Volunteer

Divided into teams, our committed volunteers oversee everything from stage, house management and box office to sales, site maintenance, greeting festival-goers, and assisting with on-site activities. Have a look at our different opportunities and apply today!

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Volunteer job opportunities for 2017

 

1. Box Office and Information Agent

The volunteer works with the Festival Staff at the onsite box-office, which is usually open from 8:45am – 4:00pm every day of the Festival. Because of the nature of this job, we appreciate volunteers who can work for several days. The box office generally needs 4 – 6 volunteers each day.

  • Taking orders and filling out our forms
  • Selling tickets
  • Tracking sales
  • Checking and confirming arrival lists for school groups
  • Schlepping – carrying items to/from the office and storage trailer
  • Other tasks as assigned by the box-office manager

Report to: Box Office Manager
Shift: The daily volunteer shift may be 4 hours or 8 hours.

 

2. Greeter

The Ottawa Children’s Festival has a unique feature that requires greeters to meet busloads of school children and escort them to the performance venues. The children arrive, accompanied by their teachers and chaperones. The greeters meet the bus, check the arrivals against a daily list provided by the box-office, and escort each group to the appropriate performance gate. School buses start arriving 45 minutes before the first performance of the day.
This job is outdoors and requires a lot of walking. 3 – 6 greeters are required for each school-day of the Festival.

  • Monitor arrival of school buses
  • Make contact with teachers and chaperones in charge of groups
  • Check school information against box-office listing
  • Confirm information to Head Greeter
  • Escort group to the appropriate performance gate
  • Return to bus-stop and do it all over…

Report to: School Liaison
Shift: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

 

3. Site Host

A dining tent is maintained throughout the Festival. It is a gathering place for volunteers, staff and performers to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, a light lunch and unwind. The Site Host is responsible for maintaining the tent, tidying up and other light house-keeping duties as required. The host may also be asked to ‘troubleshoot’, relay messages, etc. This job requires good social skills. 2-3 hosts are required for each day of the Festival.

  • Cleaning tables, setting up chairs
  • Greeting people
  • Tidying up at the end of the shift

Report to: Dining Tent
Shift: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

4. Site Maintenance

The Festival is held on the grounds of a museum, a public facility. It is important to maintain and to leave the grounds as clean and as accident free as possible. The Site Maintenance crew is responsible for ensuring the grounds are safe and clean, especially because our audience comprises mainly children. 4-6 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.

  • Walking
  • Lifting and carrying
  • Being alert to potential hazards
  • Moving and assembling furniture
  • Clean-up, etc.

Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm throughout the Festival and later during the tear-down

 

5. Traffic Control

The traffic control volunteer directs buses and family vehicles to appropriate parking lots, informs drivers of street closures during the Festival and monitors the pedestrian flow on roads within the grounds of the Festival. The volunteer also provides general Festival information and directs visitors to various venues on site. This position is outdoors, requires a lot of walking and familiarity with the daily schedules for the Festival. 2-4 volunteers are required each day of the Festival.

  • Direct traffic to parking lots and drop-off sites
  • Monitors pedestrian traffic and cross-walks
  • Provide Festival information to visitors
  • Guide people to various Festival venues: box-office, performance tents

Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: On school days, volunteers are required 8:45 am – 3:00 pm. On other days of the Festival the times are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Shifts may vary within those time periods.

 

6. Ushers

Ushers assist and report to the House Managers at the performance venues. They prepare the venue before and after each performance. Scanning tickets, seating the audience and ensuring the house rules are being observed (e.g. use of cameras and audio equipment). Sometimes, ushers are asked to perform additional tasks, especially when large numbers of school children are in the audience. 2-3 ushers are required for each performance during the entire Festival. 16-20 ushers are required each day.

  • Prepare House before and after each performance
  • Collect tickets at the gate
  • Open and close the gate as instructed by the House Manager
  • Hand out programs
  • Seat audience
  • Enforce house rules when necessary
  • Other tasks as assigned by the House Manager

Report to: The House Manager
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm (may vary sometimes)

 

7. KromatiK

A staple at the Ottawa Children’s Festival and always a crowd favorite. Volunteers will assist with the Kromatik box office and supervise the lines. This team generally needs 2-3 volunteers.

  • Assisting staff
  • Ushering people into the tent
  • Managing the cash box

Report to: KromatiK
Shift: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

8. Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo

Horns, trumpets, drums and guitars! Festival goers have a chance to try out various types of instruments and discover their inner musician. Volunteers will be on hand to help staff supervise the children, setting up the instruments for the day and storing them at the end of their shift. 2 – 3 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.

  • Assisting staff
  • Ushering people into the tent
  • Supervising the children

Report to: Long & McQuade tent
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

9. Pauline Brown Stepdancing

Following daytime performances by Ashley MacIsaac, Pauline Brown’s School of Stepdancing will be holding workshops. Volunteers will assist Pauline supervise the children and control the lines. 3 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: Pauline Brown
Shift: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Thurs May 11 – Sun May 14 only)

 

10. Floaters

We’ll need your help! The Festival is a very exciting time and things can change on a dime. Floaters are an integral part to making sure everything is running smooth. This is a great opportunity to gain lots festival experience!
 
Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

11. Landsdowne Park Adventures

Experience the wonders of engineering, electricity and chemistry by mixing art, science AND play! Volunteers will assist the staff in designing and creating various art works and crafts in the Loose Parts Playground. 2 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: Landsdowne staff
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

12. Tread On It!

T-shirt printing with car parts and tires to create your own masterpiece! Jeff Mann brings his incredibly unique painting workshop to Ottawa. Volunteers are required to help with the craft, supervise the children and control the lines. 5 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator & Jeff Mann
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

13. Ottawa Art Gallery Art Tent

A mobile art studio that travels to festivals and community events. The tent provides free activities, a fun, friendly, and bilingual space for adults and kids of all ages to explore their creativity. Friday May 12 only. 3 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

14. Puppet Workshop with Puppets Up!

A guide to building your own finger puppet. Volunteers will assist the Puppet Professors supervise the children and control the lines. 2 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

15. Lumiere Festival Lantern Workshop

Assist Lumiere’s lantern caretakers as they guide kids through a lantern craft. Volunteers will also help supervise the children and control the lines. 2-3 volunteers are required for each day of the Festival.
 
Report to: The Volunteer Coordinator
Shift: 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

 

All time and positions subject to change depending on the demands of the Festival