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VOLUNTEER REGISTRATIONS

2017 Volunteer placements are FULL!

...but there are always unforeseen events that may need to be covered. Contact Carly (details at the bottom of this page) for more information

Volunteers have been an integral part of the organisation and running of the Cobargo Folk Festival since its beginnings in 1995. Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and backgrounds essential to the success of the Festival, and their contribution is acknowledged and deeply appreciated. The culture of Cobargo village is reflected in the festival; it is a friendly and welcoming community with connection as its core value. By connecting to people and place the volunteers continue to enrich the festival with their skills, diversity and camaraderie.

 

Why volunteer @ CFF?

Special Note to Under 18s

CFF volunteers must be aged 18 and over, for legal reasons. If you would like to volunteer as an under-18, you may like to contact The Crossing Land Education Trust who run The Crossing Youth Tent venue at the festival. They recruit their own volunteers and applications are available at their website. http://thecrossing.thebegavalley.org.au/

Volunteer hours required

This year we have decided to slightly increase the number of  volunteer hours required of each volunteer. Eight (8) hours of volunteer work is now the minimum required, allowing each volunteer to receive the volunteer benefits mentioned above. It must be remembered that volunteers do not receive a free ticket. Instead, volunteers are receiving a ticket in exchange for 8 hours (minimum) of ‘unpaid’ work. We, at the festival, value the hard work of the volunteers just as much as the volunteers appreciate their hard-earned ticket.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

We ask that all volunteers abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct and agree to the terms and conditions as set out below.

Volunteers must:

Terms of Agreement

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Please click on any of the listed Job Titles below to see all of the full Job Description for that role. You can click on the title again to hide that description and view another one.


**FESTIVAL BAR.

Position Description:

To provide responsible bar and alcohol service during the Cobargo Folk Festival. Duties may include serving of alcohol; operation of a computerised cash register and money handling; restocking of drink fridges, general cleaning including counters, sinks and floor, clean session bar area of glasses and rubbish and wipe down tables. Position reports to the Bar Manager.

Volunteers must:

  • Possess a current NSW Responsible Services of Alcohol (RSA) certificate to be able to volunteer for this position;
  • Have an effective and friendly face-to-face manner to ensure quality customer service;
  • Have reliable cash handling skills;
  • Follow all RSA procedures to ensure responsible alcohol service. This includes checking for and addressing underage drinking, should it occur;
  • Maintain a safe and tidy working environment;
  • Undertake  waste removal and keep the bar session area clean and tidy throughout the shift (this will require clearing and wiping down tables and removing litter);
  • Not consume alcohol whilst on shift;
  • Be aware that the role may involve collecting alcohol supplies off-site.  
CAMPING

The Festival is currently seeking someone to fill the Team Leader role. Interested parties are advised to contact the Volunteers Coordinator for further information: cobargofolkyvolunteers@gmail.com or 0408448684

Position description:

To ensure the camping areas are managed effectively to provide Festival-goers with a positive experience as soon as they arrive on site and throughout the festival.  Duties may include: greeting and ensuring campers are registered at the Ticket Office, direct campers and caravans to designated sites, monitor camping grounds during the festival, provide information to campers. Position reports to Camping Coordinator. Experience of similar volunteer role is an advantage but not necessary.

Volunteers must:

  • Possess good communication skills;
  • Have ability to be friendly and helpful whilst being clear in delivery of instructions to patrons. A firm manner is a must;
  • Work well in a team;
  • Be reliable;
  • Be flexible, regarding unforeseen circumstances;
  • Understand festival emergency procedures, including first aid procedures, incident reporting and evacuation in the event of flood, bushfire or other natural event (induction day attendance an advantage. Communication with Team Leader is a must);
  • Be able to react quickly in the event of inclement weather.
PARKING

The Festival is currently seeking someone to fill the Team Leader role. Interested parties are advised to contact the Volunteers Coordinator for further information: cobargofolkyvolunteers@gmail.com or 0408448684

Position description:

Assisting with traffic control for vehicles entering and exiting the festival site and any annexed car parks; assisting with car parking control; assisting with gate control, assisting in safe parking for day visitors, monitoring pedestrian safety.  Position reports to Parking Coordinator. Experience of similar volunteer role is an advantage but not necessary. People in this role will work closely with the Camping Crew.

Volunteers must:

  • Possess good communication skills;
  • Have ability to be friendly and helpful whilst being clear in delivery of instructions to patrons. A firm manner is a must;
  • Work well in a team;
  • Be reliable;
  • Be flexible, regarding unforeseen circumstances;
  • Understand festival emergency procedures, including first aid procedures, incident reporting and evacuation in the event of flood, bushfire or other natural event (induction day attendance an advantage. Communication with Team Leader is a must);
  • Be able to react quickly in the event of inclement weather.
SET UP (PRE FESTIVAL)

Job description (may include but not limited to):

Assist setup as directed by Team Leader including venue setup, staging, barriers, signage, bins, toilets, cleaning, preparation for use, sound equipment, backdrops, decorations, stalls and electrical installations. Construction experience highly valued  but not essential. Construction volunteers often work over and above minimum hours - they get so involved!

