Volunteer for the
Wooden Boat Festival

September 8–10, 2017


Select your shifts now!

Want to be a part of the biggest celebration in town?

Over 500 volunteers support the Wooden Boat Festival each year. They help kids build wooden boats, keep the docks safe, direct traffic, bartend at our pop-up bars, and more. We’d love for you to join our team! To sign up, just follow our easy 3-step process below—don’t forget step 3!

Step 1: Fill out a Volunteer Application

If you filled out a volunteer application in 2016 and your t-shirt size hasn’t changed, you can skip the application and just sign the waiver. All volunteers must sign a release waiver each calendar year before taking part in volunteer activities.

(Don’t forget to move on through step 3: selecting your shifts!)

Volunteer Application

Step 2: Read this Important Information

Seriously, please read it.

1. Volunteers are required to attend one of our two volunteer orientations, either August 31 or September 5, 6:00–8:00 PM. Doors open at 5:30. If you absolutely cannot attend an orientation, we still want you to volunteer! Just check in for your shift at the volunteer tent 30 minutes early to receive any needed training. Even if you’re a returning volunteer, please come to the orientation to hear about all the new things we have going on this year. Crew t-shirts will be given out at the volunteer orientations on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

• A free 3-day Festival pass
• An official Crew t-shirt with Festival logo
• An invitation to our volunteer appreciation party on Festival Sunday, 6:00–8:00 PM (Actually, all volunteers are invited!)

3. Please check in 15 minutes before your shift start time at the Volunteer Tent inside Festival HQ (near SEA Marine). Please check in there for the first shift of each day you work.

Step 3: Sign up for Shifts

Click on the job titles below to read the full descriptions and signup for shifts. Please be sure to use the same contact information and spelling as you did in your volunteer application.

Or Inquire About Joining a Specialty 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.
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.
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!

Step 3: Sign up for Shifts

Click on the job titles below to read the descriptions and see where you might like to help out. Then wait for the email announcing the signups at the end of June. If you haven’t yet checked “Wooden Boat Festival” on your volunteer application, please do so in order to receive the email!

The Balcony Wine Bar overlooks Port Townsend Bay and serves drinks to those interested in a quieter place to relax. This team is responsible for setting up and stocking the bar, checking IDs, and selling, pouring, and clearing up after beverages. Volunteers must be 21+ and able to work hard and stay focused with an amazing view of Pt. Hudson!

Please DO NOT sign up for Wee Nip shifts here. Wee Nip volunteers are handpicked by the Wee Nip captain and are organized separately.

It’s hard work in a fast paced environment, but really fun to be part of this team. Specific duties include pouring beverages, serving and clearing tables, washing dishes, moving ice, kegs and supplies, taking out the trash, and checking IDs. In addition, this crew stocks and maintains beer/wine supplies for other Festival bars. All members of this crew must be 21+ years of age. This crew is so much fun! Cheers!

Please DO NOT sign up for Wee Nip shifts under Bar Harbor. Wee Nip volunteers are handpicked by the Wee Nip captain and are organized separately.

