Wildscreen Film Festival volunteers are absolutely vital to making the festival a success. The festival wouldn’t be able to take place without our hardworking team of volunteers who give up a week of their time to help deliver our biennial event.
This year is an especially exciting year for the festival as we’ll be celebrating our 40th birthday and our first ever hybrid edition. As such, there will be both in-person and remote roles available to apply for.
We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic and committed individuals to join this year’s festival team in helping to create a festival that celebrates diverse and indigenous voices, that tells impactful stories and raises awareness to the planetary crisis we are facing.
Whether you are interested in event management, social media and marketing, filming and photography, or just meeting new people, there is a role for you!
We particularly encourage applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, including those identifying as women, LGBTQIA , ethnically diverse individuals, low-socioeconomic backgrounds, neurodiverse, or disabled.
Volunteering for the Wildscreen Film Festival is a great way to gain hands-on film festival experience, develop new skills as well as the opportunity to enjoy the best of natural world storytelling from across the globe.
As a thank you volunteering, you will receive:
- A letter of reference
- At least 1 day off during the festival
- A full hybrid pass (£410 VAT) for you to enjoy when you aren’t required to work
- A 50% discount on a year’s Network Membership
- A 2022 festival branded t-shirt
- In-person volunteers will receive 1 meal per shift (Day/Evening Shifts)
The Serious Stuff
- Successful volunteers will need to be available throughout the festival week (Sunday 9 – Friday 14 October 2022). The festival includes early morning events and evening events so expect early starts and/or late finishes.
- All volunteers must be aged 18 or over.
- Wildscreen is a charity, and these are unpaid volunteer posts. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the cost of travel to or from Bristol, or accommodation so volunteers must be able to make their own arrangements.
How to Apply
This year is an exciting year for the festival as we’ll be celebrating our 40th year and our first ever hybrid edition. As such, there will be both in-person and remote roles available to apply for. Further details about each of the roles available can be found at the bottom of the page.
If you require further support or would benefit from submitting your application in a different format (ie. video), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline - 12 August 2022
If your application has been successful, you will be invited to a short informal interview via zoom with our Festival and Events Manager.
What In-Person roles are available?
Registration & Info Desk
In this role you’ll be the face of the festival and the first port of call for all delegates when they arrive. You’ll need to be able to stay calm under pressure and have a friendly, approachable nature with a great customer service ethic.
This role is perfect for people considering a career in event management of hospitality as you’ll be at the very centre of delivering an industry event.
Each venue will have a whole team of event runners to help oversee the smooth running of sessions, clinics, masterclasses, and keynotes. Tasks may also include helping to set up and close down events, moving kit, and ushering etc. This is a really varied role in the heart of the action which will require quick thinking, great communication skills and proactive attitude.
Ushers will meet and greet audiences at the doors of our film screening venues. Your duties will include running the mics to audience members during Q&A’s, checking audience passes on entry, and counting audience numbers. Great customer service skills and a friendly attitude is a must.
Live Social Reporters
This role will require you to attend the sessions and be a confident user of twitter, tweeting key quotes and pertinent points made by speakers during the sessions. Great communication skills with impeccable English and the ability to mimic Wildscreen’s tone of voice are essential.
Press & PR Crew
If you have experience of writing press releases or have contacts within the press industry then this is the role for you! As Press & PR crew you’ll get to sit in on the top sessions and write short press releases to share following the event. Excellent written English, attention to detail and an ability to mimic Wildscreen’s tone are a must for this role.
Film & Photography Crew
This is a fun but demanding role as you’ll be criss-crossing the festival, covering dozens of events across the week, taking tons of official photos as well as making short films to use for social media. 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.
In this role you’ll be working closely with the Wildscreen events team and venue staff to make sure everyone is well looked after, and rooms are set up and ready for sessions. A proactive attitude and a friendly nature are a must for this role.
Green Room Assistants
In this role you’ll be helping the Wildscreen team to greet and look after their speakers, making sure refreshments are available in the green room at all times. Occasionally, you may need to help with any last minute speaker requirements and technical needs. You’ll need to be familiar with the programme line-up and have excellent communication skills.
Social Media & Communications Crew
Are you a Instragam, TikTok or Facebook extraordinaire? Then this is the role for you! You’ll support our Wildscreen Staff by keeping the festival community informed about everything that’s going on. You’ll be in charge of updating the Wildscreen Festival feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll also work with the Film & Photography crew to help create great visual content. Excellent creative writing skills and impeccable English with the ability to mimic Wildscreen’s tone of voice are essential.
Film Competition Assistant
In this role you’ll work closely with our Awards Coordinator to see to the smooth running of our Panda Awards and Official Selection competition. You’ll need to be good with faces and knowledgeable of people working in the wildlife film industry and have good attention to detail.
Are you great at networking? Throughout the festival there will be loads of opportunities for networking, but we’ll also have a designated space for networking at one of our key venues. In this role you’ll work closely with our Network Manager to help
We want to make sure that our online attendees are heard just as much as if they were in the room. In this role, you will sit in on the sessions and monitor all questions asked from our online attendees. You will be their voice and ask the questions on their behalf so you will need to be a confident communicator. Excellent listening skills are also a must to avoid duplicating questions.
What Remote Roles are available?
As we are running our first hybrid edition of the festival, we are able to offer a number of remote roles for individuals that do not have to be Bristol or UK based - applications are open internationally.
Online Event Assistants (must be available to work between 8am - 10am GMT).
In this role, you will be the face of Wildscreen for our online attendees. You will be on hand to help answer any queries via the online chat, look after the online box office and email inbox. Great communication skills and a friendly manner are essential for this role as well as impeccable English.
Social Media Assistants
You’ll help support our Wildscreen team by helping to keep our festival community informed about everything that’s going on. You’ll also help the team by responding to any enquiries that come in via our Wildscreen’s social media channels. Excellent creative writing skills, impeccable English and the ability to mimic Wildscreen’s tone of voice are essential for this role.
E-News & Mailchimp Editors
Are you an expert on MailChimp? This role will entail a little bit of work in advance of the festival in preparing e-newsletters to send to festival attendees daily during the festival week. These newsletters will include daily line-ups, festival highlights, top picks & reminders for festival attendees. Excellent knowledge of the programme, attention to detail and an ability to mimic Wildscreen’s tone of voice are essential for this role.
Do you have a creative eye and flair for design? If you are looking to develop your portfolio of graphic design, then this is the role for you. We have some lovely graphics that celebrate our 40th anniversary and with your skills you’ll help to create beautiful signage and festival materials.