related tools.

To become part of the team, the minimum requirement is that you live in Berlin or within reach of the public transport system. You will meet and talk personally with the future partners in Berlin. Therefore, a certain willingness to travel as well as an outgoing nature are absolutely essential. You will be trained in all aspects of the job by your Team Lead (Director) and will be given lots of useful information, suggestions and support. If you really enjoy talking to people and have a positive, friendly personality, this job is for you.

Following your application, we will have a brief call in German with you to get to know you a little bit. A personal conversation between you and the team leader will help all sides to make sure we are on the same page with any questions you may have.

Are you interested in joining Local and Public Affairs and becoming our next Local Scout? Please contact @Pattarchus on Telegram and he will get back to you shortly. Thank you for taking the time to read this. The Eurofurence team looks forward to hearing from you!

Local & Public Affairs

Show-Your-Badge Local Scout

The Pawpet Show – Workshop, Art, Postproduction and Stage Helpers

Join the Team - Eurofurence Pawpet Show.

Do you like fur, art, puppetry or gimmicky stage tech? Then we have great news for you!
To achieve even greater goals for the future, the Eurofurence Pawpet Team is looking for enthusiastic people who would like to share their love for the fandom by helping to make one of its biggest events even more awesome.
The EF Pawpet Show is with 20 years one of the longest running spectacles of the fandom. Every year the team amazes more than 2000 people with emotional adventures, memorable characters and impressive anthropomorphic puppets. Everything you will see at the show is handcrafted and live played by about 50 dedicated team members and amazing volunteers.
We offer you to join this very team at Eurofurence to apply your individual talents, obtain hands on experience in theatrical production and get to know the people behind “Skies of Astar” and “Keepers of the Light”.

So, what are you waiting for?
We are looking for a wide variety of people who:

  • Can use their hands to hold, sew, saw or glue (Workshop)
  • Like to draw fantastic creatures and sceneries from scratch (Art)
  • Have an interest in video and media production (Postproduction)
  • Or get watery eyes by hi-tech stage equipment (Stage)

You want to help?
Then send us a note or contact ”@ZefiroDragon” on Telegram.
For more Information and Questions:

Become an active supporter and join us today.
See you behind the show!

The EF Pawpet Show Team

You don't have the time but still would like to help?
Than check out our newly created Patreon page and YouTube channel.
We regularly share insightful updates about the whole PPS production and even publish unique footage about the shows to come.

The Pawpet Show

Workshop, Art, Postproduction and Stage Helpers

Security – Operative

Our convention keeps growing significantly and we're glad to see even more happy faces each year. However, as the attendance continues to grow, we are looking for additional volunteers for our Security Team to make sure we can provide our guests with the high level of service we've established over the last 20 years.

If you're interested in volunteering at Eurofurence, now is a good time to become a member of the Security Team. You'll get to see how this convention works behind the scenes, meet a lot of people and help making community events like Eurofurence possible at all. Oh and free coffee ;) What's not to love?

All members of Security are Furries themselves and want to enjoy Eurofurence as much as you do. We're making sure there is plenty of time to take part in the convention -- it's supposed to be a vacation, after all.

Over the years, we established a balance between fun and professionalism that is working out very well. We take our job serious, not ourselves.

Your job will be to make the convention safe and enjoyable for our guests. We provide a lot more than a typical bouncer: we care about our guests and strife to make them feel welcome. A polite and friendly demeanour is an absolute must at all times. Also, you'll need to bring the following:

  • Sufficient fluency in English to communicate with our attendees. Fluency in German or other languages is a plus.
  • Willingness to work at least around 18 to 20 hours, averaged during the whole convention. There is a variety of duties to take on: Art Show, Queue Control, Frontoffice Service, Dances, Dispatching, Doorduty, ... and many more require different services our team provides. We will develop your duty schedule according to your individual preferences and make sure it's not colliding with any event you want to attend.
  • Willingness to carry a handheld radio on your belt and be on standby in addition to your scheduled shifts. You can end your standby shift and put your radio away at any time, to go and enjoy the convention.
  • Punctuality and reliability. We need to be sure you will show up to your assigned duties.
  • Willingness to go through an online course regarding Security Basics and the Rules of Conduct. It won't take too long and is actually interesting. You could even learn something useful for everyday life.
  • A responsible and respectable behaviour - even in a situation with conflict of interests - and a drama-free reputation.
  • No tasks in other teams during the convention besides setup and teardown. We don't want to burn anyone out.

You will be provided with everything you'll need for your duties. We will not just thrust a radio into your hands and throw you to the wolves, you will get training and personal coaching. No-one works alone during their shifts and you can contact your Team Leader or Dispatch (yes, we have a whole dispatching system, custom software and all - you'll love it) at any time. After your first year, we offer advanced training that can bring you at the same level as a professional Security officer, so you'll be able to lead your own team or checkpoint.

