Volunteer FAQ

“This year’s Holiday Market is going to be bigger and better than ever! Not just because we are expanding into two days, but because of our continued support of volunteers who are returning to help out with this year’s event. We encourage everyone to sign up and volunteer for the Holiday Market, not only is it fun and rewarding but it also allows you to make great connections with like minded individuals but also interact with some great artisans.”

-- Craft Lake City Volunteer Coordinator, Salvador Oregon-Torres

Volunteer With Craft Lake City

Holiday Market will be the event of the season! 

Hosted at The Monarch in Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District, the Third Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market will feature two days of handmade gifts by dozens of Utah’s top artisans, vintage vendors and craft foodies. The Holiday Market can’t be successful without the help of the awesome staff and volunteers to help put it together!

What perks do volunteers receive?

Volunteers receive fun and exciting benefits based on the number of shifts they work. Benefits include free admission, a volunteer t-shirt, among other items based on how many shifts you sign up for.

What is the minimum number of hours required to volunteer?

We ask volunteers to sign up for a minimum of one 3-hour shift, but you are welcome to go above and beyond! There are numerous perks to signing up for two or more shifts.



Artisan Load-In Crew

What you’ll do: Assist artisans with getting their items unloaded and moved to their assigned booth or table. This position may be physically intensive. Must be comfortable moving objects up stairs. Must be comfortable being outside in the cold.

Holiday Market Load-Out Crew

What you’ll do: Assist the CLC production team with loading up equipment and supplies for the Holiday Market and transferring them from Craft Lake City headquarters to the Monarch. First half of the shift will be loading up a truck with Holiday Market equipment from our storage area Must be able to travel from our storage area to Craft Lake City Headquarters.

Santa’s Helper

What you’ll do: Assist our Holiday Market Santa with greeting guests, handing out candy, controlling the line to Santa and helping guests take selfies with Santa. Must be energetic, comfortable using smartphone technology and interacting with children.

Holiday Market Tear Down Team

What you’ll do: You will help Craft Lake City properly close out the Holiday Market by taking down banners and signage, breaking down exhibits and loading out materials. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with CLC production team and staff.

Artisan Load-out Crew

What you’ll do: Assist artisans with getting their items moved and loaded into their vehicles during load-out. Must be comfortable moving objects up and down stairs. Must be comfortable being outside in the cold.

Decorate Install Team

What you’ll do: Assist with hanging decor and decorating the CLC Holiday Market Santa Room

Holiday Market Set Up Crew

What you’ll do: Assist with the move-in and setup of the Holiday Market. You’ll help with hanging banners, signage placement, setting up tables, chairs and furniture. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the CLC production team and staff.

Coat Check

What you’ll do: Provide excellent customer service for our guests by checking in and storing coats, articles of clothing and hats for any guest wishing to use our coatroom. Volunteers will provide each guest with a with a ticket for later pickup.

Flex Volunteer

What you’ll do: Flex volunteers jump into any job throughout the Holiday Market depending on the need. Flex volunteers help fill holes in areas and may be working in different areas during a single shift.

Traffic Control volunteer

What you’ll do: Traffic Control Volunteer will support with artisan load in by directing the artisan where to go for load in. As well as answer any questions that they may have about the event.


Become a Year-Round Volunteer!

Share your time, talents and enthusiasm with Craft Lake City! Beyond our DIY Festival and Annual Holiday Market, Craft Lake City host year-round programing that rely on the help of volunteers to make them happen. These opportunities are part of our year-round Brand Ambassador Volunteer Program and may involve one-day events, community outreach opportunities, group projects, as well as independent projects that typically last between two and four hours. Year-round volunteer positions are available for youth 14 and older, college students, adult, senior citizens, corporate groups, friends and families!  These opportunities often occur throughout the year but are more common in the months leading up to the DIY Festival. Below are a few examples of year-round volunteer opportunities:

  • In-office administrative help in our Salt Lake City office
  • Joining our Decoration Committee to prepare decor for our big events
  • Photography and videography opportunities
  • On location workshop assistance
  • Production opportunities
  • Flyers and mailers distribution
  • Art installation and curation opportunities
  • Area schools STEM night events
  • Community outreach events
  • Youth groups and corporate group opportunities
  • Social media content building
  • PR and copy editing opportunities

And much, much more! Have a talent? Let us know! Email volunteer@craftlakecity.com and share with us how you’d like to support Craft Lake City. We welcome all areas of professional expertise and would love to hear from you!

Join a passionate team of volunteers in helping connect community members with local artisans. Click below to become a year-round volunteer today! 


“Volunteers are an integral part of Craft Lake City and the history of the DIY Festival. Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization and without the volunteer help from our community, we simply would not exist.”

-- Craft Lake City Executive Director, Angela H. Brown

Craft Lake City Volunteer FAQ

Why should I volunteer?

Utah has the highest annual volunteer service hours in the country, and our amazing events would not happen without your support! By donating your time, you’re helping to support Utah’s local artisans and connect them with our community. We couldn’t do this without you!

Is there an age limit for volunteering?

Volunteers must be at least 12 years or older to volunteer in-person. Volunteers 12-16 must volunteer with an adult. All remote volunteers must be 18 years or older.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted as a volunteer?

After submitting your volunteer application form you’ll be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator. You may also email us at volunteer@craftlakecity.com.

Can I volunteer with my friend/family/person?

Yes! Volunteering is more fun with friends, so please help us by inviting your friends and family.

I represent a company and am interested in finding out how my employees can volunteer with Craft Lake City. Whom do I contact?

We love integrating businesses into our volunteer process. Contact us at volunteer@craftlakecity.com to learn how your organization can help support Craft Lake City!

I need to complete community service hours. Can volunteering with Craft Lake City work towards accomplishing those community service hours?

Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For every hour of volunteer service donated to us, we may sign off towards one’s community service. However, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to get this approved in advance by Craft Lake City and the entity requesting community service hours. A government issued ID will be required for verification purposes at the time of signing off hours.


Do you have any questions about the accessibility of Craft Lake City events or programs? Would you like to request accommodations? Please contact us by emailing amy@craftlakecity.com or calling 801-906-8521

*Note: While Craft Lake City cannot guarantee that all requests can be met, our team is committed to making reasonable accommodations to ensure that attendees can successfully participate in our programs.

What if I still have more questions?

We have answers! Please send us an email to volunteer@craftlakecity.com.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers Reports to:

Volunteer Coordinator

Length of Volunteer Appointment:
Most volunteer shifts are as short as 2-hrs long with remote opportunities to work from home.

Time Commitment:
A minimum 2-hour shift is required for all volunteer positions, but you are welcome to volunteer for more than one shift!

An interest in creating meaningful experience between Craft Lake City and the community. Passion in helping the local makers movement and interest in promoting Craft Lake City’s mission. Pleasant manner, dependability, eagerness to help and ability to engage with a wide diversity of individuals and age groups.

Training for all position is provided. In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator and Craft Lake City staff will be available for questions and assistance during events.

Representing the organization through Craft Lake City’s volunteer program is a fun way to engage with the community and share your passion for the arts. You will get a behind-the-scenes experience, mix and mingle with artisans, make new friends and support a positive experience between Craft Lake City and the public. Become a part of an innovative team that will help Craft Lake City achieve our mission of elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community!