Listed below are the volunteer positions need to host a trial.
It takes a lot of volunteers to make a trial run smoothy. While not all
positions are in areas where teams are working, we encourage all
volunteers to take breaks and go to watch the action.
positions like check-in and parking are just in the morning, you will be
assigned another position after that position is finished or you may
watch teams work.
While not the most glamorous position, it's so important to have a group of volunteers arrive early to help the trial host to set up and prepare for the arrival of the volunteers, judges and competitors.
Element Lead (EL)
REQUIREMENTS: This is an all day position. Must arrive at 7 a.m. Long periods of walking and standing is necessary for this position. Organizational skills. Excellent communication skills. May be assigned an outdoors position during inclement weather.
Element Leads will need to arrive early for their shift. Element Leads are responsible for making sure their search areas get set up per the specs of the C.O. (Certifying Official). They will do a walk-thru with the C.O. first thing in the morning to discuss search areas, boundaries, start lines, and any canopies/tarps to block lines of sight. The ELs will then work with their set-up helpers to get the areas set up.
Element Leads will then be responsible for making sure all of their volunteers understand their job duties and make sure that all of their volunteers are in position and ready to go before the first dog starts.
After the last dog runs the
element, Elements leads are responsible for working with other
volunteers to take down the element and put away.
REQUIREMENTS: Walking and Standing are required for a short period of time.
Early morning volunteer to help with parking, both the volunteer parking and the competitor parking.
Competitor and Volunteer Check-In
REQUIREMENTS: This is a sitting position. Good organizational and communications skills.
Check-in volunteers are responsible for checking in both the volunteers and the competitors. At the time of check-in, all volunteers, spectators, and competitors will be required to sign a liability waiver as well as a photo/video release.
Gate Steward (GS)
REQUIREMENTS: Long periods of walking and standing are necessary for this position. Organizational skills. Excellent communication This is an outdoors position that may be during inclement weather.
The Gate Steward will work with the competitors to get them to the initial staging area. The GS will have a running order and will call the dog/handler teams from the parking lot. Unlike other dog sports, we do not want dogs and handlers out lined up waiting to go in. One team will be at the initial staging area and the team that is next in can be working the warm up boxes if they choose. Beyond that, all subsequent teams can be given a head’s up but should not be staging.