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Volunteer

Everyone who works on Boskone is a volunteer, and we’d love to have you join our merry band.

Volunteer for Boskone and Win a Free Trip to Mars!

Okay, that’s a lie. There’s no free trip to Mars. But we really, really need your help, and we hope you help us to build a great Boskone! And you will have our eternal gratitude, some spiffy rewards, and even the chance to come to Boskone next year for free. Plus, it’s a great way to meet people!

Everyone who works on Boskone is a volunteer, and we’d love to have you join our merry band.

The types of things we need volunteers for include:

  • Pre-Convention: Planning, organizing, designing, writing, proofing, accounting, marketing, web updates, etc.
  • Loading and unloading the truck
  • Setting up the Art Show
  • Various sit-down tasks
  • Manning places like Registration, Consuite, Den, etc.

How do I volunteer?

Just send us an email at volunteers@boskone.org before the con or stop by the Volunteers desk in the Galleria during Boskone. You can also fill out our Volunteer Survey Form.

Live in the Boston-area?

If you’re local and would like to meet us before the convention, we’ll be putting things together at our clubhouse in Somerville, Massachusetts in February. Drop us email at volunteers@boskone.org for more information.

Schedule

We always need help Thursday afternoon and evening at the convention hotel (Westin Boston Waterfront). If you can help us unload the truck full of convention-running goodies, build our Art Show, or do various tedious sit-down tasks made delightful by good company (and yummy by the Secret Buffet of Fandom), that happens on the night before the convention begins. And, of course, we could use help during the convention, at the end with packing it all back up, and getting it into and out of the truck.

To give you an idea of when we might need people, here’s a table with expected worksessions before Boskone. Please check back closer to the con for the latest details!

Boskone 58 Schedule

Date Activity Location
Sunday, February 7, 1pm-4pm (approx) Badge production, packing boxes for truck-loading NESFA Clubhouse
504 Medford St.,
Somerville, MA
Wednesday, February 10, 6pm-11pm (approx) Truck loading NESFA Clubhouse
504 Medford St.,
Somerville, MA
Thursday, February 11, 3pm-9pm (approx) Truck unloading, convention setup
volunteer reg
Westin Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston, MA
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
(as early as 10:00 am Friday )
Boskone – stop at Volunteers in
Galleria for staffing needs
Westin Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston, MA
Sunday, Feb 14, 3pm-9pm (approx) Teardown & truck loading Westin Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston, MA
Monday, Feb 15, 1pm-6pm (approx) Truck unloading as soon as truck arrives at clubhouse NESFA Clubhouse
504 Medford St.,
Somerville, MA

Rewards

Besides the satisfaction of a job well done, spiffy rewards for folks who work 6 hours or more, free books, munchies (we want to keep you moving!), and a free membership to next year’s Boskone for people who work 12 hours or more—double credit for pre- and post-convention work that includes setup and teardown.

Dead Dog Party

The Dead Dog party occurs Sunday after teardown, celebrating taking down the Art Show (and surviving it!), packing up the office, loading the truck, and bringing the convention to a successful end. We celebrate in the Galleria. Please pitch in with teardown. The more help we get, the sooner the party starts!

And we promise: just as soon as a free trip to Mars is available, we’ll put your name in the hat!