Volunteer On The Slope

On Slope Day, approximately 800 volunteers are needed to assist in the operations on and around Libe Slope. Without this help, Slope Day simply would not happen. There are two types (Level 1 and Level 2) of Slope Day Volunteers, who help out both on and off the Slope in a variety of ways.

Want to help plan Slope Day volunteering? Email slopeday@cornell.edu!


Volunteers are not expected to be police officers! If you decide to be a volunteer, here are some of the things that you will be asked to do during a typical shift:

  • Watch for people in need of medical attention and request assistance from CU EMS if necessary.
  • Keep sidewalks open for CU EMS personnel.
  • Encourage participants to eat food and consume non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Ask participants to stop behavior that could hurt themselves or others.
  • Assist with activities on the Slope and at Slope Fest on Ho Plaza.
  • Distribute water.
  • Help provide a safe, clean, and fun Slope Day.
  • Have a good time!

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

  1. Be part of Cornell’s oldest and greatest tradition.
  2. Everyone you know will be there.
  3. Build your resume.
  4. Experience the alcohol-free magic of SlopeFest.
  5. Meet new and exciting people.
  6. Free coffee to keep you caffeinated.
  7. Get to know CU Police … in a good way.
  8. Get in your service hours while having fun.
  9. You’ll get a free Slope Day T-Shirt and water bottle!
  10. A chance to win some great prizes.

Types of Volunteers

Level 1: Students

Volunteers will work at least one 2 hour shift. These volunteers will mostly be on the Slope encouraging attendees to eat and drink, distributing water, picking up litter, and watching out for people in need of medical attention. Other volunteers will work SlopeFest on Ho Plaza manning a number of different attractions. Students who work all day will receive free meal tickets. All volunteers are entered into a raffle for gift cards to local restaurants and businesses.

Graduate Students:

If you put in a quality and hardworking shift as a student volunteer (Level 1), we will waive your admissions fee. Please ensure you receive a confirmation email so we can issue you a ticket. You will need this ticket to pick up a wristband.

Register as a student volunteer!

Level 2: Staff and Faculty Only

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to provide support and care for your fellow Cornellians. Your job will be to support a safe, relaxing and enjoyable event for everyone. Whether you have volunteered in the past or not, please consider joining us, volunteers significantly contribute to the success of this event.

Things to know:

  • You can select from a variety of volunteer duties.
  • The length of the commitment depends upon the position you choose.
  • All staff and faculty volunteers need to complete the online form and attend a 2-hour training session
  • At the end the registration form, there is information about being a volunteer from the perspective of HR and payroll

Pay practices for Slope Day

  • For staff members who volunteer: A supervisor must approve a staff member’s request to be released from regular duties in order to be re-assigned as a volunteer at Slope Day. Given the re-assignment, hours spent at Slope Day that coincide with the staff member’s regularly scheduled work hours will be considered time worked and should be recorded in Workday as “Regular” time. Hours spent volunteering at Slope Day that fall outside of scheduled work hours (and thus are not a re-assignment of duties) are unpaid and do not need to be recorded in Workday.
  • For staff members required to work: Nonexempt staff members who are required to work the Slope Day event must be paid for all hours worked during the event, even if such hours do not coincide with their regularly scheduled work hours. Such time should be recorded in Workday as “Regular” time. If you are unsure whether your assignment at Slope Day is a voluntary one (see above paragraph), or a required assignment, please contact either your supervisor or your college/unit Human Resources representative for clarification. If additional information is needed, you may contact the Division of Human Resources at 255-6894.
  • For exempt staff members: Exempt staff members who provide assistance during Slope Day in either capacity above will receive their usual compensation.

Questions about pay practices? Contact Lauran Jacoby, lj14@cornell.edu, 607-255-6894

Register as a staff volunteer!

Questions? Email slopeday@cornell.edu.