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From the ground up: Volunteer. Build a movement.

You’ve never been one to sit back and watch when something really great is taking shape.

You jump in with both feet. You dig in. You are energized by others who are ready to change the world, starting in their own backyard.

You are a change-maker in your own unique way, and because of that, you know you’ll be a perfect fit for the team…

Are you ready to get in at the ground level? To be the roots of this grassroots movement?

Is this you? Let’s talk!

See below for volunteer crews and descriptions…



Here is the 10,000 foot view (we drill down into the details if you just let your fingers do the scrolling!) 

Team Coordinators:

You would be responsible for planning coordination of one of the key areas such as DIY kids, first aid, environment, site management, attendee hospitality, and food service. You will also manage a few volunteers, and work as part of a larger team of festival organizers. We’ll be counting on you to provide reports, to manage and work within a budget, and participate in team coordinator meetings (and fun gatherings!)


Each coordinator receives a complimentary fest ticket, a fest t-shirt, a Fest Food Lane lunch on us, a post-fest dinner on us, and a special post-fest thank you.


Positions at a glance – keep scrolling for a detailed list of team coordinator positions along with their full descriptions.


Festival-day Volunteers:

You commit to spending a half-day shift on one of our key teams the day before or the day of the festival.

Receive a complimentary ticket to the festival, a Fest Food Lane snack ticket and your own print copy of the fest’s Heart of a Homesteader manifesto – and more – get in touch to learn the details!

You’ll find more detail on all of the positions below, and if you have any questions let us know and we’ll answer them.

We love it when you *dig in*!


Volunteering Up Close: Team Coordinator Position Details


DIY Kids’ Coordinator 

You have have a million good ideas, can wrangle a wide range of ages, and are truly dedicated to the idea of passing down essential skills to the next generation. You’ll be able to create a line-up of activities and people to make this area of the fest extra special.

This is one of our most cherished positions as our kids were the inspiration for the event (and everything we do)…

In 2013 we had a phenomenal kids area that included a session on cattail creations, candle dipping, pony care, and a whole lot more.

In 2015 our *amazing* coordinators set up activities including felted rocks, fermented sodas, branch weaving, bath teas, nature walks and more!

We are looking for someone to pull it all together in 2017 and make this area a special place for the little ones (and their parents) who visit it.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning, or having someone plan, two-to-four self-guided activities that can be left out in the kids’ area for the day. Activities should fit into the theme and tone of the festival.
  • Planning a restful area for tuckered little ones – a blanket, some books, etc.
  • Liasing with the Kids’ Area workshop leaders – some of these will be kids this year! –  to ensure they have what they need for their activities, collecting bios, photos and a brief activity description. Plan a schedule.
  • Organize a place of peace and rest for those with infants and toddlers where they can feed and or change their little ones in comfort. Set up a tent with a few comfy chairs, a change table, a package of wipes for those who forget and other special touches that come up.
  • Site prep and planning. For example, for the number of tables and chairs needed, and any other extra touches to make the area run smoothly – kleenex, cloths, bandaids, etc.
  • Manage festival-day volunteers


Get in touch!


On-Site Food Coordinator – POSITION FILLED – Please see below to join as a team member!

You have connections or white hot, flaming passion for Manitoba’s amazing food vendors and know *exactly* who you would want to invite to be on site for the fest.

You would love to coordinate this and take care of vendor’s needs so that fest goers are a well-fed bunch.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring vendor type is consistent with the spirit, atmosphere and goals of the festival.
  • Estimating and securing the ideal number and range of food and beverage vendors.
  • Helping plan proper siting for vendors.
  • Ensuring the needs of food vendors are met the day of the festival.
  • Providing follow up to gauge vendor experience/insight post-festival


Marketplace Coordinator – POSITION FILLED – Please see below to join as a team member!
In the first year post-fest survey comments, fest attendees overwhelmingly said they wanted to purchase goods from the hosts and other quality vendors. Are you the right person to find and secure vendors for the DIY Homesteader Fest Marketplace?

