Join the fun and help bring Bookfest to our community!

Open Volunteer Positions

GENERAL VOLUNTEERS 
Role Description:
 We are always looking for casual volunteers to help out on the day of the festival and the week of the school presentations. Types of jobs available include:

  • School Presentation Driver - drive authors to different schools to present

  • Ticket Booth & Info Booth

  • Festival setup & take down (chairs, tables, signs, balloons, etc)

  • Session Hosts - introduce our presenters, take tickets, etc

 

COMMITTEE SUPPORT/ADMIN

Role Description: The Committee Support Position provides administrative support to the different committees when needed. This includes creating documents, compiling information, organizing digital files, taking minutes at our monthly meetings and checking the main email account and forwarding emails to the appropriate people.

Basic skills/abilities required: Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software. Very comfortable with email. Excellent organizational and written communication skills. Experience with Google Drive an asset but not required.

About Our Organization

Our organization is run by volunteers! Our team is led by one or two coordinators with the rest of the volunteers falling under the umbrella of one of the following committees:
 

  • Finance Committee

  • Publicity & Promotions Committee

  • Site Committee

  • Presenters Committee

  • Volunteer Committee

  • Social Events Committee

  • Information Committee

  • Outreach Committee

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How to Volunteer

We would love to chat with you about what volunteer options might be of interest to you.

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Volunteer Meetings

Our meetings are obligation free and are a great way to get a feel for the festival, how we operate and what volunteer options might work best for you. Come by and chat with us!

 

Where: Harbourfront Branch of The Vancouver Island Regional Library (upstairs meeting room)

 

When: Typically on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. From 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Upcoming Meetings: Feb 13th, Mar 13th, Apr 10th

Types of Volunteers

At Bookfest, we want our volunteers to find the perfect fit for them within the organization. That’s why we have two types of volunteer work for you to consider:

 

COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

These are volunteers who are interested in working with one (or more!) committees and can commit to attending most meetings.

 

CASUAL VOLUNTEERS

This group of volunteers is best suited to people who don’t know what their available time looks like but would still like to hear about volunteer options as they come up, particularly regarding short-term volunteer jobs. This could include manning an information booth at other events to promote Bookfest, driving authors to school presentations, distributing posters, opportunities for teens or helping out on the day of Bookfest itself.

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

We have lots of opportunities for pre-teen & teen volunteers to help with BookFest including some of the short-term opportunities listed above in our ‘Casual Volunteer’ section. We also have a wonderful opportunity for youths to participate in the festival as “Bookies”. Bookies work in pairs and help with set-up and take-down before and after the festival. During the day, they look after a specific presenter and assist during presentations by directing attendees, taking tickets, and helping children and families find their places. It’s a great opportunity to spend a day having fun, meet other youth with similar interests and play a positive and active role in your community.

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          Original artwork by Cale Atkinson