Conference & Competition Volunteers

The ACS Conference & Competition takes place with the support of hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their talents and their time – from a few-hour shift up to a full week or more – to help make our events successful.

All volunteers receive an official volunteer t-shirt, a complimentary ticket to the Festival of Cheese, and any meals that coincide with their shift(s). In addition, volunteers assisting with the ACS Judging & Competition will also receive a ticket to our annual Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Check back in early 2020 to sign up to volunteer for ACS Conference 2020 in Portland!

General Volunteer Roles

General volunteers assist with many aspects of Conference events, from helping behind the scenes of the renowned ACS Judging & Competition to preparing cheeses for our Festival of Cheese and Cheese Sale.

Lead Volunteer Roles

Each year, ACS also seeks qualified individuals to fill several lead Conference volunteer roles. These roles require a substantial commitment of time on-site at the Conference, as well as some time assisting with advance Conference planning. They include:

  • Official Conference Cheesemongers
  • Receiving Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Checks in volunteers on-site, distributes t-shirts and Festival of Cheese tickets to all volunteers, provides job descriptions to volunteers and directs them to proper volunteer location. This person will be responsible for ensuring that all volunteers have a completed and signed waiver of liability on record. In addition, the On-Site Coordinator will be available to oversee all volunteer functions at the conference and assign volunteers to last-minute slots that might arise. The On-Site Coordinator will also train volunteers to assist with the volunteer desk. A radio will be provided to the On-Site Coordinator to keep in contact with ACS staff, event planning staff, Official Conference Cheesemongers and Cooler Captains.