Call for Volunteers

The AOC is seeking qualified volunteers to assist with the successful execution of the Annual Symposium and Convention.

All volunteers must possess quality customer service skills, be friendly and interactive, be well-spoken and professional, and possess basic knowledge and understanding of the AOC organization and convention. Candidates must be team players, possess positive attitudes, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and customer friendly. Individuals should wear comfortable walking shoes and business attire.

Volunteers who work a minimum of 10 hours or more over the course of the event are provided a full complimentary registration to the symposium and convention (does not include professional development courses or the annual banquet).

AOC will not reimburse for travel expenses to include food and beverage or hotel rooms.

AOC makes every effort to accommodate volunteers by assigning tasks and time preferences according to volunteer requests. Below are the duties of the various positions available.

If interested in one of the below volunteering assignments contact Bob Lindseth, Volunteer Coordinator at

Bag Stuffing and Set Up

On Sunday before the Symposium, volunteers are needed to stuff the registration bags and prepare the registration materials.


Registration is the first impression an attendee experience at the AOC Symposium and Convention. Registration volunteers will greet attendees, guide them to the appropriate registration counter and assist as needed with onsite registration kiosks. Volunteers will need to be able to stand on feet for several hours.

Welcome Reception Volunteers

No event goes off seamlessly without a crew working behind the scenes. Help us kick off the 56th Symposium & Convention, by volunteering your time on the Welcome Reception.

Symposium Door Monitors

Only certain badge types are permitted access to the Symposium session. Volunteers are needed to check name badges at the doors to the session rooms. If attendees are already in the room when you arrive at your shift, walk through the room and look for any non-allowable badges and ask them to leave. Certain circumstances will allow an aid without proper badge credentials to assist his/her boss during their brief only.

Innovation Stage

Two volunteers are needed daily to scan badges at the Innovation Stage on the show floor. Daily there will be multiple, fast-paced sessions – often times back-to-back – that volunteers will be required to ensure that each and every individual in attendance has been captured. Volunteers will also assist upon completion of the session, orderly return of headsets and tidying of the seating area.

Annual AOC Banquet Ticket Taker

The Annual banquet is a separate ticketed event held on Tuesday evening. Volunteers will be stationed outside the doors to ensure that attendees are not admitted into the ballroom until they are given the green light from AOC staff. Once you’re given the green light, volunteers will collect banquet tickets and assist with identifying vacant seating. Non-ticket holders will form a “wait-list” line and as all ticket holders are seated, if any empty seats are available, non-ticket holders will be permitted to purchase a ticket onsite. Four volunteers are needed for a one-hour shift.

If interested in one of the below volunteering assignments contact Blain Bekele ( and Laura Sunden (

The 5th Annual STEM Program will provide a venue to introduce high school students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields as they relate to Radio Frequency Spectrum, Electronic Warfare and Cyber Space. Volunteers are needed to welcome each group, introduce them to the STEM Program, lead the interactive presentations and static displays that will inform students on technologies, equipment and platforms utilized today and planned for the future. We have the capacity to support 500 students a day with this interactive introduction into the world of EW, Cyber, and Spectrum Operations. Below are more details on the various roles. Most STEM volunteers will need to be able to stand on feet for several hours.

STEM Student Group Greeters

Volunteers are needed to welcome each group and introduce them to the STEM Program. These volunteers provide the student groups with instructions on how the program works and guide them to the first station where the booth volunteers will take over.

STEM Program Station Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to man one of 10 interactive educational station. The volunteer will be given a script with what to say to the students about the station, however it is preferred that volunteers for the stations be knowledgeable about the topics. Stations consist of:

  • Spectrum & RF Propagatio
  • Radio & Communications
  • EW
  • Cyber
  • IED
  • CREW
  • Robots
  • UAS
  • M&S and Mission Planning
Day in a Life of an Engineer

Volunteers currently working the STEM fields of the industry are invited to talk to a group of students about your education and career roundtable style.

STEM Floor Managers

These volunteers are crowd control managers. STEM Floor Managers will make sure students stay in their assigned groups and help keep the floor moving.

Transportation Escorts

These volunteers are the first faces to greet the STEM Student Groups. These volunteers will be stations at the school bus drop off location and escort the groups to the STEM Program in the Exhibit Hall. Transportation Escorts will need to be able to walk and work on feet for several hours.

School Representative

Each student group will be assigned a volunteer who will guide the group through the program, keep track of time so they don't stay in one station and make sure they visit each station.