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-hours shift up to a full week or more – to help make our events successful.

All volunteers receive benefits that may include an official conference t-shirt, tickets to popular events like Meet the Cheesemaker, and the opportunity to work behind the scenes with a network of industry leaders! In addition, volunteers assisting with the ACS Judging & Competition will also receive a ticket to our annual Awards Ceremony & Reception.

If you’re interested in being alerted when ACS Conference 2020 volunteer shift sign-up begins, please fill out our interest form here.

General Volunteer Roles

Are you interested in volunteering with a crew of fellow cheese lovers at the 2020 ACS Conference in Portland? New and returning volunteers (minimum age of 18) are encouraged to join and our conference crew of 400+ volunteers is essential to the success of our conference. Experience with cheese is not required and training will be provided for all roles for each shift by our team leaders. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities with different shifts for pre-conference functions and conference events July 17-25 at the Oregon Convention Center. Volunteer teams are needed in the following areas: product receiving, judging and competition, certification exams, registration, food preparation, and preparation and event support for both Meet the Cheesemaker and the Cheese Sale.

We will open volunteer registration officially in May but please complete this form to be notified as soon as we open volunteer registration through Volunteer Local. At that time you can officially register as a volunteer and select the shift(s) for which you are available.

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:

  • Conference Back of House Team as part of the Conference Leadership Training Program which includes the Official Conference Cheesemongers
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Checks in volunteers on-site, distributes t-shirts 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 Conference Back of House Team.