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Volunteer Opportunities

MerleFest Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you again, volunteers, for helping to make this special Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation fundraiser a big success year after year.

Click the headings to reveal MerleFest Volunteer Opportunities.

Americana Stage Usher

Location: Americana Stage
Description: Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, etc. Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.  This job may be in full sun.

Creekside Stage Usher

Location: Creekside Stage
Description: Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, etc. Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.  This job may be in full sun.

Dance Stage Usher

Location: Dance Stage
Description: Keep dance floor clear of backpacks, strollers, seating audience members, etc.  Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.

Hillside Stage Usher

Location: Hillside Stage
Description: Assist stage manager as needed daily with disabled individuals, cleaning up trash, etc. Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.  This job may be in full sun.

Mayes Pit Stage Usher

Location: Mayes Pit-Cohn Auditorium in Thompson Hall
Description: Assist stage manager as needed to ensure that fire codes are followed, ensure that people do not block aisles or doorways, pick up trash. Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.

Traditional Stage Usher

Location: Traditional Stage
Description: Assist stage manager as needed daily with individuals with disabilities, cleaning up trash, straightening chairs. Assist with load-in and load-out as needed.

Walker Center Usher

Location: Walker Center
Description: Ensure that fire codes are followed by monitoring doorways. Access is limited once the room is filled. Ask people not to block aisles or doorways. Do not allow food or beverages in the auditorium. Provide general information to attendee. Monitor restrooms and call custodians as needed.

Watson Stage Usher and Audience Information Tent

Location: Watson/Cabin Audience Area
Description: Answer questions and assist as necessary before 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. ask those without reserved seating wristbands to move to general seating area to allow seating of those with reserved seating wristbands. Control access from 5:00 p.m. to close of each evening's performance. This job may be in full sun.

Little Pickers

Location: Little Pickers Area
Description: Assist with securing area around activities, maintaining lines for climbing wall, assist with numerous sign-ups, and other assignments as necessary. This job may be in full sun.

Raffle

Location: Near Little Pickers Area
Description: Sell MerleFest raffle tickets. Work with the silent auction, ensuring that all monies are accurate and that tickets, funds, and items are secure at all times.

Hospitality Hayes Hall

Location: 1st and 2nd Floor Hayes Hall
Description: Set up and maintain meals, snacks and beverages for Hayes Hall meal area and for delivery per schedule to other locations. Volunteers check wristbands for access to 2nd floor. Hospitality volunteers must wear hat, hairnet, or hair restraint if handling food. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts are allowed. No sandals or open-toe shoes.   

Food Vendor Trailer

Location: Along Pond Road at the IJ Refrigerated Trailer
Description: Maintain security for goods in trailer - no one to enter unless they are with the MerleFest food supplier or a designated MerleFest food vendor. This job requires heavy lifting and may be in full sun.

Perimeter Security

Location: Varies
Description: Provide various wristband checks and security in areas presenting minor security risks, assist with traffic control, etc. This job may be in full sun.

RV Campground

Location: On-Campus RV Campground
Description: Assist RV owners with parking vehicles as needed, ensure that vehicles are parked correctly and that any vehicles which are temporarily brought in for transfer of items are moved within a reasonable period of time. Other duties as needed. This job may be in full sun.

Relief

Location: Flattop's Getaway
Description: Assist as needed if volunteer does not show up for shift or if something unexpected arises.  You will be required to remain at Flattop's Getaway tent for the entire shift if not called to work at a site.  Bring a book or other means of passing the time.  Locations may be in full sun. 

Surveys

Location: Varies
Description: Mingle with crowds and do one-on-one surveys. This job may be in full sun.

Flattop's Getaway Hospitality

Location: Flattop's Getaway
Description: Assist Flattop's staff with checking volunteers in and out. 

Stage Crew

 

Location: Stages
Description: Assist stage manager and audio engineers as needed with production once the festival has begun including, but not limited to, load-in and load-out of band gear on and off the stage. There will be lifting involved - volunteers should be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Volunteers must wear close-toe shoes, NO sandals.  Stage crew relief volunteers are also required to wear close-toe shoes. This job may be in full sun for extended periods of time.

If you have any questions about the volunteer area descriptions listed above please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at merlefest.volunteer@wilkescc.edu or use the contact form and selecting Individual Volunteers from in the drop down.