Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions?
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?
You can start volunteering at the age of 14. However, volunteers between the ages of 14-17 must submit a Volunteer Waiver form signed by their Parent/Guardian.
ASIDE FROM AGE, WHAT ARE THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO BE A FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER?
Most volunteer positions are physically demanding to some degree whether it be standing, sitting, walking, lifting or using tools for extended periods of time. All roles require some level of attention to detail and require the completion of the Accessibility/Customer service training. Lastly we have some positions available which require specific knowledge or certifications (ie. Smart Serve, Police Check etc.)
I HAVE A PHYSICAL/MENTAL DISABILITY. IS VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FESTIVAL STILL ACCESSIBLE TO ME?
We are happy to have all volunteers join us! Please read the volunteer job descriptions carefully to select which job fits your skills best.
HOW MANY SHIFTS DO I NEED TO DO?
We request that each volunteer commit to a minimum of 3 shifts per area for which they have registered, however this is subject to change closer to the festival in order to fill specific roles.
CAN I VOLUNTEER IN MORE THAN ONE SECTION?
Yes! If you choose to volunteer in multiple areas, you are requested to do a minimum of 3 shifts in each section. To do this, you will be required to complete separate registrations for each area, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your additional shift selections to be added manually.
HOW LONG IS EACH VOLUNTEER SHIFT?
Most shifts are 4 hours long, but shift times may vary.
AM I EXPECTED TO SHOW UP FOR ALL THE SHIFTS I SIGN UP FOR?
It takes a lot of people to ensure a fun and successful festival for everyone involved, therefore we expect that you will be present for the shifts which you have registered. If there is an emergency situation please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Team or your Volunteer Leader immediately.
I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER WITH MY FRIENDS. CAN WE BE SCHEDULED TO WORK TOGETHER?
Upon registration simply ensure that you all register for the same area at the same shift times to ensure that your group is volunteering as a team.
CAN MY VOLUNTEER TIME COUNT FOR HIGH SCHOOL HOURS?
Yes! Your volunteer leader would be happy to sign your student volunteer form at the end of each shift.
WILL THE FESTIVAL CONTINUE REGARDLESS OF WEATHER?
Please come prepared for all types of weather as the festival and volunteer requirements will continue rain or shine!
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