If you have bartending skills and enjoy an on-call schedule, this job is for you! Fill in at Bar Harbor and Balcony Wine Bar in case a scheduled volunteer is unable to make their shift. You must be 21+, reachable by cell phone, and within 10 minutes of Festival grounds during your shift. Please read the Bar Harbor and Balcony Wine Bar job descriptions before signing up to be part of the Bar Backup Crew!
If you have a truck, can drive a TBD distance, and like the idea of completing your volunteer hours in two simple trips, this is the job for you! This volunteer is responsible for picking up bar stools from the supplier on Thursday, bringing them to the Festival, and then taking them back to the supplier the following Monday. We’ll count it as your full twelve hours of volunteering even though it won’t take that long! We’ll need the same people to pick up the stools and return them, so please sign up for BOTH shifts.
This integral team rearranges Bar Harbor throughout the afternoon and night to accommodate dancing. Members of this crew must be able to lift and move heavy tables, act quickly, and be friendly to the Bar Harbor crowd while rearranging the space. Your shift will involve short bursts of activity followed by some down time and then bursts of activity again. Please consider signing up for both the Friday and Saturday shifts, so that the team is knowledgeable and efficient. While it involves some hard work, this is a great volunteer job because you get to spend your time in Bar Harbor!
Join the Boatshop Crew and talk about wooden boats, what we do here at the Northwest Maritime Center, and the classes we offer. The more aware you are of the NWMC’s ongoing programs and classes, the more fun it will be for you! These volunteers must be friendly, happy to answer questions, and knowledgeable about the NWMC.
This is a great job for you if you like to put all your focus on one area! This person oversees the Boatyard Stage which includes ensuring the stage is signed properly with new schedules for the day, and making sure the presenters show up. If presenters don’t show up, you would try to help problem solve what may have gone wrong—are they lost?—and keep attendees and staff informed about late starts and no-shows. Please sign up for all three shifts so that we can be as efficient as possible!
Join the Dock Crew and ensure the safety of the festival goers in the heart of action—right on the docks. Keep strollers and large backpacks off the docks to limit accidental plunges into the water (this rarely happens thanks to our awesome crew!). This job involves a lot of standing in the elements. Rain or shine this crew is out in the weather helping people be safe. This is the perfect job for those who love people watching. Volunteers must be able to stay focused and act quickly under pressure.
Work with the Development Director to put on the Newcomers’ VIP Reception on Thursday and the Donor Sail-by on Sunday. Tasks include setup, food prep, bartending, cleanup, and more! Sail-by volunteers will actually join the sail-by aboard!
Help out at the Edensaw Boatbuilding challenge by providing information to spectators and making sure the builders have the space they need to complete their jobs. These volunteers must have prior boatbuilding experience.
Love kids, arts and crafts, and getting your hands a little dirty? Help kiddos make cool t-shirts by painting fish and then printing them on their shirts. A background check is required for all volunteers working with kids.
Do you have handyman skills and pride yourself on your abilities to solve problems and fix things? This is the crew for you! We need a couple of folks to be on call via cell phone during setup on Wednesday and Thursday. We also need volunteers with handyman skills to help with setup, so take a look at Event Setup shifts and sign up if it interests you!
This is a crew for friendly people that act as the face of the Festival! Responsibilities include guest information, wristband checking, general greeting, and more. These volunteers must be comfortable enforcing rules while maintaining a friendly attitude. If you’re excited to be at the Festival (we sure are!), and you enjoy greeting people, join this crew!
Join the Grounds/Recycling Captain and help keep the Festival site clean during the weekend. Includes but is not limited to general deliveries, minor maintenance, trash collection, “butts and cans,” and more! This crew is also responsible for making sure everything that should be recycled IS recycled, and that recycling bins are well-marked and emptied throughout the day. This is a great job for those who like moving about and getting those steps in!
The hospitality crew represents the NWMC as a liaison to the presenters and public. At the indoor stages we need help with crowd control, helping people find the right room (sometimes the bathroom!), and keeping people quiet when they enter late. Venue hosts also ensure presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors have a place to go for a quiet moment to make a copy, send an email, etc. Make sure the hospitality suite is stocked with snacks and beverages, and that it is a friendly, warm place to go. This is a special job for a special team. If you like to care for people and make sure they know they are taken care of, join this team!
At the heart of the behind-the-scenes action, information volunteers sell tickets, answer questions, and manage the lost and found, among other things. Volunteers must be friendly, enjoy helping others, and able to use an iPad. Please only signup for the information tent if you live in Port Townsend (or nearby) and/or know a lot about the area! 
We’re so excited to have a station for folks to get out on kayaks, paddleboards, and rowboats at the Festival this year! These volunteers will carry the kayaks/boards to and from the water, help answer basic kayaking, paddling, and rowing questions, and then watch out to make sure everyone is safe. You’ll get a little wet and you need to be strong (able to carry the kayaks and paddleboards in and out of the water). Friendly and helpful attitude is a must! A background check will need to be preformed as you might be interacting with kids underage.
