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.


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 Volunteering FAQ or contact the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.


AO3 Documentation Editor

Do you have a passion for good documentation? Are you a writer with an eye for technical details? If so, then consider joining Docs!

AO3 Documentation is the committee that writes and updates AO3 FAQs, tutorials, and more. We’re looking for people who love the Archive of Our Own and who have experience relevant to writing and proofreading user help documentation. If that sounds like you, then follow the link for more information and apply today!

Applications will close on 12 October 2022 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications

Click here to learn more about the position and apply!

Tag Wrangling Volunteer

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! To join us, click through to the job description and fill in our application form. There will also be a short questionnaire that will help us assess whether you have the skills and attributes that will lead to your success in this role.

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.

Wranglers need to be fluent in English, but we welcome applicants who are also fluent in other languages, especially af Soomaali (Somali), Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), Español (Spanish), Filipino, Italiano (Italian), Polski (Polish), Português, Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), ไทย (Thai) and 中文 (Chinese – we welcome all dialects) — but help with other languages would be much appreciated!

Applications will close on 12 October 2022 at 23:59 UTC or after 115 applications

Click here to learn more about the position and apply!

Tag Wrangling (Spanish) Volunteer

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 Bakugou Katsuki/Todoroki Shouto romance, James Potter/Lily Evans Potter with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you’re a fluent Spanish speaker who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and fill in our application form. There will also be a short questionnaire that will help us assess whether you have the skills and attributes that will lead to your success in this role.

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 Spanish (we welcome all dialects!). The work will involve both regular Tag Wrangling work and translating tags from Spanish into English.

Applications will close on 12 October 2022 at 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications

Click here to learn more about the position and apply!

TWC Proofreader

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics that seeks to promote dialogue between the academic community and fan communities. Proofreaders carefully proofread the final online HTML-tagged manuscripts for online publication according to Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17, Merriam-Webster online, and the TWC style guide. Editorial standards are those of a university press. Applicants are required to pass a brief test. All returned tests will be assessed and the applicant provided with feedback.

Applications will close on 12 October 2022 at 23:59 UTC

Click here to learn more about the position and apply!

TWC Copyeditor

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics that seeks to promote dialogue between the academic community and fan communities. Copyeditors professionally copyedit submissions for TWC according to Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17, Merriam-Webster online, and the TWC style guide. Editorial standards are those of a university press. Applicants are required to pass a brief test. All returned tests will be assessed and the applicant provided with feedback.

Applications will close on 12 October 2022 at 23:59 UTC

Click here to learn more about the position and apply!