The Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival operates with the support of volunteers in making things happen! There are numerous Festival positions to fill with enthusiastic people which when combined make a good festival a great experience!

Volunteers earn a 3-Day Weekend Pass by agreeing to work 4 x 4 hour shifts and are asked to indicate their preferred times on the Festival Volunteer Information Brochure and Registration Form. Times available include during pre-festival setup, festival time and post-festival cleanup. Many Festival positions are based on the successful organisation of other events, especially National Folk Festival, Summernats, Major Creek, Harrietville, Grabine and Whittlesea Country Music Festivals - so if you've volunteered at these before, you will feel at home with the way we work. Volunteers can register online here.

Work Experience

The Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival is a strong supporter of work experience for students, especially those involved in event management, hospitality, music production, film and television coursework. We have been providing work experience since the Festival commenced and is Government accredited.

Upon completion of festival shifts these volunteers discuss their experience and are provided with a Work Experience Certificate. All students <18 years of age require parent/guardian permission. Volunteers from the following organisations have participated in our Work Experience program:

Merici College Hawker College Erindale College Lake Tuggeranong College Moruya High School Canberra Girls Grammar School
Melba Copland Secondary School Dickson College
University Of Shefield (UK) University Of Canberra TAFE NSW

Volunteer Area Information and Status

Team Responsibilities Roster Requirements Status
Admin Office Answering telephones & public enquiries, rosters, photocopying Mon pre-Festival - Mon post-Festival


Cleanup Packdown and clean up of the site After Festival- Monday Open
Communications Radio operations, logging incidents, event control Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Decoration / Construction Hanging blackout in venues, site decoration, building small temporary structures (over 16yo only) Thurs - Fri pre-Festival Open
Disability Services Assist access requirements for patrons with special needs Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Festival Shop Sales of performer CDs, operate cash registers and EFTPOS Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Hospitality At venues, Green Rooms, etc Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Instrument Lockup Checking in and out of Instruments Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Kidz Kountry Supervise games and crafts Sat, Sun Open
MCs Introduce performers, warm audience Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Minibus Drivers Drive festival minibus to and from town as required. Must be over 25 Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Mug Jugglers Deliver trays of recyclable mugs to stalls, collecting empties, washing them Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Registration Check in/out of volunteers, community groups, stalls, staff and performers

Fri, Sat, Sun


Signage Make and put up signs for the festival Mon pre-festival - Wed post-festival Open
Stage Management Working with performers, managing concert times, stage setup Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Stewards Gates, traffic, venues, security, check wristbands, performer & volunteer entry Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Stores Checking out equipment, checking in lost property Mon pre-Festival - Mon post-Festival Open
Surveys Interview people so we get good feedback Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Ticket Office Sell & collect Festival tickets. Must be sensible and friendly under pressure Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Video Crews Must have experience Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Volunteer Kitchen Crew who prepare and serve food for volunteers Fri, Sat, Sun Open
Waste & Recycling Collecting waste bins and making our recycling work Fri, Sat, Sun Open

Complete Volunteer Registration Form Online Here


Download Festival Volunteer Registration Form Here