Volunteers are at the heart of The Works Festival. Without volunteers like you, North America’s largest free outdoor art and design festival couldn’t happen! We work closely with volunteers to provide the training and education needed to help us make art accessible to the public and to ensure that every volunteer has a unique, exciting and personally fulfilling experience.

Return completed forms by email to volunteer@theworks.ab.ca or in person at 10635 95 Street NW 

Festival Volunteering

Below, find volunteer positions listed in more detail. For volunteers who wish to gain extra knowledge in art and design, explore our Training in ART (TART) program. Each year, we are humbled by the dedication of our volunteers and we strive to provide great perks and recognition. 

Application Form

Festival volunteer positions include:

Exhibit Crew – engage with the art and patrons

Greeter – be the first face patrons see on the Square! Greet the public, answer questions, and monitor donations.

Family Programs – Assist children and adults alike in creating their own art

Gallery and Info Crew – supply information to patrons, assist with the sale of Works items

Grounds Maintenance – Keep the outdoor site environmentally friendly and attractive

Works Patio Gate crew – Monitor crowds and ensure adherence to Patio rules, help keep the Patio clean

Works Patio Serving Tent – Meet AGLC requirements, ID patrons, sell and serve beverages

Special Events Crew – Assist with set up and running receptions, artist talks, etc.

Volunteer Administration Crew – Assist fellow volunteers with registration, schedules, perks and snacks. 

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Perks of Volunteering:

  • An exclusive Works volunteer T-shirt
  • Daily snacks, refreshments, and meals
  • Daily prize draws
  • A post-festival appreciation party

You will also enjoy…

  • Contributing to Edmonton’s vibrant cultural and festival scene, making downtown a more dynamic, exciting place to live and work
  • Meeting amazing people – including Works artists, staff, and other volunteers
  • Learning about local, national, and international art & design

Some Things to Know:

  • Some positions require a Police Information Check and all applications will be subject to a security screening including contacting references you provide
  • Minors aged 13 - 17 are welcome to volunteer; however written parental consent is required
  • Festival volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over the 13 days
  • Orientation sessions for all volunteers are provided

Group Volunteering

The Works makes it easy for members of companies, schools and community organizations to volunteer as a group. In addition to the usual perks that every volunteer receives, we offer extra benefits for your business or organization, which may include:

·         The option to wear your organization’s promotional gear while volunteering

·         A set of photos for use in the organization’s PR and communication

·         Social media profiles and other advertising opportunities

·         Streamlined orientations at the organization’s convenience and location of choice.

Customizable volunteer packages make the right fit for any size of group with any time commitment.

For more information and to apply, please contact the volunteer department. To guarantee your spot, groups must apply by May 1st.  


Looking for a more in-depth experience? The TART (Training in ART) program offers more comprehensive orientations beginning earlier in the season, equipping volunteers to play a more active role in the festival.

TART Volunteers have opportunities to:

  • Lead patrons on tours around the festival site
  • Receive deeper art interpretation training to promote meaningful conversations about art with patrons and other volunteers
  • Learn about and participate in various aspects of Festival planning, preparation and operations
  • Meet, support, and work with Festival artists
  • Provide suggestions for improvement and growth of the festival
Year Round Opportunities


For a more hands-on experience in festival planning, consider joining one of our committees. Meetings will commence mid-February, 2017. For more information, or to become involved, contact the volunteer department. 

Volunteer Engagement Committee

Develop strategies to increase volunteer retention and improve communication and appreciation before, during and after the festival. Committee members will create fun and inclusive ways to engage all volunteers. They will also assist volunteer department staff in orientations and administration.

Possible objectives (these will grow and shift, and depend on the agreed time commitment of the committee):

·         Assist with recruitment efforts

·         Plan activities for recruitment BBQ and wrap up party

·         Plan activities to keep volunteers engaged throughout the festival

·         Provide hospitality to volunteers during orientation

·         Provide hospitality to volunteers during festival (Assist with opening, delivering volunteers to positions, distributing refreshments, ponchos etc.)

·         Program space next to volunteer headquarters tent

·         Decide how volunteer engagement committee should be visually identifiable during and pre-festival

Marketing and Special Events Committee

Work to enrich and market festival programming. The committee will think through cost effective ways to advertise the festival and engage audience members.

Objectives (These will grow and shift, depending on the availability of committee members):

·         Establish a marketing strategy to increase awareness of festival and festival special events, including organizing and executing street team prior to and during festival.

·         Plan and implement events in alignment with The Works’ mission and existing programs and festival events.

·         Support marketing staffbefore, during and after the festival.

·         Develop unique ways to engage patrons before and during the festival. 

Contact the Volunteer Department

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Full Festival volunteer application form HERE!

Contact us at The Works office:
Attn. Volunteer Dept
10635 – 95th St. NW Edmonton, AB T5H 2C3
Phone: 780.426.2122 (ext. 230)
Fax: 780.426.4673
Email: volunteer@theworks.ab.ca