Volunteering

Volunteer Sign-up for Campgrounds and Day Parking will begin at 9am on Monday, April 24th, 2017, by calling 989-967-8879.

Kids Hill Volunteer Sign Up will also begin Monday, April 24th, 2017, by contacting Marilyn & Jim Buggs at 517-712-1504 or mjmjbugs@aol.com.

MiddleGround Volunteer sign up will begin Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 9am.  Please call 989-967-8879.
Update your t-shirt size and contact info when you sign up!
No volunteers may sign up prior to 9am.

Some New & Updated Information…please read.
We encourage all volunteers to attend a Volunteer Orientation Day.
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 & Saturday, August 5th, 2017
RSVP by one week prior.

All we are missing is you!  The 44th Annual Wheatland Music Festival on September 8th, 9th & 10th, 2017 is just a few short months away.  We know that you are interested in volunteering; however, we are always looking for new volunteers.  So We ask you to talk to your Wheatland friends and share with them your wonderful experience and encourage them to give us a try.

Medical, Fire Prevention, Hospitality Transportation, Day Parking and Campgrounds may be one of the areas you would like to work for.  A minimum of 8 hours volunteering is required to complete your agreement with the Wheatland Music Organization.

Please take just a few moments to read over what the following areas are and what they do, and maybe you would like to volunteer for one of them.

More volunteer info:
Kids Hill
Middle Ground

VolunteeringCampgroundsDay ParkingHospitality CartsMedicalFire Prevention

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the Wheatland Music Festival and each year hundreds of people donate their time, and many talents, towards making the Festival an amazing experience for so many people. There are many areas where one can donate their time during Festival Weekend. They include, but are not limited to: Campgrounds, Day Parking, Team Green, Hospitality Transportation, Medical, Fire Prevention, Kids Hill and Middle Ground.

  • Volunteers are required to work two shifts throughout the weekend. In return, we will provide you with a weekend ticket to the Festival, a volunteer t-shirt and some food coupons.
  • First-time volunteers must purchase their own festival ticket. This will be reimbursed after the festival, provided all volunteer obligations have been met.
  • Each volunteer is required to have a completed Background Check Form on file in the WMO Office.
  • Update your T-shirt size and any change of contact info when you sign up
  • Volunteers who are a “No Show” for their shifts may relinquish their ability to volunteer for WMO in the future.
  • Wheatland will try to meet your requests for specific volunteer area, time and co-worker preferences. Please be patient and specific when calling in to sign up.
  • It is highly recommended that you attend one (or both) of Wheatland’s Volunteer Orientations.

SIGN UP

To sign up for shifts in Campgrounds, Day Parking, or Team Green, you will need to contact the WMO office, 989-967-8879, starting on Monday, April 24th, 2017 between the hours of 9am and 3pm weekdays. MiddleGround: contact the office Monday, May 15th.  Shifts will be filled on a first come, first served basis; No emails, faxes, or personal visits will be accepted. Kids Hill volunteer sign-up date is TBA.  When you schedule be sure to give your T-Shirt size and up-to-date contact information.

FIRST TIME VOLUNTEERS

If you are volunteering for the first time, you will need to pay for your ticket, and then within six weeks of completing your obligation during Festival you will be reimbursed (by the same payment method with which you purchased your ticket). Once you have volunteered the first time and established that you are reliable, you will not have to be on our reimbursement plan. Be prepared to have a mandatory criminal background check performed.

NO SHOWS

Unreliable volunteers cause a major strain on team leaders, other reliable volunteers and of course the overall operations of our festival. Therefore if you don’t show for your shift your name will be submitted to the WMO office and entered into a database and you will be listed as a “no show,” thus preventing you from volunteering in ANY AREA in the future. This is, of course, if you have not made previous contact with your area leader or called the office and cancelled your shift prior to the festival.