Assist kiddos in creating their own wooden boats! Requires patience, calm direction, and the ability to withstand the noise of hammers pounding wood for the entire shift 🙂 A fun place to volunteer. A simple background check will be run on all volunteers that work with kids at no cost to you. We will handle the process. You don’t need woodworking experience, but you should be good at working with kids, encouraging and guiding them.
A friendly face, attention to detail, and confidence handling money is all you need to sell tickets at the Main Gate! Volunteers must be able to use iPads and work quickly to keep lines down. Because this is such a fast-paced job, we cannot allow volunteers to sign up for back-to-back Main Gate shifts. Please take a break (or work a shift of another job of you prefer) between Main Gate shifts!
The Meeting Room Turnover Crew rearranges the presentation rooms throughout the Festival weekend. The job involves short bursts of activity, followed by down-time when you might be asked to help out in other ways. If you can work quickly, are physically fit, and enjoy this type of schedule, join this crew! Shifts are only an hour long, but they’ll count as a full 4 hours!
Use your special people skills to help patrons join the Northwest Maritime Center forces. Give Festival passes to current members, renew memberships, sign up new members, and collect payment. These volunteers must be friendly, organized, able to sit or stand at a table for the duration of the shift, comfortable operating basic iPad payment tools (we’ll train you!), comfortable handling money, and comfortable referencing long alphabetized lists.
We are always looking for on-call volunteers who have a “go-with-the-flow attitude” and can fill in as needed. If this sounds like you, please let us know by clicking “sign up now.” Please note: clicking this button does not sign you up for a specific shift; it just puts you on our list of volunteers who might be able to help us in a time of need! You can also be added to this list by emailing volunteer@nwmaritime.org.
Water sports AND kiddos? What fun! Manage the paddleboard pool activities and make sure participant waivers are signed. A simple background check will be run on all volunteers that work with kids at no cost to you. We will handle the process. If you are good with kids and interested in joining this crew, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org.
This crew is the first “face” of the NWMC and the Wooden Boat Festival. All individuals must be friendly, helpful, and comfortable giving directions. This crew is responsible for controlling traffic (humans, bicycles, vehicles of patrons and presenters) and enforcing parking restrictions in and around the festival site. It may seem easy, but there is important work in “keeping them moving!” This crew is on their feet for the majority of their shifts.
Are you organized and comfortable solving problems, acting calmly under pressure, and being a facilitator for multiple parties? The Point Person at the NWMC helps direct vendors and exhibitors to the right location as they arrive. This team is an integral part of ensuring the setup of the Festival flows smoothly!
Everyone knows all the work is before Festival begins! You might do computer work, fold t-shirts, hang posters, make deliveries, copying and collating, or other office work. If you have a go-with-the-flow attitude and enjoy being a part of the pre-Festival buzz, this is for you!
Come join the fun of the R2AK Blazer Party! We’ll recap 2017’s race and announce details and changes for 2018. Help with setup and greeting, or with bartending and cleanup.
This crew works at the Chandlery, the Festival retail tent, and the R2AK retail tent. You would be responsible for retail sales, assisting festival patrons, and stocking and organizing product. If you love folding t-shirts, helping people find things to bring home as memories, and working with money… this is your crew! Volunteers must be comfortable working with cash, using an iPad, and should enjoy helping others.
Help us set up the Chandlery and retail tent before the Festival begins! These volunteers must be able to lift 40 lbs and be comfortable on their feet for the full shift (breaks okay!).
Runners are an unbelievable help to the volunteer coordinator and everyone involved in the Festival. You turn potential problems (like too few volunteers) into smooth-sailing operations! As the runner, you are the “jack-of-all-trades;” someone who can fill in as needed and be shifted around. This position requires someone who enjoys spontaneity, can learn on the spot, is okay with down time, and has a go-with-the-flow-attitude. Runners are often the volunteers who “save the day” by filling in when others are unable to make it to their shifts—our knights in shining armor!
Carol Hasse has been a sailmaker and owner of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails, Inc. since 1978. The sails made by Ms. Hasse’s loft are world renowned, and for two decades have been acknowledged as the best offshore cruising sails available anywhere. You can help out by greeting people at Port Townsend Sails and making sure they take their shoes off before going upstairs to see the sail loft and presentations in action!
This is the workhorse crew of the Festival responsible for the setup and teardown of Festival grounds. Join this crew to get your volunteer hours in while keeping your schedule open during the Festival so you won’t have to worry about missing that cool presentation or demonstration. We love to see returning faces, so if you’ve helped with setup or breakdown in years past, we’d love to see you on this crew again! All members of this crew must be reliable, over 18 years of age, physically fit, able to lift 30+ lbs, and comfortable going with the flow and jumping in where needed.

