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 Terms of Service (including the Privacy Policy) and OTW’s Code of Conduct apply to all volunteers. Volunteers must also consent to be bound by the Terms of Service for the OTW projects they are volunteering for (e.g. AO3 Terms of Service, Fanlore Terms of Service). Volunteers will need to choose a unique name to volunteer under in accordance with the OTW Name Policy.

Please note that the OTW can only accept volunteering applications from people aged 16 years and over. Specific roles and committees may have required qualifications that limit participation to people 18 years of age or older.

For further questions, see our Volunteering FAQ or contact the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.


Fanlore Social Media & Outreach Staff
Do you have an interest in fandom history, or in fannish culture and the different tropes, ships, communities and viewpoints that make up fandom? Are you interested in social media, community management or outreach? The Fanlore committee is recruiting for Social Media & Outreach volunteers!

Fanlore Social Media & Outreach volunteers are responsible for managing Fanlore’s social media outlets and planning their content, brainstorming ways to reach new editors and promote fandom history, and running Fanlore’s various editing challenges.
No extensive experience required—only reliability, teamwork, good communication skills, and an interest in fandom and Fanlore in particular. Join us!

Read the Position Description and Apply!
Applications are due Wednesday 20 January 23:59 UTC


Tag Wrangling Volunteers
The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to connect and sort the tags on AO3! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán with ABO Dynamics, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling!

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. For this role, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only, which will change each recruitment round. Please see the application for which fandoms are in need.

While all wranglers need to be fluent in English, we welcome applicants who are also fluent in other languages, especially Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), Chinuk Wawa, Čeština (Czech), Español (Spanish), Filipino (Filipino), Italiano (Italian), Português brasileiro (Brazilian Portuguese), Suomi (Finnish), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), Русский (Russian), فارسی (Persian), हिन्दी (Hindi), ไทย (Thai), 中文 (Chinese), 日本語 (Japanese) and 한국어 (Korean).

This role has reached the application limit for this round and has now closed. Please follow our social media for future openings.


Tag Wrangling (Russian) Volunteers
The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to connect and sort the tags on AO3! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Roque Alva/Richard Oakdell romance, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you’re a fluent Russian speaker who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling!

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. We’re currently looking for applicants who are fluent in both English and Russian. The work will involve both regular Tag Wrangling work and translating tags from Russian into English.

Read the Position Description and Apply!
Applications are due Wednesday 20 January 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications


Volunteers & Recruiting Staff
Volunteers & Recruiting staff guide and manage services, policies, recruitment and volunteer management for the entire organization; compose and maintain organization policy and training documentation; and communicate with other committees and workgroups in the Organization for Transformation Works on matters related to organization tools and staffing needs. Volunteers & Recruiting staff also serve as a neutral party for personnel-related issues.

Read the Position Description and Apply!
Applications are due Wednesday 20 January 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications.