4 – 5 January 2024
In-person and online
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Oxford Real Farming Conference! Volunteers are a key part of the ORFC community. This is the 15th annual ORFC and the second time ORFC will be held as a hybrid event, with delegates and speakers joining both online and in-person.
The hybrid conference will bring together around 3,500 mud-on-the-boots farmers, food producers, researchers, policy-makers, NGOs, social movements and all those who support a better food and farming system.
Learn more about volunteering online or in-person below.
All online volunteers will need a desktop or laptop computer with a good internet connection.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; apply early to secure your space. All applicants will be notified by Thursday, 7 December 2023.
As an ONLINE Volunteer, you will:
There are two volunteer roles available for the online conference. Please indicate which role you would prefer when applying:
(1) Online Sessions Volunteer
Role description: ORFC 2024 will include sessions in Crowdcast and meetings in Zoom. Online sessions volunteers will remain through the session to monitor the chat and to help participants feel welcome and included. This may include, for example, flagging tech difficulties with ORFC tech support, aggregating questions from the chat for the chair and speakers, and monitoring the chat to offer information where appropriate. Online session volunteers are not expected to be tech experts, although familiarity with online events is helpful. ORFC will have tech and volunteer support available and a detailed reference guide to support volunteers throughout the event.
ONLINE Event Volunteers are expected to:
(2) Online Communications Volunteer
Role description: Online comms volunteers will help raise the profile of ORFC 2024 and ORFC 2024 sessions across social media and the web. This role will comprise a short social media training session in addition to the online volunteer orientation. Online comms volunteers will sign up for a volunteering session ahead of the conference on December 27th, 28th, or 29th 2023. This role will offer volunteers experience in the basics of crafting a digital marketing campaign.
We’d like online comms volunteers to:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; apply early to secure your space. All applicants to volunteer in-person will be notified by Tuesday, 7 November 2023.
As an IN-PERSON Volunteer, you will:
There are three volunteer roles available for the in-person conference. Please indicate which role you would prefer when applying:
(1) Event Volunteer
Role description: As part of a dynamic team, event volunteers will support the safe, efficient, friendly, and smooth running of the conference. During the conference, event volunteers complete two half-day shifts and are free to attend the conference for the rest of the time. During one shift, event volunteers are expected to steward conference sessions, which includes Health & Safety responsibilities, monitoring room capacities, helping with AV requirements and helping speakers with timekeeping. During another shift, event volunteers will either steward conference sessions or help to run the front of house, reception, the exhibition spaces or be a runner.
IN-PERSON Event Volunteers are expected to:
(2) Press Room Volunteer
Role description: Press room volunteers will help support the press space at ORFC 2024. Working closely with the ORFC Communication Coordinator, press room volunteers will provide a friendly point of contact for journalists and interviewees. Press room volunteers will also track mentions of ORFC across digital media throughout the conference. This role will offer volunteers experience in networking and facilitating press interviews as well as basic media monitoring.
We’d like press room volunteers to:
(3) Creative Comms Volunteers
Role description: The comms content volunteer is a reporting role that will engage with ORFC 2024 sessions of your choice. The comms content volunteers will attend ORFC 2024 sessions, take notes, and produce a piece of content based on that session for web and social media. This can be a social media post, a blog, a photo essay, or another creative format. Templates will be provided on how to produce an effective piece of content. This role will offer volunteers experience in producing editorial content and reporting from an event.
We’d like comms content volunteers to: