Get Involved: Volunteering

by Lu Yu, August 15, 2016

Calling for Etsy Vancouver Market Volunteers!

The 1st ever Etsy Vancouver Christmas Market is fast approaching and we need YOUR HELP.

We will be running a 2-day marketplace event filled with wonderful local handcrafted goods on December 3rd (10am – 8pm) and 4th (10am – 5pm). In past Etsy Vancouver Made In Canada Markets, the dedication, and enthusiasm of market volunteers enabled a welcoming and fun environment for our vendors and shoppers. We hope to create the same awesome experience again at our Christmas Market, except this time it will be filled with the holiday spirit!

Requirements

To ensure a successful market, we ask for 6 hours of time commitment from our market volunteers. Please be available for at least one 6-hour block.

Now for the good stuff. What exactly will volunteers be doing at this market? Below is a breakdown of the various things you can help with. Some of these roles are great for gaining communication and leadership experiences, while others are great ways to learn about the local craft community. But most importantly, this is an opportunity for us to develop friendship and enjoy a super fun holiday weekend together!

Volunteers Benefits

  1. Skip the Entrance Fee! Assist Etsy lovers and make new friends in exchange for free admission to our uber fun 2-day event. Yes you read it right: free admission for both days!
  2. Etsy Vancouver Goody Bag! This very special bag will contain some awesome handcrafted surprise goodies from our vendors!
  3. Plus One: Bring a friend or family member to the market with you for free! The admission is on us.
  4. Reference Letter: For the kind hearted volunteers who commit 8 or more hours in making the market awesome for everyone else, we will provide a reference letter in return (available upon request).

Market Volunteer Roles

Venue Operations

  • Duties: Set-up (early shifts), clean-up (late shifts), decoration
  • Requirements: Like to put stuff up and tear them down, interested in decoration and keeping things clean and tidy.

Gatekeepers & Ticketing

  • Duties: Collect admission, gate count, greet guests, confirm advance tickets, sell tickets, first point of information.
  • Requirements: Comfortable with math and calculation, like to count and check names off of a list.

Etsy Ambassador

  • Duties: Help an Etsy Admin with handing out Etsy goodies, and answer questions at the Etsy Info Booth. Provide information to shopper about our fun giveaway contests.
  • Requirements: Friendly and approachable, enjoys helping people and promoting Etsy,
Greeters

  • Duties: Direct lost shoppers to our awesome event and promote the market to pedestrians.
  • Requirements: Full of energy, approachable and comfortable talking to strangers.

Support

  • Duties: Take care of vendors and fellow volunteers. Bring water to vendors and other market volunteers who can’t leave their booth. Substitute for vendors or other volunteers who may need to use the washroom. Help confused shoppers.
  • Requirements: Friendly and approachable, comfortable talking with strangers and offering a helping hand.

Vendor / Volunteer Check-in

  • Duties: Check-in vendors and other volunteers when they first arrive at the market. Distribute vendor / volunteers welcome packages, direct vendors and volunteers to their table or team leaders.
  • Requirements: Very good at giving out instructions 🙂



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