Role-Playing Game Master Level 1 Trainee Volunteer (Remote, Washington State Residents Only)
- If you are local to Spokane, please use this application page instead: https://rpgresearch.com/jobs/game-master-spokane
- If you are applying for the American Sign language Game maser, please use this page instead: https://rpgresearch.com/jobs/game-master-asl
This page is for people who can't attend training locally at our Spokane, Washington headquarters, but can attend remotely.
Unfortunately, due to current insurance limitations, we can only accept Washington State residents for this remote training. Sorry, due to insurance restrictions, we cannot currently accept new trainees outside of Washington state, we need significantly more donations to cover the insurance to resolve this additional $10,000+/year insurance cost.
Become an exceptional role-playing game master through our exceptional world-class, gold-standard, proven GM training programs, and then help us deliver role-playing game community programs. Our training programs may make you eligible for hiring as a paid professional game master over at the for-profit company, RPG.LLC.
Volunteers receive training for free, in return for helping out with our community programs. This training would be between $10,000 to $30,000 USD at other organizations.
Background check required.
You must be able to attend weekly training session.
Commitment of 4 to 8 hours per week:
- Includes 4 hours of weekly training
- Then every-other week helping facilitate our role-playing game community programs for 1-4 hours (twice a month).
- Read about our Learning Options: https://rpgresearch.com/learning-options
- Typical training program consists of 24 sessions as a player trainee, and then 24 sessions as a GM trainee, see details here: https://www.rpgresearch.com/rpg-trainee-1
Application, Training, & Participation Process
- Read about the role, responsibilities, requirements, and commitments on this page.
- Click the Apply Now button.
- Complete and send the application form
- Respond to confirmation email verifying your understanding this is an unpaid volunteer position.
- Confirm interview appointment (typically 1 to 8+ weeks after application.
- Pass interview(s).
- Accept verbal offer.
- Accept and sign our Codes of Conduct and Attribution Agreement documents.
- Accept email/written offer.
- Attend schedule training weekly sessions
- Select and commit to the appropriate volunteer training schedule.
- Select and commit to community program facilitator schedule.
- Purchase the role-playing game professional training workbook (physical printed version recommended to help you track your training progress).
- Attend training session each week.
- Before allowed to work with our community programs or access to sensitive data, must pass background check (at our expense).
- Complete 24 Player Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
- Note that most player trainees can begin helping with our community programs within the first month or so.
- Complete 24 GM Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
- Note that most of our game master trainees can begin helping as GMs in our community programs within 4 to 12 weeks.
- During and after training period, participate in at least 2 other sessions per month (helping give back to the community) to help with training other volunteer trainees, or our community programs.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Once trained sufficiently and authorized to do so:
- Assist more senior trained Game Masters in running their games, or participating as player for training.
- When far enough along in training, and signed off for authorization, run role-playing game sessions as assistant facilitator or game master.
- Sessions may be in-person through our various facilities, or online using our private and secure Internet services to facilitate tabletop RPG sessions.
- Facilitate 1-5 players per 3-4 hour game session.
- Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including our Code of Conduct.
- Complete session assessment forms when appropriate.
- Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
- Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
- Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
- Attend in-person at least one free training session per week (4 hours)
- Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
- Strongly self-motivated
- Strong collaborative work ethic
- Reliable communication and schedule compliance
- MUST BE ABLE TO "GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY" AT LEAST 2 SESSIONS (1 to 4 hours per session) PER MONTH.
- MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND TRAINING SESSIONS EACH WEEK (in person or online).
- Must pass background check before allowed to work with participants outside of RPG Research training labs, or handle sensitive data (usually completed within 90 days of active participation, RPG Research covers the cost of the background check).
- Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident, warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
- RELIABLE SCHEDULE COMMITMENT.
- STRONG AND RELIABLE COMMUNICATOR.
- MINIMUM ONE YEAR ACTIVE COMMITMENT.
Optional but helpful:
- Experienced theatrical acting skills
- Effective voice acting skills
- Background in education
- Background in therapeutic disciplines
- Prior role-playing game experience
Core Competencies (will train):
- Organizational skills
- Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
- Storytelling skills
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
- "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
- Outgoing presence.
- Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
- Passionate supportive energy
- In-person or online tabletop role-playing game sessions, typically ranging between 2-5 hours (including setup and tear-down).
- Most training sessions are recorded and/or broadcast online (must agree to these terms for all game masters).
- As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid Volunteer position with no financial compensation.
- Extensive free training.
- Completing Level 1 or higher Diplomas may make you eligible to apply for hiring over at the for-profit company RPG.LLC as a paid professional GM.
- Volunteer, Part-time, Temporary, Internship, unpaid.
- Salary: $0 USD
- Years experience working in community centers and similar environments?
- Years tabletop role-playing game master (GM) experience (any RPG system)?
- Years tabletop role-playing game player experience (any RPG system)?
- Do you understand that while most of the beginning training can be provided remotely, that you must be able to attend in-person at least twice per month to "give back to the community"?
- Do you understand that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity?
- Do you have Therapeutic Recreation / Recreational Therapy experience/training ? (not required, but love to have students and professionals from the TR/RT industry as a great fit!):
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) (not required, but great to have)?
- Years experience with Live Streaming over the Internet?
- Years experience working with at-risk populations?
- Years experience working with people various disabilities?
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