The numbers of people employed full-time directly by the Festival are relatively small, and largely in administrative roles covering some of the traditionally less glamorous aspects of the organisation, including:
· Finance, licensing, customer services, and general administration
· Infrastructure, procurement & coordination of temporary infrastructure, site design & layout (AutoCAD knowledge preferable)
· Site, sanitation, environmental and ground works
Most of these departments begin recruiting temporary staff early in the New Year for positions commencing in the Spring, so whilst we may not have a job going in your area at the moment, CVs will be kept on file for a maximum of 2 years so that you can be contacted if a suitable role comes up in future (please let us know if you don’t want your CV to be retained). Applicants must have a can-do attitude, a desire to exceed expectations and be willing to muck in! You will need to be able to work quickly and accurately within a busy team environment and have a flexible and adaptable approach to work. For office based positions, good IT and excellent written and verbal communication skills are an absolute must.
Please also bear in mind that none of these jobs are an easy way into the Festival: they involve hard work and not much time off over the Festival period. Festival or events experience can be beneficial, but it’s not essential. If you’re a whizz with a spreadsheet or specialist software, enthusiastic and have good organisational skills then that goes a long way.
If you are interested in working in one of these areas, then please use our jobs form to upload your CV, telling us your availability, and select the area you’re interested in working in. Please use the comments box to let us know more about your key skills and what you would bring to the organisation.
Jobs in the offices can last from a couple of weeks to all year round, depending on the job, so please let us know whether you’re interested in short-term or long-term positions, and when you would be available.
Please note, as the Festival offices are in rural Somerset with limited transport infrastructure outside of the Festival period, the ability to travel independently is essential.
Post-Festival Clear Up Crew
Short term, casual paid work (£10 per hour) is available with the Clear Up Crew, who complete the litter pick after the Festival. The main phase of clear up work after the Festival will comprise of 5 x 8 hour shifts from Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th July, inclusive, however due to the nature of the business; staffing requirements may vary due to fluctuating demands and factors outside of our control such as the weather. Work on the post Festival clear up after 5th July will be very limited and offered on an "as required" basis dependent on whether any work is available.
Please note – this work will take place after the Festival, and as such, it does not include access to the Festival.
If you would like to join the post Festival clear up crew, please select the “Clear Up Crew” option on the Festival contact form here.
www.cashandtrafficmanagement.com employ car parking staff from the Sunday before the Festival until the Monday after the Festival – staff are required to work a minimum of four 12 hour shifts. Similarly www.dcsiteservices.com employ staff to assist with running the campervan and caravan fields. They also supply checkers at vehicle gates and staff the onsite vehicle chaperone service.
Market traders do require staff, but in the main they recruit people they know. If you know traders who come to the Festival, get in touch with them early as they have limited number of passes for each stall.
Work experience placements
The most common employment request that the Festival receives is for work placements. Placements of more than a few weeks are simply not feasible as experienced Festival staff required to mentor work placements are only on site for a limited time through the year. Even if you are available for two or three weeks around the Festival, it's still quite unlikely that we can take you on. At a time of high pressure, there is little opportunity to advise and supervise someone learning the job. If you do still enquire about a placement, it is essential that any enquiry clearly specifies available dates. For health and safety reasons the Festival can only employ people aged 18 and over.
Working for your ticket
There are opportunities to work for different organisations and charities providing services for the Festival. Normally people are required to work three 8 hour shifts for their ticket, but it does vary slightly. In some cases you would be required to pay for the ticket in advance, and would be reimbursed after completing the required hours.
- Oxfam have been working with Glastonbury for over 25 years. Register your interest to join a 2000 strong volunteering team with roles on the gates, campaigning with the public or helping in the Oxfam festival shop. The money raised from your shifts supports Oxfam's work to end global poverty. Go to www.oxfam.org.uk/festivals to find out more.
- Now fully subscribed for 2020.
The Recycling Team (litter pickers, etc) is recruited by the Festival. For 2020, those who worked successfully in 2019 will be invited back and thereafter applications will ONLY be taken from people who have been recommended by previous recyclers who should email Fiona.
- If you have medical, paramedic or first aid qualifications, you can apply to join Dr Chris Howes’ team of volunteers by completing the application on the website www.festival-medical.com.
- Tent stewards and campsite wardens are recruited from local carnival clubs, parent teachers associations, sports clubs and voluntary groups. Over the past five years the Festival has trained thousands of individuals, has a waiting list of organisations wishing to raise funds in this way and does not anticipate many vacancies.
- Property lockups are run by different peace and environmental groups, so if you are a member of such a group, you might wish to check if your local branch is involved.
- If you already volunteer for a charity, you may be able to work at the Festival through them. Check out if they are coming to Glastonbury. Similarly, if you are a Samaritan, you could investigate joining their Festival Branch.
- Oasis Carnival recruit workers for stewarding/working on the outside of the Festival for people looking to work in exchange for their ticket. You can find more information at www.oasiscarnival.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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