Running an operation like Matsuricon takes a lot of time, dedication, and people power.  We are always looking for more people to help out at our event! Staffers are the main bulk of our help, dedicated to helping our convention run smoothly in one area.

Staff Requirements

  • Must be 16 or older by August 25th, 2017.
  • Must be able to work Friday through Sunday, with Thursday as a possibility.
  • Must sign up for a minimum of 24 hours during the event weekend.

Staff Perks

  • Get a free Matsuricon 2017 badge!
  • Flexible schedules so you may attend a few events throughout the weekend.
  • Delicious food delivered free, straight from our Staff Suite!
  • Discounted food at some local food joints, either with badge or coupon.
  • Entrance to Staff-Only Events.
  • Staff Appreciation events throughout the year.
  • Network with others involved in the con scene.
  • Enjoy your favorite con from a brand new perspective!

Staff Openings

Staff applications for Matsuricon 2017 are now CLOSED! Thank you to all who have applied and to everyone helping bring Matsuricon to life!


Gophers are at-con volunteers that want to work a convention but don’t want to commit to the full 24 hour requirement of a regular volunteer staffer.  Your main objective will be to assist other departments when they need help, and also getting a feel of what kind of jobs each of the different department areas do.

Wherever a helper is needed, you’re there. This can be a test run to take on the full-time staff job in years to come!

Gopher Requirements

  • Must be 16 or older by August 25th, 2017.
  • Must be able to follow directions when assigned to a department.
  • Must already have a Matsuricon badge when you sign-up at con.

How to be a Gopher


We now have a Staff-Level Gopher position, that you can only apply for before con. This position gives you the full benefits of being Staff, but will require the full 24 hours of work. You can apply on our Volunteer Application.


You MUST have a Matsuricon badge to be a Gopher, as the Gopher badge is additional. Find us in Gopher Ops, and we will place you from there. You’ll keep track of your hours on a time sheet, and work towards rewards!

Earning Hours

You’ll be able to choose your hours from the schedule in Gopher Ops. Keep your time sheet with you and Department Heads will sign off once you’ve completed work. Check in at Gopher Ops periodically to get your reward tickets!

Since you will have an additional Gopher badge attached to your attendee badge, other departments might spot you in the halls and grab you for help. That department head will write down when and for how long you worked for them.

Department Heads and their assistants are the ONLY ones allowed to sign your time sheet. We do have a list of their names and will verify sign offs with HR listings.

Gopher Rewards

  • 1 hour worked = 1 point
  • 4 points: free meal from our staff suite (recurring reward for every 4 hours worked)
  • 10 points: Matsuricon t-shirt (the ones on sale at the merchandise tables)
  • 16 points: FREE BADGE! Next year is on us!

If you have any questions at all, please send us an email to either hr@matsuricon.org (for staffing) or gophers@matsuricon.org (for gophering).