Duties may include:

  • Construction, liaising with Festival suppliers as directed;
  • Liaising with Site Decoration team;
  • Liaising with Electrical team;
  • Coordination of resources allocated to assist in setup.

Volunteers must:

  • Be available before the festival begins to be a part of the set up team;
  • Be prepared for long hours and physical effort;
  • Be able to take direction;
  • Be able to work in a team;
  • Be able to communicate effectively;
  • Understand OH&S requirements.
**PACK DOWN (POST FESTIVAL)

Job description:

Assist pack down as directed by Team Leader including venue pack down, and deconstruction/storage of staging, barriers, signage, backdrops, decorations, stalls, electrical etc. Volunteers must be prepared for physical effort.

Condition of Entry:

  • This position is an important role that comes with a condition of entry. This ticket is a great option for those that want to enjoy the WHOLE festival uninterrupted. It is also a great choice for volunteers who have a couple of days after the festival available.
  • If you choose/accept this role you are also accepting the conditions.
  • The condition is that, to ensure all volunteers are present and accounted for, credit/debit card details are kept on file until the completion of minimum hours has been approved. Upon completion, all details are destroyed and no fee is incurred. If hours are not met or volunteer does not present to shifts then the card will be charged the full weekend ticket and camping price. This condition is in place to ensure we have sufficient  volunteers to help pack down  post festival. This condition is in place to ensure that dedicated and committed volunteers choose this role.

Duties may include:

  • Construction;
  • Liaising with Festival suppliers as directed;
  • Liaising with Site Decoration  team;
  • Liaising with Electrical team;
  • Recording of inventory;

Volunteers must:

  • Be available for two to three days after the festival ends (the more volunteers the less time required to complete the pack down);
  • Be able to take direction;
  • Be able to work in a team;
  • Be able to communicate effectively;
  • Understand OH&S requirements.
  • Adhere to the condition of entry.
** CATERING - volunteer kitchen

The Festival is currently seeking someone to fill the Team Leader role. Interested parties are advised to contact the Volunteers Coordinator for further information: cobargofolkyvolunteers@gmail.com or 0408448684

Job Description:

Prepare lunches for the set up team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Prepare lunches for the pack up team on Monday and Tuesday after the Festival. Prepare and serve snacks, tea and coffee for volunteers throughout the Festival from Tuesday to Sunday. Prepare food and beverages for the post-festival Volunteers Party.

Volunteers must:

  • Have a current food-handling certificate (obtained, for free, through the local council’s website: Click Here) ;
  • Assist in the running of a clean and tidy catering facility;                                                
  • Familiarise themselves with OH&S requirements and emergency procedures;
  • Be able to work in a team;
  • Be able to effectively communicate with team members.
** FESTIVAL CAFE

Job Description:

Be part of team that runs a festival cafe in a busy part of the site. Job may include, but is not limited to, food preparation; cooking; money handling; dishwashing; tidying; and general hospitality customer service. Experience is preferred but not essential. Volunteers will have a team leader that manages the major decisions.

Volunteers must:

  • Have a current food-handling certificate (obtained, for free, through the local council’s website: Click Here) ;
  • Assist in the running of a clean and tidy catering facility;                                                
  • Familiarise themselves with OH&S requirements and emergency procedures;
  • Be able to work in a team;
  • Be able to effectively communicate with team members.
THE CROSSING YOUTH TENT MC (COMPERE)

Job description:

The Cobargo Folk Festival’s The Crossing Youth Tent is one of the Festival’s most important contributions to music development and youth education. The Crossing is looking for an MC who is 18+

Duties include:  

  • Introducing performers and acts and thank them at the end of performance;
  • Making community announcements to audiences as required;
  • Developing a rapport with audiences and create an enjoyable atmosphere;
  • Liaising with performers (and sometimes parents/carers);
  • Liaising with the stage manager regarding time and programmed events;
  • Ensuring the program runs to time.

This applicant must have:

  • Great communication skills;
  • An understanding of, and empathy for, youth culture;
  • An ability to improvise when the time calls for it;
  • An approachable attitude;
  • Confidence to be on stage to introduce and thank performers.

 

Should you require any further information please contact

Carly McMahon
Volunteers Coordinator
cobargofolkyvolunteers@gmail.com
0408 448 684 (texts preferred)
02 6493 6822

Major Sponsors

   Destination NSW