Fantastic! We are thrilled by your interest in becoming a Craftcation Assistant! This volunteer position is an awesome way to attend the Craftcation Conference – especially if you’re on a budget!  In exchange for volunteering your time as a Craftcation Assistant, you will be able to register and attend classes for FREE on the days/times that you are not volunteering! This applies to all Assistant Departments.


We have a ton of opportunities where you can volunteer your time.  As part of the Application process, you’ll be able to weigh-in on your preferred department. Of course, we’ll take these preferences into consideration and will do our best to assign you to the department of your liking. However, we ask that you remain flexible as we may need to assign you elsewhere due to the needs of the conference.

NOTE: Beginning in 2019, all Assistants will be assigned to serve at one meal in addition to their department assignments. These time slots will be assigned as we get closer to the conference dates.


Preparation and set up for the conference, unpacking boxes and organizing supplies, assembling decorations and getting everything ready.  This assignment requires a larger time commitment, BUT then you get to enjoy the whole conference. NOTE: This shift fills up the fastest.


Meal preparation is at a close-by off-site location, and involves mostly chopping and mixing. Serving meals will be a part of this department as well.


This department is in charge of setting up and breaking down off campus tours, workshops, activities. This is a great department for folks who will have their own transportation and/or Ventura locals who cannot volunteer for PreCon.


Setting up craft classes with supplies, checking folks in, cleaning up, etc. This area also fills up quickly.


You will be helping presenters in the business classes with things like running Power Point presentations and passing out pamphlets.


NOTE: This year, every volunteer must serve one meal. These shifts will be assigned at the event.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday* – April 1 – April 3  (10am – 4pm)
  • Wednesday & Thursday – April 3 – April 4  (9am – 5pm)
  • Thursday & Friday – April 4 – April 5  (9am – 5pm)
  • Friday & Saturday – April 5 – April 6  (9am – 5pm)
  • Saturday & Sunday – April 6 – April 7  (9am – 5pm)

*This shift block is for PreCon only.


Craftcation Assistant assignments will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You may be asked to help in a different area that you were originally assigned the day of the conference if we have a need.

While we are happy to waive the price of your ticket in exchange for your time, please note that we DO NOT PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS. We suggest sharing a room with a friend (or three) to keep those costs down. If you are traveling solo, be sure to check out and join our Craftcation Alumni Community on Facebook to meet other attendees. People are always looking for roommates!

Craftcation Assistant Applications are open from August 1 – March 15.

All Craftcation Assistants must agree to the Terms and Conditions in THIS document.

If all that sounds good to you, then use the form below to submit your application!


You must press SUBMIT for your answers to be sent. A screen will then appear in place of the form on this same page that tells you that your application has been submitted successfully.

If there are any issues with your form submission, email

Thank you so much for helping make this an amazing experience! Let’s make this the best Craftcation ever!


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    ***Your answers to the questions in this section do not disqualify you from being accepted as a volunteer. This information just helps us know where to place you so that you can still help without injury.**

    Use this section to select your first and second preferences for shift blocks. We will do our best to accommodate your preference, however, please note that we must put you where you are needed the most.

    Also, please know that during the conference, Assistants are often switched around throughout their shifts depending on the need. Please come ready to be flexible.

  • In this section, please select your FIRST time block preference. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule requests.

    * Meal service assignments will be scheduled closer to the event. *

  • In this section, please select your SECOND time block preference. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule requests.

    * Meal service assignments will be scheduled closer to the event. *

  • Based on the descriptions given above, please let us know which department you would prefer to work in:
  • Based on the descriptions given above, please let us know which department you would prefer to work in:
  • AV/Technology, Sewing, Preparing food/Cooking, Serving food/Restaurant
  • Use this section to let us know if you have any special requests - for Example:

    - would like to be assigned in the same area as someone else that you are attending with? (if so, please include that person's name.

    - is there a department that you would especially like to or like NOT to be assigned in?

    - any additional information you'd like to share.

    **We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate every request because we are a very small team, but we will do what we can.**

  • This Application shall act as an Agreement between the applicant (the Assistant) and Dear Handmade Life herein after referred to collectively as "the Parties".

    TERMS: The Assistant performs the service of their own free will, without promise, expactation or receipt of remuneration. Assistant is not an employee or agent of Dear Handmade Life or Craftcation for any purpose and Assistant's services are not controlled nor mandated by Dear Handmade Life or Craftcation. Assistant is a volunteer position and is not entitled to benefits, including employment insurance benefits upon the termination of this Agreement or as a result of this service.

    Service by Assistant includes organization, assisting and maintaining of daily operations involving the operating of the Craftcation Conference: April 3-17, 2019 in Ventura, CA.

    INSURANCE AND LIABILITY: Assistant assisting at Craftcation and who wishes to insure his or her property or person must do so at his or her own expense. Craftcation will not be responsible for, and shall be indemnified and held harmless by Assistant from and against any and all claims and damagesof every kind, for injury to or death of any person or persons and for damage to or loss of property, arising out of or attributed, directly or indirectly, to the operations or performance of Assistant's officers, employees, representatives, agents or assigns under this agreement. Assistant further acknowledges that the acquisition of insurance is the sole responsbility of the Assistant. It is expressly understood and agreed, and the Assistant agrees by accepting these rules, that it will make no claim of any kind against Dear Handmade Life, Craftcation, or any of its officers, members, employees, volunteers, agents, hired service contractors, or assigns for any loss, damage to or destruction of goods, or for anyinjury that may occur to it or its officers, employees, representatives, agents, or assigns while at the Marriott Ventura, or for any damage of any nature of character whatsoever.

    NO SOLICITATION/TRADE SECRETS: Assistant acknowledges that Dear Handmade Life/Craftcation may, in reliance of this agreement, provide Assistant access to trade secrets, customers and other confidential data and good will. Assistant agrees to retain said information as confidential and not to use said information on his or her own behalf or disclose same to any third party.

    Assistant also agrees not to solicit any of the vendors, sponsors or other clients of Dear Handmade Life or Craftcation in any way after the volunteer term.

  • By hitting the submit button below you agree to all the duties of a Craftcation Assistant - including but not limited to:

    -arriving to your assigned shifts in a timely manner.

    -completing the assigned duties given to you during your work block.

    -representing Craftcation politely to all attendees.