ACSEA - Volunteer With a Purpose

Calling All Volunteers

Volunteers drive the success of countless festivals and events year after year.  Each year, hundreds of volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours across many capacities and various roles to ACSEA.  Together we create opportunities for new artistic expressions to flourish, all while having a great time!

The effort and enthusiasm of our volunteers is integral to our success.  Join the ACSEA volunteer family to spread the love, discover new experiences, and make lifelong friends!  We have volunteering opportunities for people with a variety of schedules, skills, and interests.

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Volunteer Positions

Please read through each position description carefully, and select your preferences in your application.  Shift assignment is on a first come, first assigned basis.  We will try our best to match with your preferences, however we may not always be able to provide the position of your choice due to the availability and nature of the festival.  For some festivals and events, you may be asked to assume multiple positions in one shift.

  • Working with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit volunteers, plan orientation, schedule shifts and roles, ensure organization and lead volunteers on the days of the Festival
  • The VC Assistant will work from home in the weeks leading up to the event and will be required to attend organizing staff conference calls
  • During the orientation and the event, the VC Assistant will be present at the Festival venues
  • Working with the VC, VC Assistant, and Core Staff to ensure smooth execution of festival programming
  • Must possess strong leadership skills, with previous Festival volunteer or leadership experience an asset
  • Expected to coordinate and supervise volunteers at specific Festival programs or venues
  • Must attend a Leader Meeting with the Core Staff and additional training session
  • There are five assistant positions available: Artist, Lecture, Staff, Stage Manager and Chef
  • Work directly alongside Core Staff in leading and organizing the festival
  • FoodSafe Certification is preferable for Chef’s Assistant
  • Imbue festival audience with energy! Kick off each program/performance in style
  • Must be willing to handle equipment with care, assist stage managers and technicians where necessary; must be comfortable with public speaking
  • Requires an interview
  • Working with emcee, performers and talents, and stage technicians to ensure successful performance
  • Expected to coordinate performer arrivals according to schedule, ensure appropriate signage, visuals, and safety of venue
  • Event experience an asset; must be willing to work with sound/lighting equipment, moderate to heavy lifting
  • Assist in setup and takedown, loading and unloading
  • Work different hours, before and after the festival
  • Must be physically capable and able to take instructions
  • Experience or enthusiasm in production work is preferred
  • Capture the Festival from all angles – audience, performers, festival culture, programming, community vibe, volunteers, staff, food, etc. 
  • Images may be used for Festival marketing, programs and advertising
  • After each Festival a complete collection of images is delivered to the ACSEA for in-house use
  • Must have your own camera and equipment
  • A great opportunity for photographers who are building their portfolio
  • Please submit a sample of your work by email to volunteer@acsea.ca
  • Assist with successful delivery of festival programs as needed
  • Must be friendly, courteous, and willing to engage the public
  • Versatility, adaptability, and an adventurous mind preferred

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