We are now accepting volunteers for the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass. After carefully reading through this page, proceed to the new online volunteer application via the link below. Thanks for your interest, volunteers are the BEST!
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!
For 2019, we’re excited to introduce a new online volunteer application process which will allow you to access all your volunteer information online, including the status of your application and your shift schedule. To help us insure a full volunteer team, this year we’re also requiring everyone to buy a reimbursable ticket in order to volunteer. (This ticket will be reimbursed after you fulfill your volunteer duties.) We appreciate your understanding of this new requirement, and as always, we welcome your feedback on the new volunteer process.
Direct vehicles and maintain smooth traffic flow, 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 as early as the Monday before the festival starts and go through Sunday the last day of the festival.
Check that Festivarians have on the appropriate wristband and direct them to the festival grounds. These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
If working at customs, you’ll greet Festivarians, check that Festivarians are adorned with the proper wristband, 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 4 hours each and all occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
Camp gate objectives are to greet Festivarians, exchange camping tickets for wristbands, check wristbands, educate campers on all rules and regulations, and have fun! Volunteers will be placed at one of the five campgrounds - Town Park, Warner Field, Lawson Hill, or Mary E. Ilium. We highly recommend that you select the campground that you are staying at to volunteer. These shifts are in four hour increments, begin as early as the Monday before the festival, and go through the Monday after the festival.
Vehicle Gate duties include greeting Festivarians, checking to make sure that folks have the proper credentials including parking passes and wristbands, directing vehicles, maintaining proper traffic flow, and assuring that folks park properly. We are looking for people that pay attention to detail, can help confidently direct traffic and can work in the elements of sun, rain, wind and dust. These shifts are in four hour increments, begin as early as the Monday before the festival, and go through the Monday after the festival.
Help Town Park campers get situated, keep traffic flowing smoothly, sell ice to campers and answer camper related questions. These shifts begin as early as the Monday before the festival begins and go through Monday after the festival ends and are 4 hours each.
Help children and their families with face painting, juggling, hula hooping, arts and crafts. Face painting experience and patience is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position, so it fills up quickly. These are all 4 hour shifts that occur during daytime hours Thursday through Sunday of the festival.
If assigned to the box office, you will meet and greet Festivarians, exchange tickets for wristbands, sell festival tickets, help direct Festivarians, and answer questions. We are looking for organized and friendly folks who are willing to help out in a fast-paced environment. Shifts are typically 4 hours each and begin as early as Tuesday before the festival begins through Sunday.
Run 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 in 4 hour increments and occur the Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
Direct and educate Festivarians where to properly place their compostable, recyclable and trash items. This is a critical role for our waste reduction (compromised recyclables and compostables end up in the landfill) so please only request Compost if you are serious about helping the environment. Shifts are in 4 hour increments and begin Wednesday before the festival through Monday after the festival.
Check that concessionaires have on the appropriate wristband and direct them to the water station. Help concessionaires with composting and recycling guidelines and help ensure that food safety guidelines are followed at the dishwashing station. Shifts are in 4 hour increments and occur Thursday-Sunday of the festival.
This special team of folks 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 Thursday-Sunday of the festival. For those of you looking to volunteer after the festival, we have shifts available Monday and Tuesday after the festival as well. 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 campgrounds.
You must be 21 years of age by June 20, 2019 to volunteer at the beer booth. Check ID’s, pour and sell beer, and have fun. You must be 21 in order to work the Beer Booth. 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.
- Ability 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 applications filled out in their entirety will be considered.
- Payments of a non-refundable processing fee of $15 and a refundable ticket deposit (which will be refunded after all volunteer shifts are fulfilled) are required.
- Attend the mandatory Volunteer Meeting the Wednesday before the festival, June 19th, at 7pm.
No, camping is NOT included, but we have several camping areas available. You can purchase tickets over the phone or via our website.
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 band.
We will make every effort to make sure you volunteer with your friends. There is a section on the application where you can put the person’s name(s). Please submit applications within the same week. The closer you submit your applications, the more likely you will be able to work together.
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 19th at 7pm under the “Dolly Parton Tent” — located near the entrance to the festival grounds. This meeting is mandatory for you will be meeting your supervisors and learning what is expected of you during your volunteer shifts. If you have a true emergency and can not make the meeting send me an email and I will relate this to your supervisor.