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Volunteer with MNOC

Below, you will find descriptions of the various volunteer tasks involved in putting on orienteering meets. We depend on volunteers for these jobs, so please consider signing up!

See details/instructions for these tasks here

Meet Director

(1 person or team) - Generally the first to come, last to leave on the day of the meet. Coordinate all meet volunteers, coordinate transport of equipment to the meet and transfer to the next meet’s director or back to the equipment manager, assist the individual volunteers as needed, put up the signs leading to the meet and banners and flags at meet site, reconcile cash box and get the money to the treasurer. Get the names of volunteers to the website manager.

Computer Operator

(1 person) The Computer Operator works closely with the Meet Director to assist setting up the computer equipment and training the volunteers how to use it.

Set Up Team

(2 people) – Assist with set up, such as signage, registration table, start area, etc.


(1 person) – Assist computer operator. Handle day-of registrations, sales of whistles and rental of compasses. Set up e-punch equipment and computer with courses and pre-registered competitors. Advise registrants on filling out registration/waiver cards, take fees and assign e-punches. Hand out pre-assigned e-punches according to pre-registration printout. Enter e-punch data into computer for participants that were not pre-registered. Compile results and submit to website manager for posting.

Start Monitor

(1 person) – Setup start lanes, keep the official clock, and give people start times.

Instructions/Greeter/Club Ambassador

(1-2 people)

  • Help newcomers with information on map reading and symbols, course selection, usage of e-punch, and general questions. Emphasize the importance of mandatory check-in after completing the course. If you need assistance, you can ask some of the other orienteers around you to help answer questions.

  • direct registered people to the pre-registered line

  • direct non-registered people to fill out the waiver, one per team, both sides

  • help with questions registrants may have about anything on the waiver cards

  • explain to newcomers what the info means on the white board

  • advise with course selection for newcomers to the sport

  • answer questions if someone is inquiring about the activity


(1 person) Fill in where needed after you have participated in your event so that other volunteers can participate in the event too. You may start your event as soon as MNOC is ready for you to go out on the course. You may be able to start as soon as 11:30-11:45 so come a bit early to the meet if possible.

Control Retrieval/Final Clean Up- Must be a MNOC member to do control retrieval (for insurance reasons)

(5 or 6 people) - Help pick up the controls after the meet is finished and do final clean up/packing up of equipment into cars.  *Detailed Control Retrieval Instructions

Thank you for volunteering!

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