Be a Volunteer

The success of the Festival stems from the hard work and hospitality offered by our corps of dedicated volunteers.  We invite you to join the team!

Each year we recruit, train and depend 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 small to large, easy to extensive- but always much appreciated!

Check out the descriptions of our various volunteer offerings below and then complete the online Volunteer Sign Up Form here!  Not sure where your best fit is? Call our office at 410.822.4567 or email Leslie Milby at lmilby@waterfowlchesapeake.org.


2017 Volunteer and Chairmen Opportunities!


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 lmilby@waterfowlchesapeake.org if you are interested!


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 to help us get ready before the event and at almost every Festival venue during the Nov 10-12 weekend.  Tasks 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.

Sign up for a shift here!


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.


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.


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.