Volunteering at Body&Soul
VOLUNTEERING IS A GREAT WAY TO GET INVOLVED IN ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST EXCITING, PROGRESSIVE AND IMPACTFUL FESTIVALS.
Our volunteers work across a range of roles and gain experience in how events and festivals operate from the inside out. They are a valuable and much appreciated asset to all of us at Body&Soul. We are looking for passionate individuals who wish to be an integral part of the festival experience.
The key skills required are a desire to be part of the fabric of what makes Body&Soul a success and a vital part of our volunteer team; any other talents you possess are a bonus.
For students looking to work in the creative industries, music, visual arts or event production, it’s an invaluable opportunity to make industry contacts and learn from experts.
For everyone else, it’s also great craic, with sound people at a beautiful festival!
WE OFFER A RANGE OF DIFFERENT ROLES DEPENDING ON YOUR MOTIVATION FOR VOLUNTEERING, YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND YOUR PASSIONS.
Everyone volunteers for different reasons and we try to tailor your volunteering experience by finding out your motivations for getting involved.
If you’re looking to gain more experience in onsite events we’re happy to assign you a role with more responsibility. If your passions lie in environmental activism or the arts then Earth Guardian or décor roles may help you get the most from your experience.
When you fill in the motivation section of the application form we will use that information to find you the role you’ll get the most out of.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EARNING YOUR FESTIVAL TICKET THROUGH VOLUNTEERING, SIGN UP BELOW!
Body&Soul are looking for creative sign writers for their signage team. Skills needed: hand lettering, sign painting, acrylic painting, spray painting.
Please include images of previous work in application, previous experience in professional sign writing is required.
Fabric Department / Stage Dressing:
Individuals with experience in set dressing, stage dressing or working with textiles and different fabrics.
We are looking for trained carpenters with a creative flair. Work includes assembling, repairing and siting wooden furniture around the B&S site, assisting our carpentry team leaders in creating new structures and furniture and assisting our artists/collectives/décor team to create their installations. Please attach images of previous work in application.
Individuals eager to get involved in the creative set up of the festival. Looking for those with a creative eye to help with general décor elements. Experience with hand tools preferable.
Event Stewards may take on a variety of tasks, mainly including aiding security and staff in manning restricted areas, directing people all over the festival site and being an info point for attendees. The presence of these volunteers is vital to ensure the public are well informed and kept in a safe environment over the festival weekend.
Stewarding Team Leaders
Our B&S Stewarding Team Leaders assist festival staff in managing the festival volunteers across the site at Body&Soul. They are responsible for the welfare and management of the festival volunteers over the course of the festival weekend, making sure they feel looked after.
Car Park Stewards
Car Park Stewards aid security and festival staff in running the car parks of the festival as smoothly as possible. They also help attendees get parked and direct them to the campsites.
Ticketing and Entrance Stewards
Our Ticketing and Entrance Stewards are there to welcome attendees, scan their tickets and apply wristbands as they arrive at Body&Soul 2018.
Site/Setup volunteers are crucial to Body&Soul in the week prior to the festival. They help set up tents, water systems, signs, laying out exhibitor areas, managing deliveries and clearing walkways, ensuring the site is ready for opening day.
Site Strike volunteers are responsible for breaking down the festival. These volunteers take their time carefully dismantling the festival structure in order to make the impact on the environment as low as possible and ensuring the festival can be easily resurrected in 2019!
If you’ve used tools before, enjoy following direction and working both independently and in a group whilst outside this could be the perfect role for you.
Reliable past volunteers are given preference.
Team Leaders / Zone Supervisors
After selecting your preferred team in the application form you can opt to be considered for a Team Leader/Zone Supervisor role.
PLEASE NOTE: All Soul Kids volunteers must be Garda vetted.
VOLUNTEER SUPPORT TEAM
Their duties also include stewarding the Us&You campsite, surveying attendees on their mode of transportation, and ensuring everyone brings their camping gear home with them.
Receptionists (The Sanctuary)
How to apply
- Hit the apply button on this page to reach “Backstage at Body&Soul”.
- On the “Backstage at Body&Soul” page fill in all required information in the bottom right of the page to register your unique Body&Soul login. An email will be sent to you confirming your registration was succesful.
- Head to your email account and follow the link in the confirmation email.
- After confirming and following the link in the email, if you’re not automatically logged in, hit the log in button on the left of the “Backstage at Body&Soul” page to log in.
- Click volunteering in the white bar in the middle of the “Backstage at Body&Soul” page to be taken to the Volunteer Application form.
- Fill out the form!
As a volunteer, you will truly embody the soul of Body&Soul. Participating as a volunteer can be a challenge, but also one of the most fulfilling ways to experience the festival. We are so grateful to everyone who chooses to commit to being a core part of the festival.
As a Body & Soul volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and expand your network to meet members of the events industry with years of experience. All volunteers will have access to the Body&Soul Volunteers Facebook group where you can keep in touch with the team pre- and post-event.
You will have constant access to communication with members of the Body&Soul team who will be able to answer any questions you have in advance of the festival. Shift schedule requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
Body&Soul volunteers will have access to free bus transport departing from Dublin city centre to the festival on Thursday, 21st June. Volunteers will also have access to the crew car park.
All volunteers will receive thorough training in their specific area of work before they start their first shift. Through your work over the weekend you might learn more about yourself, what you’re good at and you will get to develop more competencies and capabilities.
You will have access to the Volunteer Hub and chill-out area. You will be provided with tea, coffee and snacks while on shift, a phone charging station, 24 hour managerial cover and volunteer support staff.
You will have access to a dedicated volunteers campsite within the crew camping area. This includes showers, regularly cleaned toilets, and proximity to the crew carpark.
Post-event, you will be able to receive references from the volunteer coordinators.
We endeavour to provide a variety of shift times for every volunteer.
Anything else I should know?
Applications to volunteer at Body&Soul 2018 are on a first come, first served basis.
How does payment work?
Once your application has been accepted, you will buy a ticket as a deposit. After the festival, when we have ensured that you have completed all shifts allocated to you, you will be refunded the cost of the ticket.
How long do I have to spend volunteering?
Over the course of the festival, you will spend 18 hours volunteering – this is broken down into 3 X 6 hour shifts.
Is there pre and post-festival volunteer positions?
Pre-festival volunteer positions start in the week before the festival. Site takedown starts on the Monday following the event and will usually continue through to the Friday. Post-festival volunteer positions will take place during that time. Please specify in your application which dates suit you..
I have experience in X, can I volunteer in this area?
Please check the volunteer roles section above to see if there is a role that suits your experience, if not contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can find a role for you.
Can I volunteer with friends?
We make every effort to schedule shifts around existing friendships but unfortunately cannot guarantee that every request will be accommodated.