Q: Can I volunteer with the Festival?
A: Absolutely! Volunteers are a vital part of Brisbane Writers Festival. Each year approximately 200 enthusiastic and reliable volunteers are recruited to a wide range of positions to help successfully deliver our annual event.
There are also opportunities to work in our office in the lead up to the Festival on a range of tasks and projects. Position Descriptions are available on BWF's website here, and you can apply to volunteer here.
Applications close Friday 18 August 2017.
Q. Do I need special skills or qualifications?
A: While some positions do require specific skills, our general Festival volunteers need no prior experience. General Festival volunteers only need:
· A friendly and professional manner
· Punctuality and reliability
· Fluency in English
· A willingness to follow directions and work in a team
· A commitment to making the festival a fantastic experience for the public, festival guests, staff and volunteers
Q: I am interested in volunteering – what can I do as a volunteer?
A: There are a variety of volunteer roles available before and during the Festival, including: box office and ticketing; venue managers and ushers; technical support crew; patron information staff; and artist services personnel.
Q: Is there a minimum commitment of hours required to volunteer with Brisbane Writers Festival?
A: We generally request 20 hours over the course of Brisbane Writers Festival in exchange for: a season pass to the festival; a t-shirt; snacks when on duty; and a Certificate of Participation. But we understand some volunteers have parenting or work/study commitments that limit their available hours, and that's fine – just let us know what you can manage.
Q: Can youth (under 18 years) volunteer for Brisbane Writers Festival?
A: Only in special circumstances. Unless young people are accompanied by a supervising adult at all times, we cannot accept applications from volunteers under the age of 18.
Q: Do I get free tickets in exchange for my volunteer hours with Brisbane Writers Festival?
A: Yes. Volunteers can use their BWF Volunteer ID to access BWF Panel and In-Conversation events if there is room after all patrons are seated.
Q: What are the steps required to become a BWF volunteer?
A: The first step to volunteering with BWF is to fill out our volunteer application form available here [LINK]. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete the online application form, and you will receive a confirmation receipt. You will hear from the Volunteers Coordinator within 4 weeks.
Q: How can I learn more about other BWF and volunteer opportunities?
A: Volunteering Opportunities will be listed on this website, and also through our BWF newsletter, Facebook and twitter pages.
Q: Do I need to attend training?
A: Yes. BWF provides a supportive and enjoyable environment for you to learn valuable new skills. All volunteers need to complete the official BWF induction process before they are permitted to work for the festival. The induction will take place at the State Library of Queensland in late August. More details of this induction will be sent to you upon approval of your volunteer application.
Some volunteer roles require additional specialist training as outlined in the Position Description for the role. Position descriptions are available here [LINK].
Q: Will I need to provide any documentation?
A: Volunteers are required to provide BWF with proof of identity (e.g. Drivers Licence, passport, etc); and any relevant supporting documents e.g., RSA, first aid certificates, current Blue Card etc.
Q: What shall I wear while volunteering?
A: All volunteers will be provided with a prized 2017 BWF t-shirt to wear while you’re working on-site.
Neat, casual bottoms and closed-toe shoes are required to be worn. Please be advised that some positions will require you to work outdoors, so if required, it is recommended you bring a hat.
We do ask that you wear your 2017 BWF t-shirt only while you’re on duty, not when you’re attending the festival as a patron. This is simply to avoid confusion, and your t-shirt can be worn as much as you like socially after the festival.