Volunteering for 2018 Telluride Bluegrass

We will begin accepting volunteer applications for the 45th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Tuesday, November 28. Thanks for your interest, volunteers are the BEST!Telluride crowd

Each year thousands of music lovers ascend to 8,750 feet to the beautiful mountain town of Telluride to come together for world class music and a community of like-minded folk. A big part of what makes it all happen are our volunteers. Volunteering provides a unique festival experience where you have the opportunity to give back in exchange for a 4-day festival pass.

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!

Eligibility + Requirements

Cancellation Deadline Dates & Fees

We understand that sometimes 'life happens', plans change, and you are unable to volunteer. You may cancel anytime before May 1st, 2018 with no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between:

How to Cancel

Simply send us an email letting me know that you will not be able to volunteer. I will email you back letting you know that your application has officially been withdrawn.

Refunds

Hula Hoops at Telluride Bluegrass
The Telluride box canyon

We refund all purchased tickets prior to our festival refund deadline of March 9, 2018.

You do not need to purchase a ticket to volunteer. Refunds are for those who purchased a ticket before deciding to volunteer or for those who entered the Town Park/Warner Field lottery. Refunds are only given for the festival portion of the ticket. So, if you have purchased a Warner Field or Town Park ticket, you will be refunded for the 4-Day portion of the pass only. It is your responsibility to let the volunteer coordinator know you have purchased a festival ticket that needs to be refunded.

What Happens Next?

If you are accepted as a volunteer you will receive 4 emails from nicole@bluegrass.com:

  1. An Acceptance Email
  2. A reminder email that the Cancellation Deadline date is approaching.
  3. Your location and schedule email (approximately 1 month prior to the festival)
  4. A reminder email a week before the festival.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is camping included with volunteering?
No, camping is NOT included, but we have several camping areas available. You can purchase tickets over the phone or via our website.
Can I see my favorite band?
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.
Can I volunteer with my friend?
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.
Can my children accompany me while volunteering?
We need your full attention during your scheduled volunteer shifts. So no, children may not accompany you during your volunteer shifts. Though, of course, they are welcome at the festival and in the campgrounds.
What if I cannot make the volunteer meeting?
The volunteer meeting is held on Wednesday, June 20th 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.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Volunteer Positions

 

Parking
Direct vehicles and maintain smooth traffic flow, direct Festivarians to shuttle busses, surviving 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.
Pedestrian Gate
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.
Customs
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 Gates
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 4 hour increments and begin as early as the Monday before the festival begins and go through Monday after the festival ends.
Vehicle Gate
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 4 hour increments and begin as early as the Monday before the festival starts and go through Sunday the last day of the festival.
Town Park Camp Hosts
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.
Family Tent
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.
Box Office
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.
Country Store
Run a cash register, straighten or fold merchandise, 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.
Compost Crew
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.
Concessions
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.
E(xit) Team
This special team of folks help make sure Telluride is left they 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 schedule 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.
Concessions
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.
Beer Booth / Libation Station
You must be 21 years of age by June 21, 2018 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 bar tending experience and mark if you are TIPS certified.