Volunteer applications for Wildscreen 2016 are now closed!

The Wildscreen Festival could not take place without our loyal and hard working team of volunteers that give up a week of their time to help deliver the event and make sure attendees get the most out their time in Bristol. We're now accepting applications from people who want to volunteer at the 2016 Wildscreen Festival and who share our passion for wildlife film and photography and providing great customer service to delegates.

Why volunteer?

The rewards for volunteering include:

  • The chance to see the Panda Award-nominated films and attend Festival events
  • Access to the Delegate Lounge and networking events
  • Access to the film library
  • Insight into the industry's issues and players
  • Learning new skills
  • Making new friends


The serious stuff

  • Successful volunteers are required to be available for full-time work Sunday 9 to Friday 14 October 2016 inclusive. The Festival is open from early in the morning to late at night so expect shifts with early starts and/or late finishes.
  • We're sorry, but all volunteers must be aged 18 or over
  • Applications are via the online form. We do not accept applications by email, CV or covering letters.
  • Wildscreen is a charity and these are unpaid volunteer posts and we're unable to cover the cost of travel to or accommodation in Bristol. A uniform and meals/refreshments will be provided.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted throughout August for a telephone/Skype interview to assess your suitability and motivation, with successful volunteers being notified by early September. Due to the expected high number of applications we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

The roles

Volunteers carry out specific roles that support the delivery of all aspects of the Festival including attendee engagement, production and media. When applying, you can specify up to 3 volunteer roles that interest you though you may be asked to take another role.

Info Desk Volunteer
You'll be the face of the Festival and the first port of call for delegates and members of the public who need advice on the programme and other Festival information. You'll need a great customer service ethic and have a friendly, approachable appearance.

Registration Volunteer
The Delegate Lounge, based at Bordeaux Quay, where the Registration Desk is based, is the Festival arrival point for delegates. This is a front line position, welcoming and accrediting our attendees and guests. You'll need to stay calm under pressure, be polite and become an expert on the different levels of programme access each delegate can have. This is the perfect opportunity for people considering a career in event management or hospitality as you'll be at the centre of delivering an industry event.

Session Steward
Stewards meet and greet the audiences at the doors of our cinema venues. Your duties will include running the Q&A mics, counting attendances and checking passes on entry for validity. Sometimes delegates don't have access to certain events or are refused entry to sessions which are full so you'll need to be skilful at diffusing their frustrations. In return you'll be able to sit in on the sessions.

Technical Volunteer
Knowledge of video file formats and playback is a must in this role. You'll ensure that the media deliverables for each session are working and logged, and make sure speakers are set-up with the equipment and media they need to deliver their session. Some practical experience of AV and live events/presentations would be an advantage.

Production Volunteer
You'll be asked to assist with a variety of logistics needed to deliver our special events and parties. Tasks may include setting up, dressing and closing down events; moving kit around the city; ushering and maintaining tidiness at venues. It's a varied role that's right in the middle of the action and the successful volunteers will be quick thinking, have great communication skills and a proactive attitude.

Tech Show Volunteer
You'll be on hand to monitor attendance, make sure the Happy Hour doesn't get out of hand (!) and answer any questions from both delegates and reps regarding the equipment and services that are being showcased in the Tech Show. An interest in broadcast equipment and post-production is an advantage. We'll rely on you keep everything running smoothly. 

Guest Liaison Volunteer
A sociable nature is required! There'll be special guests each day that we want to take extra care of. Guest liaison is a varied role: meeting and greeting speakers and VIPs, escorting them to Festival events, organising travel and arranging hospitality. You'll be warm, friendly and discreet with a good memory for names and faces.

Picture Desk Volunteer
This position supports the photographer and social media volunteers. You'll be responsible for co-ordinating the photographers - ensuring we get the shots we need - and sorting, identifying and editing the images they deliver to you for use by the social media and marketing staff.

Photographer Volunteer
This is a demanding role as you’ll be criss-crossing the Festival, covering dozens of events across the week taking official photos, but will provide plenty of material for your portfolio. Copyright of imagery will belong to Wildscreen but photographers can use it for non-commercial purposes.You must have your own kit with lenses suitable for both medium and close-up work and previous event photography experience is desirable. Please supply a link to your portfolio or examples of your work in the application form.

Social Media Volunteer
It's your role to keep the Festival community informed about what's going on during the Festival week and you'll be in charge of updating the Wildscreen Festival feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Great communication skills with impeccable English and the ability to mimic Wildscreen's voice are essential.

Session Review Volunteer
You'll be Wildscreen's eyes and ears inside the Festival sessions. The role will require you to attend sessions, taking notes on audience reaction, production quality, pertinent points and controversial moments and feeding back throughout the day to the social media and writing teams.

Communications Volunteer
You'll support the Wildscreen staff and social media team by writing longer form content. You'll deliver write-ups and reviews of Festival content; interview speakers and delegates; and draft round-ups of the day's events for publication in Wildscreen's e-news and social media. You'll have excellent and creative written communication skills and be comfortable generating ideas for content so please provide a link to examples of your writing in your application.

Data Capture Volunteer
A confident, persuasive demeanour is required for this role where you'll be speaking directly to the delegates, gathering feedback about their experience of the Wildscreen Festival.










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