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Thank you for your interest in being a Lead Volunteer at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo this April in Seattle, WA! Take a minute to review the details about each of the Lead positions and the time commitment below.

Please complete the application below if you are able to fulfill the volunteer commitment and would like to be considered for one of these roles. If you have any questions contact Theresa Maguire, Volunteer Manager, at volunteers@sca.coffee.



U.S. Coffee Championship Positions



Barista Competition


Judges Calibration Barista - Thursday FILLED

We are looking for former and future competitors to help our Judges learn, focus, and calibrate the Thursday before the U.S. Coffee Championships. You will need to have a Barista Competition routine prepared in advance, the modified U.S. Coffee Championships version of 4 espressos and 4 Signature Beverages, and be ready to perform this routine several times throughout the day. You may also be asked to make espressos outside of these routines for judges to taste and evaluate. The espresso machine, grinder, and some supplies will be provided; you may need to bring some supplies of your own for your routine. More details to follow. Judges Calibration Baristas may not be competitors in the U.S. Barista Championships in the 2017 season.

Stage Manager - Thursday-Sunday - Position FILLED

The Stage Manager is the Drum Major or Conductor of the Barista Championship. The Stage Manager has the unique task of orchestrating all competitors, volunteers, and judges on the Barista stage and communicating any issues or happenings to the SCA Event Staff. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations and volunteer positions of the Barista Championship, comfortable making decisions, answering logistical questions, delegating tasks, and directing volunteers. The Stage Manager will also set up their stage area on the Thursday before the championship. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

Head Runner - Friday - Sunday FILLED

One of the most important roles of the Barista Championship is helping the competitors get on and off the stage on time. The Head Runner needs to be helpful, friendly, organized, and kind. You'll get to build relationships with competitors and coaches while helping competitors move to the stage area. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations of the Barista Championship and remain in constant communication with the Stage Manager about timing and any potential issues or delays. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

Emcee - Friday-Sunday

Do you love the Barista Championship? Do you thrive when talking to a crowd? Can you tell cheesy coffee jokes? We need you! You will need to be very familiar with the Barista Championship and its format - past competitors are especially encouraged to apply! You'll need to focus on the competitor's routine and then engage the competitor for 60-90 seconds with dynamic and exciting questions.



Brewers Cup


Judges Calibration Brewer - Thursday OPEN

We are looking for former and future competitors to help our Judges learn, focus, and calibrate the Thursday before the U.S. Coffee Championships. You will need to have a Brewers Cup Open Service Competition routine prepared in advance and be ready to perform this routine several times throughout the day. You may also be asked to make additional coffee outside of these routines for judges to taste and evaluate. The hot water, grinder, and some supplies will be provided; you may need to bring some supplies of your own for your routine. More details to follow. Judges Calibration Brewers may not be competitors in Brewers Cup in the 2017 season.

Stage Manager - Thursday-Sunday - Position FILLED

The Stage Manager is the Drum Major or Conductor of Brewers Cup. The Stage Manager has the unique task of orchestrating all competitors, volunteers, and judges on the Brewers Cup stage and communicating any issues or happenings to the SCA Event Staff. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations and volunteer positions of Brewers Cup, comfortable making decisions, answering logistical questions, delegating tasks, and directing volunteers. The Stage Manager will also set up their stage area on the Thursday before the competition. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

Head Runner - Friday - Sunday - Position FILLED

One of the most important roles of Brewers Cup is helping the competitors get on and off the stage on time. The Head Runner needs to be helpful, friendly, organized, and kind. You'll get to build relationships with competitors and coaches while helping competitors move to the stage area. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations of Brewers Cup and remain in constant communication with the Stage Manager about timing and any potential issues or delays. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

For Brewers Cup we will need two Head Runners, one for the Open Service stage and one for the Compulsory stage. You can indicate if you have a preference in the application below.

Emcee - Friday / Saturday

Do you love Brewers Cup? Do you thrive when talking to a crowd? Can you tell cheesy coffee jokes? We need you! You will need to be very familiar with Brewers Cup and its format - past competitors are especially encouraged to apply! You'll need to focus on the competitor's routine and then engage the competitor for 60-90 seconds with dynamic and exciting questions.


