Working at the festival


Paid employment

We’re recruiting now for Chefs and Kitchen/Service Assistants for next year’s Festival. We have a limited number of two and seven week positions available. This is full-time paid work and you will be required to work over the festival weekend as the crew catering establishments will be open during this time. Click here for info and to apply.

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The numbers employed directly by the Festival are relatively small, and are largely in administrative roles. If you'd like to work in event management, stage management, rigging and staging, sound, lighting, electrics, plumbing, event security, tent contractors and so on, the Festival cannot really help you. This is because 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 area fields.

The administrative functions, based at The Festival Offices at Worthy Farm, cover some of the less glamorous aspects of the organisation, including:

· Finance
· Licensing
· Infrastructure – water, toilets, site works
· Site office – coordination of temporary infrastructure
· General administration and enquiries

If you are interested in working in one of these areas, please send your CV to worthy@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk and tell us the area you’re interested in working in. We may not have a job going in your area at the moment, but we can keep your CV on file, so someone might contact you in the future.

Jobs in the offices 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. Please note, due to the volume of enquiries received you will only be contacted if a suitable opportunity arises.

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 and have good organisational skills then that goes a long way.

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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 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
  • All 2015 recyling and litter picking places now filled. 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 for this work at Glastonbury 2015, please contact Fiona direct on 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.
  • 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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