Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ

Q: How long are shifts?

A: Shifts are generally 4 to 4.5 hours long depending on the position. You get the benefits of volunteering with just one shift. However if you would like to be extra amazing & impactful, you are welcome to sign up for more than one

Q: We want to volunteer as a group. Is that ok?

A: We love having people volunteer together, please email the Volunteer Director [Here] (link to contact page) for reserving group spots.

Q: I'm not able to create an account or sign-up for a shift.

A: Please contact the Volunteer Director here and let us know where you ran into trouble.

Q: I am disabled or have special needs, can I still volunteer?

A: Diversity makes us great, we will work with you to find a job that fits. Please contact the Volunteer Director. [Here] (link to contact page)

Q: I'm under 18. What's the process for volunteering?

A: Volunteers who are under 18 can sign up for shifts as normal, but will need a parent or guardian to sign the volunteer waiver for them to bring when they check-in. If you are between 10-16 then a parent or guardian will need to volunteer with you during your shift.

Q: Where is the volunteer handbook or minor waiver?

A: These each are posted your city's volunteer page about 2 months away from a festival and are also sent to the email you used to register with.

Volunteer Descriptions

Q: What's the Breakdown shift about?

A.Breakdown consists of assisting Green Festival staff with breaking down the box office, food court, lounges, signage, stores, green team and other show management areas of the festival on Sunday evening. A large part of breakdown is assisting with the Green Team and ensuring that we reach our sustainability goals. Helping lifting can be involved. Thank you for helping us after the festival is over!




Q: What's the Bookstore shift about?

A.Volunteers will assist the bookstore staff with security, stocking of books, sorting of donated books, and book signings. Customer service skills are important!



Q: What's the Miscellaneous Helpers shift about?

A.Are you flexible and willing to help with anything? Volunteers scheduled as miscellaneous will assist Green Festival staff where needed, and must be very flexible and ready to do anything! Please be prepared to fill in wherever we need volunteers at the time.

Q: What's the Green Kid's Zone shift about?

A.Volunteers working in the Green Kid’s Zone should enjoy working with children and helping facilitate the kid’s programming and activities as needed. Come prepared to have fun!

Q: What's the Green Festival Store shift about?

A.Volunteers working in the Green Festival store will assist with selling Green Festival merchandise, such as t-shirts, bags, canteens and other merchandise to attendees. Volunteers will also provide security to the store space. Customer service skills and retail experience are a must.


Q: What's the Green Team Resource Recovery shift about?

A.Green Team resource recovery volunteers will help solely with our back of house sorting efforts in the evenings. Volunteers will assist by sorting through compost, recycling, and landfill bags to ensure that there is no contamination amongst resources and that all items that can be diverted from the landfill and being either recycled, reused, or composted.This process is highly important in ensuring our waste recovery standards and lessening our impact on the environment from the Green Festival. It is a hands-on position, very rewarding and is typically very fun!

Q: What's 'the Green Team shift about?

A.Green Team volunteers will assist the Green Festival in maximizing its sustainability goals, by diverting as much waste from the landfill as possible. Volunteers will ensure that attendees deposit their landfill waste/compost/recycling in the proper cans at the Resource Recovery Stations located throughout the event hall. Three bins are included at resource recovery stations (recycling, compost and landfill). Each bin is clearly labeled, but volunteers further ensure that items are places in the appropriate bins in order to reduce cross contamination. Volunteers will be expected to educate attendees on the greening efforts at Green Festivals, and will explain to our attendees our use of bioware and why we use it. Some Green Team volunteers will also be in charge of Resource Recovery pickup, and the sorting of recyclable/compostable materials. This is a rewarding and fun position! You will get your hands dirty, so be prepared! ***As a Green Team volunteer, you may be working outside! Please come prepared if it is cold or raining and bring appropriate clothing so you are comfortable. Close-toed shoes that are slip resistant are necessary.

Q: What's the Beer and Wine Garden shift about?

A.Volunteers working here will make sure that people with alcohol do not leave the Beer Garden and that the Beer and Wine Garden is kept clean throughout the event. Volunteers may also assist with running the cash register and pouring of beverages. Beer and Wine Garden volunteers will report to the Beer and Wine Garden Manager. YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO VOLUNTEER IN THE BEER AND WINE GARDEN.

Q: What's the Bike Valet shift about?

A.Volunteers will be working with the Bike Valet Coordinator to manage the bike valet operation and safeguarding bikes throughout the event. Volunteers will tag each bike and store it in the bike valet area. Volunteers will also maintain a secure and clean bike valet area.

Q: What's the Global Exchange Store shift about?

A.Volunteers will assist the store with sales, security, folding and organizing, and stocking. Retail experience is necessary, and willingness to interface with customers, and organizational and layout skills are helpful. If you’re good at folding clothes and selling merchandise-sign up for this position!

Q: What's the Green America Booth shift about?

A.Volunteers working in the Green America booth will assist Green America staff with greeting and educating visitors to the booth about the organization’s mission. Volunteers must be friendly, ideally knowledgeable about Green America.

Q: What's the Partner Lounge shift about?

A.Volunteers will greet partners in the lounge, keep the lounge area stocked with snack and beverages, and may assist with dropping partner materials in different areas of the event.

Q: What's the Volunteer Registration shift about?

A.Volunteers working in volunteer registration will assist with handing out volunteer t-shirts, stocking, making sure volunteers sign the volunteer waiver, and running the volunteer coat check in the volunteer lounge. Volunteers may also run er