There are plenty of ways to be involved as a volunteer at Woodfordia. The Woodford Folk Festival relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers, or you could join the Lake Gkula Camping crew, our Small Events Crew or one of our monthly working bee groups. We also have a small number of opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.

Read on to find out more…


VOLUNTEERING AT WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL

Woodford Folk Festival is a not-for-profit community run organisation. Each year, thousands of volunteers from all around the globe join us in volunteering their time, energy, expertise, joy and passion to help us create a magical festival experience – a place for us all to imagine a beautiful future. In return for their contribution, all volunteers receive a Season Ticket with camping.

Applications for volunteering for the 2024/25 Woodford Folk Festival will open mid-September for returning volunteers and mid-October for new volunteers.

Returning volunteers will be sent an invitation to volunteer with their returning volunteer codes in September. If your details have changed, please email volunteers@woodfordfolkfestival.com so we can update our mailing list and ensure your codes reach you once the application site opens.

Click here to find out more about leadership roles.

If you’d like to stay connected to the Woodford Folk Festival volunteer community, please join our Facebook group.

Or follow us on Instagram @woodfordfolkfestivalvolunteers. We’d love it if you could share the joy of volunteering by tagging us.


SMALL EVENTS CREW

Throughout the year, Woodfordia holds a number of smaller events and gatherings. At these gatherings, we socialise, get some work done and have fun together. In order for them to run smoothly, we need volunteers who will do reception, work in the bar, do food prep and serving, install décor and venue preparation plus a little clean up at the end (of course).

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated crew of volunteers to assist in all aspects of running these smaller events. The crew will also assist with the Volunteers Parties at the festival. In return for this contribution, volunteers will earn a ticket + camping to the Woodford Folk Festival at the end of the year.

These roles are ideal for people who are local or willing to travel to Woodfordia several weekends of the year and attend the Woodford Folk Festival.

Dates are:

  • March Folk Club – 30 March*
  • April Folk Club – 27 April*
  • May Folk Club – 25 May*
  • June Folk Club – 29 June*
  • July Folk Club – 27 July*
  • Winter Warmer – Saturday & Sunday 10 – 11 August (setup Friday 9 August)
  • August Folk Club – 31 August*
  • September Folk Club – 28 September*
  • Woodford Folk Festival Programme Launch – Saturday 19 October (setup Friday 18 October)
  • October Folk Club – 26 October*
  • November Folk Club – 30 November*
  • Volunteer Welcome Party – 26 December
  • Volunteer Thank You Party – 1 January

*Bar attendant volunteers will do shorter shifts during the events and therefore are required to also assist at FOUR of the Folk Club nights, serving food at the BBQ for working bee participants. Reception, Venue Crew and Kitchen Assistants do longer shifts during the Winter Warmer and Programme Launch events, and therefore 

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LAKE GKULA CAMPING VOLUNTEERING – between 9 and 29 September

Volunteering at Lake Gkula Camping is a great way to contribute to the relaxed vibe of the camp, whether you can help on weekends or want to come for a longer stay and get fully immersed in the camping experience. It’s also a great opportunity for teenagers to gain valuable work experience. Plus, we are a registered organisation with Centrelink and your hours can count towards your mutual obligation with Centrelink.  

We need a small number of volunteers to assist us in running the campgrounds, the lake, the Lake Gkula Bar & BBQ, and the General Store & Café.  

Applications to volunteer for the Spring Lake Gkula Camping will open in early July. Please check back then to submit your application.

There are two possible ways to volunteer: 

  1. For a small donation of time, 4 – 5 hours per day for at least 3 days, you can come and enjoy Lake Gkula Camping and know that you’re supporting Woodfordia’s campground. In return, you’ll receive one meal each day you volunteer plus an extra day to camp without any rostered shift. A great option if you only have a small amount of time but still want to be part of it. 
  2. For anyone with more time on their hands, we have “the backpacker package” (don’t worry, you don’t have to be a backpacker to join the crew this way). Commit to 7 days in a row, for 5 hours per day and in return, you’ll be able to camp an additional week, either before or after your week’s commitment. You’ll also receive 3 basic meals per day while working, access to cooking facilities for when you aren’t working, and access to an affordable laundromat. 

