Larmer Tree Festival

Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire/Dorset

Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd July

Larmer Tree Festival is back this summer, bursting with all the creative inspirations, activities and artists that those who have joined us in past, have grown to love and expect.

We're looking for volunteers to help in various areas of the festival who have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a flexible and proactive approach, a friendly disposition, commitment and reliability.

This is an extremely popular festival to volunteer at and with it being a day shorter than previous years, less volunteers will be required. So, be sure to apply early to avoid missing out.

Perks of volunteering

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Venue

  • Access to the festival
  • Free camping
  • Free parking
  • Free basic refreshments
  • Opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 4 days work during the festival. This will generally be over Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday. Shifts will be approximately 5hrs each (this does vary slightly between different teams) and split over morning, afternoon and evening.

Larmer Tree Festival takes place in the stunning setting of Larmer Tree Gardens, situated on the Wiltshire/Dorset boundary not far from Salisbury and Blandford Forum.

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Volunteer Team Descriptions 2018

Below you will find a brief description for each volunteer team. These are listed in order of team size.

 

Please read them before choosing your preferences, even if you are a regular to the festival.

 

All volunteer teams cover daytime and evening hours. The only overnight shifts are those in the Volunteers HQ overnight team. See Special Shift Arrangements section on the application form for more details.

Most of the non-arena teams will cover approx. 8am until 23:30 and arena teams cover approx. 8am until 1am. This coverage is split into shifts and each volunteer will be given a variety of shift times across morning, afternoon evening and possibly late evening, depending on the team.

 

An approximate number of hours involved and how many shifts is indicated below for each team.

 

All volunteers will also be required to attend some form of briefing session before starting shifts. For the majority of teams this will be a general briefing held at the Volunteers HQ (multiple briefing sessions will be held, times to be announced closer to the festival). For teams such as maintenance, setup, breakdown, pre/post festival and some others your briefing will be provided at the start of your first shift by the team manager.

 

Across all teams we are looking for volunteers who have:

● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

● A flexible and proactive approach.

● A friendly disposition.

● Commitment and reliability.

If you have any questions, please contact james@wickedevents.co.uk.

 

General Stewards Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 160

Approximate number of hours work involved: 20 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, either Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.

Areas covered include: festival gardens and arena, gates and pedestrian areas within in the entertainment areas of the site, banking vehicles through pedestrian areas, checking wristbands and vehicle passes. All general stewards will be required to work at least one evening shift which will finish at 1am.

Please note, due to not needing as many volunteers when the arena is not open, one of your shifts may be set to help with the customer arrival in the campsite or another area, for example on Thursday morning when we have not yet opened to the public.

 

Campsite Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 75

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, either Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.

Areas covered include: Welcoming and directing to campsites (audience, artists’ and crew) and parking areas, checking emergency routes are clear, keeping a lookout for any problems, ensuring rules are adhered to, answering any questions and being a friendly face and a volunteer presence.

 

Arrivals Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 75

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, either Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.

Areas covered include: welcoming all vehicles (artists, audience and contractors), checking passes, parking vehicles, directing on to the appropriate campsite/stage/box office, patrolling the van field and day parking field.

 

Wristband Exchange Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 28

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, Thursday to Sunday.

Issuing audience wristbands, checking IDs, directing onwards and be as helpful and efficient as possible. We’re looking for people with experience in customer facing roles working in busy environments with excellent attention to detail. Please note all team members will be required to attend training on Thursday morning, time to be confirmed closer to the festival.

 

Breakdown Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 25

Total number of hours work involved: 08:30-17:00 Mon 23rd to Wed 25th

Duties include varied physical tasks to breakdown and clear the festival site of fencing, fire points, furniture etc. You must be fit, strong and able to work long shifts to get the job done!

N.B. 2 meals per shift provided

Please note, if you have not volunteered with Wicked Events and/or Larmer Tree Festival in the past, a deposit payment may be required to work on this team. We will contact you to discuss if this is applicable.

 

Recycling Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 24

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, either Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.