As such, you’ll be key to connecting fest goers with the goods they want to see, touch, taste and *buy*.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to set up an application system and screening applicants.
  • Administrative – keeping track of applicants, accepted vendors, payments…
  • On Site – marketplace tent, signage, tables, and layout.
  • Working within a budget.
  • Ensuring the needs of marketplace vendors are met the day of the festival.
  • Providing follow up to gauge vendor experience/insight post-festival.

Get in touch!


Music Coordinator – POSITION FILLED – Please see below to join as a team member!

You can easily match the right sound to an event vibe. You have connections or at least a very strong interest in the Manitoba music scene. You also know how to oversee the technical aspects of a gig so everyone can hear and see whats going on.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Securing the right music for the event. (2-4 potential timeframes/acts)
  • Liaising with musicians.
  • Securing any required equipment.
  • Working within the fest budget guidelines.
  • Manage and oversee a small team of festival-day volunteers

Attendee Hospitality Coordinator

With over 300 guests on a large property, we want to ensure everyone can easily find their way to parking, workshops, food and water, washrooms, and first aid.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and oversee parking – staff will help direct people where to park
  • Organize festival-day volunteers to greet attendees, provide directions to key areas, etc.
  • Food service and water station set up, maintenance, and monitoring
  • Manage and oversee a small team of festival-day volunteers

Get in touch!


Workshop Leader Liaison – POSITION FILLED – Please see below to join as a team member!

You like to make people feel comfortable and well-taken care of. You can are concise and organized but welcoming and warm. You will be the main link by email, phone and in person to the amazing talent hosting workshops the day of the fest. You will be responsible for delegating tasks to a support crew – some of whom you will have had a hand in recruiting so you have just the right team to support your efforts.

We want to thank each of you in advance for helping build the re-skilling movement. Without you this wouldn’t be possible. Every fest goer, every volunteer has a huge part to play.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Phone and email follow ups with hosts leading up to the day of the event.
  • Coordinating workshop leaders.
  • Securing and working with a team of fest day volunteers.
  • Ensuring workshop hosts are greeted and briefed the day of the fest.
  • Providing follow up assistance post fest to ensure workshop leaders have the best possible experience and feel valued.


First-Aid Coordinator 

You believe in a combination of western and alternative medicine. You have experience running a first aid station in the past for major events and know their requirements. You’re organized enough to think of things like having emergency numbers on hand and keep an ambulance path clear on the fest site. You don’t expect accidents. But you’re always prepared for them.

Though we hope that this service will go unused, we’d like to prepare in order to serve our attendees. Must have experience and training in regular and/or alternative medicine.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Help to choose a location for the first aid station
  • Plan and budget for necessary supplies and signage (including inventory of existing supplies)
  • Liaise with local emergency personnel to create an emergency plan so emergency vehicles have easy access and we have contact numbers for local emergency personnel.
  • Manage and oversee a small team of festival-day volunteers

Get in touch!



Please let us know a first and second choice area as space is limited. Thank you for joining the team!


Kids’ Area support. Children are the responsibility of their parents. This is not a child-minding area. That means as a volunteer, you’re job is to help with faciliation of kids’ area activities and help our little homesteaders have a blast!

 Market. You may be asked to help in one of the following areas:

  • Set up (day before or morning of)
  • Tear down (evening of)
  • Helping to check in market vendors and show them their spaces, etc.

Attendee Hospitality. You may be asked to help in one of the following areas:

  • Greeting
  • Parking directions
  • Site directions
  • Security

Site Prep & Maintenance. You may be asked to help in one of the following areas:

  • Set up (day before)
  • Tear down (evening of)
  • Fest-day maintenance – tents, toilet paper refills, moving things as needed, etc.
  • PA and other tech needs
  • Waste management – composting, recycling, garbage

First-Aid. Experience and training necessary. Conventional or alternative health care welcome – we desire a balance of the two.

 Music. Helping with set up, keeping music on schedule, tear down of equipment, etc.