Volunteers Needed

The Canadian International Rover Challenge is looking for volunteers for the 2018 Competition event in Drumheller, Alberta from August 10 – 13, 2018. In order to make this event a success, we require many volunteers to assist with running the event.

Volunteering gives you a chance to get up close and personal with world class robots in the stunning surroundings of the Alberta Badlands.

Requirements and Conditions of Volunteer Participation

  • You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to and from Drumheller, Alberta (carpooling may be available depending on your location).
  • You are responsible for your own lodging, meals and any other expenses (CSTAG aims to provide some discounts or benefits for volunteers but can’t commit to anything at this time. We will share this information as they are confirmed.)
  • By signing up to volunteer you are acknowledging and consenting that photography, film and/or video, from the event, may be taken and you further agree that any or all of the material may be used for promotion, publications, and other materials used to promote CIRC and that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.
  • By signing up to volunteer you are specifically releasing CIRC, CSTAG, its volunteers, agents and staff from any claims or liabilities of any kind whatsoever, arising from or related to my participation in these activities.

Volunteer Roles

Competition Task Volunteers

There are four different tasks at the Canadian International Rover Challenge. We will try to accommodate your preference for which task you would like to volunteer at.

Task volunteers may be asked to do any or all of the following:

  • Act as a judge for the task under the supervision of an event organizer
  • Facilitate team movements around the task site
  • Interact with the public and media
  • Manage the live stream equipment
  • Capture videos and photos of the event
  • In the case of an emergency, take charge until the appropriate emergency personnel are on site
  • Transport any task related equipment Set up any task related equipment and the task base (tent, tables, chairs, etc.)

Prospecting Task Volunteers

The rover will be tasked with exploring the badlands looking for sites of interest and then performing experiments on soil samples.

Resource Extraction Task Volunteers

The rover will be challenged with collecting resources from three locations and transporting it back to a central facility

Equipment Servicing Task Volunteers

The rover will be sent to assess and fix a mock mining station by interacting with a control panel with a robotic arm

Search and Rescue Task Volunteers

The rover will be tasked with locating a stranded scientist mannequin by tracking a distress beacon. Note: this task takes place at night.

No specific skills or equipment are required.

CIRC Central Hub Volunteers

CIRC Central is an indoor hub where all the teams have a space to work and is open to visitors from the public. General responsibilities of those volunteering in the central facility will include:

  • Monitoring that participants are using the facilities appropriately
  • Only allowing participants into the building overnight
  • Ensuring cold drinking water is available to teams
  • Answering any questions participants have
  • Interact with the public and media

Skills and Equipment Required: The willingness to speak to the public and media.

Driver Volunteers

  • To support the various task sites, drivers are needed to:
  • Bring food to volunteers at the task sites
  • Bring water and ice refills to the individual stations
  • Transport volunteers, sponsors, or equipment between task sites

Skills & Equipment Required: Your own vehicle, proof of a valid driver’s license and insurance is required. The cost of fuel will be reimbursed for the driving you do as a volunteer.

Photography Volunteers

There will be a large amount of activity and excitement throughout the weekend. As such we hope to capture photos and videos of the event. We are looking for individuals that would enjoy taking photos, video, and helping out with the event live stream.

Skills & Equipment Required: digital camera, phone and/or video camera. A good eye for a great image.

General Help as Needed

These volunteers will be asked to perform any of the above items, and other miscellaneous tasks as determined by the hosting organization.

Skills and Requirements: flexible and adaptable, willing to pitch in as needed.


How to Sign Up as a Volunteer:

Please fill out the embedded Google form below. If you can’t see the form below please click this link.