Volunteering is not only critical to the success of the BGA events and educational programs, it’s one of the best ways to share your talents and begin to connect with your local community and build relationships within the industry.

Volunteers help onsite at events, instruct students in the BGA professional development program, and represent the BGA within their local communities. As a volunteer, you can help the Barista Guild of America continue to grow.

If you’re ready to take an active role in the Barista Guild, volunteering is one of the best places to begin.  You can start by reviewing some volunteering opportunities listed below or reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Renee Espinoza – she’ll help you get started and point you towards upcoming opportunities that will be right for you.

  • Theresa Maguire
    Volunteers Coordinator        Email | 562.999.3184

Volunteer Opportunities:

(Listed in best order for first-time volunteers)


Okado_Japan3Regional Barista Competitions

Never volunteered before?  Start here.

Regional Barista Competitions rely heavily on volunteer participation for critical positions such as Bussers, Timekeepers, Station Maintenance support and Scorekeepers.  If you have ever thought about competing, volunteering is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes.

Register to Volunteer

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bw latteThe Annual SCAA Exposition, The Event

The Event wouldn’t be “The Event” without the dedication of our Volunteers. Each year it takes hundreds volunteer coffee professionals to fill numerous support positions including Skill Building Workshops, Room Hosts and Porters just to name a few. A Volunteer’s time and talents don’t go unrewarded; the SCAA offers a reward program to compensate them for their contribution. Points are awarded for each position a Volunteers assists with. If enough points are earned,  the Volunteer will be provided with a complimentary 3-day Trade Show and Activities Hall registration badge.

How the point system works

Position descriptions

Full Exposition volunteering details

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9United States Barista Championship

Best for experienced volunteers.

The USBC is national competition where the top finalists from the Regional Competitions vie for the United States Barista Championship title.  This winner then moves on to represent the United States at the World Barista Championship.  The format is the same as our RBCs and also relies heavily on volunteer participation.

Download the Position Description Sheet

Register to Volunteer

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barista guildBarista Camp

Best for experienced volunteers.

The majority of volunteer positions at Barista Camp are focused on instruction.  Volunteer Lead Instructors and Station Instructors are needed to teach our BGA Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates curriculum.  All Instructors must hold the SCAA Lead Instructor Credential.  Level 2 instructors must also hold a Level 1 Certificate to instruct.

Learn more about becoming an SCAA Lead Instructor

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