Volunteer Application


THANK YOU for your interest in becoming a Live Oak volunteer!  We appreciate your enthusiasm for helping to make this the best festival ever, and for supporting KCBX Public Radio!

At any one moment, there may be anywhere from 500 to 700 volunteers onsite during the Live Oak Music Festival. This very talented group is responsible for everything you see from selecting main stage acts to aKORN radio operations to making sure that the campgrounds are clean and well maintained. It’s hard to put down in words, but there is a very special bond between this unique volunteer community of friends and neighbors that starts the first moment the stage crew arrives on Tuesday morning through the last person to leave and lock the gate to Live Oak Camp on Monday afternoon.

Check back in January to apply for 2019 volunteer positions.



Volunteer Expectations

A typical volunteer position requires a minimum of 15 hours of work in exchange for a full festival pass, even though many positions require more hours and many folks don't hesitate to work more. Pre-festival positions typically require 30 hours of work.

Volunteers less than 18 yrs old must have a signed waiver on file from their parent or legal guardian (who is also in attendance at the festival), and be approved for that position by the coordinator. Please review ALL of the volunteer areas before applying.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are selected to be a Live Oak Volunteer, we will ask you to review our Live Oak Volunteer Guidelines, and sign a Volunteer Agreement indicating your willingness to follow these guidelines

Volunteer Application Process

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the following on-line volunteer application. Please remember that many of the same people volunteer year after year for Live Oak and that returning volunteers have precedence for available jobs. Your application will be routed between Live Oak committee heads needing new volunteers and, depending on the committee's needs; you may get a call from one of our committee chairs. If you have questions about your application, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at lovolunteer@kcbx.org.

If you volunteered last year

If you have not heard from your Live Oak supervisor by May 1st, please contact that person directly. Please do NOT complete another volunteer application. It won't help you and it confuses us!

If you already purchased your Live Oak festival ticket

If you are contacted to fill a volunteer position, but you have already purchased a ticket to the festival, you will be refunded the full price of the ticket after the festival.  Please contact your committee head to request your refund.

Tell us about yourself!

It is very important that you tell us about your talents and experience so that we can send your application to the right committee chair. Please use the space under “Area of expertise to describe any experience you have and your specific areas of interest.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of volunteer submissions and the extremely limited number of volunteer positions available, please do not count on being contacted or obtaining a volunteer position this year.

Volunteer Application

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Check the positions you're interest in.
Administrative Support
Live Oak requires a lot of behind the scenes administrative tasks. Responsible, detail-oriented people who have time prior to the festival are needed! We are looking for people who can help with clerical duties such as data entry, document maintenance, and project coordination.
Pre-festival catering volunteers work Monday – Thursday the week prior to the festival. Festival catering volunteers work Friday through the Monday following the festival. Volunteers should be able to lift 40 lbs. Food service experience is desirable, although not necessary. Positions include kitchen setup, assist with cooking, food servers, and dishwashers, etc.
Concessions - Assistant Coordinator
Are you an organized person? Do you enjoy working with people? Would you like to have a central role in the running of Live Oak? If so, this may be the job for you! Under the supervision of the Concessions Coordinator, the Assistant Coordinator will promote the smooth operation of the food court and Marketplace. He/she will assist with vendor applications, vendor entrance through the ticket gate, and handle onsite matters that arise with both food and Marketplace vendors. The Assistant Coordinator will support the Concessions Coordinator to ensure compliance with county health department and public health policies. We may need you prior to the festival to assist the Concessions’ Coordinator.
Construction/Deconstruction Crew
Help us with our most laborious, least glamorous tasks. From Tuesday through Thursday pre-fest, and/or Sunday night & Monday post-fest takedown. No work during festival hours. For details, click the link below.
We also need an experienced tractor driver and a tow vehicle and driver
Read more about this position.
Moving and Storage
If you are of sturdy constitution, have a strong back and maybe even your own truck, we have various areas that need to be covered. Must be willing and able to lift 50 pounds (repeatedly), and you must be available both the Tuesday before and the Monday after the festival to pick up and deliver supplies from San Luis Obispo to the festival site.
Ticket Gate Parking & Greeters
Parking volunteers are needed Thursday late morning through Sunday. Includes greeting attendees and assisting with parking directions. Position is in the sun so hats are required.
Help provide security support throughout the festival. You may need to be able to stand for long periods of time. Good people skills and customer service are a plus. If selected you would be working various shifts Friday – Sunday night. For questions, please email Woody at liveoaksec@aol.com.
Help keep the Live Oak community running smoothly! We need folks interested in keeping Live Oak clean, and a multitude of other activities. You must be available to work each day of the festival OR all day Monday following the festival. Need water truck drivers!! If you have a 'Class B' driver's license, we can use your help keeping the dust down by driving the roads spraying water around camp from a 2500 gallon truck.
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