The most valuable donation is your time.
Each year the Festival recruits, trains and depends upon more than 1,500 volunteers to make the whole event happen. While mostly from Talbot County, some even travel from across the country simply for the fun of volunteering at our annual event. Festival planning and preparations go on year round, so volunteers are always needed for a multitude of tasks. More than 60 volunteer committee chairs invest hours of their time coordinating Festival details and they, in turn, depend on hundreds of others to help get things done. Volunteer opportunities are large and small, easy and hard. If you are looking for a way to serve the community and the Festival – and have a lot of fun, too! – we welcome you to join us.
2017 Volunteer and Chairmen Opportunities!
BUY, SWAP and SELL CHAIRMAN
We are looking for a Volunteer Chairman for the Buy, Swap and Sell location. This person helps recruit and choose vendors, assists with coordinating volunteers for set-up and clean up, and otherwise helps our “sportsmen’s bazaar” go off without a hitch! There will be minor duties year round until the Festival, where you will be needed at the least Thursday through Sunday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES CHAIRMAN
The Children’s Activities Chairman leads the Children’s Decoy Painting at the middle school on Saturday and Sunday morning from approximately 10:30 to 12:00 with around 30 kids per session while being assisted by Ducksitter volunteers. Pre-Festival duties include ordering supplies and organizing the priming of the decoys.
What in the world is a “Ducksitter?” Ducksitter is our very own youth volunteer program and at times are the bodies behind the mascots that walk through town! A variety of job assignments are available at close to every venue and are age appropriate for volunteers from Middle School to High School.
Besides getting service learning hours in in a fun and festive environment, another perk to being a Ducksitter volunteer is that it is one of the primary criteria for the William A. Perry Scholarship fund, scholarships given by Waterfowl Chesapeake that invest in the education of the Festival’s youth volunteers.
Please specify the Ducksitter’s school and age when inquiring.
FESTIVAL SHOPPE CHAIRMAN
Our Festival Shoppe Chairman has duties both in the summer and the days before and during the Festival! They work in the summer to review and purchase repeat items from established vendors as well as introducing any new items. They assist with assembling volunteers for both the Armory and Middle School locations, set up of display the day prior, and may help during the Festival. In the days following, breakdown and inventory must also be done.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CO-CHAIRMAN
Our middle school location, which houses the Artisan’s Gifts and Workshop, is looking to add a co-chair to their team to assist with the review and recruitment of exhibitors, Children’s Activities, and other aspects of the location in the months prior to the Festival, as well as set up, during the festival, and for breakdown.
The Security Chairman is in charge of coordinating volunteers, volunteer organizations, and Easton Police Department to keep a watchful eye on exhibits during the off-hours of the festival. Much of this coordination is done the weeks prior to the festival, and during the festival the Security chairman will need to be on call.
SET UP CREW
Some of our venues make everyday buildings into art exhibit halls, and to do that, it takes a small army. This year we are recruiting specifically for folks who can help us with before and after Festival setup which begins the Sunday prior to and throughout the week, to the Sunday evening of the Festival. Set up crew should be able to lift up to 40 pounds as well have general “handyperson” skills as some displays must be drilled or screwed. Persons in the set up crew will be placed on a special list and contacted with dates and times for these opportunities as the Festival setup week approaches.
The chairman helps form a volunteer committee that maintains the Waterfowl Festival warehouse and its contents on a year-round basis. The chair performs needed maintenance and repair of the equipment or budgeting to replace items as needed.
Also needed, WATERFOWL COMMISSION MEMBER
The Waterfowl Commission is a town appointed committee made up of a mix of residents, business owners, and Waterfowl Board members. The purpose of this committee is to “protect the health, comfort and convenience of the citizens of the Town of Easton,” during the festival and focuses primarily on reviewing food vendor and charitable organization applications for approval and placement. The Commission also plans to review and revise the ordinance next year. Continuous duties throughout the year.