Great Blue Heron Festival Volunteers

Join the Blue Heron Volunteer Crew

Our GOAL is to have a well-organized, clean, safe, fun festival. To do this we need 700+ volunteers who want to help create a foundation for love & peace to flourish.

What we give you:

  • Your weekend ticket
  • A way to FEEL GOOD for helping the Heron
  • A chance to widen your circle of Heron friends
  • Early entry on Thursday

What you give us:

  • Twelve hours during fest, or fifteen hours pre or post fest
    (Many crew members give lots more hours than required); we appreciate this immensely!
  • Your commitment to support your crew & be present when scheduled

Check back in mid February for the volunteer form


Volunteer Crew Descriptions

Great Blue Heron Ticketing Volunteers

Tickets

If you’re an experienced money handler, come help us greet our guests. We’re proud of how efficiently our gates run, and it does take “high functioning folks” to handle the fast pace and make correct change while they’re doing it! Most everyone loves this job though, because people are so excited to be finally arriving for the festival.

Great Blue Heron Security Volunteers

Security

This crew helps keep the peace, check wristbands and ensure the safety of our guests. We work around-the-clock, so let us know if you are a night owl or an early bird. We hire a professional crew to handle the tough stuff and support our efforts, so having previous security training or certification is not necessary. “Show your wristband!” is our mantra.

Parking

Help move them in and move them out. Be friendly and show them where to park or camp. It’s pretty easy. We need more dependable people for Saturday and Sunday shifts and possibly an additional shift captain for those days.

Great Blue Heron First Aid Volunteers

First Aid

If you are certified in First Aid, Nursing, or EMT, or if you have experience in first aid, please apply. This is an around-the-clock crew working out of our First Aid building. The Sherman Fire Department supports our volunteer crew when needed. We appreciate everyone’s help making the festival site safe for all attendees, especially our young ones.

Great Blue Heron Beach Volunteers

Beach

Certified Life Guards make up the volunteer part of this crew, though we can use some “beach helpers” (16 year old minimum), with Basic First Aid and CPR training. Keeping our families safe at the waterfront is a very important task!

HQ & Info Center

We are looking for festival veterans for HQ; people familiar with the workings of the festival and property. This crew is busy for about 10 days, including pre and post fest responsibilities, and we’d like to find a few new people willing to work more than 12 hours. We handle the phones, cart & radio equipment, tool room inventory and Lost & Found. Let us know if you are a good sign maker.

Recycling

We keep the festival clean and beautiful by setting up and maintaining recycling stations, sorting and packing returnables, & grooming the grounds. Rainbow Recycling headquarters is near the main stage so you can always enjoy the music! We’re looking for dependable overnighters and post-fest workers

Great Blue Heron Hospitality Volunteers

Hospitality

Hospitality has two parts including food/beverage and Stagehands.  Folks with experience in food prep, serving and clean-up, please apply for Hospitality/food. We especially appreciate volunteers who can see what needs to be done to keep the backstage areas clean and looking good without being told. For Stagehands, we need people with skills around stages and productions. You need to be capable of carrying heavy/expensive equipment, carefully. Listening skills, teamwork, and boots are essential to applying for this position. This position is available only during the 3 days of music production for a total of 12 hours.

Great Blue Heron Performer Liaison Volunteers

Performer Liaison

Volunteer positions are available as Performer Liaisons. Liaison volunteers help load equipment in & out, tend to the needs of our artists, and transport them to and from stages. This volunteer crew commits to 3 full days. There is some down time during shows, but you must watch the clock and show up as needed, no matter what. You also need to be able to lift many heavy objects and have fun while doing it! We strive to make our artists happy and comfortable, so we get the BEST possible show for our patrons!

Farm to Fest Kitchen

The Heron’s food vending crew serves up tasty burgers, burritos and more to our hungry crowds. The menu includes items that serve products from the farm including our very own grass fed beef. The crew has jobs that include chopping produce (prepping), stocking supplies (runner), dishwashing, running the register, burrito making and cooking burgers on a flattop grill.

Great Blue Heron Beer Garden Volunteers

Beer & Cider Garden

Our new beer garden crew needs beer and cider servers that are New York State TIP Certified. Certification can be provided. Must be over 21 and experience serving alcohol is a plus.

Great Blue Heron Cafe Volunteers

Cafe

These folks sell coffee, tea, soda, fresh pizza and homemade goodies at the Tiger Maple Stage in the woods. Cash register experience is useful. Late night people and early risers appreciated here!

Great Blue Heron Festival Drum Circle Volunteers

Fire Circle

This site is located in the heart of the woods. The crew provides a fun and safe space for guests to dance and drum around an artistically built fire. We require crew members to be experienced around large fires. The crew works three overnight shifts during the Festival.

Great Blue Heron Merch Booth Volunteers

Merch Booth

Merch booth would like a few highly responsible new people who have retail and cash register skills. Our products include the band’s CDs and merch and the official Blue Heron tee shirts, hats, etc., plus ice and water. We have the best location possible to work and listen to music at the same time.

Great Blue Heron Teen Tent Volunteers

Teen Tent

We’re looking for energetic and creative volunteers to hang with our lively teen population. You must be at least 25 years old for this crew. We offer lots of games and craft projects for our young people and need volunteers to be involved and facilitate these. Our Saturday night beach party needs adult supervision, too.

Great Blue Heron Kids Tent Volunteers

Kids Tent

Those of you who love the little ones and have teaching, art, or craft experience would enjoy this crew. We are always looking for new projects and project leaders for our 400+ festival goers under the age of 12.

Great Blue Heron Volunteer Coordinators

Volunteer Coordination

We need people who have office skills and who are able to schedule and process volunteer applications in May and June!  At festival time, this crew is out at the gates checking people in. On festival Sunday and Monday, we are doing refunds.  If you have good people skills and love to see The Heron well organized, this is the crew for you.

Site Crew (During Fest)

Works to troubleshoot problems that arise on the land and fixes anything and everything. There aren’t many openings on this crew. This Crew does 12 hours as you work during the Festival, each crew member does 2 – six hour shifts during the festival, covering days and nights.


Spring, Set-up, & Post-Fest Crews

(15 hours required, split between 2 or more days)

Spring Work Crew

This Crew does repairs, projects, firewood,mowing, weed whacking, chipping brush, office work etc. Assistance with farm/garden chores with Green Heron Growers, our organic farm, may also be needed. Please call the office to talk about your skills and availability. There aren’t many openings on this crew.

Set-up Crew

Begins on the Saturday before the fest. Tasks include staking & flagging the parking lots, snow fencing, laying the dance floor, and moving all sorts of things into place. Also needed is Pre-Kitchen crew, HQ/Office support and help with our Kids Camp. Again, please call the office, because there aren’t many openings on this crew.

Site Crew During Fest

Works to troubleshoot problems that arise on the land and fixes anything and everything. There aren’t many openings on this crew. This Crew does 12 hours as you work during the Festival, each crew member does 2 – six hour shifts during the festival, covering days and nights.

Post-fest Crew

Takes it all down and puts it all away. We need hard workers who are willing to stay (or return) for a day or two and get the land back in shape. Shifts are also available on the weekends following the festival. There ARE openings for this crew, but please do not sign up unless you have the time to fulfill the 15 hour commitment Monday into Tuesday post-fest.

Volunteers make a Happy Heron for everyone!