Volunteer for the Wooden Boat Festival

Want to be a part of the biggest celebration in town?
If you haven’t already done so, please fill out our Volunteer Application to ensure you receive the email announcing shift signups in the summer of 2017. For now, take a look at the crews below and see what interests you!

Interested in taking on an even bigger role at the Festival? Contact our volunteer coordinator to find out how to be a Wooden Boat Festival Captain!

Important Information

1. Volunteers are required to attend one of our two volunteer orientations, either August 31 or September 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30! Crew t-shirts will be given out at the volunteer orientations on a first-come, first-serve basis. We try to order enough for everyone, but we cannot guarantee you a t-shirt unless you attend one of the volunteer orientations. 

2. While we welcome you to work as many shifts as you like, working a total of 12 hours will earn you:

  • Free admission to all three days of the Festival
  • An official Crew t-shirt with Festival logo

3. Once you sign up for a shift, you will receive an email confirming your signup. You will also receive a reminder email prior to Festival with everything you need to know about volunteer orientations and Festival details. You’re also invited to our volunteer appreciation party on Festival Sunday, 6:00–8:00 p.m.!

Our volunteer coordinator Hallie Kopald is here to answer all of your questions! Please email her at volunteer@nwmaritime.org, call 360.385.3628 x115, or stop by her office in the Northwest Maritime Center.

Crew Descriptions

Click on the names to read the full descriptions. Note: You will not be able to sign up for shifts until the summer of 2017.

Balcony Wine Bar Crew – Bartending with a view!

Bar Harbor Crew – Bartending at the heart of the action.

Bar Backup Crew – On-call, backup bartenders.

Bar Table & Fence Crew – Heavy-lifters needed to rearrange Bar Harbor in the evenings!

Boat Shop Crew – Talk boats and NWMC programs!

Catering Crew – Help the caterers with special events.

Docks Crew – Keep the docks safe!

Donor Events – Help with the Sail-by and Newcomers’ VIP Reception

Edensaw Boatbuilding Challenge Crew – Help out at the Edensaw Boatbuilding Challenge!

Fix-It Crew – Handymen needed!

Greeters – Calling all friendly folks to be the face of the Festival!

Grounds/Recycling Crew – Help keep us green and clean!

Hospitality Crew (Venue Hosts) – Friendly helpers at the presentation venues.

Information Crew (at Festival HQ) – Provide information to visitors! 

Kids Boatbuilding Crew – Love helping kids? This is for you!

Main Gate Crew – Sell tickets in a fast-paced environment.

Meeting Room Turnover Crew – Rearrange presentation rooms in short bursts of excitement.

Membership Crew – Hospitality for members!

On-Call Crew – “Go-with-the-flow” volunteers who can fill in as needed!

Orientation Crew – Help out at the volunteer orientations!

Parking and Traffic Crew – Direct traffic and keep things moving! 

Point Person at Point Hudson – Help manage exhibitor setup!

Pre-Festival Crew – “Can-do” attitudes wanted for miscellaneous tasks!

Race to Alaska Blazer Party – Join the madness as we announce R2AK 2017!

Retail Crew: Chandlery and the Retail Tents – Provide Festival patrons with take-home memories!

Retail Setup – Help us set up the retail locations.

Runners – For those who can go with the flow and work a variety of jobs.

Sail Loft Crew – Greet people at Port Townsend Sails!

Setup/Teardown Crew – What goes up must come down.

Special Events Crew – Hospitality, setup, and serving.

Survey Crew – Give beer coupons to festival goers in exchange for survey responses!

Volunteer Tent – Reliable, organized volunteers who help the Volunteer Coordinator.

Will Call Crew – For cheerful people with knowledge of the Festival!

Specialty Crews

AV Crew – The AV Crew works closely with presenters and directly under the AV Captain to ensure presentations run smoothly. The job involves technical troubleshooting with AV and Powerpoint, and running several different computers through our systems. Special training is mandatory to be on this highly skilled crew. Email volunteer@nwmaritime.org to find out about joining.

Harbormaster Crew – This crew is hand-selected for its abilities in boat handling, great attitudes, and ability to work well under intense pressure. Harbormasters oversee all things on the water and help get all boats in and out of the harbor safely. If you’re interested in joining this team, contact our Harbormaster at harbormaster@woodenboat.org. 

Medical Crew – Responsible for providing First Aid for all people at the festival site throughout the weekend. The crew consists of contracted MDs, RNs, and LPNs. If you have medical experience and are interested in joining the team, please email volunteer@nwmaritime.org. We welcome new members!

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