Setup:
Setup volunteers are in charge of setting up fences, tables, and the North Star Stage, trash can delivery, banner hanging, sign posting… to name a few. Join the pre-Festival buzz. It’s a fun couple of days!

Teardown: 
We have a very special place in our hearts for those who join the teardown crew and stick it out til the end with us. We rely on these volunteers each year to tear down and clean up the Festival after most people have gone home. If you’re reliable, can do some heavy lifting, and don’t mind missing the volunteer party Sunday evening, please join this crew! 

We are looking for one trusty volunteer to take on the task of putting up and switching out the presentation signs early each morning. Put all of the signs up Friday morning (8-10), and then switch them out Saturday and Sunday mornings (8-9) before the grounds get busy. Doing this job will count as a normal four hour shift! It’s a super easy way to get a shift in when the grounds are quiet and you can focus on one simple task. So take a morning stroll around the grounds and be our sign switcher!

Shift Hours:
Friday 9/8, 8-10AM
Saturday 9/9, 8-9AM
Sunday 9/10, 8-9AM

Several events are held during Festival, and we need help making them happen. Varying in schedule and placement, responsibilities include setup and teardown, special event ticket-taking, food delivery, food prep and serving, cleanup, and more. This crew is ever changing and perfect for those who love diversity! Volunteers should feel comfortable going with the flow and jumping in where needed.
“Want a free beer coupon? Take our survey!” is what you’ll be saying as our Festival surveyor! We want to learn more about our Festival goers so that we can improve the Festival and keep it going for another 40 years. If you have an outgoing, gregarious personality and can help us with this task by standing by the ticket line offering beer coupons in exchange for survey responses, please sign up! Don’t like the pick-up line written above? Feel free to add your own spin! Bring a friend to help you, or go solo.
Do you love volunteering for the Wooden Boat Festival? Are you interested in sharing that passion with others? Help the volunteer coordinator recruit volunteers prior to Festival by making phone calls and sending emails to past years’ volunteers asking them to help out. Get your friendly phone voice ready! You should feel comfortable making phone calls, sending emails, and asking folks to help at the Festival. Email and basic Microsoft Excel skills necessary. Shifts dates and times are very flexible!
Love behind the scenes support? These volunteers are responsible for checking volunteers in for their shifts, providing information to volunteers, managing messages for the volunteer coordinator, and potentially being plugged in to understaffed volunteer positions. This volunteer should be friendly, outgoing, well-organized, reliable, and comfortable working quickly from a list.
Bring your friendly attitude, patience, and attention to detail! You’ll be responsible for will-call ticket pickups, providing information and assistance to festival patrons, returning lost children, and managing the lost & found. This is a good job to do if you need to be able to sit down during your shift.

Or Inquire About Joining a Specialty 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.
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.
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!

Questions?

We’d love to help make volunteering easy for you. Call our volunteer coordinator at 360.385.3628 x115 or email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

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