Working at the festival


Paid employment

The numbers employed directly by the Festival are relatively small. If you want to work in event management, stage management, rigging and staging, sound, lighting, electrics, plumbing, event security, tent contractors and so on, the Festival can not really help you. Many, if not all, of these specialists are employed by different event management companies that have established, experienced crew who return year on year – as do most of the organisers running performance fields.

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. If you buy your ticket, but find you are getting a bit short of cash during the Festival, some traders will employ extra staff who are already on site when they are busy – so try some of the food stalls that look rushed off their feet.

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 provide stewarding at key locations such as entry gates. Oxfam recruits from a wide selection of regular Oxfam supporters, previous stewards and the general public. For further information about stewarding with Oxfam please go to www.oxfam.org.uk/stewards.
  • Festaff provide volunteer wristbanding staff for Glastonbury, you work 3 x 8 hour shifts for your ticket and the rest of the time is yours to soak up the Festival and have fun with your friends.www.festaff.co.uk
  • Places now all taken. Recyclers/Litter pickers are recruited by the Festival. Initially people who have worked successfully before are approached, thereafter applications are taken from those who get in touch with the Festival.  To apply to work at Glastonbury 2014, please call 01749 899086 or email fiona@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
  • 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 www1.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 in 2013. One not-for-profit organisation looking for recruits is Festive Lizards. All Festive Lizards 2013 positions now filled.
  • 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 info@oasiscarnival.co.uk.

If you are part of a stewarding group and would like to discuss all aspects of training for event stewarding please contact Maindy Training via their website at www.maindytraining.co.uk

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