Applications for WFF Returning Volunteers opening soon
Applications for volunteers planning on returning to this year’s Woodford Folk Festival will open online at midday on Friday 1st September 2017.
Each year, there are two rounds of applications for volunteer positions.
Returning Volunteers are given a one-month priority period to apply before applications for New Volunteers open in October.
If you have previously volunteered at the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming or The Planting you will receive an email invitation with your Returning Volunteer codes so you can be given priority when applying online.
More than 2,500 volunteers help transform the 500-acre festival site at Woodfordia, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, into a fully functioning pop-up town the size of a regional centre like Lismore or Nambour.
Our volunteers make a significant contribution to the setup, operation and spirit of the Woodford Folk Festival and we simply could not do it without them.
Volunteering is not only a more affordable way of participating in the festival but an opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over Australia and the world that you might not get the chance to otherwise.
As part of the crew, you’ll have a chance to make lifelong memories and friendships while being part of building and contributing to a community celebration.
Returning volunteers account for two-thirds of all volunteers.
There are no average days at the Woodford Folk Festival, having said that as a festival-period volunteer you can expect to donate approximately 5-6 hours of your time each day in exchange for a full festival ticket with crew camping, leaving you with plenty of time to engage with the programme.
Volunteering during the build is a longer commitment, roughly 2 weeks pre-festival and up to a week post-festival, but comes with the thrill of creating the festival village. One added benefit for the volunteers who make this great contribution is being fed delicious food in our Volunteers’ Kitchen, as well as a full festival ticket with crew camping.
All of our volunteers also receive a clay medallion, handcrafted onsite recently by our Winter Warmer volunteers, as special memento and a symbol of thanks.
There are over 300 different types of volunteer roles from customer service to working with children, greeting patrons at the gates or pouring drinks behind the bars. About 20% of positions are dedicated to behind-the-scenes operations and ensuring our performers are well taken care of.
Some positions require special skills or tickets e.g.: costume and prop makers; lighting designers; electricians and plumbers. Those with a carpentry trade under their belt are needed to help us build facades, sets and the unique installations you find around the site.
We welcome safe drivers over the age of 25 to be part of the logistics crew who are responsible for tasks from picking up artists at the airport to delivering essentials to amenities blocks and everything in between.
Leadership opportunities are also available.
Volunteers Manager Karen McBride says all roles are best suited to those who share a common trait.
“Ideally, prospective volunteers will have a sense of humour and a pathological optimism,” she says.
“Whilst we do everything to prepare, the festival is a complex beast and things don’t always go to plan.
“We’re looking for people who can carry on with a smile and have fun while making the festival happen.”
Returning Volunteers should keep an eye on their inbox and junk mail folder for their personal invitation to apply; it should arrive within 24hrs of online applications opening. These experienced folk are very much welcome back.
Our organisers will do their best to notify successful applicants within two weeks.
Applications for New Volunteers will open midday Sunday 1st October, 2017.
For more information contact Volunteers Manager Karen McBride: