Volunteers at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival are the backbone of our festival. Have you got the skeletal fortitude to be part of our crew? 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!
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and are expected to work twelve hours for a 4-day pass, or six hours for a 1-day pass. These shifts can be divided in several ways (four hour blocks, two hour blocks etc.)
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.
Volunteers who sign up for take-down work, and will be completing their shifts after the festival has ended, will be asked to provide more information to the festival, such as drivers license and plate number, which will then be shredded once they have completed their duties.
Please note that the volunteer ticket does not include camping fees: $15/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
This involves a real strong backbone. 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 reasonably good physical condition and 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 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, not to mention at times a bucket load of patience. You will work under the guidance of the Gate Captain and sell tickets to festival attendees, as well as check and verify names of people who bought their tickets online. Ticket Sales volunteers also dispense and attach wristbands to paid guests, and answer general questions. You may also be pulled to work at the Free Gate, checking in bands, volunteers, vendors, guests, and all kinds of other people that may or may not actually be on “the list”. You will be trained and supervised by a senior volunteer at this position, as it requires organizational and people skills. This job requires attention to detail and a clear head in a fast paced and strenuous work environment.
m Bathroom detail
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.
q Security & Parking
You need to be in better shape than the average shuffle board player. Security volunteers must have good manners and ask the same of attendees. Work under the Security Captain you will enforce no smoking, no alcoholic beverages, and no loud talking in the concert area. Patrol festival grounds; enforce good neighbor policy. Notify staff or front gate if any safety issues arise. Try to assist festival attendees; if you can’t answer a question or provide assistance, direct or guide festivalgoer to front gate for assistance. Refer complaints to Staff or front gate, and, if needed call staff security or the medic to come assist you. Please indicate if you are an insomniac and willing to do the ever popular 9pm to 3am shift.
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.