VOLUNTEERING AT THE WORKS
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.
The Works needs a ton of volunteers during the 13-day festival, and we’d love to have you join us then! However, we also have many year round opportunities, including joining planning committees, helping with fundraisers and special events, and individual office and remote roles in marketing and administration.
The Works festival volunteers make our 13-day festival at the beginning of every summer come to life, interacting with patrons, talking about art and design, providing information, and ensuring the festival runs smoothly and is a great experience. Check out the positions below, as well as the TART program for extra-dedicated volunteers, and pre-festival opportunities happening in May and June. Don’t forget: volunteering comes with amazing perks and is a ton of fun!
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
Art Market Crew – Assist artists as required and provide relief
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
Installation Crew – Assist with preparation of installing exhibits and Festival materials
Outdoor Site Crew – Set up and take down tents and signage at the Festival site
Marketing Street Team – help us promote the Festival by participating alongside Works staff at volunteer fairs, farmers’ markets, and other community events. Talk to potential patrons and volunteers, open the door for conversations about art and design, and help us distribute marketing and volunteer recruitment materials such as posters and handbills!
Awesome Perks of Volunteering:
- An exclusive Works volunteer T-shirt
- Up-to-date info about The Works Society and events
- Daily snacks, refreshments, and even free meals!
- Exciting prizes: daily draws, rewards for milestone numbers of hours, and more
- A post-festival appreciation party
You’ll also be able to 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
- Adding volunteer experience to your resume
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
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
- Become a leader within the volunteer team to support and assist in orienting 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
The Works year-round volunteers ensure we have the momentum and resources to make our 13-day festival a huge success, as well as supporting the events we run year-round. There are numerous positions and terms of involvement – see below for more!
Committee Members: Beginning in January, we assemble festival planning committees. The 2014 Special Events Committee conceived of the popular new event series, Roving Receptions, which brought the community to a new exhibit each day to learn about the art, participate in fun activities, and win awesome door prizes. If you want to work with like-minded individuals to make the festival come alive, contact us about joining a committee!
Festival Operations: Social media gurus, fund development geniuses, and marketing whizzes wanted to contribute their skills to enhance The Works festival public profile.
Graphic Design: Help us create dynamic, eye catching images for online content, and posters and information pamphlets for use throughout the year.
Special Events: Throughout the year, we hold various fundraisers, exhibits, and events. If you want to participate for a day at a time at these events in roles such as setting up a reception or staffing a casino, we’d love to hear from you.
Street Team: Join staff members at volunteer fairs and community events to promote festival and volunteer opportunities, and help us promote the special events that take place throughout the year by distributing posters and talking to potential patrons!
* Note: for festival volunteers, the full festival application found here is required.