Volunteer for NEFFA 2019!

This page is for Sound/Lighting/Stage Volunteers only. If you're interested in other jobs, please go here.

Useful information:

If this form is unreadable, please contact NEFFA Sound Volunteer Coordinator <soundvols@neffa.org> for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need experience in theater or running sound? NO! We welcome interested volunteers at all experience levels. We offer FREE sound workshops in February, March and April in the Greater Boston area, New York City and sometimes beyond. (Starred jobs are open to beginners.)
Am I old enough? While we have no fixed cut-off age, team members must take their jobs seriously, show up on time, and handle our sound equipment with appropriate care. Some of our best volunteer sound engineers started with NEFFA before they were teens, but most of our team members are high school aged or older. Media-Wrangling is a particularly good entry-level job for young teens.
How many hours do I need to work? All sound team jobs require a minimum 2-hour shift. A few require longer shifts. Most team members sign up for multiple shifts, averaging 4-6 hours total work time, which qualifies them for free admission to the entire weekend.

You'll make our life much easier if you fill out your form by March 25th, but if you can't do that, we frequently have last-minute spots to fill, so by all means send your form in anyway, even if it's late. However, the best spots go to the folks who fill them in on time!

We are providing Sound Engineers (also responsible for Stage Management) in the following rooms, and also need setup/strike people for them: Middle School Auditorium Stage, High School Auditorium Stage, Middle School 103/104, Middle School 105/106

We are also providing Stage Managers to work with the professional engineers in these rooms: Middle School Dance Hall, High School Dance Hall.

In addition, the High School Auditorium needs lighting setup/strike people.


Please enter your information:

First Name: Evening Phone:
Last Name: Email:
I am a returning volunteer and my address/phone number has not changed.
Address: Cell Phone:
  Day Phone:
City:    
State: Which do you prefer?
Zip Code: What town do you work in?
Age (if under 18):
I prefer to be contacted by: just email just US Mail Both!


Hours and Schedule:

How many hours are you willing to volunteer? Note that you need to work at least one hour in order to receive free admission to one session. Thus, for free admission to the entire festival, you need to work at least four hours as a volunteer.

Min total hours you are willing to work?
Max total hours you are willing to work?

Indicate below the times you are available to help. The more times you are available, the more chances you have of getting your preferred job.

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Saturday [grid]
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Notes about your availability:


Available Jobs:

View detailed job descriptions (Pops to a new window.)

Please check the jobs you are interested in, and then fill out the extra information for each selected job. Please select at least one job.

Beginner friendlySound Engineer
 
Experience:All levels. Anyone new to NEFFA sound must have attended at least one NEFFA Sound Workshop.
When:2-4 hour shifts during NEFFA (or longer)
What:Run mixing boards, adjust microphones and cables, make sure that performers start and stop on time. No one will be assigned beyond their skill level.
Where:MS MS 103/104, MS105/106, MS and HS Auditoriums
Sound Engineers must sign up for 2 or 4 hour blocks, beginning and ending during a performance set, and not ending during a festival session break.
Have you been a NEFFA Sound Engineer before? Yes No
How would you rate your experience level?
Have you ever attended a NEFFA sound workshop? Yes No
If yes, what year?
What type of music are you used to working with, or dancing to, or listening to? (check all that apply!)
Anglo Folk
Rock
Israeli
Balkan
International Folk
Contra Dance
Couple Dance
English Country Dance
Other
If you have never worked as a NEFFA Sound Engineer before, you MUST attend a NEFFA-sponsored Sound Workshop (even if you are an experienced engineer). Workshops are free and details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Beginner friendlyStage Hand
 
Experience:None. Stagehands must be able to take direction, remain calm and work well with people. Sound Workshop recommended, but not required.
When:Half or full festival session during NEFFA
What:Help performers on and off stage, move chairs and music stands, do stage safety checks, assist sound engineers by writing down mic numbers, watch the clock.
Where:MS and HS Dance Halls
Have you been a NEFFA Stage Hand before? Yes No
Please describe (briefly) your previous experience:
How many Festival Sessions are you willing to work?
Which Dance Hall do you prefer?
Which Festival Sessions are you willing to work? Friday 7pm - 11:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 5pm - 11:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5:30pm
Transporter (Equipment Transportation)
 
