Volunteer Job Descriptions

Volunteers are the heart of First Night, our link to the community and our artists. Help us make this celebration of creativity and community-spirit happen! Our volunteer program includes:
  • A Free First Night button allowing you access to all events before and after your volunteer shift.
  • Flexible Shifts provide plenty of time for you to enjoy your favorites among our extraordinary line-up of artists.

Which of these jobs is most appealing to YOU?

They're all important, and we'll do our best to accommodate your first choice.  The earlier you sign up, the better your chance of getting the assignment you want most!

Site Assistants - The best way to define a site assistant is "Jack of All Trades"!  Rub elbows with artists and their fans while you help the Site Manager run a smooth show. Check buttons, guide crowds in and out of performances, and answer festival-goers' questions. We need more Site Assistants than any other volunteer. Comfortable with directing people and flexible about what you do? Be a Site Assistant!

Button Sellers - Help us sell First Night buttons and tickets! You can work at any of our downtown sales sites--Burlington Town Center (BTC) prior to First Night only,  Memorial Auditorium, or right in our office. A limited number of Saturday and weekday shifts are available prior to the event, both at BTC and at our office at 230 College Street. Smiles required, good with numbers or retail experience a plus.


Art Assistants - Enjoy working with children and families? Volunteer at Burlington City Arts Firehouse Gallery,  or the Clay & Print Studio and help budding artists create their own masterpieces. Or help herd the crowds at Edmund's Cafeteria where artists will create beautiful face art for young and young at heart..

Dancing Dragons Parade - Become a dragon with your friends, co-workers, or family for a truly transformative New Year's Eve experience. We welcome anyone who wants to help create a lively show as it travels down Church Street.  Prefer to be in the background?  We need parade assistants to help direct the crowds as the parade makes its way down Church Street.  A great way to volunteer with family members and friends!

Office Assistants - We have a variety of office positions before and during First Night. Before First Night we have a limited number of tasks:  sell buttons, answer phones, process orders, assemble signboards, decorate our window, and more. On First Night: sell buttons, answer countless phone calls or help with off-site errands as a runner.  Volunteering in the office puts you right at the heart of First Night.  The office is not open evenings or on weekends prior to First Night.

Pickup & Delivery - Have a car and want to be out delivering buttons & boxes, or running errands for us? This is a flexible but very limited job for those who want to help us out before or during the event.

Shuttle Assistant - Help out at the UVM/Gutterson Parking lot (next to the Patrick Gym) where there is free parking for First Night attendees.  Be the first face First Night revelers encounter as you help with boarding the shuttles, then ride along answering questions and providing commentary as you go (not to worry--we'll provide you with a "script" that will help).  If being a tour guide appeals, this is the job for you!

Click here to volunteer, call (802) 863-6005, or e-mail our volunteer coordinator at pam@firstnightburlington.com and earn a FREE First Night button!