Volunteer

About volunteering for the OTW

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) runs on the talent and energy of volunteers from all over the world. Together, we manage projects to support fans and fandom.

If you’d like to join us, you’re in the right place! You can find open roles below. Browse the listings and apply for roles that match your skills and interests. If you do not see positions listed, we are not currently recruiting. Watch OTW News outlets for updates.

You may also consider sharing your experiences on Fanlore, the OTW’s fandom preservation wiki.

The OTW’s Code of Conduct applies to all volunteers. For further questions, see our Volunteering FAQ or contact the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.


We are currently recruiting for:

Open Doors Committee Staff
Are you interested in the rescue and preservation of fanworks? Enjoy coordinating projects and liaising with people? Still guiltily–or not so guiltily–love the first fanwork that opened your eyes to fandom?
Open Doors is a committee dedicated to preserving fanworks in their many native formats, and is looking for staffers to support this goal. The work we do preserves fan history, love, and dedication to fandom: we keep online archives from going down, divert fanzines from the trash, and more.

If you’re interested, click through to the Open Doors staff application for a fuller description of what we’re looking for and the time commitment.

Applications are due 25 January 2017 UTC

Translation Committee Volunteer
If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you’re fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!
Translation volunteers help make the OTW and its projects accessible to a wider global audience. We work on translating content by the OTW and its projects from English to other languages, such as site pages, news posts, AO3 FAQs and AO3 Support emails. (However, we do not translate fanworks.)
We really need volunteers who speak Arabic, Croatian, Japanese, Latvian, Marathi, Romanian, Serbian, Vietnamese and Welsh—but help with other languages would be much appreciated.
(Please note that our Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)
Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process. More information about us can be found on the Translation Committee Page.


Click through to the Translation volunteer application.

Applications are due 25 January 2017 UTC

TWC Committee – Proofreader Volunteer:
Transformative Works and Cultures is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics, promoting dialogue between the academic community and fan communities.

Proofreaders carefully proofread final online HTML-tagged manuscripts for online publication, using Chicago 16, Webster 11, and TWC’s style sheet.

If you want to know more, click through to the TWC Proofreader Volunteer application.
Applications are due 25 January 2017 UTC