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 72nd 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. Volunteers also receive half off any food items in the food tent.
If you are volunteering with another person or a group, please fill out ONE online form and list names of the others in the comment section along with their t-shirt sizes. This will alleviate confusion. THANKS!
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 a large tent used for quiet play. While there are lots to do under the tent, we do ask that this be a calm area. Chairs and tables are provided for art projects, or face painting staffed by local high schoolers or local day campers. Large motor play is a very big part so children can exercise their legs if stroller sitting has become to confining. We encourage families who are interested in volunteering together to select a 4-hr shift in this area. We only require 1. that toys stay under the tent and 2. things are returned to their proper bins for the next child to play with. We encourage volunteers in this area to play with their children and use the activity to show off our lovely, cool and very popular Children's tent!
PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY WITH AND SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN WHILE IN THE TENT.
Food Tent: Volunteers for 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. You can be tasked with an easy job, like placing melted butter cups on platters or grabbing cold drinks for our visitors or ask for a more difficult job of cooking. You can be part of the team at the Lobster Cooker, steaming those fresh 'bugs' as the lobster community call them to steaming the mussels and clams. If your family is gung-ho to cook depending on your skills we have places for you. It may be assembling the strawberry shortcut desserts, or running the freshly steamed lobsters from the cooker to the food tent. It takes about 3 people to ferry the load from the cooker through the festival crowd using a yard cart to transport the tote full of fresh red cooked lobsters. We always need hands to help wipe down tables after usage and empty trash from the barrels to the dumpster if you are so willing. We can not have family members volunteer under the age of 12, exceptions are made individually by the Food Directors. They will determine the safety of the job with the person.
Gates/Tickets: Volunteers in this area are the first faces that greet Festival visitors. We only get one chance for a first impression and volunters here can make or break our guests experience. Smiling faces and information at hand assists any questions that might be asked. We love having families volunteer together at our 'ports of entry'! Responsible adults will be considered for ticket sales and family members as young as 12 can attach wrist bands or answer questions, help take photos, or recommend where the bathrooms are on the grounds. You would be part of a team of 8/10 people with a Gate Leader for support and fun. It requires 4 hr standing or walking around, wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sun screen!
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! Families can sign up for this location for up to 5 people. You can talk to visitors about the creatures provided in the tank and either show them how to pick them up or just point out what they are. Its a great place to be inside the Marine tent, next to seawall at Buoy Park. What a great view! The age restriction for this attraction is again 12 or older, but exceptions can be made.
Pancake Breakfast Crew: Volunteers in this area arrive early and cook. The “All You Can Eat Pancake" breakfast starts at 7AM - 10AM, so volunteers for this need to arrive at 6AM to make coffee, setup tables and cook blueberry pancakes. This very popular event goes from Thursday to Sunday. If your family is interested and are early risers, consider this event. Family members will need to be 12 or older, but there are multiple tasks for them to perform during this 4 hr shift in the food tent. And afterwards you'll have all day to investigate the grounds, listen to performers on stage, eat in the food tent and watch artisans work. This area does fill up quickly, so sign up early to reserve your spot(s).
Souvenir Area: Volunteers in our souvenir tent assist with keeping Festival merchandise; tee shirts, posters, hats, etc. organized or refilled with product. Folding shirts, hanging sweatshirts back up, assisting visitors with colors or sizes of items, and replenishing souvenirs from Jimmy's store in the garage. Families selecting this area for their volunteering can all be together in the tent 'hawking' our goods! It is a never-ending task to keep it organized and well stocked. You know you can be of great service in this tent. It is also where visitors go for Lost/Found items and for general information.
Lobster Cooker: Volunteers in this area are mostly from our local Coast Guard Station and boats assigned to Rockland. As a designated Coast Guard city since June 16, 2008, 11 years, the Coasties from Station Rockland, Thunder Bay, Abbie Burgess, and the Tackle work hard cooking and moving the thousands of pounds of lobster served each day to the food tent. It is hot, sweaty and physically heavy lifting work so families of young children are not encouraged to work here, but if you are a family with children over the age of 18, you may try it. 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.