Volunteers at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival are the backbone of our festival. It’s a great way to make lifelong friends! Please fill out the form above–please note that it works better on computers than on smartphones–please also note that you must choose three types of jobs, do not leave the form blank! NEW IN 2022: You may also email our volunteer coordinator Caitlin, at email@example.com. We generally do not fill up on volunteer slots, we always need help, so if you have received a confirmation email from us, it means you are on the list, and we will get back to you for scheduling!
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and are expected to work twelve hours for a 4-day pass (value of $175), or six hours for a 1-day pass (value of $60). We are also always looking for folks to help with setup and cleanup!
Please fill out the form above with your top three preference areas noted. Let us know your availability and any strengths that will help us place you in the right position.
Assignments, duties and hours are subject to last minute change based on the needs of the festival.
Volunteers must arrive two hours before their first assigned shift, check in and fill out their paperwork at the volunteer gate.
Please note that the volunteer ticket does not include camping fees: $25/night for RV hookups and $25/night pre-festival camping (tent camping during the festival is free).
We need your help in the following areas
k RECYCLING! Global Awareness Local Action
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS IN THIS AREA! Want to make a difference? Volunteer to be part of our tireless recycling crew headed by the team at GALA (Global Awareness, Local Action) their shifts consist of removing trash and recycling from the designated bins and sorting it, to make sure that recycling isn’t going in the trash, and trash isn’t going in the recycling! Each year they reduce our trash by 4 bags for every 5 bags sorted. That means that 1. They are awesome! 2. They need help 3. Even if you don’t choose this job, please think about where you put your waste!
i Getting the word out
If you’re handy with a push pin or staple gun this is the job for you. Send us your mailing address and the amount of flyers and posters you can distribute and the area you will be distributing in and we’ll send you a parcel of work to do. This equals 4 hours of festival volunteer time. You will be required to send us a nice picture of you posting flyers as proof of your work! (feel free to make it as creative or goofy as possible!) You will be required to complete eight hours (4-day pass) or 2 hours (1-day pass) at the festival as well.
We are only looking for folks that can cover these areas:
-Portland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Saco & Biddeford, Kennebunkport
-Conway & North Conway
-Jamaica Plain, and areas surrounding NE Conservatory & Berklee
-Berklee & NE Conservatory Campus
-USM, Farmington & SMCC campuses
l Setup and breakdown
Do you like free pizza, swimming and not working during the festival? This is for you! There are many types of work to do in setup and breakdown. Some of them involve actual carpentry and construction, but a lot of them involve simple things like putting things into or taking them out of boxes, putting up signs, putting stakes in the ground, stringing twinkle lights, etc. The grounds are transformed in just a week. This job involves setting up, and taking down the stages, tables, signs, setting out and picking up trash cans, etc. Requirements are availability the week before and a few days after the Festival. Breakdown starts Sunday night and must be completed by Wednesday morning after the festival. There’s always some amount of free pizza and swimming involved during this time! This is a perfect job for people who want to simply enjoy the festival, and have hands on skills with lifting and building stuff, or the ability to clean and organize things into boxes.
j Front gate & Volunteer Gate
This involves being on the front line with lots of sparkly personality a sense of fun. You will work under the guidance of the Gate Captain and sell tickets to festival attendees and put wristbands on folks as they come through the gate. You may also be pulled to work at the Free Gate, checking in bands, volunteers, vendors, and guests. You will be trained and supervised by a senior volunteer at this position, as it requires organizational and people skills. The free gate involves sitting down, while the front gate involves walking back and forth from cars to the cash register.
m Bathroom detail-FULL 2019
Don’t worry, this is just a re-stocking job! Spot check toilets for cleanliness and toilet paper & paper towell supply. Spot check showers, and alert our cleaning staff to any serious messes. You will also check the portapotties and re-stock if necessary. Again a great sense of humor is needed and you will earn the debt and gratitude of all at the fairgrounds. This job is a bit different than most–rather than work for 4 hours straight, you will be assigned 6 shifts during one day to “make the rounds” with a pull cart.
o CD sales
You will work under the guidance of the Merch Coordinator and sell CDs and merchandise for bands as they are performing on stage. This is a very important revenue source for the bands, and it includes presenting yourself to the band managers in a professional manner, handling their CDs, and handling money.
We are always looking for helping hands here! We have a dedicated security team that takes care of bigger issues and walks the grounds at night–what we need volunteers for is patrolling the grounds and enforcing rules: no smoking or bikes in certain areas, keeping your voice down in the concert area, answering people’s questions (you’ll have an FAQ sheet to study!), locating a workshop location on the map. If an issue arises, you call the festival staff! The only requirement is to be on your feet for four hours at a time.
This involves pointing and smiling, and saying ‘welcome to Ossipee!” You’ll need a sun hat, and a bottle of water, you will get lines of cars started in straight lines in the field, and direct people towards overflow parking when needed.
OSSIPEE VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES
All OVMF volunteers must sign in at the front gate. ID Badges must be worn at all times in full view. Security volunteers must wear STAFF t-shirts.
Volunteers represent the festival and as such, are required to remain free of the influence of illegal drugs, inhalants or alcohol while performing volunteer work. Volunteers must not report for duty while under the influence of any drug or alcoholic substance. Violation of this policy will result in immediate discharge from the volunteer program and from the festival grounds.
Safety at OVMF is a top priority. All accidents are preventable. OVMF volunteers are responsible for their safety, the safety of their fellow volunteers and attendees. All injuries or accidents must be reported directly to staff.
- Report ON TIME.
- Strive for kindness, generosity, maturity, friendliness, honesty, civility and respect when dealing with everyone you meet.
- No rudeness, ridiculing, aggressive behavior, disrespectful language or acting irresponsibly.
- Make your best effort to help festival patrons. They are the reason we are here and they are paying to enjoy the music and the friendliest festival in the country.
- Wear suitable clothing, reasonably clean.
- Maintain excellent housekeeping, help remove rubbish and leave area clean for the next shift.
- If you have complaints, issues and/or questions about any volunteer’s actions or decisions, please take it up privately with that person. Loud complaints in front of patrons about the festival or its staff does not solve the issue, nor does it enhance the reputation of the festival as a laid back, family friendly environment.
On behalf of the festival staff, we hope that you have a great experience. We appreciate your hard work.