Volunteer At Our Programs
We have a variety of musical and non-musical volunteer positions for all of our programs, and we post applications several months in advance. Positions include instrument instructor, band manager, band coach, roadie, workshop leader, kitchen crew, front desk crew, and more.
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp welcomes campers who self-identify as female, trans, or gender non-conforming. Bay Area Girls Rock Camp also welcomes individuals who self-identify as female or gender non-conforming to apply for mentorship volunteer positions at camp. Service volunteer roles are open to people of all gender identities.
Now seeking volunteers and paid instructors for: GRASP 2017 (Tu & Th, Jan-Mar)
- Apply for paid instructor roles and/or a variety of volunteer roles here. Roles will be filled on a rolling basis, and info-sessions for new volunteers/applicants will begin in November.
- Apply to lead a workshop at GRASP here
Read more about available volunteer positions below (times apply to Summer Camp only; More information about GRASP can be found on the GRASP Application):
The following positions are open to female, trans and gender non-conforming volunteers ages 19 and up:
Instrument instructors work with groups of 4-6 campers, conducting hour and a half lessons each morning of camp. We offer bass, drums, guitar, keyboards and vocals. Groups are organized according to experience level, and often have a wide range of ages and musical interests. Instructors are responsible for designing a detailed curriculum for the week, to be submitted no later than the Friday before the start of the camp week. Lessons should aim to give campers skills they can put to use right away in band practice. Instructors should take into account the different learning styles and needs of the group, as well as the various musical interests of the campers. The curriculum should be flexible and guided by the interests of the group. We provide instruments for all campers and instructors.
This year, we'll have two blocks for instrument instruction. The younger campers (sharps) will have instruction from 9:30-11; the older campers (flats) will have instruction from 11-12:30. Instructors may choose to teach either or both classes.
Time commitment: Mon-Fri: 9:30-11 and/or 11-12:30 (optional volunteer meeting every day, 5:15-5:45pm).
Each band is assigned a band manager and a band coach who works with them in band practice and accompanies them to workshops. Band managers help guide the songwriting process in band practice by helping the group set goals, giving constructive feedback, and mediating conflicts. No musical experience is required for this position; youth work experience is recommended. Managers without musical experience will work with a coach who has musical experience.
Time commitment: Mon-Fri: 1:30-5:00pm (optional volunteer meeting every day, 5:15-5:45pm).
Band coaches are volunteers with experience playing music and setting up equipment. They are assigned to a band on the first day of camp, and spend the week working with the band, alongside the band manager. Band coaches fulfill the same role as band managers, as well as help the band set up equipment, check levels, and troubleshoot sound problems. Coaches may work with a manager who has little or no musical experience.
Time commitment: Mon-Fri: 1:30-5:00pm (optional volunteer meeting every day, 5:15-5:45pm).
Each workshop happens 1-4 times per week (for different groups), depending on the workshop. Leaders are responsible for designing the curriculum of the workshop, to be submitted no later than the Friday before the start of the camp week. Some workshops are conducted in groups of 15-20 campers, and others are in groups of 30-40. Groups are formed according to age, and leaders should make sure their workshops are age-appropriate. Leaders should also take into account the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and musical interests represented in the group. If the workshop is music-related, leaders should present a variety of genres, cultures and eras.
Time commitment: 1- 1.5 hours per workshop (optional volunteer meeting every day, 5:15-5:45pm).
A&R crew members are people with a solid background in social work, counseling and/or education who can be available to help out throughout the week with campers in need of extra assistance due to behavioral/emotional issues or learning disabilities. A&R crew members are often assigned to work with a particular band or camper for the week, depending on what kind of support is needed.
Time commitment: We aim to have 1-2 crew members at each session of camp who can be available for most or all of the day (optional volunteer meeting every day, 5:15-5:45pm).
