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Volunteers at Hillside Stage

Volunteer Opportunities at MerleFest

Thanks for wanting to be a MerleFest volunteer! As a volunteer you will receive free entry to the festival for the entire day of your shift. More importantly, you will be supporting a major fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. The benefits from this festival to our students and community are too many to list! In other words…you ROCK!

Below are the many different areas for our volunteers. You can list your top 3 choices in the Volunteer Application, so be sure to read what each area is all about!

Americana Stage Usher

Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, etc. Assist with keeping aisles clear. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Creekside Stage Usher

Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, etc. Assist with keeping aisles clear. Requires standing for periods of time. May require standing on uneven surfaces. This job may be in full sun.

Dance Stage Usher

Keep dance floor clear of backpacks and strollers, seat audience members, etc. May require standing for periods of time.

Hillside Stage Usher

Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, straightening chairs, etc. Assist with keeping aisles clear. Requires standing for periods of time. May require standing on uneven surfaces. This job may be in full sun.

Mayes Pit Stage Usher

Assist stage manager as needed to ensure that fire code regulations are followed, ensure that people do not block aisles or doorways, cleaning up trash, etc. Requires standing for periods of time.

Traditional Stage Usher

Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, straightening chairs, etc. Assist with keeping aisles clear. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Walker Center Stage Usher

Ensure that fire code regulations are followed by monitoring doorways. Access is limited once auditorium is filled. Ensure people do not block aisles or doorways. Do not allow food or beverages into the auditorium. Provide general information to attendee. Monitor restrooms and call custodians as needed. Requires standing for periods of time.

Watson Stage Usher/Audience Information

Answer questions and assist as necessary before 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., ask those without reserved seating wristbands to move to the general seating area and help those with reserved seating wristbands find their seats. Control access from 5 p.m. to the end of each evening’s performance. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Hospitality Hayes Hall

Set up and maintain meals, snacks and beverages for Hayes Hall meal area and for delivery per schedule to other locations. Volunteers check meal cards for access to 2nd floor dining area. Hospitality volunteers must wear either a hat, hairnet, or hair restraint if handling food. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts are allowed. No sandals or open-toe shoes.

Raffle

Sell MerleFest raffle tickets. Work with the silent auction, ensuring that all monies are accurate and that tickets, funds, and items are secure at all times.

Little Pickers Family Area

Assist with securing area around activities and games, assist with numerous sign-ups and other assignments as necessary. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Food Vendor Trailer

Maintain security for goods stored in trailers - no one to enter unless they are with the MerleFest food supplier or a designated MerleFest food vendor. This job requires heavy lifting and may be in full sun.

Perimeter Security

Provides various wristband checks and security in areas presenting minor security risks, assist with traffic control, etc. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

RV Campground

Assist RV owners with parking vehicles as needed, ensure that vehicles are parked correctly and that any vehicle which is temporarily brought in for transfer of items is moved within a reasonable period of time. Other duties as needed. This job may be in full sun.

Stage Crew

Assist stage manager and audio engineers as needed with production once the festival has begun including, but not limited to, load-in and load-out of band gear on and off the stage. There will be heavy lifting involved - volunteers should be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes; NO sandals. Stage crew relief volunteers are also required to wear closed toe shoes. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun for extended periods of time.

Surveys

Mingle with crowds and do one-on-one surveys. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Flattop’s Getaway Hospitality

Assist Flattop’s staff with checking volunteers in and out.

Relief

Assist as needed if a volunteer does not show up for their shift or if something unexpected arises. You will be required to remain at Flattop’s Getaway tent for the entire shift if not called to work at a site. Bring a book or other means of passing the time. Locations may be in full sun.