Now recruiting 2018 Wildscreen Festival Volunteers.
DEADLINE: 1 JUNE
Volunteering at the Wildscreen Festival provides an unprecedented opportunity to play an important role in the world’s biggest and most prestigious natural world storytelling event.
The Wildscreen Festival could not take place without our loyal and hardworking crew of volunteers, who generously give up a week of their time to ensure we deliver a packed week of over 100 amazing and inspiring events to our 850 industry delegates as well as thousands of public.
Whether you want to learn more about the wildlife film and photography industry and/or have a passion for events and marketing, we have a whole host of roles available and we applications from people of all backgrounds.
- Gain valuable experience and insight into the wildlife film, photography and event industries
- You’ll get the chance to attend Festival events, including one full day off to experience the Festival as a delegate
- Excellent networking opportunities. You’ll make life-long friends and connections!
- Learn new skills and develop existing ones
- Get access to the Panda Award film library and screenings of Panda-nominated films
- Access to parties, premieres and special events
The serious stuff
- Successful volunteers are required to be available for full-time work Sunday 14 to Friday 19 October 2018 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 on shift will be provided.
If you feel you have the necessary skills to be a proactive and hardworking member of the Wildscreen volunteer crew, please send us your application by Friday 1 June. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted throughout June for a telephone/Skype interview to assess your suitability and motivation, with successful volunteers being notified in July. Due to the expected high number of applications we are not able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
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.
Based at the main Festival hub, you'll be the first point of contact for anyone attending our events, including delegates, sponsors, VIPs and members of the public. You’ll need to be quick on your feet and become an expert on the Festival programme to help attendees seeking advice whether it be on the Festival in general, specific events or Bristol. You'll need a great customer service ethic, be friendly and approachable and always have a beaming smile as you will be the face of our Festival hub! If you are looking for experience in hospitality, this is a great opportunity.
Based at the Festival hub, you will be the first point of contact for our 850 delegates, sponsors and VIPs that attend the Festival. This is a frontline position, welcoming all our attendees and ensuring registration is as smooth as possible throughout the week. You'll need a professional manner, be calm under pressure and friendly. This is the perfect opportunity for people considering a career in event management or hospitality as you'll be at the centre of delivering this internationally renowned industry event.
Box Office Crew
This evening role will be based at one of our cinema venues hosting screenings of all Panda Award-nominated films. Open to delegates and the public, you’ll be on hand at the most bustling times to check audiences in, advise on running times and venues as well as distributing and selling tickets. You'll need to be friendly, efficient, calm under pressure and have a passion for wildlife films and events. If you are looking to develop front-of-house skills this is the role for you.
Each of our venues will have a dedicated team of volunteers and venue staff, and this role will ensure the smooth running of one of our key Festival venues and its content. You’ll have strong organisational and communication skills and be a problem-solver to ensure all our content runs on time! This is a high-pressured role for those looking to develop event management and team-leading skills.
You will meet and greet audiences at the doors of our venues, including delegates, VIPs and the public. Your duties will include scanning delegate passes for validity on entry, running microphones and recording session attendance. Some of our events are invite-only or have limited capacity so you'll need to be diplomatic and skilful at diffusing frustrations. In return, you'll be able to sit in on the sessions.
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.
You'll be asked to assist the Festival team with a variety of logistics across our programme of sessions and special events, including parties and premieres. Tasks may include setting up, dressing and closing down events; moving kit around the city; ushering and making sure our venues look great and run smoothly. This is a varied role that's right at the heart of the action and the successful volunteers will be quick thinking, have great communication skills and a proactive attitude.
Tech Show Crew
Based within the main Festival hub, you’ll ensure delegates and exhibitors alike have a fun and smooth tech show experience. You'll be on hand to monitor attendance, support exhibitors, answer questions and make sure the daily Happy Hour doesn't get out of hand! You’ll have a keen interest in broadcast kit and the tech behind productions. As our first point of contact for our exhibitors, we'll rely on you keep everything running smoothly throughout the week, from set up through to take down. If you are keen to develop your craft of post-production skills this is the role for you!
You’ll be responsible for capturing the essence of the Festival, providing a visual record of our packed week of events and generating lots of great content for our marketing and socials during and post event. Working across multiple venues and a whole host of different set-ups, you’ll need to be able to manage your time well, have great communication skills and a keen eye for a great shot! You must have your own kit with lenses suitable for both medium and close-up work and previous event photography experience is highly desirable. Please supply a link to your portfolio or examples of your work along with your application
Social Media Crew
It's your role to keep the Festival community and Wildscreen’s international audience on top of what’s going on throughout the Festival. You'll be in charge of updating, monitoring and responding via the Festival’s socials, covering Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Great communication skills with impeccable English and the ability to mimic Wildscreen's in-house style and voice are essential.
Session Review Crew
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 communications teams. Your insight also provides great post-event material for the Wildscreen team!
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. Please provide a link to examples of your writing in your application.
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.
Still interested? Apply by Friday 1 June via the online application form.