Job Descriptions

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the festival team, we would love to hear from you.

If you have questions about festival volunteering, please contact
Annika at 

Job Description Form

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[Please note that while the volunteer coordinator makes every effort to match you with your position preferences, volunteer positions are filled with consideration to when your registration is received and when you are available to help.  You won't be able to be a buddy if you are only available for 4 hours on Saturday;

or you can't sell CDs from 9am- 12 noon on Sunday because there are no sales until we open at 12 noon]


For More Information, Contact:


Annika Otto,

GLFF volunteer coordinator
Michigan State University Museum
409 West Circle Drive, Room 103
East Lansing, MI 48824-1045 USA











Descriptions of volunteer jobs

Bike Parking Free Guarded Bicycle Parking Volunteers will help check-in and check-out bicycles for festival goers.
Bucket Brigade Spend your volunteer time near the Music Stages! Provide the opportunity for festival goers to support the festival with a donation as you pass through the crowd. Last year we raised over $25,000!
Buddy Greet and orient performers to festival site and East Lansing. Help transport performers from Marriott to performance stages. (Must have full weekend availability.)
Kidlore - Children's Area Facilitate children’s activities (games crafts and performances) by assisting and encouraging children’s participation, Assist with visitor questions and safety.
GLFF Marketplace Work in the Folk Arts Marketplace (craft vending area) Provide general assistance and serve as booth sitters.
Green Room Staff the Green Room where food and beverages are provided for performers, volunteers and staff.
Information Booth Provide information to the general public, including performance times, restroom locations, transportation options, directions…
JOATMON (Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None, formerly "Floater") Act as a fill-in at sites that need assistance during the festival.
Operations Assist in the operations office just before and during the festival. Job tasks could range from phone or radio duty to running supplies to stages. Must be able to walk from one end of the site to the other in 10 minutes or less, and be able to lift 25 lbs. Experience with golf cart driving and hand tool use a plus.
Recycling Assist with recyclables (especially paper and #1 bottles) at the Festival. Distribute containers, monitor containers, then collect containers and recyclables for pick up by MSU Recycling. Let's see how much we can divert from the waste stream
Sales, CD Assist with performer CD sales and sales of shirts and other Festival souvenirs.
Seniors on the Go Drive a golf cart around the Festival Site to help move people of all ages with mobility challenges. Must have valid Drivers License.
Set-up/Take down crew Volunteers will set up and/or take down Site signs, Tent signs, Banners (will use ladders and hand tools).
Site Coordinator Oversee audience areas at stages and resolve issues such as seating, crowd control, and lost children.
Transportation Transport performers, staff and equipment to music stages. Must be able to safely drive a golf cart.
Volunteer Registration Check-in volunteers prior to each shift at the Marriott Hotel. Good job for those who need to be seated most of the time and/or stay out of the sun.