California FIRST Needs Volunteers

Volunteers make up 99% of the FIRST® workforce. Whether you have a weekend to help, want to mentor a team, have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest.
Each year hundreds of individuals give their time, energy and creativity to help bring the California FIRST experience to thousands of youth across our state. Volunteers are essential to making FIRST programs possible.
FIRST volunteers play a significant role in the success of the organization while demonstrating the importance of Gracious Professionalism in all times. Volunteers who support FIRST Program Events have the unique and exciting opportunity to watch our young participants learn, invent, cooperate and compete while having a lot of fun at the competition.
Event Volunteers – Run seasonal events at the local, regional, and national levels; take on a variety of jobs from judging and field reset to crowd control and safety glasses attendant. No technical skills required. There are volunteer opportunities for everyone!

  • Sign up in the Volunteer Registration system – you will select the event that you are interested in, choose up to 5 roles you are interested in, complete a free and easy youth protection background check.
  • Once you are assigned to a volunteer role, you will receive communications about your role from the event organizer.
  • You will receive training specific to your assigned job either before or on the morning of the event. You should receive communications from your event organizer about whether training is required.
Mentors & Coaches – Guide teams in a FIRST program as they work through the challenges of each season; offer off-season support and guidance
FIRST Championship Volunteers – Support one or both FIRST Championship events with choices of many available volunteer positions
FIRST VISTA Members – Serve in a full-time capacity through AmeriCorps to facilitate access to FIRST programs in low-income and low-resource communities