Applications for 2017 volunteers are now open. Even if you have volunteered before please reapply.
Palm Creek Folk Festival would not exist without volunteers. The organisers of this festival are all volunteers themselves. We are not enough to make this festival a success without the assistance of all the very special extra people who offer their time to help bring the event into reality and work throughout the festival. So each year we rely on volunteers in various capacities to be part of the team.
Apart from meeting new people, volunteering gives you a great feeling of satisfaction knowing you have contributed to those who come to our festival having a wonderful weekend. By way of saying thank you for offering your time to the Palm Creek Festival and the broader community, we give our volunteers free admission (including camping) in exchange for a minimum of 8 hours volunteering.
Many volunteers have such a good time that they volunteer year after year and have become almost permanent staff in different departments. As these people have experience, there may be some departments that have already filled their necessary quota or only need to recruit a few new ones, but do not let this put you off applying. Likewise, do not be too disappointed if you are offered a role other than your preferred choice – you may be surprised how much you enjoy it.
Before receiving your festival arm band, each volunteer is required to complete a short Workplace Health & Safety induction at the gate.
If you would like to become part of our team, please register your interest by submitting an application form. We will answer every application and get back to you regarding availability of both position and shift times.
Tasks: Assist with the organisation and delivery of activities for the children.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm (4 hours per day)
Description: The Children’s Area/Festival is a safe space that recognises the importance of families and children at our festival. The volunteers of this area are energetic, mature, and have a desire to instill the Palm Creek spirit into the children who come into the area, be it through crafts, music and/or workshops. Responsibilities include engaging with children and enticing them towards the various activities, running activities, playing with children and supporting the workshop/performers. Expect to get dirty and leave with a smile.
Tasks: Processing E-tickets and cash sales along with checking in VIPs and volunteers. Traffic control will be an aspect of duty on the gate.
Hours: Thursday 8am- 6pm, Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 8am- 8pm, Sunday 8am-4pm.
Description: This position is well suited to someone who likes working with others in a busy area with lots of laughter and fun. You get to work with a great crew of people, and once you get into the swing of it you may be surprised to find how much you enjoy the buzz of working such a fast-paced position. A relaxed yet efficient personality with good people skills is essential. A coordinator will explain your duty at the beginning of your shift.
Requirements: Reliable and happy. Eftpos experience is an advantage.
Site Crew – Pre Festival Setup and Bump Out
Tasks: Set-up, maintain and pull down the festival site. This can include, but not limited to, erection of tents/marquees and stages, lighting, marking out of various areas, handyman jobs, water and power supply, rubbish removal and initial cleaning of facilities.
Hours: Set-up begins Sunday the 4th of June (All day), festival maintenance crew available throughout the festival and pull down starts early on Monday the 12th.
Description: Our site department equips and maintains the various areas of the festival with all essential items necessary for each to run efficiently and effectively. While the work does require some physical labour, it is also a great job. You will be working and sharing a laugh with a fantastic group of people. The site coordinator will explain your role.
Requirements: May be required to lift heavy loads. Must be reliable.
Tasks: This role requires a mature, rational, calm and responsible individual who will be helpful and friendly at all times.
Hours: Thursday to Sunday, shift times will be delegated once position has been allocated.
Description: This position does not require any more than being alert and observant and communicating any potential problems/anti-social behavior or behavior posing a threat to the safety and comfort of our guests to our contracted Security Team or the Festival Coordinator.
Under no circumstances is this role an interventionist one. Security can not be everywhere at once, so basically our Peacekeepers are like their ears and eyes. You will be introduced to the Security Team before your shift.
Requirements: Willing to dress up ‘silly’ while on duty and use your own mobile phone.
Tasks: Assisting in the Festival Shop with sales of merchandise and CDs.
Hours: Friday to Sunday
Description: Like the gate, this area is the face of the festival. Along with festival merchandise sales this hub is a go-to point during the day. The volunteers here must be friendly with a can-do attitude. This is a fun, social area of volunteering. Cash sales only. This year we have a dedicated shop supervisor who you will communicate with directly regarding duties and rosters.
Requirements: Must be honest and able to smile! Solid knowledge of the festival and site essential.
Tasks: Provide clean toilets and showers for the patrons. Pretty obvious!
Hours: 4 x 2hour shifts throughout the festival. Thursday 6pm through to Sunday evening.
Description: Many view this as a job they would not do. Let me assure you, the years I did this I had heaps of fun. One meets so many people! Ensure the facilities are stocked with toilet paper and soap and that the area is kept free of rubbish. Showers will be cleaned twice a day. Volunteers will be under the direction of a supervisor.
Requirements: Reliability is number one.
Assistant Camp Warden
Tasks: Duties as directed by the Camp Warden
Hours: Thursday through Sunday
Our experienced Camp Warden Tony has turned our campsite around. To continue to do so he needs offsiders, a posse if you will.. Someone who enjoys working as hard as he does ensuring campers camp ‘right’.
Requirements: Communication skills a must – preferably really good ones as there may be some festival goers who may find the transition to organised camping challenging!
Must be punctual and reliable. No Exceptions!
Tasks: Keep site clear of rubbish and empty bins.
Hours: minimum 8 hours over weekend starting Thursday 8pm. Early morning or late night main stage clean up.
Requirements: Must be able to work autonomously with an offsider. Wheelie bins need to be lifted manually into skip.