Specialty Coffee Association


April 10th - 11th, 2019

Thank you for expressing an interest in being a Barista at the 2019 Re:co Symposium being held at the Boston Park Plaza.

Re:co Symposium has always been known for its exceptional coffee service. Conceived and operated by the Barista Guild, coffees are specially selected, prepared and served by a talented group of our industry’s finest representatives: our team of experienced and talented baristas!

This year’s concept will focus on the idea of great service, and interpreting what that means for different communities, different baristas and different coffees. We’re building a bar that will empower each barista to have full ownership over their service styles, the menu, the recipes, the layout and the conversations.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2019 at 12:00pm PST.


Please read the responsibilities below to make sure you are able to fulfill this volunteer commitment before completing the application.

To be considered, you will need to meet the following requirements:

- Be an active Barista Guild Member (BGA or BGE is also eligible).
- Be available to work both days, show up ready to serve in any capacity needed, and have a positive customer service attitude.
- A strong Barista background and education/SCA Barista Certifications is a plus.

This year there will be 4-6 coffee service stations, each manned by a team of Baristas (1 Lead Barista and 2 Baristas for each shift). Selected Baristas will be part of a team that consists of 2 Lead Baristas and 4 Baristas. Each Barista on the team will be assigned to one shift on Wednesday, April 10th and one shift on Thursday, April 11th. Indicate below if you would like to be considered for a Lead Barista and/or Barista position.

- All selected Baristas will be asked to attend a mandatory training webinar in March and to respond to all communications in a timely manner.
- Baristas should plan to arrive in Boston in time to participate in the Practice session on Tuesday, April 9th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Boston Park Plaza.


All baristas who volunteer their time and talents to a successful coffee service during Re:co Symposium will receive the following benefits:

- Hours worked will count towards the minimum hours needed to earn a complimentary 3-Day Expo Volunteer Badge. (Minimum hours for SCA members are 12 if registered on or before February 14th and 16 hours if registered on February 15th or after.) Click here for more information.
- Baristas will be allowed to enter the Lounge area to watch the Live Stream of the presentations when they are not scheduled for a shift.

Questions? Email volunteers@sca.coffee.
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Your information

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)
First Name/Given Name *
Last Name/Surname/Family Name *
Phone number *
Company Name *
Title / Position *
What is your Membership Status? *
Country *
Languages Spoken other than English
Are you currently working as a Barista in a Cafe? *
How many total years experience do you have as a Barista? *
Which positions are you applying for? *

Please tell us about your Barista experience and why you should be chosen for this position. *
What areas do you feel most comfortable working? Check all that apply. *

Check all of the SCA Coffee Skills Certifications and SCAA Certifications you have earned.

Check all AST Licenses you currently hold.

Re:co Symposium Coffee service occurs on both Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th. Baristas are asked to attend a Mandatory Online Webinar in March, and an onsite Practice Session on Tuesday, January 9th.
Please let us know your availability below by selecting ALL shifts you are available to work. Times may vary slightly. *

DRESS CODE: Business Casual dress is required for both men and women. No t-shirts, logo's, ripped or dirty jeans, or open toe'd shoes. Ladies should wear tights or leggings with skirts. Be pressed and professional, but not stuffy and uncomfortable. *
Confirm that you understand that by submitting this form, you are NOT automatically scheduled as a Barista for Re:co Symposium. If selected for this position you will be notified by email the first part of March 2019. *
By completing this application and being selected as a Barista at the 2019 Re:co Symposium, I understand that SCA staff and the Coffee Service Manager Volunteers will contact me by, but not limited to email and phone in regards to my volunteer position. *
In preparation for the event we would like to create conversations between the Barista Teams. In order to do this we need your permission to share your email with other volunteer Baristas. Do you give SCA permission to share your email address? *
Do you give the SCA Staff and Lead Volunteers (Re:co Coffee Service Managers, Barista Leads, & Lead Volunteers in the Volunteer Lounge) permission to text you during the event regarding your volunteer commitment. *
Would you like to receive messages from the SCA related to future volunteer opportunities? *


2019 Specialty Coffee Expo and/or Re:co Symposium

Specialty Coffee Expo - Boston, Massachusetts
April 11 - 14 April, 2019

The purpose of this document is to set forth the terms under which you agree to serve as a volunteer at the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo and/or Re:co Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts.


