Join the Ossipee Valley Family!
Do you have a volunteering spirit? Have you always loved the festival, and want to get to know the community more? Are you looking for a FREE ticket??
Join the CREW!
Our 60+ person volunteer army is the backbone of the festival. We have jobs for all skill-sets and ages 18+
Visit the FAQ dropdown below for more information and description of jobs.
- Volunteers must be 18 or older
- Volunteers must be friendly!
- Volunteers should indicate their availability on their application, and must be able to perform tasks as required during their available window. We kindly ask that you let us know within 30 days of the event if your availability changes.
- Volunteers must be able to work under the supervision of the Shift Leader (Staff).
- Volunteers must be able to work 12 hours (four day pass) or four hours (1 day pass).
Volunteers receive a free ticket to the festival and a voucher to use towards any item on our merch table (t-shirts, hats, etc). Plus-lots of gratitude and love!Pre and post festival volunteers also receive on meal per day.
- Recycling & Trash: This is a well-loved and down and dirty position. We are looking for slingers who can lift heavy 50 gallon bags of trash and recycling, do not mind getting a bit smelly, and care about recycling and sustainability. Our team sorts trash and recycling, and is always looking for folks who can get up early (5am), or who can stay and help with the big cleanup Sunday-Tuesday after the festival.
- Getting the Word Out: This involves hanging posters (Portland & surrounding area, Boston and Amherst and surrounding area), sharing social media posts, and recruiting other volunteers. This can count for only one of your three shifts.
- Pre and Post Festival: This position requires being available either the week before, week of (Sun-Wed), or week after the festival. We will determine which days you are available and give you assignments (you do not have to be available all days). We especially appreciate folks who have carpentry experience, a truck, their own tool sets, and can lift 50lbs with no concern.
- Front Gate This position requires you to be on your feet during your whole shift, you will also receive training from the shift supervisor and be required to be responsible handling cash. Front gate members are most often people who have attended the festival before and have some familiarity with the event.
- Volunteer Gate Volunteer Gate workers manage the check in for volunteers, vendors, band members, guests and members of the press. This is a sitting job, but one which requires learning policies and managing paperwork.
- Bathrooms This job does not include cleaning the restrooms. However you will be responsible for restocking soap, toilet paper, paper towels, emptying trash, and reporting any necessary cleanup to staff.
- Merch This job can be a sitting or standing position, and you are within view of the Main Stage! You will work under the shift supervisior to organize, pack and unpack, and display artist and festival merch. It does not include handling money unless you have worked at the event several times and have graduated to Shift Supervisor.
- Security This position requires being on your feet-we have professional staff on hand to solve any security issues, we ask volunteers to roam the grounds and observe, enforcing rules such as keeping bikes out of the concert area, and reporting any significant issues to our security team (attendee without wristband, car stuck in mud, etc).
- Campsite Coordinator The campground coordinator will work under the supervision of the parking staff to assist campers in finding and correctly positioning vehicles within campsites and RV sites, as well as help enforce campground rules.
Please indicate which jobs you are most interested in on your application (below). We cannot guarantee shift assignments or times, but we will try! Applying early gives you a better chance of getting the shifts you want, as they are assigned on a rolling basis.
Yes! You can volunteer for 4 hours for a 1-day pass. Please indicate which day you are coming. We are less likely to be able to give shift time preference for a 1-day pass.
We are especially in need of:
- Folks with carpentry experience to help with setup and breakdown.
- Help with break-down in general--it takes us a full week after the festival to clean up!
- Volunteers that can receive training the week before the event to work at more complicated positions such as the Front Gate, Volunteer Gate, and Merch Tent.
- General festival camping costs include: pre and post festival camping (both tents and RVs), and hookup fees (RVs) during the event. Tent camping is free during the event.
- RV hookup fees (both pre-fest and during fest) are not included in volunteer tickets, you will pay for these at the gate.
- Pre/post festival camping fees for tenting campers are included ONLY for pre/post festival volunteers. If you arrive early and you are not part of the pre-fest crew, you will need to pay the extra pre-camping fee.
String campers are pretty busy during camp, so we do not suggest volunteering during the pre-festival week if you are attending camp (these things overlap).
However--you are more than welcome to receive a discount of $150 on your string camp ticket by volunteering during the festival! You may also apply for a needs-based scholarship to camp if needed.
Yeah, it's fun! Our bartenders are pretty great. Bartenders must have previous serving experience, experience using Square POS, must be TIPS certified, and have work references for being responsible handling cash. If this is you, let us know! Shifts are very limited as this is a popular position. Bartenders earn tips in addition to their volunteer ticket.
Great! We are currently looking for regional and local community members to join our non-profit board. You can read more about the North Atlantic Arts Alliance here. We are also looking to fill several staff positions for those looking for a bit more responsibility during the event. Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org