The purpose of the position is to assist program staff in responding to and resolving conflicts that arise at camp so that campers, volunteers, staff and camper families are better supported during times of conflict. The Conflict Mediator will be responsible for:
- Working closely with individuals or groups to assess a given conflict and help them take steps to resolve it
- Communicating with all parties connected to the people involved in the conflict, i.e. parents/guardians, volunteers, staff
- Writing brief reports detailing the conflict and how it was resolved
Time commitment: Each Conflict Mediator will ideally work at one full week of camp, and be at camp from approximately 9am-5pm. These hours are flexible, and responsibilities will depend on whether or not there are groups in need of mediation on any given day.
Lunchtime Sound Person
The sound person is responsible for preparing the stage for each day’s lunchtime performance, helping the performers load in (and out), and running sound for the performance. A basic understanding of how to set up and adjust microphone levels is needed; professional sound engineering experience is not required. The sound person also facilitates a Q&A portion with the performers and campers at the end of lunch.
Time commitment: Mon-Fri, 11:45am-1:45pm
The following roles are open to all gender identities:
Kitchen Crew Manager
The Kitchen Crew Manager is in charge of overseeing breakfast, lunch and snack preparation and delegating tasks to the rest of the kitchen crew. Additional training will be offered for this position, as it requires independently delegating tasks and a familiarity with the meal schedule.
Time commitment: Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
The kitchen crew helps set up volunteer meals (breakfast, lunch and snack), prepares lunches for campers who’ve signed up to receive lunch, and hands out camper snacks.
Time commitment: shifts vary according to availability.
Roadies help move and set up equipment, transforming instrument instruction classrooms into band rehearsal rooms, and vice versa. The ability to lift over 30lbs, and/or knowledge of gear are helpful, but not necessary for this role. Roadies rock!
Time commitment: Roadies may indicate which days and for which shifts they are available. Shift one: M-F, 12:30-1:30. Shift two: M-F, 4:30-5:30
Front Desk Receptionist
The receptionist is responsible for answering phone calls, checking in and out capers and volunteers, relaying messages, handing out earplugs and band-aids, selling merch, and performing other tasks as needed. First aid training is a plus.
Time commitment: The front desk is open from 8am-5pm. Shifts vary based on availability, though we aim to have 1 or 2 committed front desk people at each session.
Moving all of our gear into Oakland School for the Arts is a huge job! We spend the week before camp starts clearing out each classroom to make room for our musical gear, then setting up gear in each room. The more help we have with this task, the better, even if it's only for an hour or two. Knowledge of gear is not required for this position.
Time commitment: Flexible shifts between 10am and 6pm during the week of June 8th-13th
Help us move all our gear out of OSA and put the classrooms back in order.
Time commitment: Flexible shifts between 10am and 6pm on Monday, July 27th.
We provide lunch for our 40-50 volunteers each day. The lunch chef is responsible for preparing a meal and delivering it to camp by 11:15 every day. We provide a stipend for groceries as well as a stipend for labor. Experience preparing meals for large groups is required.
Food Pick Up & Delivery Person
There are various food pick ups scheduled before and during the weeks of camp.
Time commitment: Flexible
The showcase crew helps set up and run Saturday's showcase. Various roles are available, with flexible hours. People are needed to help with load-in & load-out, stage management, tuning station, the door, the merch table, and the hype crew. We also need a photographer, a videographer, and someone to record audio.
Time commitment: Various hours between 11am-6pm on Saturdays
Upload our showcase video files to Vimeo. Time commitment: As close to the end of each camp session as possible.
Each showcase takes approximately 8 hours to upload.
Upload our showcase audio files to Bandcamp.
Time commitment: As close to the end of each camp session as possible. Each showcase takes approximately 8 hours to upload.
Upload our band photos to Flickr.
Time commitment: As close to the end of each camp session as possible. Each session's photos take approximately 5 hours to upload.
Input our camper and volunteer surveys into Survey Monkey.
Time commitment: As close to the end of each camp session as possible. Each session's surveys take approximately 10 hours to input.
Questions? Contact Sabrina or call the BAGRC office at (510) 267-1808.