(1) Fans Who Help at a Con

Fans who offer to help out at a convention. Volunteers usually have no special skills and normally do not have management of policy-making responsibility. Also called gophers. See also staff and committee.

Most cons give their volunteers special perks such as a ribbon, free soda and snacks (see gopher hole) and often reimburse the membership fee if they volunteer for more than 12 door 16 hours.

(2) The Department That Coordinates Them

The convention department responsible for recruiting and assigning volunteers.