Volunteers are also needed to assist us in preparing the site in the setup (9 – 12 Sept) and cleaning up afterwards (30 Sept – 3 Oct). 


OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE YEAR

To volunteer throughout the year, email your CV and expression of interest to volunteers@woodfordia.com.

There are monthly working bees taking place to help care for the land and lake at Woodfordia, do art projects as well as maintain and repair site infrastructure.

Conservatree is an exciting project aiming to transform Woodfordia into an endemic species arboretum of significance. To find out more about how to join one of the pods and become a ‘Conservateur‘, email conservatree@woodfordia.com. Generally, these folks meet the last Saturday of the month.

To find out more about land/lake care, you are invited to join the Treehuggers mailing list by emailing treehuggers@woodfordia.com. And if you’re more interested in lake care, email lakegkulavols@woodfordia.com. Generally, these folks meet the last Sunday of the month.

If you are interested in doing art projects that support the decor team for the Woodford Folk Festival, email arteries@woodfordia.com. These folks meet the last Saturday of the month.

If you’re keen to assist in various site repair projects, carpentry, odd jobs fixing infrastructure or more, email woodfordwarriors@woodfordia.com to join their mailing list.

At these working bees, there is also a Folk Club that takes place on the last Saturday night of the month. If you’d like to help at the Folk Club, email woodfordfolkclub@woodfordia.com.

We also have some year-round office volunteer opportunities, that involve admin and various other duties. Email your CV to reception@woodfordia.com if you are interested.


INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP?

We are accepting expressions of interest from people who are keen to take on a leadership role within the festival organising group.


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What kinds of volunteering positions are available at Woodford Folk Festival?

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BUILD Volunteers

The festival site comes to life during a two week period in December that we call the ‘Build.’ Roughly two weeks before Christmas, over 400 volunteers arrive at the Woodford Folk Festival site and help to layout, build, beautify and prepare the festival parkland for the upcoming event. Build volunteers then take the 6 days of the festival off to enjoy the fruits of their labour. On the 2nd of January, they join us again, this time as pack-down crew, staying for a few days or up to a week (it is much quicker to pull it all down!) before returning to the real world, ready for the new year. Build roles are project orientated and require a bigger time commitment than Festival volunteer roles – most build volunteers will find themselves working for at least 14 days across the two-week build and pack down period.

During the Build period there is an evening programme of entertainment put together by the people, for the people. There are often performances in the evening, music jams around the fire and friends to make over a drink at the Workers Bar. Build volunteers are fed three healthy meals a day during the build and pack up periods (while working).

FESTIVAL Volunteers

Roughly 2000 volunteers arrive around Christmas (between the 24th & 27th of December) to help to create the magic of the festival itself. Festival volunteers work to keep us all comfortable, happy and well-fed during the 6-day festival; from our Intergalactic S-Bend Warriors who keep our amenities clean, to our Department of First Impressions who welcome the patrons with a smile and the Baristas, Bartenders and Bakers who keep us well fed there are hundreds of different volunteer roles during the Woodford Folk Festival.

Festival Volunteers are required to work 30-35 hours across the festival days (between 24th December and 2nd January, depending on the role requirements).

We are often asked for a list of roles available. The best way to find this is by clicking on ‘Apply Now’ and looking at the different positions listed – you can sort the page to show you every role available at the same time (this is best if you have time to sit and read through it all). We would love to help you find the volunteering role that makes your heart happy – which is why we have a detailed application process. We want to match your skills to the right position. Check out our FAQs for more info.

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FAQs about Volunteering at Woodford Folk Festival
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WANT TO JOIN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF WOODFORDIA?

You might also consider becoming a citizen of Woodfordia and getting involved in shaping the future of our organisation. Stay connected in a meaningful way throughout the year. Be part of a movement that aims to make a beautiful and positive cultural contribution to all who feel our welcome.

Woodfordian Citizens, among other things, will be emailed Woodfordia’s quarterly journal Lore Society, invitations to regular gatherings and have access to a comprehensive and ever growing online Woodfordian Citizens Portal.

To become a Woodfordian Citizen, click here.

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