Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the Seafair Festival and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Seafair could not happen without the enthusiasm and hard work of more than 5,000 volunteers. From ticket takers to parade marshals, pirates to princesses, volunteers provide the dedication, energy and enthusiasm that make Seafair a summer sensation year after year.

Seafair family groups are longtime festival volunteer organizations that provide logistical planning support, as well as pure fun and entertainment for all!


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Seafair offers volunteer opportunities for people looking to volunteer for a few hours one day to a weekend on the water with a front row seat to the Blue Angels to dedicated leadership positions that offer the opportunity to be a manager in our world class volunteer corps.

We offer a memorable way to earn community service hours or become a leader in your community. We have group volunteer opportunities and leadership training for those who would like to commit more time to the festival.

Seafair is Seattle’s premier summer celebration - come be a part of our world class team! Our volunteer corps are made up of dedicated individuals from the Puget Sound region and a few that fly back each year from all over the country to volunteer with us.

If you would like to be a part of our leadership team or you would like more information on group volunteer opportunities that offer a stipend please email us at volunteer@seafair.com.

Signing up to volunteer at Seafair is a simple four-step process:

1. First, CLICK HERE to go to the registration page. Click "New Registration" and fill out all of the required fields and press submit. Our volunteer coordinators will process your application within 48 hours and send you an email with your username and password for the system. 

2. Click the link in the email and log in using the email address and password provided in the email.

3. Click the boxes of the shifts you would like to take from the list, and then press "Take this Shift".
A detailed list of volunteer opportunities with Seafair is listed at the bottom of this webpage.

4. Press "Confirm" for the shifts you would like to take. You will receive a confirmation from our volunteer coordinators via email.

E-mail: volunteer@seafair.com


-Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older by the day of the event for which they are volunteering; however, an exception can be made for those participating as part of an organized and supervised group such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sporting teams, etc.
-Those volunteers younger than 18 MUST have a parent or legal guardian complete our Parental Permission Form on the day of the event.
-Dress Code: Volunteers must wear the volunteer t-shirt that is provided to them with khaki pants, shorts or capris and comfortable tennis shoes. (Dress code may vary for specific volunteer roles.)
-Only those volunteering will be allowed to partake in the refreshments, snacks and t-shirts provided
-Children, family, friends or pets are NOT allowed to accompany the volunteer during any of their volunteer shifts at any of our events If a child wants to volunteer, he or she must be 16 years of age or older and register. (See above)


-CODE OF CONDUCT: Treat everyone (visitors, participants and other volunteers) with courtesy. Never discriminate for age, gender, or race. Remain calm and level-headed in all situations. If problems occur, please contact a staff member, your team leader or a committee member. We are there to assist you.
-SHIFT COMPLETION: At the end of your shift, if you have not been relieved, please tell a supervisor and stay in your area until a replacement comes. If this is the final or only shift of the event, please check with your supervisor before leaving your shift.
-ATTENDANCE: We depend on your commitment to participate. Your presence and prompt arrival for your scheduled shifts are absolutely necessary. When you commit, you commit to the selected shift(s) and the entire shift time.
-SHIFT CANCELLATION: All volunteers can manage their itinerary on this website including shift additions, shift changes/cancellations, adding friends/family to shifts. Use your email address and password to login and return to your registration to make any changes.
-WEATHER: Our events are rain or shine, so please do not let rain stop you from coming – we still need you! For your comfort, dress according to the weather forecast!
-PLACEMENT: Please note, the Seafair Festival reserves the right to reassign volunteer assignments based on prior volunteer experience, unexpected needs or shifts in events. We will do our best to honor your first choice, but it is not guaranteed. The Seafair Festival utilizes over 5,000 volunteers for our events and programs; at times, schedule adjustments may be necessary. Thanks in advance for your understanding, and patience is always a must.
-Have fun!

Seafair Summer Fourth
July 4, 2014 Shift: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Crowd Observers- Volunteers will be assigned a section of Gas Works or Slake Union Park to watch the fireworks show from. During on site training volunteers will be assigned a phone number to report issues via text so that help can be dispatched quickly from Seattle Police and Seattle Fire. A volunteer t-shirt will be provided. Requirements: Cell Phone for texting incidents or calling 911 for major issues.

Seafair Milk Carton Derby and Stand Up Paddle Board Event 
July 12, 2014
Derby Support Crew Shift: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers will be distributed where help is needed. Duties may include: Directing participants, managing surveys, loading milk carton boats out of the water, placing trash/recycling in a truck, setting up and servicing recycle/trash stations, and supporting Seafair staff on event site.

Load Out Crew Shift –12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
o Volunteers will be distributed where help is needed. Duties can include:
- Directing participants, loading milk carton boats out of the water, placing trash/recycling in a truck, loading banners and other event materials and supplies into a truck

Seafair Triathlon Expo
July 19 (Expo)
Triathlon Expo Shift 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Assist with the registration process including sign-ups, packet distribution, trouble-shooting, and participant bag distribution during the pre-race expo. Confirm accuracy of registration information. Information Booth, Greeters, Registration, Packet Pickup, T-shirt Distribution.

Triathlon Site Setup Team Shift 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Set up Transition Zone, hang banners, set up finish line for the next days event. This job involves strenuous manual labor. 

Seafair Triathlon
July 20 (Event Day)
• Pre-Race Body Marking & Transition Zone Shift 5:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Assist staff manage the transition zone area or marking race numbers onto participants bodies. Body marking volunteers will move to the finish line or the transition zone.