Assisting the litter and recycling contractors (Grist Group) to ensure the festival site is kept clean and that the maximum amount of recycling is achieved. Please bear in mind that this involves a lot of walking and can be physical work. Duties will involve litter picking and sometimes moving wheelie bins. Protective gloves and litter picking equipment will be provided.

 

Set Up Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 18

Hours of work involved: 08:30-17:00 Sat 14th to Thurs 19th July

Duties include assisting with the set-up of the festival, including fencing, distributing furniture, setting out fire points, cable digging.  We are looking for people who are fit, strong and don’t mind working long shifts to get the job done!

N.B. 2 meals per shift provided

 

Stage Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 18

Total number of hours work involved: 20 hrs split over 4 shifts

Working on this team will involve working a shift each day, Thursday to Sunday.

Assisting the Stage Manager, unloading and loading musicians’ equipment, keeping the hospitality area clean and well-stocked and general fetching and carrying. We are looking for people with experience in this area, but please note, this is NOT a technical role.

 

Pre/Post Festival Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 16

Approx. number of hours work involved: 26hrs

This team will cover some gates, the campsite and arrivals areas before the main volunteering teams begin on Thursday and help on Monday morning with the site egress. This will involve working a split shift (approx. 8hrs total each day) on Tuesday and Wednesday, then a single shift Thursday morning until the main teams begin and Monday morning. Duties will include greeting early arrivals, crew, deliveries etc. directing to the right area of the site and controlling who is on site.

 

Workshop Support Team

To be confirmed, we are still unsure as to whether volunteers will be required for this role.

Approximate number of volunteers required: 15

Total number of hours work involved: TBC

This team will be asked to support programmed activities in areas/venues. You’ll be ensuring safety of participants, setting up/clearing up spaces, checking participant numbers and giving information to participants.

Shifts are all daytime and, due to programming, shifts lengths will vary. There may be the requirement to work double shifts in exchange for days off. Also, we may not be able to confirm shift times until a few weeks before the Festival.

 

Maintenance Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 12

Hours of work involved: All maintenance team volunteers will need to meet in the Production Boneyard onsite at 08:30am on Friday morning to arrange shift times and duties. Fri 19th to Sun 22nd July

Duties include maintaining the site during the festival, moving furniture and backline between venues and stages, putting in art installations, opening and closing areas, stage get-outs, etc. You must be fit, strong and able to react to any problems arising over the weekend.

 

Missing & Found Children Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 8

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts, Thursday to Sunday.

To provide an essential facility issuing missing child wristbands, looking after found children, taking reports of missing children and dealing with the possibility of distressed parents. Volunteers must be proficient on radio and be able to liaise with Event Control, act calmly and efficiently under instruction. This team will be carefully selected for their experience of working with children and we may require a DBS check to be completed due to the nature of this role.

 

Information Tent Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 8

Total number of hours work involved: 18 hrs split over 4 shifts, either Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.

You’ll be the face of the festival in the central Info Tent; answering general queries, engaging and interacting with the audience (i.e. competition entries), receiving audience feedback, reporting and looking after lost property, selling programmes and other merchandise, communicating programme changes and liaising with the Production Office. This is a small team only open to people who have volunteered at the Festival before and preferably with good local knowledge. Volunteers will need to have excellent customer service skills.

 

Fire Pit Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 2

Shift times vary, but will be in the evenings whilst the fire is lit. You’ll be looking after the fire in the woods (building, lighting and maintaining it), monitoring audience around the fire and being prepared to act calmly and efficiently under instruction in the event of an emergency.

 

Artist Liaison Team

Approximate number of volunteers required: 12

Days of work, Thursday toSunday. Volunteers need to remain flexible about their shift times and be aware that shifts may overrun at times. You’ll be part of a small team meeting artists and bands as they arrive, settling them in backstage, bringing them riders, accompanying them to the Songlines tent for signing sessions, fetching meals for them and keeping the hospitality area topped up and clean. We are only looking for people with good experience in this area. If you are interested in this role, please email a CV and cover letter to info@larmertreefestival.co.uk. You do not need to complete the application form via this website for this team.

 

 

If you have any queries about volunteering please email james@wickedevents.co.uk

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