We will conduct a short voice-chat with you to get to know you a bit. Don't worry, this is not an interrogation, but a personal chat between you and our recruitment office to make sure we're on the same page about any questions you might have.

Are you interested in joining the Security Team? Please write an email to security_hr@eurofurence.org, we will get back to you shortly. Thank you for taking the time to read this, we're looking forward to hear from you!

Security

Operative

Stage – Sound Technician

The Eurofurence stage team operates three live event stages at Europe's largest furry convention. The team of around 30 volunteers provides infrastructure and services to events big and small, from solo artists to dance competitions and fully-fledged theater shows.

We want to deliver high-quality entertainment to our guests. To that end, our volunteers work colloratively with the artists from vision to concept to reality.

We are looking for an additional *Sound Technician*. Supported by our team, you are going to work shoulder-to-shoulder with seasoned veterans and interested newcomers.

Your Responsibilities

Sound technicians help amplify our panel speakers, actors and musicians. There is a wide range of tasks available: from making sure the right person is wearing the right microphone to mixing the sound for a live audience, to broadcast sound mixing for the webstream.

The final scope of your position will depend on your skills and interests at the point of application.

Your Profile

  • Availablity:
    • 2 hour / month (September — April)
    • 10 hours / month (May — August)
    • 20 hours on-site during Eurofurence
  • Committed for at least three years (including Eurofurence 2027)
  • Experienced user of digital mixing desks (Yamaha CL/QL)
  • Willing to work flexible shifts
  • Ready to travel within Central Europe (at least one in-person Stage Crew Meeting should be attended)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Good communicator
  • Resilient and good conflict manager

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Fluent in written and spoken German
  • Dante certified
  • Capable of wireless microphone management(Shure)
  • Experienced/trained in event technology or related professions (IT, AV, ...)
  • Knowledge of specific office tools, or willingness to learn (e.g. Google Sheets, DokuWiki)

Aside from the training on the job, we offer an exciting work place with motivated team members, room for creative expression and explicitly invite you to bring along new ideas!

Do you want to know more? Does this job offer pique your interest? We would love to hear from you! Send your application (or further questions) via eMail to stage@eurofurence.org!

Stage

Sound Technician

Stage – Stage Technician

The Eurofurence stage team operates three live event stages at Europe's largest furry convention. The team of around 30 volunteers provides infrastructure and services to events big and small, from solo artists to dance competitions and fully-fledged theater shows.

We want to deliver high-quality entertainment to our guests. To that end, our volunteers work colloratively with the artists from vision to concept to reality.

We are looking for an additional *Stage Technician*. Supported by our team, you are going to work shoulder-to-shoulder with seasoned veterans and interested newcomers.

Your Responsibilities

Stage Technicians are experienced volunteers that manage small teams of stage hands, especially during setup and breakdown. They help load/unloading materials, setting up lighting/props/microphones and keep an eye over the work of the team they are in charge of.

The final scope of your position will depend on your skills and interests at the point of application.

Your Profile

  • Availablity:
    • 5 hours / month (May — August)
    • 20 hours on-site during Eurofurence
  • Committed for at least three years (including Eurofurence 2027)
  • Willing to work flexible shifts
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communicator
  • Outstanding time management
  • Resilient and good conflict manager
  • Ready to travel within Central Europe (at least one in-person Stage Crew Meeting should be attended)

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Present on-site from early-early arrival until late departure
  • Fluent in written and spoken German
  • Experienced/trained in event technology or related professions (IT, AV, ...)

Aside from the training on the job, we offer an exciting work place with motivated team members, room for creative expression and explicitly invite you to bring along new ideas!

Do you want to know more? Does this job offer pique your interest? We would love to hear from you! Send your application (or further questions) via eMail to stage@eurofurence.org!

Stage

Stage Technician

Website – Logo Designer

Every year our theme changes and with it does our Logo!

We're looking for a Logo Designer/Artist to provide us with a single Logo per year that fits our theme, either as a standalone or as an abstraction on our artwork(s) that we have for each theme. This would be a permanent position.

We'd require the finished Logo by the end of July, every year, with our Theme being decided on as short as 6 (six) Months in Advance. The Earlier we can decide on the Logo Design, the better we can integrate it into the final design of everything. (i.e our Social Media posts or the Design of our Website)

While Additional Logos, like for our 404 Not Found or Content Categories, are appreciated, those are not a "required" part of your Job.

You'd be directly working with our Website Team, making sure that the Logo will fit the Theme without too many revisions.

Interested? Hit up @draconigen on Telegram and let's talk!

Website

Logo Designer

These offers are subject to constant change throughout the year. If you're interested in helping us out, make sure to check this page periodically so that you don't miss your favorite job!