Lights, Camera, Auction!
WPT Auction is our biggest volunteer event of the year. With the help of more than 800 enthusiastic volunteers, WPT will auction off more than 4,000 items on live television. Whether you enjoy the excitement and energy of being on camera or prefer to help out behind the scenes, we have the perfect job waiting for you!
Your Gift of Time Makes a Difference
In 2012, WPT raised more than $260,000 making it possible to provide quality programs, educational activities and community outreach initiatives across the state.
What types of Auction Jobs are Available?
Pre-Auction Volunteer opportunities
Farmer's Market Auction Ambassador: Promote Auction at Wisconsin Public Television's Farmer's Market Booth. Volunteers will hand out promotional materials, answer basic questions about Auction and encourage participation in the free prize drawing. Available on May 25 only.
Set Assembly: Work in teams to assemble bid boards, set up phone bank, put together display carts, lay flooring and set up Volunteer Café and Pick Up & Pay areas. Available on May 18 only.
Set Detailing: Work in teams to place the finishing touches to the Auction set. Duties include painting the phone bank and bid boards, hanging signs, setting out supplies and laying directional tape on the floor. Available on May 25 only.
Warehouse Assembly: Work in teams to assemble and set up warehouse shelving. Attach wall panels to shelves and move Auction merchandise into newly completed warehouse. Available on April 13 only.
During Auction may 29 - june 2, 2013
Bid Filer: Assemble incoming bid packets, sort numerically and file chronologically into appropriate storage unit.
Bid Qualifier: Contact viewers that placed bids on the Auction website. Verify bid information, explain bidding process and let callers know the day and time their item will auctioned on air.
Bid Runner: Collect bids from the phone bank and distribute to the bid sorters behind the set. Take completed bid packets to the confirmation area. Kids 10 and older may participate.
Bid Runner Captain: Train and supervise bid runner team. Work with volunteers to ensure bids are quickly and efficiently transferred to the item boards and confirmation area. *New captain training will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm.
Bid Sorter: Sort bids by item and amount with earliest high bid on top. Place paperwork into a confirmation packet and give to a bid runner.
Board Captain: Track bids on the Auction board using information relayed from the phone bank and the bid sorters. Update bids quickly and efficiently, star overbids, and assist with setting up new boards. *New captain training will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm.
Café Server: Prepare and serve refreshments, snacks and a meal to volunteers and staff.
Confirmation Call Team: Call winning bidder of auction items, verify bidder information, inform winner of options for picking up and paying for item and complete information on bid slip.
Data Entry: Enter data from bid packets into Auction software program.
Display Designer: Set up and arrange Auction merchandise for attractive on-camera display. Create identification cards to clearly distinguish each item for potential bidders.
Merchandise Mover: Retrieve items from Auction warehouse and deliver to display design team. Move finished carts to on-camera location, set up item boards, tear down carts, and carefully return items to the warehouse.
Phone Bank: Answer calls from viewers interested in bidding on an Auction item. Identify item on the board and record bid details and contact information on a slip.
Phone Bank Captain: Work with volunteers to make sure bids are recorded quickly, accurately and legibly. Relay high bids to the boards and turn completed slips over to the bid runners. *New captain training will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm.
Pick Up and Pay Cashier: Greet customers, confirm winning items, and process their transaction.
Pick Up and Pay Runner: Retrieve Auction items from warehouse, confirm purchases with customer, and hand to winning bidder.
What types of shifts are available?
Weeknights or weekends, we have plenty of options available for you:
Wed. 5/29-Fri. 5/31
Exact times may vary depending on position; check our online registration for more information.
What type of time commitment is involved?
Shifts are approximately three to five hours, and include training and refreshments.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?*
Auction is a fun and exciting volunteer experience for the whole family. We have positions available for kids as young as 10.
*The minimum age to volunteer at the phone bank is 16.