Volunteer

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Ich hole das bier! (I’ll get the beer!)

All our welcome to help us create an authentic Bavarian experience right here in Duluth by giving a few hours of your time to pour, sell, visit, give, guide, drive, and lift at the Duluth Oktoberfestival. Oh, and did we mention you’ll get free stuff?
FACT: It will take more than 300 volunteers to help produce the first ever Duluth Oktoberfestival. We cannot do it without YOU!
To learn more about volunteering or any service group fundraising opportunities, contact jon@kernkompany.com or call us directly at (218)628-9996.

Proudly supported by the University of Minnesota Duluth!

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS

Volunteers will receive free admission into the Duluth Oktoberfestival on the day of volunteering, plus everything listed below:
* An official 2019, 1st Annual Duluth Oktoberfestival volunteer t-shirt;
* Admittance into the event including refreshments during breaks;
* A Bier Token for use when not on-shift;
* And you’ll feel the true Deutscher Geist in your heart by helping to preserve and sustain Duluth’s German and Bavarian culture.

Volunteers should be as friendly and personable as possible with a customer service mindset. While we are looking for experience in serving, bartending, hosting, or other service industry related work, we are also looking for other interested folks who just want to be a part of the Duluth Oktoberfestival team. This may include volunteer time during set up and take down as well as during the event itself. Also let us know if you speak the German language as we would love to have you interact with guests as part of our Welcome Team!

AREAS WHERE HELP IS NEEDED

German Speaking Willkommen Mannschaft – Welcome Team
Knowledge of fluent German (bonus points for a Bavarian accent) required and a strong sense of community spirit is mandatory! Our Welcome Team sets the tone for the event and is the first experience guests will have at the Duluth Oktoberfestival. For more information and to apply, contact Holly Brining (Assistant German Language Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth).

Beverage Services – Bier Tents
“I’ll Tap That!” The Duluth Oktoberfestival is looking for heroes. At least, you’ll be heroes to our guests looking for something to quench their thirst during the festival in our Bier Tents featuring incredible German bier, food, and entertainment. While the majority of these positions will involve serving bier, and thus requires interested individuals to be at least 21 years of age, other positions are available for younger individuals such as cleanup and security. Depending on the need, some volunteers  may be asked to perform additional duties such as handling bags of ice, restocking, and more as needed. Training will be provided for bier pouring and proper bar operation.

Admission Services – Gates and Entry Points
Volunteers assigned to man one of the entrances will scan tickets, apply wrist bands and/or stamps, pass out brochures, distribute online purchase packages to guests, and staff the entry gate.

Logistics, Setup and Teardown
Join the teams responsible for bringing the Duluth Oktoberfestival to life by helping with set up and/or takedown of the tables, tents, decorations, signs and banners. Hours are flexible both before and after the event.

Security
This is an Oktoberfestival after all, so we need some big burly individuals or just some really responsible people who can make sure the event is safe and secure for everyone involved.

Fundraising Opportunities for Service Groups!
There are many opportunities available for service groups to raise money for their organizations by providing staff for the Oktoberfestival. If you volunteer with an organization around Duluth and are looking for a fundraising opportunity, please contact us directly to register your group for a volunteer area.  For more information about service group fundraising, please send an email to jon@kernkompany.com or contact us directly at (218)628-9996.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Weather
Come prepared for the weather! The event goes on rain or shine, and, while many of our volunteer stations are under tents, getting to and from certain areas requires walking in the elements. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably closed-toe (NO sandals or flip-flops). Authentic German attire is welcome and encouraged!

Personal Belongings
There is very little space to store personal belongings. We cannot be responsible for purses, cellphones, laptops, cameras, etc. We suggest that you bring whatever you feel necessary to have with you in your pockets or in a hip pack or bag.

Please note: consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed during ANY volunteer shifts.