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 2014 volunteer commitment, we won’t be able to accommodate you in the future.
IMPORTANT! ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST ATTEND THE VOLUNTEER MEETING ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE DANCE STAGE!
Access: 10-12 hrs/13+ years – Assist people with disabilities in a variety of situations. Read signs, maintain access lanes to various stages and areas in front of those stages. Must be able to work both festival days until Sunday evening. No Friday work. Advantages: most of the work takes place at the performance stages! Requires: ability to push wheelchair over rough terrain, sense of humor, ability to work extensively and sensitively with the public, commitment to teamwork, common sense.
Artisanal Food and Farm Market: 10 hrs/18+ years -
Volunteers on Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning will help welcome and orient vendors and decorate our tent/stage area. On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will facilitate the smooth operation of our vendor area and help out with any issues that arise and maintain a safe, clean market space with good traffic flow. A few selected volunteers will help manage the market’s stage with educational workshops and performances, including using the microphone, introducing new performers, keeping presenters aware of how much time remains. Volunteers interested in helping out with child and family-friendly performances and workshops are especially welcome to apply. Requires: Motivated self-starters with ability to work with minimal supervision, ability to identify areas to improve and leadership to follow through, personable, and experience or interest in local food and sustainable agriculture. Good public presence and comfortable speaking in public (for stage volunteers only).
Audience Camping: – 10 hrs, 16+ yrs – Greet and register arriving campers, maintain park rules in regard to parking, fires and dogs, help to ensure that campers return next year with family and friends. Requires: Positive helpful attitude, sense of humor and awareness of park rules. Must be willing to cheerfully start at 7am on Saturday morning.
Before & After: 12 hrs/15+ years – Fast paced, physically demanding, set up and take down banners, poles & displays, deliver and collect tables & chairs, assist as needed with signs. Any other work as requested; work closely with Site Crew.
Requires: Physically fit. All day Friday starting at 8am. There may be some work Saturday morning plus on-call availability. 8am-1pm Monday. Pickup truck a plus! Friday & Monday meals with Site Crew.
Box Office, (Ticket Sales): 10 hrs/18+ years – Sell & process ticket sales in Box Office.
Requires: alert, reliable, honest, cordial (first contact with audience). Coordinator reserves the right of approval on all volunteers.
Clearwater Store: 10 hrs/16+ years – Volunteers check in/out performer merchandise, stock & oversee tables of merchandise, assist customers and check out customer purchases. Retail experience and knowledge of Clearwater helpful. Limited check-out openings are available. Checkout crew is chosen pre-festival. If you are interested please make a note on your application.
Children’s Area: 10 hrs/18+ years/14+ years with coordinator approval - Assist in supervising a diversity of children’s activities including face painting, art, hair wraps, and sensory play. Volunteers should be high energy and willing to talk to and play with kids of all ages from toddlers to teens! The children’s area does NOT provide child care, parents are asked to stay and play with children under 10. Children’s area volunteers are tasked with engaging and expanding the minds of Clearwater’s next generation!
Requires: You should enjoy playing with children. Bonus points if you’re willing to get dirty!
Advantages: What’s better than playing with kids and a great vantage point for watching and listening at the Family Stage?!
Communications: 12 hrs/18+ years – The central nervous system of Revival, working around the clock with radios, pagers & phones, to keep key personnel connected and information flowing. Must enjoy working with people. Special incentives to work night shifts.
Clearwater Education Committee (Tideline and Discovery Tents): 10 hrs/14+ years – Requires some display assembly, interpret fish tanks and other exhibits, ability to talk with the public, basic knowledge of Hudson River ecology or willingness to learn.
Drinking Water: Two three-hour shifts each day/16+ years – Selling water.
Requires: awareness of hygienic food handling, confident in simple math, reliable in handling money.
Electrical Crew: minimum of 18 hrs before and after festival days/18+ years – This committee brings the electric power to the festival. The committee’s job is to lay down the cables from the access points to the place where it is needed as well as install any necessary distribution boxes. After the festival we also pick up cables and boxes, clean them off, and pack them away until next year.
Requires: some heavy lifting, lots of walking, lots of hand work, basic electrical knowledge, some working on heights and overhead.
