Join the fun and help bring Bookfest to our community!
Open Volunteer Positions
Role Description: During the week before BookFest the Presenters go to schools throughout the region to do presentations. They need volunteer drivers to take them to and from these appointments. The Driving Coordinator will find people who are willing to be drivers (Bookfest has a list of former drivers to start with) and will coordinate with the School Bookings Coordinator to create a driving schedule.
Basic skills/abilities required: Very comfortable with email and/or phone. Excellent organizational and written communication skills. Experience with Google Drive an asset but not required.
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
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:
Publicity & Promotions Committee
Social Events Committee
How to Volunteer
We would love to chat with you about what volunteer options might be of interest to you.
To find out more (with no obligation) you can:
Check out our open positions above
Stop by one of our volunteer meetings. Meeting details below.
Sign up to receive our volunteer emails and be the first to find out when new positions open up!
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 Monday of every month. From 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Upcoming Meetings: Mar 9th, Apr 6th
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:
These are volunteers who are interested in working with one (or more!) committees and can commit to attending most meetings.
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.
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.