Bike Course Monitors Shift 5:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Volunteers will help direct cyclists along race route and manage spectators for the safety of the participants. Volunteers will be paired along the course. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a friend or family member, be able to see the race and cheer on the athletes!

• Finish Line and Post Race Refreshment Zone Shift 6 a.m.- 10 a.m.
After participants finish the triathlon, volunteers are needed to collect timing chips, award each finisher with a participant medal and provide refreshments to all participants.

Kids Triathlon Check In Shift 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Check in the participants in the Kids Triathlon, direct to the bikes set up area and provide race day information to parents.

Kids Triathlon Course Marshal Shift 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Assist our newest triathletes in all stages including, water stations, course monitors, finish line greeters and transition area. Volunteers will also help manage crowd control (parents) in and around transition area. Though the event doesn’t begin until 10:30AM arriving early is suggested as it takes place within the same location of the adult triathlon so parking will be limited.

Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run
July 26
• Friday Packet Pickup Shift - Friday July 25 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Assist with handing out packets to registered runners. Items include bib, racing chip, race day instructions, etc.

• Saturday Packet Pickup Shift 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Volunteers will assist participants with pre-event registration, bib & chip pickup and participant shirt pickup before the Torchlight Run. After the race starts this group will transition to the finish line to assist in post race distribution of food and chip removal.

• Course Monitors Shift 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
As a course monitor you will direct participants along both the 5K and 8K routes ensuring the safety of participants and cheering them on as they race to the finish line.

• Finish Line and Post Race Zone Shift 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
After participants finish the triathlon, volunteers will be there to award each finisher with a participant medal and collect timing chips. Hang banners and setup crowd control fencing as instructed by Seafair race management. Volunteers are also needed to provide food and refreshments to all participants including water, bagels, bananas, and oranges.

Gear Check Shift 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Volunteers will manage the items checked-in by runners before the race and check-out items after the race.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

• Float Staging Set Up Crew

o Assist Seafair Parade Marshals on Mercer Street. Duties will include closing south two lanes of Mercer by placing signs and traffic cones in street. Assist with float parking on Mercer Street

• Torchlight Operations Team – Westlake
o Volunteers will help us with the build out of the event site. These duties will include hanging banners, decorating the grandstand seating area and ensuring the parade route is ready for the public.

• Torchlight Operations Team - Seattle Center

Volunteers will help us with the build out of the event site. These duties will include:
- Support of Seafair Parade Marshals coordinate parade assembly
- Hanging banners
- Assist in load in of Exhibitor booths
- Keep grounds clean during the event
- Remove barricades on Mercer Street Parade Float Area

• Ham Radio Operator
Assist Parade Marshals on the Torchlight Parade Route. You must be a licensed HAM Radio operator and bring your own portable equipment.

• Parade Route Assistant
Volunteers will accompany Parade Marshals and parade participants along the route to monitor unit spacing and adherence to parade rules. Volunteers will walk the entire 2.5 miles parade route. Orientation will be held at the Seattle Center at 4 p.m.

• Grandstand Ushers
Volunteers will be doing the following duties:
- Greet and seat ticket holders at bleacher sections along the parade route.
- Provide any hospitality amenities affiliated with sponsored seating sections.
- Engage parade viewers in the event with games, raffles and prize distribution.

• Float Staging Tear Down Crew
Assist on Mercer Street. Duties will be to assist the Seafair Parade Marshals in the slow removal process and storage of traffic cones to re-open Mercer Street. Volunteers will move the “Right Lane Ends” signs and cones down Mercer following the last float using a 100’ safety zone behind the last unit.

• Parade Dispersal Crew
You will be assigned to teams that will escort Bands, Drill Teams, Equestrian Units and Giant Helium Balloons to their vehicles at the end of the parade. We will also create a team to distribute water to the parade participants.

Seafair Weekend

Seafair Weekend Air Show Team
• Air Show Team – Shifts Vary throughout the day - Thursday July 31- August 3
Our Air Show is accepting applications to become a part of the crew that supports the Blue Angels and our other air show performers. Positions vary from security posts, VIP greeting, surveillance and many other positions. Please highlight any relevant experience on your registration page and be sure to check the box to get on the waiting list for the Air Show Team.

Seafair Weekend Land Operations Team
• Parking Team Shifts Available August 1-3 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Seafair's parking team will scan parking passes, direct traffic in parking lots and provide great customer service for fans, race teams, sponsors and vendors as they come in and out of the event site. There are a variety of locations that will be assigned at check in at the event site.

• Customer Service - Info Booths Shifts Available August 1-3 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 11:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Provide Customer Service to fans by answering questions about Seafair Weekend. On site leaders provide training and resources for volunteers.

• Admissions Gate Attendants Shifts Available August 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Scan tickets and/or stamp hands as participants enter and exit the gates. Gate Attendants must have the ability to quickly become familiar with entrance guidelines, scanning equipment, and hand stamps.

Seafair Weekend Water Operations Team
Our Water Operations team is a dedicated crew that keeps the logboom and shorelines safe for the public and our performers. This volunteer duty is an amazing way for you to volunteer with your friends and family on your own boat. The boat racing and airshow are right off your bow. Come join this elite team!

Crew Members Shifts Thursday – Sunday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day
Crew Members are volunteers that are invited by a Skipper to assist on their boat. You must be a friend or family member of the boat Skipper. Please specify the name of your Skipper on your registration form.

Waterside Skippers Thursday – Sunday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day
Skippers must own a boat and have a Boaters license if applicable. Size of boat, style, and openings available will determine location of patrol area on lake. Skippers will need to enlist their own crew. You must sign-up for at least Saturday-Sunday.

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