Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer to be a part of SMASH! 2020. Help us put on the biggest anime and manga convention in Sydney!

As a volunteer run organisation, we share a collective passion for putting together an event for fans, by fans. We are looking for enthusiastic people who share our vision and interest to join us!

Volunteering with SMASH! can be either a long term (SMASH! Staff) or a short term commitment (SMASH! Crew) – whatever best fits your schedule.

To be eligible for SMASH! Staff, you must be at least 18 years old, and for SMASH! Crew you must be at least 16 years old at the time of applications closing.

Crew applications for SMASH! 2020 have closed

Please note: only successful applicants will be contacted.

Due to the overwhelming amount of responses we receive each year, we have to make some tough decisions regarding volunteer applications.

If you application has been unsuccessful, we welcome you to apply again next year, otherwise we hope to see you at SMASH! 2020 as an attendee! If you wish to withdraw your application or have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

WHY SMASH!?

SMASH Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to bring people of all creative talents together to celebrate Japanese pop culture. From anime to manga and fanart to cosplay, you can find something to see and do at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!). What started as a small university event in 2007 has now grown to be one of Australia’s biggest Japanese pop culture festivals.

As a volunteer run organisation (yes, our President and all our hardworking staff volunteer their spare time to run SMASH!), we share a collective passion for putting together an event FOR fans, BY fans, and we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our vision and interest to join us in personally committing to making SMASH! one of the best convention experiences in Australia.

 

WHY VOLUNTEER FOR SMASH!

  • The chance to work in a unique and fun environment
  • Get to work behind the scenes at Australia’s largest anime convention
  • Make friends and mingle with like-minded people
  • A Volunteer Certificate personally signed by the president of SMASH!
  • Ability to gain valuable experience and references
  • Unparalleled exposure!

 

Frequently asked Questions

Volunteer Enquiries

How will I know I have been accepted into volunteering for SMASH!?

Registration for 2020 on-the-day volunteers (SMASH! Crew) are now OPEN.

Successful applicants will be contacted after applications close.

What is the minimum age to volunteer at SMASH!?

At the time of your application, you must be 16 years or older to volunteer. The exception to this is for Maid Cafe, where you have to be 18 years or older at the time of your application to volunteer. If you are under the age of 18, you will need parental
consent to participate at SMASH!.

Is food and drink provided?

All volunteers are provided with lunch and water on Saturday and Sunday of the SMASH! convention. We will try our best to cater to any dietary requirements but please remember to tell us in your application.

Do we get breaks? I want my break at a specific time, is this possible?

YES! We all need breaks during the day and we will try our best to cater to time specific breaks. However, with a large volume of volunteers to consider, options may be restricted.

Do I have to volunteer both days? Can I volunteer with my friend?

You do not have to volunteer for both days and you are welcome to apply with your friend. We want you to enjoy the convention as much as you can, however please understand that there are many different tasks on the day and there is no guarantee that both
you and your friend will be accepted together in the same section.

I live interstate. Can I still volunteer?

We accept volunteers based on their applications as long as you are currently living in Australia.

I can’t speak English too well. Can I still volunteer?

We welcome everyone! Your selection is based on how well you respond to the questions on the form, so please take your time filling it out.

Can I volunteer and cosplay at the same time?

Definitely! All volunteers have the option to cosplay so long as it does not interfere with your assigned role.

Do I get paid during the event?

SMASH! is a non-profit organisation run by fans for fans! No volunteers receive monetary compensation. We are all volunteers, even the President and the Chairperson!

Can I get a guest signing done on the day?

Every volunteer is allocated breaks and you are more than welcome to attend any scheduled events or signings during that time but there is no expectation that volunteers will be able to obtain a guest signing by volunteering at SMASH!.

Are there any requirements to become a SMASH! volunteer?

At the time of your application, you must be 16 years or older to volunteer. The exception to this is for Maid Cafe, where you have to be 18 years or older at the time of your application to volunteer. If you are under the age of 18, you will need parental
consent to participate at SMASH!. You must also be currently living in Australia.

I've never had any work or volunteer experience. Can I still apply?

You can apply to being a SMASH! volunteer without any experience. We are looking for fun and responsible people to join our ranks.

Are there any benefits for becoming a SMASH! volunteer?

As a SMASH! volunteer, you will be entitled to free entry for both days, food and water, as well as being presented with a SMASH! Volunteer Certificate upon completion of your volunteer duties. We often invite volunteers to do more for the organisation
and encourage them to apply to be permanent staff members so that they can contribute in more ways for next year’s convention!

So Training Day is compulsory – if I do not attend the compulsory training, what happens then?

We will provide you with all essential training. The training days are compulsory. If you can not attend the training days and do not provide us with an adequate reason, we will unfortunately have to discontinue your status as a SMASH! volunteer.

Can I choose which department I wish to volunteer in?

You can select your preferences to the department you wish to volunteer for. However, keep in mind that with so many volunteers, you may not be allocated to your first preference, in which case you’d be allocated to your second, or third. Your allocation
is dependent on our volunteer requirements.

I want to clarify a personal problem. Who do I contact?

Feel free to contact via our Contact page. We are here to answer any and all questions you have about cats and of course volunteering.

What jobs am I expected to do on the day?

Volunteers will be assigned to a department during the convention. Volunteer duties vary from department to department. Please visit our Volunteer page for further information regarding each department.

 

Apply for SMASH! Staff