The Wellfleet OysterFest is organized by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, two part-time staff people, and hundreds of volunteers on festival weekend. An event the size of the OysterFest takes incredible planning, time and hard work. It could not survive without continued and new community involvement.
It’s not too soon to let us know that you are interested in being a volunteer for 2020. It’s our 20th Anniversary and it’s going to be a great time! Check out the volunteer job opportunities below, select three of your desired areas, then click to submit the form. For questions or further information contact our Volunteer Coordinator Katy Cushman at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t see an area that you would like to help in, or you have another area of expertise that you feel would benefit the ‘Fest or SPAT, contact us and help grow SPAT!
~ 2020 Volunteer Needs ~
The OysterFest charges an admission fee to keep the event safe, enjoyable and sustainable for years to come. Volunteers in the admissions area are needed as Greeters and Ticket Sellers.
Do you value the mission of Wellfleet SPAT? Do you appreciate the efforts of the shellfishermen in bringing fresh oysters and clams to market? If you answered yes, then consider becoming a SPAT Ambassador. Help spread the word about SPAT, all that is involved in growing shellfish and what makes Wellfleet oysters and clams so special.
The OysterFest beer tent is one of the busiest spots in the OysterFest. Volunteers for this area should be prepared to be active and on their feet throughout the shift. There are 3 volunteer positions here, although volunteers may work any and all areas on a given shift: ID Checker, Cashier and Server.
Assist with lectures and food programs held at Wellfleet’s Preservation Hall. Duties include preparing the room (re-configuring tables and chairs, AV equipment), admitting attendees, helping chefs prepare food or visuals for their program, distributing food samples, facilitating Q&A and book signing. Help with any prep or clean up needed for the next program.
Assist with programs held at the Wellfleet Library and elsewhere in town. Duties include preparing the room (re-configuring tables and chairs, AV equipment), admitting attendees, helping presenters prepare for their program, facilitating book signing and any cleaning or rearranging needed after the program.
Family Fun Area
Assist with Family and Children’s activities including crafts, performances, games and making or serving cotton candy.
Help to organize the OysterFest publicity over the years into a scrapbook; sort and file photography CDs; submit online listings to calendars; work with photography, videography and occasional ad copy as needed in the months leading up to the ‘Fest.
SPAT/OysterFest merchandise sales benefit SPAT and its mission. Volunteers are needed to organize inventory during the weeks and days prior to OysterFest and assist moving inventory to the SPAT booth and arranging display for the festival. During the ‘Fest volunteers assist customers, keep merchandise organized and complete sales. In the days or week after the ‘Fest, they help with organization of remaining inventory. Retail experience is a real plus!
Help SPAT staff answer phone calls and emails, make copies, prepare Festival hand-outs and mailings, and offer general office assistance in September and October; in particular the two weeks prior to the ‘Fest.
Shell and Trash Recycling
Join our Net Zero campaign and help build awareness about the need to recycle oyster and clam shells as well as regular trash. Educate the public at the SORTING STATIONS by helping people separate their trash into 3 streams (plastic, paper and shells) placing each in the correct receptacle and explaining to them the importance of recycling shells. This is a very active volunteer role: Please plan to lift shell buckets and redistribute empty buckets as needed.
Site Prep and Clean-up
Help set up the ‘Fest the week before and/or help with clean-up the week after the ‘Fest is over. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to the ‘Fest and the Monday following the ‘Fest for set-up and clean-up. Duties include setting up various areas, moving directional signs, cones, sandwich board signs, hay bales, flowers, setting up / breaking down recycling stations, and more!
Help identify new sponsors and solicit sponsorships from them and other local businesses.
Computer literate and internet savvy volunteers are needed to assist Festival staff with any and all internet and technology needs in the weeks before the ‘Fest and during the ‘Fest.
Assist with load in and load out of vendors the weekend of the ‘Fest – Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and evenings. Help direct traffic, set-up and tear down for booths, and any and all logistics to support vendor needs etc. During the ‘Fest the responsibilities can include “booth sitting” as needed, or any assistance vendors require. Other volunteer roles in this area include monitoring vehicle entry and exit during site prep and clean up.
Volunteer Support and Recognition:
Support the Volunteer Coordinator in recruiting and scheduling volunteers prior to the ‘Fest. This work can take place as early as August and involves phone calling and email communications. Help organize and execute the Volunteer Appreciation party – usually Friday night before the Festival. Tasks may include picking up food, beverages and paper products for the party, setting up and cleaning up afterwards. Volunteers may also assist at the volunteer check-in and check-out over Festival weekend.