• Volunteer

    Without volunteers, there is no AX. The lifeblood of the AX community, volunteers work throughout the year to make Anime Expo possible!

Would you like to be a hero?

Everybody has a superpower. It could be anything from making the perfect Masquerade to providing Information Services to being the Registration volunteer who hands someone a badge to indescribable wonder. There are over 60 departments coming together to make AX. What's your superpower?

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Attendee Volunteer

  • 4 Hours

    One (1) 1-Day Badge + Swag

  • 8 Hours

    Two (2) 1-Day Badge + Swag

  • 12 Hours

    Three (3) 1-Day Badge + Swag

  • 16 Hours

    Four (4) 1- Day Badge + Swag

  • Day 4 Volunteers

    Premium Swag

AX Volunteer

  • 40+ Hours

    Swag, housing, food provision, complimentary badge for friend or family (not transferable to the next year), and leadership opportunities

Attendee volunteering is similar to AX Volunteering, except Attendee Volunteers can be assigned to any AX Department that needs assistance during the convention. They are the ninjas who are deployed out to save the day wherever the need arises!


  • Minimum of 4-hour commitment (Note: You can only volunteer up to 8 hours per day. Each attendee volunteer will only be able to earn up to 4 comp codes max.)
  • Must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2020
  • Adhere to all SPJA volunteer policies/guidelines
  • Complete the volunteer required fields (emergency contact, etc...) in the Volunteer Shiftboard profile
  • Complete the volunteer forms
  • Complete the Youth Protection Policy (YPP) courses
  • Complete volunteer background check


  • 1-day badge code for AX 2020 for every 4 hours worked!
    • This 1-day badge code can be registered for yourself, family, or friends on any day of AX 2020 only. There is a limit of four total 1-day badge codes per attendee volunteer.
  • AX merchandise, such as lanyards, water bottles, and t-shirts can be earned. You must work a minimum of 4 hours to qualify.
  • For those who go above and beyond at your shift or work shifts on Day 4, you will receive even bigger prizes!
  • Resume and experience building
  • Behind the scenes look at how conventions are run

NOTE: Attendee Volunteers who have already purchased a badge are subject to the same badge refund policies as general attendees.

Please email vr@spja.org for more information.

AX Volunteers are more involved in the planning stages before Anime Expo, as well as the daily operations during Anime Expo. There are more work requirements for AX Volunteers, but there are also more perks, including, but not limited to food and housing provisions during the convention. AX Volunteers are assigned to specific departments ranging from less than ten volunteers in a department to departments three hundred strong.


  • Must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020. All volunteers must be 18 before beginning any volunteer work or training.
  • Must have a minimum of 40-hour commitment scheduled (may include both pre-con and at-con hours).
  • Must be available for all of Anime Expo from July 2 – July 5, 2020. Some department may begin earlier and require people come on site earlier.
  • Complete department-specific training and requirements.
  • Adhere to all SPJA volunteer policies/guidelines.
  • Complete the Volunteer Shiftboard Application.
  • Complete Volunteer Shiftboard Profile Required Fields.
  • Upload proper identification photo to Shiftboard Profile.
  • Complete Youth Protection Policy (YPP) courses.
  • Complete all volunteer forms.
  • Complete volunteer background check.


  • Becoming a part of the close-knit community of fans and friends.
  • AX Volunteer-exclusive gear.
  • Resume and experience building.
  • Behind the scenes look at how conventions are run.
  • Basic food provisions during the convention.
  • Volunteer-specific lodging during the convention.
  • Leadership opportunities
  • 60+ departments to choose from
  • No badge purchase necessary.
  • Parking provided for volunteers who carpool with at least two other volunteers.

We Love Our Volunteers!

Check out this recap from our 2019 Volunteer BBQ!

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