Kids Hill | Middle Ground | Volunteer Orientation

Campgrounds

As you can imagine, this area covers the entire Wheatland Property and requires a massive number of volunteers. As with all volunteers, we believe that you are the ambassadors for Wheatland. Your help to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all festival-goers is paramount. Specific jobs in this area depend largely on the time and day you sign up for. For example, Friday morning and afternoon involves providing assistance to festival-goers setting up camp in all the right places (no blocked fire lanes, tongues and noses out, etc.). Evenings require patrol (in pairs) helping festival goers with any questions, etc. and reporting potential problems to your crew leader. All shifts entail a lot of walking so please dress accordingly.
Please note: You MUST be at least 16 to work campgrounds and available times are limited.

Campground Crew Leaders will have the following responsibilities: To meet with Shift Coordinator at the sign-in tent ½ hour prior to shift for briefing. At your assigned station you must sign in the workers, assign them radios and assign the areas to patrol. You will also be responsible for documentation of events such as a lost child, blocked fire lanes, unruly festival goers, etc. To be eligible for this position you must have worked at least one or more festivals in campgrounds and attend at least one of the WMO Volunteer Orientation sessions being held during the summer.
Please note: You MUST be at least 18 to be a Crew Leader.

Please call the WMO Office starting Monday, April 24th, 2017 to sign up for Campgrounds: 989-967-8879

SHIFTS

FRIDAY
9am – 2pm
11am – 4pm
4pm – 8pm
8pm – midnight
midnight – 4am
midnight – 8am

SATURDAY
8am – noon
noon – 4pm
4pm – 8pm
8pm – midnight
midnight – 4am
midnight – 8am

SUNDAY
8am – noon
noon – 4pm
4pm – 8pm

Day Parking

If you are an “outstanding person in your field” type of person then Day Parking is the place for you. You would be working as a team directing festival patrons to parking spaces in the day parking lot, campground entrances and exits and monitoring handicap day parking areas. You must wear a stylish fluorescent orange vest (provided by WMO) to enhance your presence and you MUST be at least 16 to work Day Parking. Attendance of a WMO volunteer training session is strongly encouraged!!!

Day Parking Crew Leaders will have the following responsibilities: Arrive ½ hour prior to shift for briefing from last crew leader, sign in Volunteers and assign them, report all concerns to shift coordinator and keep records of all activities. You MUST be at least 18, have worked in day parking previously and have attended a WMO Volunteer Orientation session in the recent past or one this summer.

Please call the WMO Office starting Monday, April 24th, 2017 to sign up for Day Parking: 989-967-8879

SHIFTS

FRIDAY
7:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 9:30pm
7:30pm – 1:30am

SATURDAY
7:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 9:30pm
7:30pm – 1:30am

SUNDAY
7:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 3:30pm

Hospitality Carts

There are limited openings in Hospitality Transportation this year. Drivers must work two 4 ½ hour shifts during festival. Drivers transport festival patrons around the festival site. Hospitality transportation drivers must be at least 25 years of age with a valid driver’s license and have a minimum of 3 years volunteering in the campgrounds. You are strongly encouraged to attend a WMO orientation session. If interested call the WMO office at 989-967-8879. The staff will take your name and number and Don Short will contact you and assign you an available shift.

Medical

There are a very limited number of shifts for RNs, LPNs, EMTs and Paramedics available for the 2015 festival. Any volunteer who didn’t work last year and is interested in working this year should call or email the office before June 1, 2017 to sign up for shifts (989-967-8879/wmo.office@wheatlandmusic.org). Please give your t-shirt size when you sign up. New volunteers will be placed in the schedule after June 1, 2017.  All medical volunteers who can make time in their schedules should attend one of the training weekends this year. It is a great time meeting other festival volunteers.

Fire Prevention

Do you have your “Michigan Fire Fighter One” certificate? Would you like to volunteer for the WMO fire suppression team? Then please call the WMO office at 989-967-8879 or Bob Beers at 989-967-8609. You will need to provide a copy of your certificate (so it can be kept on file) to the office. Some of the duties will include patrolling for violators of the nonsmoking rule, assisting with medical emergencies when summoned and putting out small fires. Bob encourages all fire volunteers who can make time in their schedules to attend one of the training weekends this year. It is a great time meeting other festival volunteers.