Details & Qualifications
Set-Up / Clean-Up
If you’d like to help out with general set-up / clean-up needs, feel free to ask around about what can be done when you arrive or before you leave.
(Please note: the only thing we do not allow volunteers to do is hang anchor points, as the owner of the venue has requested that only board members do this to avoid any damage to the many wires and lights in the ceiling.)
Of course, everyone can relate their experiences with us to others, but if you’d like to help us with community outreach in an official capacity, either in person or online, we are always looking for more people able to represent our group to others, answer their questions, and help them feel welcomed.
Obviously, we want to make sure that any official outreach volunteers accurately represent RVA Rope, so we do ask that anyone volunteering for this role meet the requirements and complete the tasks below:
Official Greeters for Rope Bite or Special Events
If you’d like to be an “official greeter,” either for our regular meetings or for our special events, we are always looking for more people able to greet new members, answer their questions, and help them feel welcomed.
Obviously, we want to make sure that our greeters accurately represent RVA Rope, so we do ask that anyone volunteering for this role meet the requirements and complete the tasks below:
Official Safety Monitors (DMs) for Rope Bite or Special Events
We are always in need of people willing to help with monitoring our open rope events to ensure the safety of all of our participants. We greatly appreciate anyone willing to offer their services in this way and take on this responsibility.
As this role requires a verified level of skill, we ask that all volunteers for this position meet the requirements and complete the tasks below:
Service Tops for Special Events
We hold a few events throughout the year that involve providing “rope topping services” to attendees of these events. It’s important to note that many attendees will not be members of the local rope community and may have no knowledge of or experience with rope. Due to this variety, it is important that our service tops are able to show good judgment in determining the type of rope interaction that will be appropriate by accurately assessing previous knowledge and experience, clearly explaining relevant risks, effectively leading negotiation appropriate to the interaction, and practicing careful adherence to our consent policies.
The difficulty and associated risk of this task varies depending on the type of service topping expected. For example: service topping for simple decorative or light bondage ties is less involved and carries less risk than servicing for pain or varying levels of suspension.
Due to the variety of these demands, we ask that all volunteers for this position meet the requirements and complete the tasks below, though the type of service topping desired will change the depth or degree of some of these requirements:
Guest Presenters for Rope Bite or Special Events
We are always looking for others to help with leading exploration of a variety of topics at our events. (Please note: we do not typically host performances or demonstrations; our focus is on skillshare, education, and community development.)
All experience levels are welcome in our general skillshare events (such as open practice). In addition, you do not necessarily need to be very experienced in rope in order to present on a topic at Rope Bite. For example, you may have a lot of experience with yoga and flexibility training, but little rope experience. However, you could still lead a topic on gaining flexibility for rope. As another example, you may enjoy decorative ties but have little experience with other types of rope. However, you could still lead a topic on learning a decorative tie that you’re familiar with. There are many other possible examples.
What we focus on in selecting a guest presenter is primarily that they have some experience with the topic they are presenting (the more involved or complex the topic, the more experience and depth of knowledge we would expect) and that there are no clear violations of our Core Values or policies of which we are aware.
TAs for Rope Bite, Special Events, or Rope Study
We occasionally need teaching assistants (TAs) for Rope Bite, but more often, this role is required for Rope Study courses and workshops. While all participants are welcomed and encourage to help each other out in their learning, we are speaking here of official, designated TAs.
We expect TAs to be very familiar with the material they will be assisting. We may also ask TAs to meet with the primary instructor(s) beforehand to review important details. (In addition, TAs are expected to follow and assist the instructor, not teach their own topics, diverge from or undermine the instructor, or otherwise abuse their position.)
TAs are selected based on the following criteria:
Teachers for Rope Study Courses and/or Workshops
In order to take a position as a lead instructor for Rope Study, we must find evidence of a high level of agreement with the overall vision and philosophy of Rope Study, a firm commitment to and embodiment of our Core Values and policies, and highly effective teaching skills. This requires a fairly high and long-standing commitment to Rope Study and a thorough understanding of the foundational curriculum and principles.
Service to the RVA Rope community by being a member of the board is a commitment that requires a good deal of time, energy, and responsibility. We are deeply grateful to anyone willing to make those sacrifices on behalf of the local community.
The RVA Rope Board attempts to maintain a board that consists of between 5 and 7 members (with a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 10 members). New board members are added by majority vote of existing board members based on the criteria below.
Common activities and needs of the RVA Rope Board include (but are not limited to):
- Coordinating with venues and other groups
- Planning, organizing, and running events (from regular Rope Bite meetings to special events to workshops and intensives)
- Coordinating with and scheduling guest presenters
- Community outreach and coordinating volunteers
- Addressing community concerns and consent incidents, both online, through messages, and in person
- Developing new policies and deliberating on the best ways to enact existing policies
Please note that your skill or lack thereof in rope (top, bottom, switch, self-tying, or other) is not a defining qualification. We look mainly for your passion for rope and the rope community and your adherence to our Core Values.