With festival season and summer holidays finally, there is no better way to pass time, make friends and gain work experience than volunteering or working for a festival or event. Festival work can be a great way for University students to gain valuable work experience whilst gaining essential life skills, such as management skills and confidence skills. When it comes to job roles at festivals there is a huge variety available from volunteering to part-time work to potential work every summer. Taking time to volunteer or work at a festival can be a useful way to spend your gap year during your studies.
Each festival that has its own website usually has a volunteering or participation section to check out all possible job roles and information about first-time volunteers. Here is a list of job roles that festivals hold vacancies for:
- Site Managers
- Project Managers
- Staff Supervisors
- Arena Supervisors
- Campsite Zone Supervisors
- Office Managers
- Multi-Agency Communications Control Staff
- Buggy Drivers
- 4×4 Drivers
- Minibus Drivers
Reading/ Leeds festival held every year with large acts such as Metallica and Foo Fighters allows full access to their arenas for all volunteers of the festival. Reading/ Leeds provides full support and information for anyone that wants to volunteer or work for the festival. They offer a variety of volunteering roles, such as:
- Campsite volunteering
- Arena volunteering
- Volunteering for their ‘Green Team’
- Volunteering for Oxfam
Download Festival held in Derbyshire every year, formally known as Monsters of Rock, also offers a volunteering scheme. Here are some of the job roles available to volunteer for at the festival:
- Assisting Download Festival goers with directions.
- Helping Download Festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
- Answering questions about Download Festival performances and line-ups.
- Reporting any problems such as a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
- Working with Download Festival Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams.
- Keeping an eye on the Download Festival campsites from the fire towers.
- Helping out with various roles across the Download Festival site including pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges, keeping an eye on facilities, monitoring stages and walkways.
Have you thought about volunteering this summer for a festival near you? In August 2019 there are 173 festivals in the U.K. with brilliant volunteering schemes that offer you with life changing skills and amazing summer memories so you can enjoy your studies or gap year with a blast making new friends whilst gaining work experience.
Shambala festival takes place in the summer right in the heart of Northampton, with music, great food and plenty of activities there is also full of potential for anyone that is interested in volunteering for a festival. Shambala festival offers volunteering roles in:
- Bars and
- Oxfam stewarding opportunities