Our volunteers make the Festival a truly 'Special Event'!
We welcome thousands of people to Midcoast Maine every summer to celebrate Maine lobster and the local lobster industry. In order to make all aspects of our festival run properly, we rely on the hundreds of visitors and community members who volunteer year after year.
From our Board of Directors to the folks serving you delicious lobster dinners throughout Festival Week, all are volunteers who give their time and energy to make the Maine Lobster Festival run. For eleven months, our Board of Directors is busy planning for the upcoming festival. For three weeks prior to the festival, volunteers start to get the grounds set up to meet all of our visitors’ expectations upon arrival.
All proceeds raised from the festival are given directly back to the Rockland area communities in the forms of donations, grants, scholarships, and gifts.
This is where you come in.
We are looking for volunteers to sign up for the 71st annual Maine Lobster Festival and we have a job for everyone! Whether it’s helping to set up or taking down tents, cooking the thousands of lobsters we will serve this year, or taking tickets at one of the gates, we need your help. In return, you will receive one of our coveted Volunteer T-shirts and our eternal thanks for your hard work.
We also have a new Sign Up online form you can use. Follow this link to select day and time for volunteering for the gates or the food tent.
Please be specific about the job you would like to help with, and we can make it happen. For any further questions about volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, more than 1,300 volunteers make this festival run – there wouldn't be a festival without them! Our volunteers come from all over the country. Local residents, summer residents, and vacationers of all ages volunteer for at least one 4-hour shift on the grounds. People plan their vacations around their obligation at the Festival.
Each volunteer receives an exclusive Maine Lobster Festival Volunteer T-Shirt – these shirts are not for sale and can only be obtained by volunteering! In addition volunteers receive free admission on the day they volunteer.
Children’s Tent: The Children’s Tent is an area for parents to bring their children for some quiet time or play. Volunteers in this area are needed to keep the area neat, stocked with supplies and to provide overall supervision. PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY WITH AND SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN WHILE IN THE TENT.
Food Tent: Volunteers in the Food Tent help with the serving of lobster; cooking and serving of other Maine seafood; prepping and serving sides and desserts; cashiering; cleaning tables and trash removal.
Gates/Tickets: Volunteers in this area are responsible for greeting Festival visitors; ticket sales and making sure that everyone entering the grounds has a wrist band (guests) or proper identification (vendors/directors).
Grounds Crew: Volunteers in this area work during the Festival to help with many different things, including minor repairs; setting up chairs for the nightly entertainment; taking down chairs at the end of a performance; moving tables and chairs to various areas as needed; trash removal; moving product and supplies to areas as needed.
Forklift certification and experience, as well as plumbing and carpentry experience is helpful but not required. Proof of a valid driver’s license and insurance will be required for forklift operators along with a copy of forklift certification.
Marine Tent: Volunteers are needed in the Marine Tent to supervise the Touch Tank; a willingness to handle the marine life (starfish, sea urchins, etc.) in the tank is a plus as our visitors like to be able to see them up close!
Pancake Breakfast Crew: (6:00 AM to 10:00 AM) Volunteers in this area cook and serve our “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast.
Set Up Crew: Volunteering in this area involves prepping Harbor Park for the Festival; jobs include tent set up; placement of tables, chairs and benches around the grounds; painting and minor maintenance or repairs.
Souvenir Area: Volunteers in the souvenir tent help sell Festival merchandise; tee shirts, posters, hats, etc. This area is also where visitors go for Lost/Found items and for general information.
Tear Down Crew: (Close of Festival on Sunday through Tuesday) These volunteers arrive at the end of the Festival to help pack everything up and put it back into storage.
Stage Crew: Volunteers in this area help prepare the stage for the various events; unload trucks for performers; load trucks after entertainment is finished for the night, and clear the stage at the end of the Festival. This area requires a lot of lifting, standing and moving on uneven concrete.
Lobster Cooker: Volunteers in this area work hard cooking and moving the thousands of pounds of lobster served each day in the food tent. The ability to do heavy lifting is a must, given the nature of this area we cannot take volunteers under the age of 18 at the cooker.
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the Volunteer areas require lifting and you will be on your feet for the majority of your volunteer shift. Please dress accordingly.