MUST be available to work at least 2 full days of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before festival, and Monday after festival; selected experienced crew will be available on-call during festival.
MUST be approved by coordinators. Email Dennis Bochichio at email@example.com for pre-approval.
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.
Festival Fabrics: 18+ years old - Rig and later take down Festival banners and backdrops. Volunteer time includes Friday setup from 12noon to 6- or 7pm; an hour or so Saturday morning before the Festival opens and a few hours Sunday night from closing time until done. Required on-site skills: physical flexibility and familiarity with tools.
Food Vendor Support: 10 hrs/18+ years – Help food vendors with specific needs during the festival, making sure all prices are clearly marked and displayed, dispensing of ice from the truck to vendors, and keeping track of bags sold, checking to make sure site is tidy and trash and recycling are put in appropriate containers, supervising cleanup on Sunday evening.
Green Living Expo: 10 hrs/18+ years – Assist exhibitors as needed setting up tables and signage etc. Friday 10 am to 6 pm & Saturday morning 7 am to 9 am. Assist GLExpo coordinator with exhibitor sign in and welcome on Saturday morning 7-9 am. Support for exhibitors throughout the weekend offering to relieve them for short breaks, providing water, and assistance as needed. Breakdown & clean-up on Sunday evening 7-9 pm.
Info Booth: 10 hrs/18+ years – Give directions; answer questions about festival & Clearwater; Lost & Found.
Requires: Helpful attitude, sense of humor. Knowledge of region a bonus.
Member Action: 10 hrs/18+ years – Sign up new & renewing members, provide hospitality & information, sign up folks for sails (handle cash and credit cards, use computer for booking sails) encourage people to enter the fundraising raffle and complete the attendee survey. Requires: Familiarity with Clearwater programs, willingness to shift between various assignments as circumstances arise, friendliness/outgoing personality, organizational skills, team orientation, and reliability re: shift commitments. Hours available on Friday before the festival for setup.
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.
Requires: a mature, calm, thoughtful and responsible individual. Peacekeepers experience extensive walking and exposure to the elements throughout their shifts.
AFTER filling out the online application – if Peacekeeping is your first committee choice – please email the Peacekeeping Shift Assigner with your top three choices of teams. 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.
See More Info, & Team / Shift Schedule here.
Performer Hospitality: 10 hrs/ 18 + years – Prepare & maintain cabins. Staff performer check in and reception, green room, hospitality area (including meals) , instrument lock-up, and peacekeeping for performer areas . Must be willing to be flexible with shift scheduling and additional hours as needed. Requires: Good humor, high energy, and a team attitude!
Performer Transportation: 10hrs/20+ years – Transport people & equipment on-site & off, to airports & housing.
Requires: experienced, licensed driver; use own insured vehicle.
Preferred: large vehicles and those that are available Friday before and Monday after the festival.
Production/Stage Crew (formerly Production Ass’t and Stage Crew): 10 hrs/16+ years old - Assist stage managers and production staff during the festival with performer and stage management logistics, moving performer equipment on and off the stages, and helping unload and load tour trucks and buses. Requires: physical labor (with some positions requiring heavy lifting), attention to detail, good humor and stamina!
Please contact Production Manager, John Doerschuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617)201-2950, or Asst Production Manager, Rick Brodsky at email@example.com or call (203) 297-4558 before you apply so we can help place folks in the most appropriate positions.
Reception: 14 hours (7 hrs Friday, 4 hrs Saturday, 3 hrs Sunday) Greet & check-in arriving volunteers, vendors and activists.
Requires: people skills & patience, computer experience necessary, ability to learn the system quickly, and stamina. Must work 6 hours on Friday, 5 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday.
Volunteers under 18 must have supervision and be approved by the coordinator.
Shore Support: 8-10 hours, 18+ years
Volunteers sell tickets to sail aboard the tall ships, answer questions, and assist in the boarding and disembarking of passengers. This work occurs at the working waterfront area, in direct sunlight for some of the time, and involves customer service and use of a computer. All training will be provided, although some knowledge of computers is helpful. Requires: Pleasant demeanor, willingness to learn (simple!) computer skills, organization. Some knowledge of/interest in boats helps!
