Tucson Festival of Books

Volunteer Sign Up

The Tucson Festival of Books is dependent on volunteers to stage the festival. We could not have a positive impact on the community without the dedication of the 2,000+ people who assist in making the Festival friendly and welcoming to all of our guests. Here is a link to the TFOB and University of Arizona current Covid-19 protocol: by registering as a Festival volunteer you agree to abide by this policy. The TFOB website is the source for this information and can be found here.

Choose from the tabs to see volunteer opportunities in each of these areas:

  • Festival Weekend (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Pre-Festival positions (January until festival weekend in March)
  • Post-Festival activities (Monday post-festival as needed!)

We are grateful for your support of the festival...we love our volunteers!

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Festival Weekend

Shifts available
Job description

ATTENTION!!!
→ YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SELECT AUTHORS NOW
→ Select shift(s) that align with your preferred author/s presentations
→ You will have an opportunity to SELECT AUTHORS AT A LATER DATE

NO SEQUENTIAL SHIFTS ALLOWED
→ You may sign up for every other Author Escort shift.
→ No other jobs IMMEDIATELY BEFORE OR AFTER an Escort shift, please.

AUTHOR SELECTION: A few weeks before the Festival, you will receive an email with instructions to self-select specific event/s (first-come / first-served). No email requests will be accepted.

BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES
● Before the Festival, familiarize yourself with your assigned author/s
● IMPORTANT
→ Arrive at Escort Staging 35-40 minutes before Author Presentation begins.
→ It's vital that you are prompt. Allow ample time for volunteer check-in
● Escort author/s from Hospitality Room to event venue.
● Remain at the venue throughout the presentation.
● Escort author/s to book signing following the presentation. This completes your shift.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
● Flexibility is a must! "Going with the flow" will make this fun job even more enjoyable.
● May involve walking up to ½ mile each way to/from the venue in the sun.

THIS JOB DOES NOT ESCORT CHILDREN/TEEN AUTHORS!!!
MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18

Giant Group Crossword Puzzle (2 slots available)
Shifts available
Job description

● Manning and completing the giant crossword puzzle
● Actively engage festival attendees in completing the puzzle
● Ability to work with a wide variety of people
● May involve walking up to ½ mile each way to/from assigned activity
● May require being in the sun and/or standing for duration of shift(s)

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 14 with Adult

Operations Load-In Support (2 slots available)
Shifts available
Job description

Work independently with instructions to direct vendors to appropriate sites in the Festival area
● Help Manage Vehicle Access
● Help offload vehicles
● Guide vendors to parking area
● Ensure vehicles enter/exit via designated routes

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18

Operations Troubleshooters (11 slots available)
Shifts available
Job description

FOR EXPERIENCED FESTIVAL GOERS AND/OR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE
FAMILIAR/COMFORTABLE WITH LARGE EVENT OPERATION MANAGEMENT!

● Act as the eyes & ears of the Festival
● Facilitate any & all actions to keep the Festival running smoothly and safely
● Situations encountered might include:
... medical * facilities * sanitation * security *
... lost children * any matter requiring action *
● Having prior experience as a Festival volunteer is helpful, but not required
● Knowledge of the Festival layout is essential
● An orientation to this position and mall layout will be scheduled
● Must be able to deal effectively with varying temperaments
● Requires extensive walking and exposure to sun during entire shift

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18

Surprise Me (4 slots available)
Shifts available
Job description

Job Description
● May serve in one or more capacities, as needed;
→ flexibility is a must
→ you may have to wait until we can find a placement.
● Assignment may be anywhere in the Festival, including Children/Teen area
→ Please do not sign up if you are unable to take on any job
● Shift times may be adjusted based upon actual assignment
● May be requested to "troubleshoot" if necessary
● May be required to
→ Walk up to ½ mile each way to/from assignment
→ Stand for entire duration of shift(s)
→ Be outside for entire shift

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18

Shifts available
Job description

● Put a stamp on each educator's paper after completion of workshop
● Tally hours attended, record data, and fill out certificates
● Distribute PD survey to participants while they are in class, before they receive PD hr certificates
● Distribute Education Building schedules
● This is an indoor assignment at College of Ed Building
→ 2 spots on 1st floor; 1 spot on the third floor by elevator

MINIMUM AGE: 16

Venue Line Management (4 slots available)
Shifts available
Job description

Job Description (additional training provided at pre-festival walk-throughs)
● Assist outside the venue by directing festival attendees to the appropriate entry line prior to the start of the event.
● Maintain separate attendee queues for upcoming events if needed
● Scan advance reservation (“tickets”) or TFOB Sponsor credentials at select venues if needed
● Assist with entry/exit of attendees at Author Events venues
● Provide directions, answer questions, interact with attendees and other volunteers
● Act as a Festival Ambassador
→ Remain flexible and patient while responding to changing situations
→ Respond to questions pleasantly to facilitate a positive experience for all
● Requires walking to/from assigned venues.
● Requires standing for duration of shift
● Could require being in sunlight/weather
● Minimum commitment request: 1 half-day shift

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18, unless volunteering with a pre-approved group.

Pre-Festival

PreFestival Banner Installation (1 slot available)
Shifts available
Job description

PLEASE DO NOT SELECT THIS JOB IF YOU HAVE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS!

● Work in teams to install banners on designated booths
● Must be willing/able to work in seasonal sun/heat for extended periods
● Must have NO physical limitation!
● Job conditions/skills
→ Work outdoors for extended periods; subject to seasonal sun/heat
→ Walking & carrying materials/supplies (up to 20 pounds)
→ Use of basic tools (pliers, wire cutters)
→ Working on ladders
→ No physical limitations

MINIMUM AGE TO VOLUNTEER: 18

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