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PalmFest International Folklife Celebration is a 2 day event receiving over 40,000 attendees. This family friendly event features major attractions, historical displays, shopping, art, family games, rides and kids activities, cooking competitions and demonstrations, live entertainment, classic car show, diverse food and beverage. Our staff depends on the support of our volunteers to help us achieve the continued success of this wonderful event.

Below are some of the volunteer opportunities available for the 12th Annual PalmFest Folklife Celebration:

*Please note the roles described below include but are not limited to the responsibilities listed.

Event Information Specialist (EIS)

The Event Information Specialist (EIS) is responsible for greeting and welcoming PalmFest 2016 attendees. The EIS will interact with patrons and assist in providing maps, programs, and responses to frequently asked questions throughout the event grounds and designated areas. Provide information such as performance times, restroom locations, transportation options, directions, etc.

Environmental Impact

The environmental impact volunteer will help to ensure an enjoyable PalmFest experience by assisting in keeping the event grounds clean.Volunteer will be responsible for custodial type responsibilities.Supplies will be provided.

Costume Character

Costume characters interact with young PalmFest attendees taking photos, high fives, and even a little dancing. There will be a fixed location for costume characters to pose for photos with patrons. Volunteer must be animated and enthusiastic! Costume is not too heavy and a breathable fabric. Handlers provide support and escort costume characters at all times.

Costume Character Handler

The handler will provide support by assisting in meeting and greeting the public, looking after physical and safety needs and escorting the costume character at all times.Volunteer will speak to the public on behalf of character in a friendly and informative manner.Volunteer must be outgoing and energetic!

Lead Ticket Taker

The lead ticket taker will monitor all ticketed entrances. Must possess maturity to lead and assure all ticket takers are at their assigned location and assisting patrons. Monitor that ticket takers are taking breaks as needed. Be available to answer ticket taker’s questions and frequently asked questions from attendees. Must be 18 or older.

Ticket Taker

The ticket taker will assist patrons with securing their wristband as they enter the event venue and provide responses to frequently asked questions.

Palmee Mascot

Our friendly mascot charms people through waves, high fives and other antics, smiles for photos and warms the hearts of all!The Palmee Mascot volunteer will capture the attention of all ages while wearing the breathable fabric mascot costume.Costume has an ice pack vest and head fan. Requires a minimum height of 5’4” and maximum height of 5’8”; comfortable in full body coverage and limited mobility.

Palmee Mascot Handler

The PalmFest Mascot “Palmee” represents the festival throughout the weekend. Mascot “handlers” are partnered up with the mascot to communicate with the public on behalf of the mascot (mascots can’t speak!) and to ensure their safety.Handlers will support Palmee by assisting in meeting and greeting the public, looking after physical and safety needs and escorting the mascot at all times.Volunteer will speak to the public on behalf of Palmee in a friendly and informative manner.

Social Media Representative

The social media representative will be a part of the social media team by capturing responses to the guest experience.Volunteer will invite guests to participate in photo opportunities to be shared on social media.

Sponsorship Relationship Manager

Responsible for sponsorship relationship activities and works closely with festival sponsors to ensure an exemplary event experience. Actively ensures clear communication flow with sponsors by acting as connection point between sponsor and festival coordinators on event day. Will assist festival coordinators in ensuring business partners effectively achieve assigned performance objectives. Must be 18 or older.

Stage Runner

The stage runner will work under the direction of the Entertainment Coordinator and Stage Manager to undertake basic tasks required to ensure the smooth execution of the performances throughout the show day.

Survey (Surveyor) Taker

A job for people who like talking to people. The festival needs feedback from visitors for future attendee outreach enhancement and to help us find out how we can improve the event.

Vendor Relations Representative

Volunteer will provide vendor assistance by helping vendors find their assigned location on the festival grounds and assisting them in additional needs they may have for easy and simple set-ups.

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services is responsible for supporting the Volunteer Coordinators with check-in and filling gaps as needed. Will help fellow volunteers with check-in during both orientations and event days. Distribute volunteer t-shirts, water bottles, and ID’s. Volunteer will also create a welcoming space for volunteers to pick up a refreshment in headquarters room. Keep the space tidy and pick up trash regularly. Ensure that all items are replenished accordingly.

General Public register here:

UTRGV Students and Staff register here:

For more information please contact:

McAllen PalmFest Volunteer Coordinators

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