Signpainting: 12 hrs/16+ years – Set up on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday; paint signs in large, pleasant on-site workspace – help clean up and distribute signs around the site, assist with installation as needed, and breakdown on Monday.
Requires: skill with brush lettering & layout, and/or skill with tools for installation. Please contact coordinator, Lee Bartell if you are interested in volunteering on this committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 212-645-0002.
Site Crew – 32 hours minimum. 18 + years “unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.” Come help us build Clearwater’s version of “Brigadoon”! A familiarity with tools is helpful but not necessary – we need all sorts of skills. In essence we’re a small community. We shop, cook, clean, entertain and generally look out for each other during the two and a half weeks that it takes to set up, take down and put the “Great Hudson River Revival” to bed for another year in storage. For example, one day you might help build a stage and next day you might be asked to go into town and get a dozen pairs of dry sox, 3 pizzas and one of the left-handed wot-zits that are continually “gone missing”. Generally we stay in tents but there are cabins available as dormitory space so all you really need to bring is a sleeping bag (or suitable bedding), some clean clothes (so as to have some friends after a few days of hard work), your teddy bear (or whatever) and a good sense of humor (if you bring a sense of irony you won’t be disappointed). If interested please call Peter at 845-657-2631 for further information.
Sloop Clubs: 10 hrs – Discuss and support Sloop Club and Clearwater objectives with festival participants. You may volunteer for this committee only if selected by your club’s Revival coordinator. Scheduling is done by each club. Please indicate in the comments field which club you propose to represent.
Stage Sound Loading Crew: 10 hrs/15+ years – Assist sound company with load-in and load-out of sound equipment. Requires: Physical labor with heavy lifting. Must be on site and available Friday by 12 noon (possibly prior) and Sunday 7pm to Midnight.
Ticket Taking: 10 hrs/14+ years – Welcome audience, tear and scan tickets, attach wristbands, hand out program books. Help to maintain gate security.
Truck Loading/Unloading: 12 hours/21 + years:
Load and unload the Clearwater truck (which is packed with gear for several festival areas) in two locations – Beacon and Croton. Volunteers in this committee must be available for ALL of the times below – no exceptions.
Requires: strength and ability to follow directions.
Load up at office in Beacon: Thursday, June 13th 11am – 2pm
Unload in Croton: Friday, June 14th 9:30 am – until complete
Load up in Croton: Sunday, June 16th: 8:30pm – until complete
Load up in Croton: Monday, June 17th: 9:30am – 1pm
Unload at office in Beacon: Monday June, 17th: noon until complete.
Vendor Support: 10 hrs/18+ years – Help vendors set up Friday; support during festival; assist with breakdown Sunday night.
Requires: arrival Thursday evening.
Volunteer Food (Kitchen Crew): 10 hrs/16+ years – Full service on-premise catering in a busy commercial kitchen right on site. We will be busy all weekend feeding the volunteers, staff, and performers. What are your skills? Are you Back of House? Front of House? Do you live to give great customer service? Master coffee brewer? If you think you’ve got what it takes, then this is the spot for you! Please provide a list of past related experiences in the comment area of the online application. Further communication with coordinator through emails.
Working Waterfront: 8-10 hrs/18+ years – There are two teams needed for this committee.
The “Beach Crew” assists in handling boats at the beach and on-shore exhibits of the participating groups. The Beach Crew also has responsibilities for overall safety and visitor assistance.
A strong background in small, wind/manual, powered boat operation and safety is required. Emergency medical care skills would be an added qualification, as would be knowledge of marine radio operation. Put “Working Waterfront” in your volunteer selection space and specify “Beach Crew” in the comment area. Beach Crew applicants must communicate with coordinator Eric Russell prior to filling out and submitting an application: email@example.com
The “Waterfront Lifeguard” team consists of qualified lifeguards with current, valid Lifeguard 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 “Working Waterfront” in the volunteer selection space, and specify “Waterfront Lifeguard” in the comment area.
Lifeguard applicants must communicate with coordinator, Stan Dickstein prior to filling out and submitting an application: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zero Waste (formerly known as Litter Picking / Recycling): 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.
The following committees are not included, because they do their own recruitment: