Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer!There are many different ways to get involved at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Below is a list of volunteer opportunities and what each job entails. Final evening shifts include assistance with Cleanup. Please note, volunteer positions with an asterisk require training before the festival.


Do you love art? We are seeking volunteers to help manage art sales throughout the weekend.  Engage with artists and the public about the art on display, answer questions, take payments for art and record transactions.  Check lighting and signage of the gallery (how to purchase work, artists statements, and artwork descriptions.  Help guests pickup their art on Sunday evening.  More info.


Must be 21 or older to work the bar. Help serve beer, wine, snacks, & popcorn at the bar, as well as keep the space clean, tidy, & well-stocked for future shifts. Quick Tip: This position is for someone who likes to be in a fast-paced environment. This job requires standing on your feet for extended periods of time. All tips collected while on shift are donations for SYRCL. More info.


Seeking strong volunteers to life heavy items; stack chairs & tables; load equipment; transport & help unload at the SYRCL office. We will clean, sweep, & vacuum. If you have a truck available for use during this time, your help would be greatly appreciated! More info.


Must be 21 or older to volunteer for the Filmmaker Lounge. Support the Venue Coordinator in setting up, stocking, & maintaining food/beverage stations. Be a resource for our guests by answering questions —know about the festival & our community. Help tidy the lounge & restroom. In addition, screen access to the lounge. Filmmakers, staff, contractors, & guests with VIP access credentials only may visit the lounge. More info.


Greet our special guests and make them feel welcome! Volunteers will be distributing filmmaker packets and answering questions about the festival and area. More info.


Seeking friendly, insured volunteers with clean driving records to shuttle filmmakers to and from Sacramento and Nevada City.  Shuttle service will be the filmmaker or special guest’s first or last interaction with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Help us give a warm welcome and farewell to the artists and activists who bring such dynamism to our festival.  Quick Tip: Exact times will be determined as we get closer to the festival.  Shifts are currently listed as AM/PM blocks of time.  More info.


Help us reduce landfill waste by educating attendees about compost, recycling, & trash. Maintain tidy greening station by unloading full canisters. Allison Miller, the festival Greening Manager, will provide training. She may also ask for additional assistance. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. More info.


Help prepare food for the filmmaker and volunteer lounges. Calling all Alice Waters fans to help in the warm kitchen. Quick Tip: This position requires standing for long periods of time, lifting, loading, transporting, chopping, and stirring. More info.


This position is for volunteers 21+ only. Seeking volunteers to help staff the door, sell tickets, check identification, bar-tend, & cleanup at the Late Night Dance Party. This is a fast-paced, job. All tips collected at the bar will be donated to the South Yuba
River Citizens League to help support our year-round work. More info.


Turn lights on & off between films & speakers. Coordinate with the TECH Lead running the video & audio equipment. Usher in the 30 minutes before your light duties. Please mark your calendar for the required lights training on Thursday 1/17/2019, 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. More info.


In partnership with Community Beyond Violence, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is recruiting volunteers to help spread the love at the 2019 Love Walk on Monday January 21st in Grass Valley.  Volunteers are needed to help with the Love Walk parade and following festivities.  Job duties include assisting with event set-up at the Elks Lodge, coordinating logistics for the parade route, greeting guests and helping answer event questions.  For more information and to register for the Love Walk visit the CBV website for More info.


The WSFF Media Lounge serves as the hub for press, filmmakers and special guests. The media lounge includes a media reception on Friday, January 18 from 5pm-7pm and a live broadcast along with live-streamed interviews with filmmakers and special guests throughout the weekend. Assist with setup, the opening media reception, and the Media Lounge. The Media Lounge team, led by Elisa Parker, is also responsible for checking-in guests and press, posting on social media, capturing photos, texting guests before their interview, lounge upkeep and set-up, and take down. More info.


Must be 21 or older to volunteer for the Opening Reception. The Opening Reception kicks off the Wild & Scenic weekend. Help serve light hors d’oeuvres, beer, & wine. Help set up serving tables, restock as necessary, maintain a tidy space, & assist with cleanup. More info.


Greet the public at the venue doors & check attendees’ tickets. Help with crowd control at popular screenings, maintain quiet in
the areas outside the film-viewing area, & change “Now Playing” signs as needed. Pass Checkers work at all film screening venues. SYRCL seeks assertive, polite volunteers to staff busy Friday & Saturday evening sessions at the Miners Foundry & Nevada Theatre. More info.


We are looking for friendly folks to answer the phone in the office on the first day of the Film Festival. This position is ideal for someone who is familiar with the festival and both Nevada City and Grass Valley. Volunteers will help field questions about where to purchase tickets, where to park, where to stay, etc. More info.


Greet teachers and students at the door. Lead groups into the theater and usher them to their seats. Safely help escort school groups back to their buses. Assist the River Education Manager with any other additional duties. More info.


Help assist the Wild & scenic Film Festival as a security volunteer. Security volunteers ensure that only ticket holders are permitted at festival entrances and exits. This position is needed at the Miners Foundry, the Wild & Scenic Gala (10PM- 12AM), and the Late Night Dance Party (10PM-2AM). More info.


Seeking strong volunteers to help us set up each film venue. This role will involve loading, unloading, carrying supplies, & setting up hundreds of chairs. This work is physical & may involved moving very heavy items. Setup volunteers will move from venue to venue on foot. Quick Tip: This position happens rain or shine–please dress accordingly. More info.


This position is wonderful for people with retail experience! The store is located at the Miners Foundry, and Headquarters in Grass
Valley & Nevada City. Help attendees score sweet festival gear! Quick Tip: This position requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to operate a credit card reader on a tablet. More info.


SYRCL Outreach Booths are highly visible points of contact for festival attendees to learn more about SYRCL, ask questions, become
members, & take direct-action at the festival. We will be advocating to stop a new dam from being built on the Bear River. Please mark your calendar for the required training on Wednesday, January 16, 6:00pm-7:30pm at 313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City. More info.

TECH 2*: 

We seek tech savvy volunteers to manage the audio mixer levels in sync with our Ki-Pro units to deliver a glitch-free, professional film presentation. Ki-Pro untis are hard drive recorders & playback devices. Tech 2 volunteers work in collaboration with Tech Leads. Please mark your calendar for the required training: Wednesday 1/9/19 or Tuesday 1/15/19, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, at 313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City. More info.


Open and close the radio room. Check-out and check-in all walkie-talkie radios utilized over the weekend. Quick Tip: Pre-festival training provided. More info.



Seeking volunteers able to lift 20+ lbs. Please wear comfortable shoes & clothes in which you can easily move. Meet Craig at the Miners Foundry in the Radio Room. Help set up the tech equipment at multiple venues. Load, unload, and set up all audio/ visual equipment. Connect all video and sound gear. More info.


Seeking volunteers comfortable with computers & gadgets. This position is recommended for volunteers who have experience with video games or handling VR headsets. Volunteers will help set up & manage the lounge, staff a booth w/ an HTC Vive or Oculus device, ensure the safety of equipment, offer guidance as needed, & breakdown & pack up. More info.


Sell festival tickets and passes. Quick Tip: This position requires proficiency on a computer and tablet. This is a customer-service position that interacts with dozens, if not hundreds, of festival goers each shift. Please mark your calendars for the required training: Ticket Sales, Monday 1/14/2019 6:00PM-7:30PM @ SYRCL Office, 313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City. More info.


Welcome, offer assistance, and track open seats for guests who are arriving. Help guide attendees to their seats with a flashlight in especially dark venues. Encourage attendees to scoot in to make room for people arriving later. Turn the lights on/off between MC’s, Speakers and films.  Communicate with the two TECHs running the video & audio equipment.  Keep the entrance and the back of the venue clear of standing patrons.  More info.


Greet, welcome, and help volunteers know where to go for their volunteer shifts. Volunteer check-in is located at the Nevada City and Grass Valley Headquarters.  More info.


Support the Volunteer Assistant in setting up, stocking & maintaining food/beverage stations.  Be a resources for our volunteers by answering questions about the festival and our community.  Help tidy the lounge & restroom.  More info.


The Wild Card position is for someone who is an agile, Jane-of-all trades type. This gig could involve running an errand, filling in for a volunteer who is sick, moving items across town, or putting out a figurative fire. If you like spontaneity, revel in the unexpected, and love being a quick-on-your-feet life-saver, this job is for you. Quick Tip: This job requires a vehicle and someone who can move FAST. More info.