Volunteer Committee Descriptions

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.


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.

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.

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 dennis-bo@hotmail.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.

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.

Peacekeeping9-10 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.

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 jdoerschuk@gmail.com or call (617)201-2950, or Asst Production Manager, Rick Brodsky at rdbrodsky@gmail.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!

Site Crew32 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.

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: (tentative)Thursday, June 19th 11am – 2pm
Unload in Croton: Friday, June 20th 9:30 am – until complete
Load up in Croton: Sunday, June 22nd: 8:30pm – until complete
Load up in Croton: Monday, June 23rd: 9:30am – 1pm
Unload at office in Beacon: Monday June, 23rd: 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:  ericprussell@hotmail.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: dicksten@verizon.net

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:
Festival T-shirts
Volunteer Party