Join our Team

The PA Firefly Festival Inc. is a non-profit and as such we rely on a dedicated team of people to make everything happen.   We'd love to have you as part of our firefly team!  Whether you are available year-round...or just the day of the festival,  let us know you're interested by filling out the online form and we'll find you a position that's a perfect fit!    If you love fireflies, nature, or the Allegheny National Forest, we'd love to have you on board.

We welcome educators, students, scientists, or  forest-related agencies and organizations to participate in our  Nature Center exhibition during the hours of 12-noon to 5 pm.  If you have information to share about fireflies, insects, forest habitats and/or environmental concerns.  Apply here now until May 1st, for the June 27th festival.  

Arts and Craft vendors with hand-made or self-produced artwork or craft items are welcomed during the daytime or during the night "Art After Dark" if your items glow, light up or are a luminescent performance.  Apply here now until May 1st, for the festival on June 27, 2020.

PAFF Internship Program


Are you an undergraduate majoring in the natural sciences, science education, environmental resources or recreation/tourism management? PAFF offers a two-month paid summer research internship.  Use our form to apply!



Firefly Night Walk Guide

Do you like engaging with the public? Want to learn more about fireflies and then share your knowledge? PAFF offers paid seasonal jobs leading Night Walks; training is provided.  Head  here and fill out an application!


PAFF Travel Stipends

Do you teach or work in a field that touches on our natural world? (e.g. forest ecology, entomology, biological sciences, astronomy, herpetology, environmental studies or recreation/tourism management).  A limited number of travel stipends are available to those interested in leading specialized walks or talks at the festival on the last Saturday in June, or helping with related educational activities, day or night.   Just fill out our form!

Paid positions with PAFF

Festival Exhibitors, Vendors, Performers

Volunteering with PAFF



Festival Site Staff


The largest group of volunteers is needed during the one-day Annual Firefly Festival.  Always held the last Saturday in June, we need people to help with set-up, take-down and everything in between!  We need volunteers to help with parking, directing visitors to the various sites,  assisting vendors, staffing the PAFF merch booth, monitoring firefly activity and cleaning up. If you are interested in volunteering as an official PA Firefly monitor or would like to help at the festival, fill out an application!


Year-Long Educational Outreach

PAFF has a multi-media educational component that we use for community outreach.  We've presented our ever-expanding firefly program to schools, libraries, community groups and more.  We also set up informational displays at area festivals and events.  Want to be part of our PA Firefly education team?  Head  here and fill out an application!


PAFF Planning Committees

Good at planning and organization?  PAFF would love to tap your expertise and ideas!  Join one of the teams that make it all happen.  Just fill out an application!


The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc has a mission of educating the public about firefly science and conservation.  PAFF also celebrates the annual PA Firefly Festival on the last Saturday in June.  This coincides with the mating displays of over fifteen different species of firefly in the Allegheny National Forest area including the Synchronous Firefly and the unique "Chinese Lantern" firefly along the Tionesta Creek.

You can view all documents related to our non-profit status HERE.

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Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

13558 Route 666, Tionesta, PA

T: 814-230-2035