I understand and agree that:

1. There is no guarantee that SCA can provide me with the time slots needed to earn the minimum number of volunteer hours required to earn a complimentary 3-Day Expo Volunteer Badge. There are a limited number of volunteer slots and most of these slots are filled on a first come basis until all slots are filled.

2. In order to receive credit for the slots worked, I am required to check in at the Volunteer Lounge in Boston prior to my first shift AND sign in & out for each individual shift on the day of the shift.

3. When I select a volunteer slot I am committing to work the entire time period indicated for the slot. Volunteer hours for a time slot cannot be divided between two or more volunteers.

4. The minimum number of volunteer hours is as follows: SCA Members: 12 hours if registered on or before February 14th; 16 hours if registered on February 15th or after. Non-Members: 16 hours if registered on or before February 14th; 20 hours if registered on February 15th or after.

5. Volunteers who meet the minimum number of hours required will earn a 3-Day Expo Volunteer Badge which includes access to the Exhibit Hall during attendee hours, Lectures and World Competitions(WBC & WBrC). These credit hours will not apply to any other Badge,ticketed event or Courses/Workshops.

6. Volunteer credit (a) has no cash value, (b) is not transferable to another person, and (c) can only be applied to one Expo Volunteer Badge at the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.

7. Cancellation Policy: If my plans change and I won't be attending the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo and/or Re:co Symposium I will need to cancel prior to March 22, 2019 in order to avoid having my credit card charged. (To cancel send written notification to volunteers@sca.coffee. Include your confirmation email and your specific request for cancellation.)

8. If I miss a shift during the Specialty Coffee Expo, I will contact Theresa at volunteers@sca.coffee to schedule a replacement shift. There is no guarantee that another shift will be available to make up the missed hours.

9. If I fail to cancel prior to March 22, 2019 as per the instructions above, and do not fulfill my volunteer commitment and earn the needed hours for the credit, my credit card will be charged the full price of the 3-Day Expo Badge based on the price at the time I registered.


Thank you for taking part in this event hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association. We hope your experience will be enjoyable, educational, and enable you to network and grow with fellow members. In order to provide you with the best possible experience, we have prepared this Release of Liability, Indemnity, and Code of Conduct ("Release"). Please read this document in full and confirm that you understand the document by placing your signature where indicated.

In consideration of being permitted to attend and participate in this event, as a participant, volunteer or host, the undersigned certifies to and agrees with SCA as follows:


AGE. I am at least 18 years of age.

EQUIPMENT AND DANGER. I understand that coffee roasting, coffee brewing and other equipment may be operated at the event and that such equipment may cause injury to myself or others. If I operate such equipment at the event, I certify that (a) I am experienced and knowledgeable in the safe operation of all such equipment; and (b) I will, at all times operate the equipment and conduct myself with due care and with consideration for the safety of others.

RELEASE AND INDEMNITY. By participating in the event and executing this Release, I release SCA and its officers, directors, employees, members and agents (the "Released Parties") from any and all liability for any injury, loss, or damage arising out of or in connection with my participation in the event (other than the gross negligence or wilful misconduct of the Released Parties)

I further agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from and against any liability for any injury, loss, damage, cost or expense arising out of or in connection with my negligence or misconduct at or in connection with the event.

REPRODUCTION OF IMAGES. DVD/CD/Video Tape Recording, Photography, Printed Material. I do hereby agree to allow SCA and its affiliates, vendors and the media to use the reproduction of my likeness, work product(s), and/or presentations for distribution in both printed and digital matter. I understand that SCA has the right to make copies of such materials to make available for sale and to retain the proceeds from the sale of such. I also understand that I will not be compensated and that I may not be notified of each use.

GOVERNING LAW; ARBITRATION. This Release will be governed by, and its provisions enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without regard to its principles of conflicts of laws. In the event a material dispute arises under this Release, such dispute shall be submitted to arbitration and resolved by a single arbitrator (who is a lawyer) in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. All such arbitration shall be confidential and shall take place at an office of the American Arbitration Association located in Orange County, California. Each party is entitled to depose one fact witness and any expert witness retained by the other party and to conduct such other discovery as the arbitrator deems appropriate. The arbitrator has no authority to award punitive or exemplary damages. The award or decision rendered by the arbitrator shall be final, binding and conclusive and judgment may be entered upon such award by any court. If the preceding provisions of this paragraph are unenforceable under the applicable law of the event venue ("Venue"), then this Release will be governed by, and its provisions enforced in accordance with, the laws of the location of the Venue, without regard to its principles of conflicts of laws, and in the event a material dispute arises under this Release, such dispute shall be submitted to arbitration and resolved by a single arbitrator under the arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") at an ICC tribunal in the national capital of the Venue, with the same restrictions on discovery and punitive or exemplary damages as provided above.

SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Release or its application shall be invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be reformed so as to preserve the parties' intent to the greatest extent possible, failing which, such provision shall be severed from this Agreement, and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Release constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the undersigned and SCA with respect to its subject matter and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications between the parties.

MODIFICATION. This Release may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated only by an instrument in writing, signed by the participant and SCA.

COMPETITORS. If I am a competitor, I have read, understand and will comply with all of the published rules of my competitive event.

CLASS INSTRUCTORS. If I am a class instructor, I understand that I am required to teach the class based on the SCA curriculum and standards. I understand and acknowledge that the primary intent of my volunteer responsibility is educational, and I agree not to promote my company's products or services in any volunteer position I hold. If I am a lead instructor, station instructor, peer observer, or shadow, I also understand that I am required to participate in the Online Rehearsal for each of the different classes I will be instructing, observing or shadowing.

HOSTS. By participating as a host for the event, I release the SCA and its officers, directors, employees, members and agents. Host further agrees to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from and against any liability for any injury, loss, damage, cost or expense arising out of, or in connection with the Host's negligence or misconduct at or in connection with the event.

When SCA arranges for transportation, accommodations, or participation in the event, once a reservation is made and payment is tendered for the reservation, should the trip participant elect to subsequently cancel their participation, regardless of the amount of notice given, no refund will be given, except at the discretion of the SCA or according to advertised refund policies. SCA reserves the right to cancel any event at any time before travel departure; in such case all payments received
will be refunded. In any event of cancellation, whether by the participant or SCA, SCA is not responsible for costs or losses associated with the purchase of non-refundable, advance purchase airline tickets.

CHANGES IN SCHEDULE. If I am a volunteer, I understand that the published volunteer schedule contains the intended events and corresponding shifts. SCA assumes no responsibility for cancellation or delay of any event/shift and expressly reserves the right to cancel, advance, postpone, reschedule or substitute any scheduled event/shift without prior notice.

I understand that SCA maintains a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, violent behavior, and sexually offensive behavior or actions. This includes, but it not limited to: harassment toward another individual on the basis of gender, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, creed, race, color, national origin, medical condition, genetic disorder, physical or mental disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation; physical or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; bullying, stalking; use of physical force; behavior that creates a disturbance or is dangerous, including lewd or generally offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; and obscene gestures. If I violate this policy, either in person or online, I may be removed from the event without refund and may be banned from future SCA events.

I understand that SCA has taken steps to make it easier to report instances of offensive behavior. I understand that it is very important to SCA that, if I experience any form of harassment, I can and should report it immediately. I understand that SCA cannot address anything that it is not made aware of, and that SCA needs whatever detail can be provided, such as names or other descriptive information.

If you experience or witness harassment, threatening behavior, or other inappropriate conduct, you are strongly encouraged to promptly find the nearest SCA staff member for assistance. If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please call 911 (in the U.S.) or the applicable emergency phone number for the venue.

- SCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of the event.
- No firearms or other weapons are ever allowed inside of SCA events.
- Illegal drugs are never allowed inside of SCA events.
- Alcohol may be served or be otherwise available at SCA events; but disorderly conduct is never allowed.
- Attendees doing wilful damage to SCA event property will be required to financially reimburse SCA or the venue.
- We reserve the right to remove you from the event if you violate this Code of Conduct.
- If you are taking photographs of attendees, please respect those that do not wish to be photographed or recorded by asking permission to take pictures.

I acknowledge that if I violate any of the conduct rules in this Release during the event, I may be removed from the event for a specific amount of time or the duration of the event and may also be barred from future events. If I break the law, I will be subject to reporting to the proper law enforcement authorities.

By signing below, I confirm that I have read and understood this release of liability, indemnity, and code of conduct and guarantee that I will abide by the rules of the event.