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Volunteering for Auction

May 31 - June 08, 2018 | Wisconsin Public Television


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!

Benefits of Volunteering

Why Volunteer?

  • A fun and easy way to give back to the community.
  • Show your support for public broadcasting.
  • Meet new people and network.
  • Enjoy tasty food donated by local businesses.
  • Earn service hours for your school or club.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes peek at live television production.

Auction Jobs

What type of Auction Jobs are Available?

Did you know that it takes more than 800 volunteers to produce a successful auction?  Join us for some bidding, friends, and fun!

Seated Jobs

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.

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.

Online Bids Team: Transfer paper bids from phone bank into the WPT auction website for Art, Tonight, and Showcase Boards. Verify bid amount and key in bidder information and bids accurately and quickly.

Phone Bank - Auction: 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.

Pick-Up and Pay Cashier: Greet customers, confirm winning items, and process their transaction. Thank bidders for their support of Auction. New computer software will be used for 2016. Must be comfortable learning and using new software.

Non Seated Jobs

The jobs listed below involve standing or walking.

Bid Filer: Assemble incoming bid packets, sort numerically and file chronologically into appropriate storage unit.

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. Hand out soda and water to volunteers.

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.

Cafe Server: Prepare and serve refreshments, snacks and a meal to volunteers and staff. Maintain a clean work space.

Cafe Server - Food Prep: Prepare Cafe area before volunteers arrive for live broadcast. Maintain a clean work space.

Display Designer: Set up and arrange Auction merchandise for attractive on-camera display. Create identification cards to clearly distinguish each item for potential bidders.

Floater Auction: Volunteers will be given a job assignment to fill openings due to cancellations, unfilled positions and other staffing needs.

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 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.

Pick-Up and Pay Runner: Retrieve Auction items from warehouse, confirm purchases with customer, hand to winning bidder and thank them for their support.

Auction Location

When and where is Auction held?

The 2018 Auction takes place Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 at the WPT Studios in Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. After the Auction is over, Pick Up and Pay continues to be open Monday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 6.

Auction Parking Options
Google Map to Vilas Hall
Auction Website

Auction FAQ

Current Auction Volunteers

Download our Information Sheet for additional details about volunteering.

What types of shifts are available?

Weeknights or weekends, we have plenty of options available for you:

Thursday, May 31 (Live Broadcast)
6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Friday, June 1 (Live Broadcast)
6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 2 (Live Broadcast)
3:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
6:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
9:15 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 3 (Live Broadcast)
3:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
6:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.*Showcase

Monday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 6 (Pick Up and Pay)
10:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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.

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