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 1,200 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 use help with for 2019 — 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 2019


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.


Help our guests find just the right souvenir at our Middle School or Downtown locations, or be a cashier to ring them up! IPad training will be done the weeks preceding the Festival.


In preparation for our 50th anniversary year (2020) we are surveying our visitors to find out what they love about us, where they come from, where they stay and more. If you like talking to people and learning more about them…and are willing to help for 3.5 hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, sign up here!  As with all our other volunteer slots, 3.5 hours of volunteering gets you free admission to the Festival weekend!


Join the flurry of excitement in the office before, during, and after the Festival. From mailings to phone calls and more, our small year round staff always appreciates some extra hands as these duties seem to ten-fold in the fall season.


Sort of along the lines of “Night at the Museum,” only hopefully with no exhibits coming to life! While some exhibits are watched overnight by the Easton Police Department, others are volunteer run. (And yes, all venues will be heated through the evening!)


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!


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!


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!

Chairman Opportunities for 2019

Our chairmen can either lead a task force or an entire exhibit, and are the go-to people for our volunteers! If you are interested in a position and are unsure or want to know more, please reach out to us. Oftentimes we are able to either partner you with a co-chair or provide you with training from prior chairs.


Our decorations co-chair helps to lead a group of volunteers who create arrangements the week preceding the Festival for use at exhibits. This chairman will receive decoration “orders,” procure supplies, and create a schedule for volunteers to create the arrangements. They may also assist with the Premiere Night décor.


Do you like working with youth? Help lead our “Ducksitter” youth program for our middle to high school aged volunteers! Help create a master schedule of shifts for our youth volunteers to fill in the weeks preceding the Festival. During the Festival, assist in the Armory’s Ducksitter Headquarters to help dispatch youth to scheduled shifts and odd jobs that may arise!


The Photography exhibit chair will help the jurying process for our photography exhibit as well as help plan out the exhibit & new venue for this year. They will assist in scheduling volunteers for sales and cashiering as well as be a point of contact for exhibitors.


The Security Chairman is in charge of coordinating Waterfowl and Civil Air Patrol volunteers as well as the 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.  During the Festival the Security chairman will need to be on call.