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Volunteer with Us!

The Seattle Design Festival is a volunteer-powered organization, and we appreciate your help in making the festival a success! Together, the Festival advances the design discussion in Seattle, empowering everyone to make a change in their communities through design.

There are several different ways to get engaged as a volunteer. To find the right fit for you, consider how much time you want to commit to SDF, the impact you hope to have, and what strengths you think you can bring to the team!


Join the Team!

Festival Planning Team/Core Team

Commitment: Jan-Aug, 1-2 hrs/week with additional commitments closer to the Festival

The Festival Planning Team manages the festival and produces specific components within the Festival. Together, they develop our annual call for proposals, establish subcommittees to oversee Festival elements, and support our community partners as they finalize SDF programming.

Interested in Joining the Planning Team this Year?

Reach out to us and make plans to join us for the Planning Team retreat in January!


Shorter Commitments!

Festival Implementation Volunteer

Commitment: May-August, Flexible hours

Help support the behind-the-scenes development of the festival. We will work to match your skills and interests to the needs of the festival planning team.

Design in Community Volunteer

Commitment: Flexible

Work on our ongoing SDF storytelling project by helping to capture and share design stories. Some examples of roles/duties may include: interviewing designers, video editing, content writing, and photography.

Block Party Volunteer

Commitment: August 18, 19, or 20. Four to twenty hours total, depending on your availability.

Provide day-of-festival support. Some examples of rules/duties include: production support, evaluation support, social media support, screen printer, and partner/guest support. You’ll be able to select your specific role(s) and shift availability during the orientation period.