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FTC Volunteer

Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Volunteer Opportunities

MDFTC15-654Our programs, operations and competitions don't happen without hundreds of people just like you.  The Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge qualifiers and championship will engage more than 800 volunteers supporting nine competitions between December-February.

It takes a wide range of volunteers to run the FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. Some volunteer positions require technical skills but many simply require enthusiasm and willingness to help support FIRST.

Process to apply to volunteer:

1. Look over our FIRST in Maryland calendar of events.

2. Look over the FIRST Tech Challenge volunteer roles.

3. Not sure which event or role you are interested in? Fill out the 2-minute Maryland FIRST Volunteer Interest Form.

4. Know which event(s) and roles you are interested in?  Register in the FIRST Volunteer Information and Matching System (VIMS). You will provide your background information, apply for positions at specific events, and indicate the days you are available.

NOTE: You need to apply to at least one event to trigger the Youth Protection Clearance screening process. You may opt out of providing your social security number and/or making a donation.

5. The local Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you.

Youth Protection Program

FIRST is dedicated to promoting safety, and security, for participants, volunteers, and staff who attend FIRST events. The procedures we have established protect you as a volunteer, and FIRST as an organization.

Age requirements for volunteers: Event Volunteers who are 18 years of age or older, are required to obtain Youth Protection Clearance (YPC). Event volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, however, some events set a higher minimum age requirement.

More information on the FIRST Youth Protection Program (YPP) and the Youth Protection Clearance (YPC).

Volunteer Schedules & Training

Most volunteers check-in around 7am. Events will provide breakfast and lunch.

There is training available for all event positions. Some training will be available on-line and other training occurs on-site.