Volunteer

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering with Vancouver Island MusicFest. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We welcome over 1300 volunteers to our team each year and try to place as many new volunteers as possible. If we can’t place you this year, please contact us again next year!

The following is a list of MusicFest Crews and descriptions as well as some pertinent Volunteer info. Please read thoroughly before clicking on the Volunteer Application link at the bottom of the page.

Ambiance (Pre Festival, During Festival & Post Festival Crew) (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 24 Creativity a definite asset
Back Office (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Bondable; Criminal Record Check may be required
Bike Lockup (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Organized; Team Player; Good communication skills
Box Office (Pre Festival & During Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 18 Bondable; Criminal Record Check may be required; Excellent communication skills; Works well under pressure
Brew Crew (19 years or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Valid Serving It Right Certificate; Good communication skills; Follows instructions well
Camping – Public Minimum Hours required- 18 Good communication skills; Ability to trouble shoot under pressure; Work well dealing with high volumes of patrons click for more…
CD Signing Tent (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Professional demeanour; Comfortable in large crowds; Star struck peeps need not apply
Construction (Pre Festival and Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 to 40 Physically fit, able to be on feet for extended periods of time; Construction experience an asset; Team player; Hard worker click for more…
Electrical (Pre Festival, During Festival & Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 Electrical experience; Responsible; Reliable
Festival Carts and Radios Minimum Hours required- 16 Organized; Good communication skills; Late night shifts might apply
Festival Hosts Minimum Hours required- 16 Excellent communication skills, Good at giving direction, Comfortable in large crowds,
Green Team Minimum Hours required- 16 Passsionate about environment/recycling; Pays attention to detail; Entails garbage collection, recycling & composting
Hotel Hospitality (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 14.5 Willing to work offsite; Professional demeanor; Good communication skills
Hub (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Experience with handling cash; Organized; Good communication skills
Info lost & found Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills; Comfortable providing information; Trustworthy
Instrument Lock up/ Schleppers (Self Recruiting for now) Minimum Hours required- 16 Physically fit; Respectful; Positive attitude; Attention to detail, organized; Knowledge of instruments & equipment
Kidzzone (16 yrs or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Criminal Record Check may be required, Playful, patient, organized, safe, Understanding, fun, creative click for more…
Lil Musicfesters Minimum Hours required- 16 Calm under pressure, Good communication skills, Good problem solving abilities
Medical/first aid (19 yrs or older; Pre Festival, During Festival & Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 18 Proof of First Aid training required; Calm under pressure; Takes direction well; Some late night shifts may be required
Merchandise Cds (19 yrs or older) Minimum Hours required- 18 Bondable; Good communication skills; Retail skills a definite asset
Musicfest Media (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Excellent communication skills; Professional demeanor; Respectful
Musicfest Munchies Minimum Hours required- 16 Food safe an asset; Good hygiene; Capable handling money
Performer Massage (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Professional Certified Practitioner; Able to maintain professional demeanor at all times; Good hygiene click for more…
Performer Services (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Professional demeanor at all times; Friendly, organized, adaptable; No star struck people need apply
Performer Shuttle -Airport/Ferry Minimum Hours required- 16 “Unrestricted” class 4 license; Professional demeanor, punctual & personable; Driver’s abstract
Performer Shuttle- Hotels Minimum Hours required- 16 Minimum class 4 license; Professional demeanor; Driver’s abstract
Plumbing (Pre Festival & Post Festival Crew) (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 24 Plumbing experience an asset; Team player; Takes direction well
Raffles (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Bondable; Criminal Record Check may be required; Friendly, able to be on your feet for extended periods; Good sales ability
Signs (Pre Festival & Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 Able to drive a truck; Able to use a chop saw, sledgehammer & cordless drill an asset
Site crew (Pre Festival, During Festival & Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 to 40 Physically fit; Team player & take direction well; Ability to troubleshoot; Driver’s license an asset
Site Dispatch (Pre Festival and Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 Possess a cheerful demeanor; Have good communication skills and problem solving abilities; Work well dealing with high traffic volume
Sponsorship MediaCheckin (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Professional & organized; Able to troubleshoot under pressure; Able to be assertive
Stage Crew (Self Recruiting for now) Minimum Hours required- 16 Physically fit; Knowledge of instruments and equipment; Attention to detail; Team Player; Able to respond quickly to instruction; Available all hours of the Festival
Sustenance (Pre Festival and Post Festival Crew) Minimum Hours required- 24 Food safe an asset; Good at troubleshooting; Food prep experience an asset
Traffic & Parking Minimum Hours required- 16 Patient; Good communication skills; Works well dealing with high traffic volume
Vendors (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Organized & Professional; Ability to problem solve creatively
Vol Security – Back Stage (19 years or older) (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills; May require late night/early morning shifts
Vol Security – Main Bowl (19 years or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills; May require late night/early morning shifts
Vol Security – Vol Campground Hosts (19 years or older) (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills; May require late night/early morning shifts
Vol Security – Public Camping (19 years or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills May require late night/early morning shifts
Vol Security – Grierson (19 years or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good communication skills; May require late night/early morning shifts
Volunteer /Performer Kitchen (19 years or older) Minimum Hours required- 16 Food safe an asset; Food prep experience an asset; Able to problem solve and contribute creative menu ideas click for more…
Volunteer Check in (Self Recruiting) Minimum Hours required- 16 Attention to detail; Able to work efficiently in a fast paced environment; Able to trouble shoot and communicate in a calm manner click for more…
Volunteer Hospitality Minimum Hours required- 16 Positive, calm, helpful demeanor; Good communication skills
Water Crew (Youth especially welcome to apply!) Minimum Hours required- 16 Attention to detail while maintaining a fun attitude; Comfortable working in large crowds Physically fit
Youth Outreach (Previous experience working with youth and/or professional youth workers given preference) Minimum Hours required- 16 Good sense of humour; Late night shifts will be required; Focus on harm reduction to youthful festival goers

A few things to note:

Volunteering at MusicFest!

  1. Returning volunteers will be contacted directly by their Crew Coordinators from last year (or a new Coordinator of their Crew from last year) before February 1st. If you have not heard from your Coordinator by February 1st please send the Volunteer Coordinator an email.
  2. If you did not volunteer for MusicFest last year but have volunteered in previous years you will need to fill out a volunteer application form for this year.
  3. If you are a returning Volunteer who wishes to apply for a different crew this year, please contact your Coordinator from last year to let them know. You will then be required to reapply this year for the new crew of your choice.
  4. Some of our crews are marked as self – recruiting. Please do not apply for these crews unless you have been recruited by the Coordinator and know the Coordinators name. If you were not recruited and still apply for one of these crews, you likely will not be placed on this crew and may be rerouted to a different crew that you did not apply for.
  5. If you have been recruited by the Coordinator of a self – recruiting Crew, please list the Crew name and Coordinator name in the appropriate fields. When prompted to fill in first and second choice Crews on the application please click on the ***** if the corresponding Crew is not available.
  6. If you are 16-19 years of age (new or returning) and have already applied as a Volunteer you will need to have a youth waiver signed by your parents or guardian and submit it to your Crew Coordinator.

Click here 2016 Youth Volunteer Waiver

  1. If you plan to camp in the Volunteer Campground you will be required to complete the Volunteer Camping Registration in advance of the Festival. Your Crew Coordinator will be emailing the link to you on April 1. If you plan to camp in the Public Campground you will be required to pay regular public camping fees. Public camping goes on sale March 1st and are available online only.

Click on 2016 Volunteer Application to apply as a MusicFest Volunteer

Check out some volunteers in action: