Dreamtime Festival
   

SEEKING CREATIVE, INSPIRED, SKILLED,
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS INDIVIDUALS
to help put on the Dreamtime Festival!

Dreamtime is an event held by the participants, for the participants, it takes everyone's help to make it work. Volunteering is a perfect opportunity to get involved, meet great people, give back to the community, and have a lot of fun in the process! In the simplest form, volunteering is giving your time to something that you feel is important. You can contribute before, during or after the festival and we'll find the perfect niche for you. Dreamtime volunteers are the life-blood and super-stars of the event! They are integral to every aspect of the festival.

Your involvement as a volunteer can range from a simple work trade for the price of your ticket to stepping into the organization and creating the festival from start to finish. Many people pay for a ticket and also spend several hours during and after the festival helping. We hope all of our volunteers and participants act conscientiously and proactively, take care of each other, and pay attention to what needs to get done and do it.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up below for one or more of the following areas:

  1. Pre-Event volunteering
  2. At The Event volunteering
  3. Post-Event volunteering.

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Pre-Event Volunteering


Here are a couple of things that you can do on your own to assist with the festival:

  • Promotions: Everyone can keep their eyes peeled & ears tuned for opportunities to get the word out. We want to be represented at similar events and communities around the country. Volunteer to distribute advertising materials – we can mail posters and fliers to you. There are many online communities and groups that would love to know about Dreamtime too! *Please note this does not count for Work Trade/Ticket Exchange. However, click here to find out about becoming an affiliate and earning money for promoting.
  • Work Weekends: Join us on the ranch to help set up the site over the course of several weekends. Be prepared to work hard & get dirty! Activities will include constructing & erecting yurts, moving carpet, painting, and the like to create the necessary structures for the Festival. Weekends will be from 9am Saturday - 6pm Sunday throughout June & July. *Please note that 2 Work Weekends qualify for Work Trade/Ticket Exchange, and you will be responsible for providing your own meals, & be prepared to camp. Our facilities for your use include a refrigerator, showers, & eco-toilets. Please inquire for more details..
  • Set-Up: Similar to Work Weekends, but for 1-2 weeks previous to the Festival. Help build various structures such as yurts and assist with other activities to prepare the Festival site. Hardworking able bodies needed for this work, bonus points for those with carpentry experience and their own tools! For volunteers committed to Set-Up for a minimum of 1 week (7 days), Festival entrance & meals are included with your stay (meals require 7 days notice), but come prepared to camp. Facilities for your use include a refrigerator, showers, & eco-toilets. During setup, the property is drug and alcohol free - please respect this community agreement and take these activities off the property. Please inquire for more details.
  • Creative Design: Lend your "eye" to making the site look great! Arrive 2 days prior to the Festival to help with decorating and orchestrating beautiful space. *Please note this does not qualify for work-trade/ticket exchange, but meals and space for camping will be provided.
  • Internship: You may be interested in joining us on site prior to the event or being part of our internship program. See the Internship page for more information!

Register to volunteer pre festival online here:

Register to volunteer prior to the event



Volunteering at the Event:

The following paragraphs summarize each of the volunteer roles we need to staff during the event. At the bottom you'll find two links. One of them lets you sign up as a volunteer, giving us some basic info on who you are, how to contact you before and during the event, and how you want to help. After you add yourself to the volunteer list, the second link let's you schedule yourself for particular shifts. Please help us schedule at least one person in each role for each shift, or we may need to ask people to switch from more popular shifts to the ones left blank.

Regardless of which volunteer role you choose to fulfill, please arrive for your shift about 15 minutes early. This will help smooth out shift transition and allow for a few minutes of training.

Info Booth: Sit in the shaded info booth, inside the Center Camp Plaza and answer people's questions, and call on the radio for any needed Ranger or 1st Aid help. The radio (and answers to many common questions) will be provided. Those who are familiar with the event layout and logistics will be most comfortable in this role, but anyone is welcome to take on this role and meet a whole new set of friends. Feel free to have friends join you at the booth.

Mate' Bar: This is for people with barrista experience only. If you have worked in a coffeeshop, tea house, or bar, then come be a part of helping out at the mate bar! Please contact us, and we will e-mail you an application.

Placement: As usual in Colorado, we have lots of space at this site, but little of it is level. If we're going to find comfortable space for everyone, we'll have to use that flat camping space efficiently. That's where the Placement crew comes in - you'll help people who are arriving find a good place to set up, make sure our space is used efficiently, and help park cars so that access isn't restricted. We'll need several patient people with good spatial skills beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Saturday night.

Greeters: In many ways, this is the most important role to be filled at Dreamtime. It's also one of the most fun! Greeting is all about helping new arrivals make the transition from the hassles of their work week and the long drive into that fabulous magical world that brings us together. There's plenty of information to give out at the gate, but the most important part of the role is, well, funkadelic vibe induction! If you think your groove is contagious, we'll need a good sized reception crew all the way into Sunday. Costumes highly encouraged. Consider enlisting your campmates to work the same shift as you do - team greeting is a blast!

Floater: Sometimes you just don't know what's going to come up. This is the role that handles that - you'll be doing whatever is needed just then. That could be filling in for another role that's short-handed, taking care of odd jobs, or three different things over the course of the shift. This job is perfect for you Jack-of-All-Trades types.

Emergency Services: If you have real-world certification as a First Responder or higher, we could use your help. We want to have professional Fire/Medical response coordinators on call at all times, 'cause you never know when someone will cross the line from happy to broken. Since this is an on-call role and there are relatively few people who are qualified, we're scheduling longer on-call shifts to stretch the resources to cover all 24 hours, all weekend long. You won't have to stay in one place – you'll just need to stay sober and carry a radio. If you are interested, please first sign youself up in the schedule and contact us here.

Rangers: Anyone with a level head and positive spirit can make a large difference in how fun and safe the event is for others, and a little bit of preparation can go a long way toward focusing those skills and improving communication in this often-delicate work. You will be roaming the site, keeping an eye out for problems and helping to spot and avoid crises. This is your chance to make a truly huge difference in someone's day. Common sense and humor are the best traits to bring to the job. If you have a mountain bike you can bring to the event, it will come in handy.

Stage Hands: The stage managers and sound techs need help and the various stages at Dreamtime. You can be part of the stage team by helping greet artists and performers, setting up acts, loading and unloading, keeping the backstage flowing and the stage schedule on time. You must have previous stage/sound/tech experience for this position.

Ok... there it is... which position calls to you? Thanks for your participation. This couldn't happen without you!

* All volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training prior to the event. If you miss the volunteer training that you sign up for, you must immediately contact the volunteer coordinator to request to reschedule, or you will be removed from the schedule.

* Volunteers signing up to volunteer during the event understand that:  

1. (NEW) I must purchase a volunteer ticket prior to signing up to volunteer. After the event and upon successful completion of my shifts, the ticket price will be refunded to my account or mailed to me as a check to the billing address that I provide.

2. I must volunteer for a minimum of two separate time shifts in the same volunteer role/position for all of my shifts in order to qualify (e.g. any 2 ranger shifts or any 2 greeter shifts will qualify for work-trade).  

Our new policy: no ID's on file, no special volunteer sign-in with waiting lines, just a physical ticket to present at the box office. You are responsible to show up for and sucessfully complete your shifts in order to receive your refund after the event.

And for those with any doubts, WE BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY TO MANIFEST $85-95 IN YOUR LIFE! YOU ARE A POWERFUL FORCE OF CREATION, ATTRACT TO YOURSELF WHAT YOU FOCUS ON, AND DESERVE SUPPORT AND GREAT ABUNDANCE.

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ONLY REGISTER IF YOU CAN PROMISE TO:

- LOOK EACH AND EVERY PERSON I INTERACT WITH AT THE EVENT IN THE EYE AND SMILE

- MAINTAIN A 100% POSITIVE ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT MY SHIFTS, AND SPEAK ONLY IN CONSTRUCTIVE, POSITIVE WAYS TO OTHER VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS.

- OFFER MY FEEDBACK AND CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS TO THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR IN PRIVATE, WITHOUT EVER COMPLAINING TO OTHER VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS.

- BE COMPLETELY CLEAR AND SOBER DURING ALL OF MY SHIFTS

- ARRIVE A MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES EARLY FOR ALL OF MY SHIFTS

- ATTEND A MANDATORY TRAINING PRIOR TO THE EVENT

- FOLLOW AND PROMOTE TO THE VERY BEST OF MY ABILITY AND IN GOOD FAITH ALL GUIDELINES, SYSTEMS, PROCESSES AND RULES PRESENTED AT THE TRAINING AND AT THE EVENT.

- TO BE DEVOTED TO BEING OF SERVICE TO DREAMTIME AND OTHERS DURING MY SHIFTS, AND TO MAXIMIZING THE SAFETY AND EXPERIENCE OF ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

Register as a volunteer at the event here:

Register to volunteer prior to the event

You will then need to schedule yourself for shifts at the event here

 

If you are interested in acting as a Team Lead for one of the volunteer categories, please indicate that on your volunteer registration form, and the volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

You may contact the volunteer coordinator here - our volunteer coordinators are very busy, so please be sure to carefully read this entire page and attempt to sign up using the online forms and schedule before contacting the volunteer coodinator directly. They may not be able to respond right away.

 


Post-Event Volunteering


Clean Up: Help us Leave No Trace at the end of the event. No special skills are needed, but the interpersonal ability to motivate people to clean up after themselves is key in this role. Volunteering for this crucial position will help with the all-important goal of returning our site to it's original condition, and getting all of the materials equipment into storage in a neat and organized manner.

Register to volunteer after the festival online here:

Register to volunteer prior to the event

 


 

"Being there as the need arises" unconditional service - a simple definition of Seva by Sri Ravi Shankar.

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