Volunteer Committee Descriptions for June 17 & 18 Clearwater festival

NOTE: The number of hours indicated is the total commitment required. As a rule, this is divided into 2 or more shifts. Shift schedules are made by each individual coordinator. Ask your coordinator for particular shift arrangements.

*It is essential that our volunteers fulfill their weekend commitment. With the exception of unforeseen emergencies, if you do not fulfill your 2017 volunteer commitment, we won’t be able to accommodate you in the future.


Clearwater Store: 10 hours/18+years (16+ with committee coordinators’ approval) – MUST BE ABLE TO WORK BOTH FESTIVAL DAYS TILL 9PM. Volunteers will set up and oversee both Clearwater and Performer Merchandise tables. Volunteers will assist customers and ring up purchases.  They will also assist with the check in/out of performer merchandise.  We do have a very limited volunteer shift on Friday night to help with setup.  You can either be a runner or a CSV (ringer).  Retail experience and knowledge of Clearwater is helpful.  CSV (ringers) will be selected prior to the festival.  If you are interested in being a ringer, please make a note on your application.

Environmental Action/Green Cities: 10 hrs/16+ years – Build displays before, staff area during festival. Training provided for effective outreach on watershed protection, energy efficiency & renewables, closing Indian Point & other related environmental issues

Peacekeeping: 9-10 hrs depending on Team/18+ years children cannot accompany their parents. Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to: traffic & parking management, information dissemination to audience members and other volunteers, safety and emergency assistance and coordination, festival security. Shifts occur from Friday morning through Sunday evening.

Requirements: a mature, calm, thoughtful and responsible individual.  Peacekeepers experience extensive walking and exposure to the elements throughout their shifts and those volunteering for peacekeeping must be physically fit.  Additionally, Peacekeepers have a serious roll during the festival that may involve the safety and welfare of both patrons of the festival and other volunteers.

Peacekeepers must follow instructions relative to their assignments;

  • Peacekeepers may not leave their posts for any reason without calling in and waiting for a replacement.
  • Peacekeepers may not use alcohol or any other form of recreational drug while on duty. 
  • Peacekeepers must be assertive while being welcoming and considerate of the needs of our patrons. 

We are charged with being the face of Clearwater while dealing with the public; except in the most extreme situations, any interaction with our constituency should leave them feeling positive and feeling that we made every effort to solve their problem or give appropriate assistance.

AFTER filling out the online application – if Peacekeeping is your first committee choice, PLEASE SEE TEAM ASSIGNMENTS AND NEXT STEPS HERE!
Team assignments will be made on the basis of the needs of the committee and the preferences of the volunteer, in the order they are received by the Shift Assigner.

Working Waterfront: 8-10 hrs/18+ years – The “Waterfront Water Safety” team consists of qualified water safety personnel with current, valid certificates. The team provides waterfront safety in cooperation with members of the Beach Crew, but specifically for in-water rescue and care of WW visitors and participants or others who need assistance. Put “Waterfront Water Safety” in the volunteer selection space, and specify “Waterfront Water Safety” in the comment area.
Waterfront Water Safety applicants must communicate with coordinator, Stan Dickstein prior to filling out and submitting an application: dicksten@verizon.net

Zero Waste: 10 hrs/12+ years, families with children welcome – As a part of the effort to move closer to the Festival’s ideal of Zero Waste, this committee will have four roles for the Festival:

  1. Staff Zero Waste stations – answer questions and help attendees sort their materials so the right stuff goes in the right bins and call for pickups when bins / bags full.
  2. Litter picking – collect items from the festival grounds, help to keep festival site clean. This practice is the roots of our team as established by Toshi Seeger.
  3. Floaters – provide assistance where needed
  4. Vendor Support – assist the food vendors in their efforts to follow Clearwater’s ZW practices.

All ZW team members are also Ambassadors for Zero Waste in providing public outreach and education to help Festival attendees understand our practices and goals with the intention of increasing Zero Waste behavior beyond the Festival.