Volunteer applications for the 2020 Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be available November 20th, 2019. After carefully reading through this page, proceed to the online volunteer application via the “Volunteer Sign-Up” button below. Thank you for your interest! We have the BEST volunteers on the Planet!
Volunteers represent Planet Bluegrass to thousands of Festivarians. If the thought of remaining sober during your shifts bums you out, volunteering is not for you. If greeting and helping Festivarians does seem like something you want to do, then we would love to have you be a part of our team!
We’re excited to continue using festiVOL, the online volunteer application tool, which allows you to access all of your volunteer information online including the status of your application and your shift schedule. To help us ensure a full volunteer team, we’re requiring a reimbursable ticket deposit in order to volunteer. (This deposit will be refunded after you fulfill your volunteer duties.) We appreciate your understanding of this requirement, and as always, we welcome your feedback on the volunteer process.
Direct vehicles, maintain smooth traffic flow, and direct Festivarians to shuttle busses while being able to tolerate the elements (sun, snow, rain, wind, dust, heat). Requires two 6-hour shifts for a total of 12 hours (instead of 16 for other positions). Parking shifts begin the Monday before the festival and go through Sunday.
Check that Festivarians have on the appropriate wristbands and direct them to the festival grounds. These shifts are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
Greet Festivarians, check for proper wristbands, and check backpacks for glass & alcohol. This is the main entrance to the festival and sets the tone of friendly Festivarianism. This position is for people who can work quickly with a smile. These shifts are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
Greet Festivarians, check wristbands, educate campers on rules and regulations, and have fun. Volunteers will be placed at one of the four campgrounds: Town Park, Warner Field, Lawson Hill, or Mary E. Ilium. We highly recommend that you select the campground where you are staying. These shifts are four hours each, begin as early as the Monday before the festival, and go through the Monday after the festival.
Greet Festivarians to make sure that they have parking passes/wristbands, direct vehicles, maintain proper traffic flow, and check that folks park properly. We are looking for volunteers who pay attention to detail, can direct traffic confidently, and can work in the elements of sun, rain, wind, and dust. These shifts are four hours each, begin as early as the Saturday before the festival, and go through Sunday of the festival.
Assist campers, keep traffic flowing smoothly, sell ice, and answer camper-related questions. These shifts are four hours each, begin as early as the Monday before the festival and go through Monday after the festival.
Assist children and their families with face painting, juggling, hula hooping, and arts & crafts. Face painting experience and patience is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position, so it fills up quickly. These are four hour shifts that occur during daytime hours Thursday through Sunday of the festival.
Greet Festivarians, exchange tickets for wristbands, sell festival tickets, and answer questions. We are looking for organized and friendly folks who are willing to work in a fast-paced environment. Box Office experience is preferred. Shifts are usually four hours each and begin as early as the Tuesday before the festival through Sunday.
Work at a cash register, straighten or fold merchandise, and assist customers. Some retail experience preferred. There are many return volunteers for this position, so it fills up quickly. Shifts for the Country Store are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
Direct and educate Festivarians as to where to place compost, recycle, and trash items. This is a critical role for our waste reduction (compromised recyclables and compostables end up in the landfill). Please only request Compost if you are serious about helping the environment. Shifts are four hours each and begin Wednesday before the festival through Monday after the festival.
Check that food vendors have on the appropriate wristbands and direct them to the water station. Assist vendors with composting/recycling guidelines and ensure that food safety guidelines are followed at the dishwashing station. Shifts are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
This special team helps make sure Telluride is left the way we found it - beautiful and with no trace a festival even happened. Bikes are recommended. Please bring work gloves, food, and water. Shifts are 4 hours each from Thursday until the Tuesday after the festival. For those of you looking to volunteer after the festival, we have shifts available Monday and Tuesday. If you are scheduled the Monday or Tuesday after the festival, you are welcome to bring a vehicle as the team will be working at Mary E. Ilium campground.
You must be 21 by June 18, 2020 to volunteer at the beer booth. Check ID’s, pour/sell beer, and have fun. Beer Booth is a very popular volunteer location and fills up quickly. This position requires three 6-hour shifts Thursday-Sunday of the festival. Please note in the comments if you have any bartending experience and mark if you are TIPS certified.
- Only volunteers over the age of 18 may apply.
- Must be available to work each day of the festival. You will be assigned four 4-hour shifts (approximately 16 hours total), in exchange for a 4-Day Festival Pass. Each volunteer will be assigned a morning, afternoon, evening, and a closing shift. There are a few positions Monday-Wednesday before the festival and Monday-Wednesday after the festival. Please see location descriptions above for more details.
- Only completed and confirmed applications will be considered.
- Required payments of a non-refundable processing fee of $20 and a refundable ticket deposit (which will be refunded after completion of all volunteer shifts).
- Attend the mandatory Volunteer Meeting the Wednesday before the festival, June 17th, at 7pm.
No, camping is NOT included, but we have several camping areas available. You can purchase tickets online.
We will make every effort to schedule you around your favorite band (if there is one), but we can’t guarantee it. There is a section on the application to note your favorite bands.
We will do our best to make sure you volunteer with your friends. There is a feature in festiVOL to link you with your friends. It is easier to accommodate working with one friend than it is with a group of friends. It is also helpful if you and your friend request to work together in the same location.
Children may not accompany you during your volunteer shifts. We need your full attention during your scheduled volunteer shifts. Of course, they are welcome to join you at the festival and in the campgrounds (if you have purchased camping).
The volunteer meeting is held on Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm under the white tent near the Warming Hut — located near the entrance to the festival grounds. This meeting is mandatory because you will be meeting your supervisors and learning what is expected of you during your volunteer shifts. If you have an emergency and cannot make the meeting, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will inform your supervisor.