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Volunteer Opportunities at MerleFest

Thanks for wanting to be a MerleFest volunteer! The volunteer application will open for MerleFest 2020 on October 1, 2019. 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!

Usher – Americana Stage

Assist stage manager as needed with straightening chairs, trash cleanup, keeping aisle’s clear and assisting guests. Requires standing for periods of time. These jobs may be in full sun. 

Usher – Creekside Stage

Assist stage manager as needed daily with straightening chairs, trash cleanup, keeping aisle’s clear, and assisting guests. Requires standing for periods of time. These jobs may be in full sun.

Usher – Dance Stage

Assist stage manager as needed daily with handicapped individuals, straightening chairs, trash cleanup, etc. Assist with keeping aisle’s clear. Requires standing for periods of time. Keep Dance Stage floor clear of backpacks, strollers, sitting audience members, etc.

Usher – Hillside Stage

Assist stage manager as needed daily with handicapped individuals, straightening chairs, trash cleanup, etc. Assist with keeping aisle’s clear. Requires standing for periods of time. May require standing on uneven surfaces. These jobs may be in full sun.

Usher – Mayes Pit

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

Usher – Traditional Stage

Assist stage manager as needed daily with straightening chairs, trash cleanup, assisting guests when needed and keeping aisle’s clear. Requires standing for periods of time.

Usher – Walker Center

Ensure that fire code regulations are followed by monitoring doorways. Access is limited once auditorium is filled. Ask people not to 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.

Usher – Watson Stage

Answer questions and assist as necessary before the evening meal break. After the evening break ask those without reserved seating wristbands to move to general seating area to allow seating of those with reserved seating wristbands. Control access of entry after the evening break to only guests with reserved seating for the evening’s performance. Requires standing for periods of time. This job may be in full sun.

Usher – Plaza Stage

Assist stage manager as needed with straightening chairs, trash cleanup, assisting guests when needed, and keeping aisle’s clear. Requires standing for periods of time.

Raffle

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

Little Pickers

Assist with securing area around activities and games, assist with numerous sign-ups and other assignments as necessary. This job requires working with children and being in full sun.

Food Vendor Trailer

Maintain security for food in trailer – no one is to enter unless they represent 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. This job may be in full sun. Requires standing for periods of time.

RV Campground

Assist RV owners with parking vehicles as needed, ensure that vehicles are parked correctly, and that vehicles that are temporarily brought in for transfer of items are moved within a reasonable period of time. Perform 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

Approach paying guests to request a one-on-one survey. This job may be in full sun and requires walking and standing for periods of time.

Artist Restroom

Control access to Artist Restroom backstage on Watson Stage.

Relief

This is a ‘work where needed’ position. If additional volunteers are needed on festival grounds you will be sent to that area. If you have not been called out to help on the festival grounds you will be released after 3 hours. You will be required to remain at Flattop’s getaway for the entire shift if not called to work on festival grounds. Bring a book or other means of passing the time. Locations may require working in full sun.

Front Gate Parking

Assist registered customers with appropriate parking tag in finding a parking space.

Museum Attendant

Monitor museum during open hours. 

Nancy’s Gate

Monitor gate to only allow those guests with appropriate wristband access into the backstage area.

Photo Platform

Assist stage manager as needed daily with photographers and guest. This job may be in full sun and requires standing for periods of time. 

School Day Check-In

Check in school children from the correct school list. 

Hospitality

Assist with set up, serve and maintain meals, snacks, and beverages. Volunteers must wear a hat, hairnet, or hair restraint when handling food. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts are allowed. No sandals or open-toe shoes. Shorts are permitted as long as they are knee length. If requirements are not met, the volunteer will be reassigned.