Cup Tasters


Stage Manager - Thursday-Sunday - Position FILLED

The Stage Manager is the Drum Major or Conductor of Cup Tasters. The Stage Manager has the unique task of orchestrating all competitors and volunteers on the Cup Tasters stage and communicating any issues or happenings to the SCA Event Staff. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations and volunteer positions of Cup Tasters, comfortable making decisions, answering logistical questions, delegating tasks, and directing volunteers. The Stage Manager will also set up their stage area on the Thursday before the competition. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

Head Runner - Friday - Sunday

One of the most important roles of Cup Tasters is helping the competitors get on and off the stage on time. The Head Runner needs to be helpful, friendly, organized, and kind. You'll get to build relationships with competitors and coaches while helping competitors move to the stage area. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations of Cup Tasters and remain in constant communication with the Stage Manager about timing and any potential issues or delays. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.

Emcee - Friday/Saturday

Do you love the fast pace of Cup Tasters? Do you thrive when talking to a crowd? Can you tell cheesy coffee jokes? We need you! You will need to be very familiar with Cup Tasters and its format - past competitors are especially encouraged to apply!


Roaster


Stage Manager - Thursday-Sunday - Position FILLED

The Stage Manager is the Drum Major or Conductor of the Roaster Championship. The Stage Manager has the unique task of orchestrating all competitors, volunteers, and judges on the Roaster stage and communicating any issues or happenings to the SCA Event Staff. You will need to be very familiar with the Rules & Regulations and volunteer positions of the Roaster Championship, comfortable making decisions, answering logistical questions, delegating tasks, and directing volunteers. The Stage Manager will also set up their stage area on the Thursday before the competition. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours.


BGA Cafe


BGA Cafe Manager - Thursday-Sunday - Position FILLED

Consumer engagement is a huge part of the U.S. Coffee Championshis! Your job as the BGA Cafe Manager will be to keep the cafe operating as smoothly as possible, including ensuring volunteers arrive and depart on time, directing porters to assist with dishes, and overseeing the equipment's operation on the bar. Must be able to lift 50lbs and remain on feet for 8+ hours. Must be BGA member and Level 1 Certified.

Back of House


Scorekeeper - Friday-Sunday FILLED

Love spreadsheets? Want to be an integral part of the competitions, but prefer to be behind the scenes? Then Scorekeeping is for you! You'll enter scores from Roaster, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, and Barista competitions into excel spreadsheets, scan them into the computer, keep a running ranking sheet, and keep the scoresheets organized. Scorekeeping requires focus and attention to detail as well as complete non-disclosure about the scores you see throughout the day.

Volunteer Assistant - Friday-Sunday - Monday Shift FILLED;

As Volunteer Assistant you will escort the USCC volunteers to their stage and introduce them to their stage manager at the beginning of their shift. You will work closely with the Volunteer Manger to fill open volunteer spots during the Championship so that they will run smoothly. This is a half-day commitment for three days, Friday-Sunday. Please indicate if you would prefer the morning or afternoon time frame.


Pathway Class Positions



Espresso Room Monitor - Thursday-Sunday



The espresso room monitor will ensure that the espresso classrooms/stations are set properly for each class and ensure the class runs smoothly. This position will supervise temporary staff to ensure dishes are washed/returned, check with lead instructors to ensure they have required supplies on hand, oversee porters, set up for exams and assist with light sorting/packing at the close of the program.

Cupping Room Monitor - Thursday-Sunday



The cupping room monitor will ensure that the cupping classrooms/stations are set properly for each class and ensure the class runs smoothly. This position will supervise temporary staff to ensure dishes are washed/returned, check with lead instructors to ensure they have required supplies on hand, oversee porters, and assist with light sorting/packing at the close of the program.

Pathways Office Assistant - Thursday-Sunday FILLED



The Pathways office assistant will help on site Thursday through Sunday primarily working in the Pathways office. Duties include but are not limited to: sorting/organizing class handouts and delivering to appropriate classes, collecting sign in sheets and surveys, preparing/labeling class materials and coffee, general runner duties as needed for classrooms, fill gaps and assist as needed in Pathways classes, assist with set up and pack up.

Cupping Exchange Assistant - Wednesday afternoon-Sunday



The Cupping Exchange Assistant will help the lead keep the Cupping Exchange running smoothly and to cover/break the lead as need. Duties include assisting with set up/pack up, keeping renters/sessions running on time, turnover room between sessions.

Volunteer Assistant - Tuesday-Sunday FILLED



The Volunteer Assistant will help in the Volunteer Lounge from Tuesday-Sunday. In this position you will assist the Volunteer Manager with a variety of tasks related to volunteer check-in, volunteer training and placing volunteers in their shifts. You will also assist in tracking volunteer hours, filling onsite volunteer needs and overseeing special events happening in the volunteer lounge throughout the week. The hours for this position are all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 1/2 days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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