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Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1) (Greater Spokane Area)

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Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1) (Greater Spokane Area)

More details: https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/detail/role-playing-game-master-level-i-trainee-volunteer-gm1-greater-spokane-area-207

Become an exceptional role-playing game master through our exceptional proven training programs, and then help us deliver role-playing game sessions for the communities we serve!

Commitment of 4-8 hours hours per week (4 hours training, then twice per month providing 2-4 hours giving back to the community as a facilitator, player, GM, or other roles in our other sessions to help train others, or in helping with approved community programs).

Training can be online from anywhere in the world (we have nearly 200 volunteers across 6 continents), but for this role you must be able to come to the greater Spokane Area at least twice per month.

Application, Training, & Participation Process

  1. Read about the role, responsibilities, requirements, and commitments on this page: https://www.rpgresearch.com/jobs/detail/role-playing-game-master-level-i-trainee-volunteer-gm1-207
  2. Click the Apply Now button.
  3. Complete and send the application form
  4. Respond to confirmation email verifying your understanding this is an unpaid volunteer position.
  5. Confirm interview appointment (typically 2 to 8+ weeks after application.
  6. Pass interview(s).
  7. Accept verbal offer.
  8. Accept and sign our Codes of Conduct and Attribution Agreement documents.
  9. Accept email/written offer.
  10. Select and commit to training schedule.
  11. Select and commit to "give back to the community" schedule.)
  12. Purchase the training workbook (physical printed version recommended to help you track your training progress).
  13. Attend training and other sessions each week/month.
  14. Complete 18 Player Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  15. Complete 18 GM Training Sessions (also take tests and other requisites if going for training diploma).
  16. Participate in at least 2 other sessions per month (helping give back to the community) to help with training others, community programs, or research projects, when able.

After sufficient training, completing the 18-36 week training program (at least level 1 diploma), if you wish to run a recreational/community RPG program in your area, we ask you to sign and agree to following our codes of conduct for running programs in your area, and to give full attribution to RPG Research where applicable.

Training Overview

  • Attend weekly training (4 hours per session).
  • Complete all requirements for our Level 1 RPG Trainee Diploma (18 to 36 sessions training program).
  • Purchase and use Level 1 RPG Trainee Workbook to track your training progress.
  • Act as player to help train other game masters, at least once per month.
  • Act as Game Master to run session training other volunteers, at least once per month.
  • "Give back to the community" - act as facilitator and/or GM to run programs for community, event, research, or other programs, at least twice per month.

Additional training information

  • Learning Options: https://rpgresearch.com/learning-options
  • Learning Pathways: https://rpgresearch.com/learning-pathways
  • Level 1 RPG Trainee 18 Week Training Program Overview: https://rpgresearch.com/rpg-trainee-1

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Run tabletop RPG sessions at various locations and/or online
  • Facilitate 1-6 players per session.
  • Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including Code of Conduct.
  • Complete assessment forms when appropriate.
  • Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  • Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  • Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  • Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (4 hours)
  • Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  • Strongly self-motivated
  • Strong collaborative work ethic
  • Reliable schedule compliance


  • Must pass background check before allowed to work with participants outside of RPG Research training labs, or handle sensitive data (usually completed within 90 days of active participation, RPG Research covers the cost of the background check).
  • Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident, warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.

Optional but helpful:

  • Experienced theatrical acting skills
  • Effective voice acting skills
  • Background in education
  • Background in therapeutic disciplines

*RPG Formats included in our programs and training:

  • tabletop (RPG)
  • live-action (LRPG & LARP)
  • electronic (ERPG & CRPG)
  • hybrids (HRPG, including SABM)

Core Competencies (will train):

  • Organizational skills
  • Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  • Storytelling skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  • "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  • Passionate supportive energy

Working Conditions

  • Online and/or in-person sessions, typically ranging between 2-5 hours (including setup and tear-down).
  • Most training sessions are recorded and/or broadcast live over the Internet (must agree to these terms for all game masters).
  • Game Master may be asked to participate in a variety of locations including but not limited to:
  • RPG Research studio(s)
  • RPG Research offices
  • RPG Bus
  • RPG Trailers
  • Online
  • Conventions
  • Libraries
  • Parks
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Remote work
  • And other locations


  • As with all positions at RPG Research, this is an unpaid Volunteer position with no financial compensation.
  • Extensive free training that costs thousands of dollars at other organizations.

Job Types:

  • Volunteer, Part-time, Temporary, Internship, unpaid.
  • Salary: $0 USD

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1312 N MONRE ST STE 114, SPOKANE, WA 99201, US

Mission Statement

1) Clearly establish, through rigorous science the effects of: music & all role-playing game (RPG) formats: TRPG, LRPG, ERPG, & HRPG. Significant emphasis is placed on contributing to the body of causal research information. 2) Using multidisciplinary research, evidence-based & theory-based approaches, we assess, design, develop, implement & evaluate programs using music & RPG formats as intervention modalities for participants to achieve their recreational, educational, professional, & therapeutic goals. 3) Based on funding, staffing, & resources, RPG Research provides services to individuals, population groups, & communities where they benefit most from our programs, & advocate for accessibility & inclusiveness, especially those in under-served & un-served areas. 4) Whenever legally & ethically possible, all research information freely & openly shared with the public to help further advance the global body of knowledge & overall improve the experience of the human condition.


We improve lives around the world through research & community programs using the power of accessible & inclusive music & role-playing games (RPG). Multidisciplinary sources setting standards for safety & accessibility, training people worldwide.
RPG Research is an international 501(c)3 non-profit human services charitable organization with volunteers across 5 continents.
Working with RPGs since '77, & researching their effects since '83. Educational & therapeutic use of RPGs since '85. Open online research repository since '04.
Incorporated in 2017.
In 2018 we had 10 regular volunteers.
As of March 2020 we hit over #120!
We partner with many other organizations too!
RPG Fleet of wheelchair accessible mobile facilities, providing neurodiverse friendly, comfortable, environmentally controlled, mobile music & tabletop RPG rooms across the USA to under-served & un-served locations for those that benefit most!
We provide over 80 programs at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN, July 29 to August 2, for neurodiversity, visually impaired/blind, Deaf & hard-of-hearing, ages 5 through senior adults & everything in between.
Our multidisciplinary research-supported programs draw from therapeutic recreation, music, neuroscience, psychology, & other knowledge domains. Our community programs help people achieve educational, recreational, & therapeutic goals, measurably improving quality of life.
Our annual International RPG Researchers Conference July 10-12.


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Children & Youth, Community, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Spokane, WA 99202



  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Storytelling


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per week plus additional 2-4 hours twice per month.
  • Able to attend online remote training once per week (broadband connection with microphone and webcam), and able to attend in-person at community center twice per month.

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