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Want to come to WisCon for FREE?*

* Some conditions** apply.

** Okay, the condition*** is that you are a Red Cross certified lifeguard, or willing to become one before May 15.

*** Sorry, the other condition is that you’re 18 years old or older before the beginning of WisCon.

You probably already know that WisCon’s venue, the Madison Concourse Hotel, has a terrific pool. What they don’t have is a lifeguard, and a lifeguard is something we need to have when our Kids’ Program participants visit the pool before lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday. You won’t be in charge of the kids, though — just their safety. A volunteer will be with them to bring them to the pool, supervise while they are there, and take them back to the sixth floor afterwards. You’ll be poolside wearing a swimsuit or whatever clothes you’d be comfortable jumping into the water wearing, on the very slim chance that becomes necessary.

This is not a volunteer role, but you aren’t disqualified if you’re also a WisCon volunteer! If you are our lifeguard, your registration is free, and we will also pay you for the time you spend on duty, approximately three hours total. If you’re willing, we may also discuss holding family or all-ages lifeguard-monitored swimming sessions, which could add up to another three hours of paid work.

If you already are lifeguard certified, hit us up! If you know someone who has a certification, lives in the area, and might want to try WisCon out, send them this post! If you don’t have a certification but might want to get one, you can learn more here: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding Unfortunately, we cannot pay for the certification or reimburse you for that cost, so we only suggest that you do so if you might find it useful in other parts of your life.

If this sounds like you or you want more details, please email personnel@sf3.org and let us know.

Sign up for Con Suite Shifts Online!

WisCon is fast approaching, and we’re all fitting our schedules together trying to be twelve places at once, crying the familiar cry: “there are too many great panels!”  But maybe you’ve got a suspicious gap in your schedule, or maybe you just need some downtime after digesting the great panel you just went to. Wouldn’t it be great if you could schedule in some time to help out at the con as easily as you can schedule which panels you want to see?

Okay, maybe that’s a bit much of a lead up.  But we’re happy to announce that you can now schedule your volunteer shifts in Con Suite ahead of the con – no trying to remember while you’re there, no wondering if anyone needs volunteers at the times you’re free.

You can now view all the open Con Suite shifts and pick the time and the role that you’d prefer online. Want to count people so we have accurate numbers for next year? You can see when we need a Counter.  Want to help serve food? Check out the Food Service shifts.  Are you an introvert that wants to help but doesn’t want to handle the “hospitality” part of the hospitality suite? Help out with Food Prep, being an Annex Attendant, or Clean Up Crew.  Want to spend the whole con enjoying panels and parties, but still want to help out? Food Prep and Tear Down volunteers will be working Friday morning and Monday afternoon. And all shifts list the physical abilities required of that shift.

Click here to sign up!

To sign up, all you need to do is enter your name (this does not have to be your real name), and an email.  If you have any problems getting signed up, contact consuite@wiscon.sf3.org and we can sign you up on your behalf.