Experience:No sound experience, but must be a safe and experienced driver with access to a hatchback, van or covered pickup truck.
When:Festival week: includes Thursday or Friday afternoon and Sunday evening.
What:Pick up borrowed sound equipment and transport to Mansfield High School in time for setup. Load borrowed sound equipment at the conclusion of strike and return to its owner. Equipment may be stored in a safe place by transporter to permit earlier pick-up or later return. Specific schedule determined in consultation with the Sound Logistics Coordinator.
Where:Various, and Mansfield MS and HS.
One load (one way, either to or from the festival) gets you two sessions.
How many loads are you willing to transport?
What kind of vehicle do you have?
What days are you available? Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Sunday
Monday
Will you drive a small rental truck (12' - 15')? Yes No
Floater
 
Experience:Extensive sound
When:One full festival session
What:Support the Middle School Crew Chief by supporting MS Volunteer Sound Engineers. Sit in for missing Volunteers, provide extra hands when needed.
Where:MS 103/104, MS 105/106, MS Auditorium
You must be an Advanced NEFFA Sound Engineer to be a floater. Floaters must sign up to work for a full festival session.
Have you been a NEFFA Floater before? Yes No
Which Festival Sessions are you willing to work? Friday 7pm - 11:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 5pm - 11:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5:30pm
Crew Chief
 
Experience:Extensive, both NEFFA and Sound
When:One full festival session (approx. six hours)
What:Supervise and, with the help of Floaters, support all MS Volunteer Sound Engineers: Sit in for missing Volunteers, help those who are in over their heads, troubleshoot equipment/personnel problems. Assist with setup and strike if possible so as to understand the rigs. Work with both concerts and dances.
Where:MS 103/104, MS 105/106, MS Auditorium
Have you been a NEFFA Crew Chief before? Yes No
Which Festival Sessions are you willing to work? Friday 7pm - 11:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 5pm - 11:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5:30pm
Beginner friendlyMedia Wrangler
 
Experience:Must be able to listen to music on CDs, USB sticks, iPods, etc
When:Shifts from 3 hours prior to and during Dance Performance Blocks. Minimum shift 2 hours.
What:Sit at a desk and check-in music from Dance Performance groups. Briefly interview group leaders to find out any last-minute information or changes. Check media handed in to confirm it contains the expected music. Pass music backstage for the performances.
Where:Hallway near HS Auditorium
Have you been a NEFFA Media Wrangler before? Yes No
Lighting Setup/Strike
 
Experience:Intermediate and advanced
When:Hang and strike lights on the HS Auditorium Stage
What:Friday 1:00 - 6:00 pm, Sunday 5:00 - 7:30 pm, two-hour minimum shift.
Where:HS Auditorium
Have you ever worked on the Lighting Setup or Strike Crew? Yes No
Have you ever set up theater lighting in general? Yes No
Are you comfortable on a ladder? Yes No
What days are you available? Friday Setup
Sunday Strike
Curtains Setup/Strike
 
Experience:Stage experience preferred, but some beginners can be accommodated. Must be in good physical shape.
When:Friday afternoon (roughly 1-4pm) and strike on Sunday. Must work a full setup or a full strike.
What:Hang heavy curtain on poles or floor-mounted stands
Where:HS and MS Dance Halls
Have you ever worked on the Curtains Setup or Strike Crew? Yes No
Are you comfortable on a ladder? Yes No
What days are you available? Wednesday Setup
Thursday Setup
Friday Setup
Sunday Strike
Sound Setup/Strike
 
Experience:Experience preferred, but we may be able to accommodate one beginner if it’s for most of setup and strike. Two-hour minimum shift
When:Thursday afternoon (roughly 1:00 - 5:00 pm), Friday afternoon (roughly 1:00 - 7:00 pm), Sunday evening (roughly 4:30 - 8:00 pm)
What:Bring equipment to its designated rooms, put it together, test it, make sure everything is secured safely.
Have you ever worked on the Sound Setup or Strike Crew at NEFFA? Yes No
What days are you available? Wednesday Setup/Testing
Thursday Setup/Testing
Friday Setup/Testing
Sunday Strike

Committee-level Jobs:

Sound Logistics Coordinator
  All work is done before and after the festival (thus, you're free to enjoy the Festival itself). Supervise and coordinate "transporters" and setup crew. Arrange for rental of acoustic curtains. Arrange for delivery and return of acoustic curtains. Arrange for rental of scaffolding & ladders. Arrange for delivery and return of scaffolding & ladders. Arrange for borrowing of concert hall sound systems. Arrange for delivery and return of concert hall sound systems. Coordinate installation and takedown of acoustic curtains & scaffolding.

Acoustic Curtain Setup Manager
  The Acoustic Curtain Setup Manager will manage a group of volunteers to make sure the acoustic curtains are hung in all the necessary rooms.



Free Sound Workshops

Are you interested in attending a Basic Engineering workshop this year? Yes  No

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