Volunteer at Farm Aid 2017

Farm Aid 2017 Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Farm Aid 2017! We are currently at capacity for our volunteer program. Please email volunteers@farmaid.org for more information.

Farm Aid 2017 Volunteer Program FAQs

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be at least 18 years old by August 1, 2017 to volunteer at Farm Aid.

Why do I have to pay a $10 registration fee to volunteer?

Our concert couldn’t run without our volunteers! However, to defray the costs of providing food, t-shirts and free access to the festival for our volunteers, Farm Aid is asking for a small registration fee this year from each volunteer. Your contribution helps Farm Aid maximize the funds raised to support our mission of keeping America’s family farmers on the land and thriving! If you are not accepted to volunteer, your $10 registration fee will be refunded in full.

When will I know if I have been accepted as a volunteer?

Farm Aid will be accepting volunteers on a rolling basis starting on June 13, and will notify you by email if you’ve been accepted within two weeks of registration. Returning volunteers who register will take precedence over first-time volunteers. If we cannot accommodate you in our volunteer program this year, we will inform you by email and keep you on our list for other events!

What jobs can I expect to work on as a Farm Aid 2017 volunteer?

Farm Aid has a job for every volunteer! Volunteers might be working on our event greening and catering operations, helping in the HOMEGROWN Village, or serving as ambassadors for festival attendees! Whatever your position, volunteers must dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes. Don’t forget to bring weather-appropriate clothing. Please note: no assignments are guaranteed for returning volunteers!   

What positions and shift times are available during the Farm Aid 2017 weekend?

Volunteers are needed for shifts throughout the day and evening on both Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. A handful of volunteers may also be needed on Thursday, September 14.

How long do shifts last?

A typical Farm Aid volunteer shift lasts 4 hours. Volunteers are only required to work one shift, but we welcome volunteers to work as many hours as they wish on concert day.

Can I work the same shifts as my friends and family?

Of course! Please note on your registration form if you would like to be assigned to the same shifts as another volunteer and we will do the best we can to keep you together.

When should I arrive for my shift?

All volunteers should check in at the main Volunteer Tent prior to the start of their shift on concert day. Volunteers must be ready to work at their assigned positions and checked in with your supervisor 15 minutes before your shift begins. We will be sending more information to accepted volunteers.

Do I need a ticket to Farm Aid to volunteer?

No! The volunteer credential you receive upon arrival will be your ticket to enjoy the show from the lawn before and after your shift. Your credential is also grants you access in and out of the venue gates and lunch during the festival.

What perks are included for volunteers?

All Farm Aid volunteers are guaranteed lawn access to enjoy the performances when they’re not working, an official Farm Aid 2017 volunteer t-shirt, and access to lunch and beverages at the Volunteer Tent. Most importantly, volunteers get the unique and exciting Farm Aid festival experience!

What happened to the mandatory hotel meetings?

For your convenience, volunteers will have one on site orientation on the day of their shift. Mandatory training materials that will be sent out periodically over the summer in lieu of the past multiple hotel meetings.

Farm Aid 2017 Volunteer Program Rules

Please read these over carefully. If you break any of these rules, we will not hesitate to remove you from the festival and ban you from returning to Farm Aid as a volunteer in the future.

  1. No unconfirmed volunteers.
  2. No volunteers under age 18.
  3. NO asking for artist autographs or photos. The artists are generously donating their time and we must all respect their privacy.
  4. No alcohol consumption before your shift is over. Once you have finished your final shift of the day, you may do as you please, but you must not drink while wearing your volunteer shirt or credentials. While this should go without saying, volunteers absolutely cannot consume drugs before or during the festival. Even after your shift is over, underage volunteers absolutely cannot consume alcohol at the event.
  5. Every volunteer must complete their training and attend an on-site orientation meeting to receive credentials, their volunteer t-shirt and a receive short briefing about Farm Aid and the venue. If you do not attend your orientation, you will not be permitted to volunteer.
  6. Come armed with a good, friendly attitude. While volunteering you are serving as an extension of the Farm Aid staff and representing Farm Aid to the public and the media.

MANDATORY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: In addition to the online training materials that will be sent before Farm Aid, all volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation. Details on your orientation date and time will be provided by email in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Farm Aid 2017!

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