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!

Below are the opportunities we could still use help with for 2018– Check in with us next year for more opportunities, from Security to Art Helpers to Wine pouring and more!  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.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2018


Our Bus Guides put those in Disney World to shame! Ride our toasty buses and let our guests know about our town & what they can expect at each exhibit stop. Cheat sheets are provided! Please contact our wonderful Chair, Mary Ann Ray at maray1234@gmail.com. Shifts will be on Friday, the 9th, and Saturday, the 10th, from 9-noon and noon to 3 each day.

DUCKSITTERS (Volunteers 18 and under)

An important job with a silly title! For decades, our youth volunteers have been known as “Ducksitters.” Our youth volunteers have a variety of fun positions, with everything from our infamous Mascot team, children’s activities helpers, lunch runners, helping with our retriever demonstrations, and much more! As an added bonus, after meeting requirements, some of our youth volunteers are eligible for the Perry Scholarship. To volunteer as a Ducksitter, please fill out the form here.


Without ticket sales, the art, the dogs, the wine— it’s all in vain! Please consider helping with one of our most important jobs of all. Our IPad system is easy to use, and training will be provided. (And yes, our ticket booths have heaters!) Sign up for a shift here!


A great way to volunteer and not miss a second of the Festival? Help with Set Up and Breakdown! These duties are always very much needed and chairman will be more than happy to help direct you! Times for these duties are roughly Sunday 11/4, Wednesday 11/7 afternoon & evening, Thursday all day, and Sunday 11/11 at 4:00. Please email Leslie at lmilby@waterfowlchesapeake.org for more specifics if you are able to lend a hand!


With our new Festival Wetland, we could use some help pouring beer! We’d prefer TIPS trained or someone willing to become TIPS trained. Bartending experience is not needed for all shifts, as some are beer pouring only! Please contact Leslie at lmilby@waterfowlchesapeake.org for more details!