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As a not-for-profit organisation, Byron Writers Festival relies on the generous support of volunteers both year-round in the office and for the annual Festival.
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A thank you to our Volunteers

We would  like to sincerely thank the many dedicated volunteers who assist us with a multitude of daily tasks. For example, without our magazine mailout team, we would not be able to get northerly out to our members . Other volunteers regularly help us to manage and keep a tidy borrowing library, assist with the endless piles of administration, and lend a hand with many more tasks too great to mention.

By far the greatest volunteer support we receive is assisting with the annual Byron Writers Festival. We have a fantastic team of 140 tireless volunteers who help us pull off an exciting literary event every year.

Our volunteer programs

We are always looking for friendly people with a passion for writing and reading to join our team of volunteers. Sometimes we even advertise specific volunteer positions in our members’ magazine northerly.

We have two volunteer programs here at Byron Writers Festival.

Year-round office volunteers

Our year-round volunteers provide administrative assistance in the office. Please email Penny Leonard on [email protected] with your details, CV, availability and what area you are interested in volunteering in.

Festival volunteers

2016 Festival volunteer applications are now closed.

Should you have a concern regarding your roster allocation, please contact [email protected]


Festival

Volunteer FAQ

  • I’d like to volunteer at the 2016 Festival. What’s the process?
  • When will I know if my application is successful?
  • What are the prerequisites to be a volunteer at the Festival?
  • Do I need any qualifications to be a festival volunteer?
  • What sort of roles are available as a volunteer?
  • How old to volunteers need to be?
  • How long are the shifts?
  • I have some health restrictions. Will I be able to volunteer?
  • What does the Festival provide for its volunteers?
  • Is there a uniform for volunteers?
  • Will my food and travel costs be reimbursed?
  • Can I do more than the minimum of two shifts?
  • Is the volunteer briefing compulsory?
  • If my availability changes, what do I need to do?
I’d like to volunteer at the 2016 Festival. What’s the process?
Our Volunteer application process opens on 2 May and may be completed online at here. The application process closes 27 May and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will email you to advise if you have been successful or not by 15 June.
When will I know if my application is successful?
The Volunteer Co-ordinator will email you to advise if you have been successful or not by 15 June. If you are not successful in the first round of offers you will be asked if you wish to remain on the contact list as further positions become available.
What are the prerequisites to be a volunteer at the Festival?
We require our volunteers to commit to a minimum of two shifts across two days. Priority of positions is given to returning volunteers and to those able to volunteer for more than the minimum two shifts.
Do I need any qualifications to be a festival volunteer?
Friendly! Our volunteers have a variety of qualifications and skills; the common factor is that they are keen to be involved with the Festival and work towards the goal of assisting to bring a successful Festival to Byron Bay.
What sort of roles are available as a volunteer?
The roles are varied and can be administrative assistance in our office prior to the Festival or across all areas at the Festival. Our volunteers’ skills range from office administration, ticketing, event management, RSA, social media, chauffeuring, hospitality, traffic management, workshop volunteers and supervisory.
How old to volunteers need to be?
Volunteers are required to be a minimum of 18 years old.
How long are the shifts?
The shifts vary but are usually five hours in the morning or afternoon.
I have some health restrictions. Will I be able to volunteer?
Yes you may volunteer and we endeavour to find a role that will suit your restrictions. Please advise your health restrictions in the online application so that we may cater for your restriction. If you advise your health restrictions after you have been rostered and you cannot perform the role allocated, we may not be able to find an alternate role for you.
What does the Festival provide for its volunteers?
Volunteers are provided with a T-Shirt, lunch and water as well as an opportunity to attend the Festival on the day of their shift, either before or after their shift. There is a Thank You Party held at our office after the Festival.
Is there a uniform for volunteers?
Volunteers are provided with a T-shirt which is the uniform and it is to be worn only while on duty.  If the weather is cold we suggest wearing the T-Shirt over a long sleeved shirt so as not to cover up the Festival T-shirt which identifies you as a volunteer.
Will my food and travel costs be reimbursed?
No. You are provided free parking and lunch for the day that you are rostered.
Can I do more than the minimum of two shifts?
Yes. Volunteers that indicate they are able to do more than the minimum two shifts are given priority.
Is the volunteer briefing compulsory?
Yes.  This briefing supplies the critical WH & S information, allows you to become familiar with the Festival site as well as providing you with your volunteer T-shirt.
If my availability changes, what do I need to do?
Please advise the Volunteer Coordinator ASAP as the role you had been allocated will be required to be filled and the position can be offered to a volunteer that missed out in the first round.

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