Campsite Assistance Teams (CATs)
Reading Festival CATs
You can gain free entrance to this summer's Reading Festival by volunteering at the festival! Our volunteer stewards, or CATs, work closely with Festival Republic and play a big part in creating a good atmosphere at the Reading Festival - helping the festival goers to get the most out of their festival! By joining the team you can help us to continue to achieve this!
The CAT role can include
• Assisting festival goes with directions.
• Helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
• Answering questions about performances and line-ups.
• Reporting any problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
• Working with Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams.
• Helping out with various roles across the festival site e.g. pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges, keeping an eye on facilities, monitoring stages and walkways.
All CATs are provided with
• A Crew Pass when you arrive at the festival.
• An Info Pack prior to arrival at the festival - this pack thoroughly details the festival stewarding role and responsibilities and provides information about the festival and the festival site.
• A festival stewarding Uniform - the long sleeved top you can keep to prove you worked at the festival!
• Access to the crew café, toilets and showers!
• A means of communicating with your supervisors.
• A thorough on-site briefing.
• Camping facilities in a secure crew area.
• Time to enjoy the festival - you only work 3 x 8 hr shifts (24 hrs in total throughout the festival).
To apply you will need to
• Be 18 or over on the date of arrival.
• Be available to arrive at the Reading Festival site by 16:00 at the latest on Wednesday 21st August 2013. You're welcome to arrive from midday on Tuesday 20th.
• Be available for a briefing at either 11:00 or 18:00 on Wednesday 21st.
• Be available to work 3 x 8 hour shifts at any time between 12:00 Wednesday 21st (or 01:00 Thursday if arriving for the later briefing) and 16:00 Monday 26th.
• Wear a festival steward uniform whilst working.
• Report in every two hours to your staff supervisor or immediately in the case of any problems.
• Produce documents to prove your right to work and/or volunteer in the UK.
• Provide a refundable security deposit of £225.00 GBP.
Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can just go straight to the online application here: https://hotboxevents.paamapplication.co.uk/
These volunteer positions help work the recycling initiatives throughout the festival. You need to be full of energy, not mind getting your hands dirty and are a passionate recycler. If you don’t have a green bone in your body, don’t bother applying – unless you go and get yourself a crash course on recycling and the environment – then come back to us!
You will do some or all of the following:
• Be stationed at the sets of recycling bins throughout the campgrounds telling people what bin to put their recycling in. You will be armed with a litter picking stick and be required to pick out the wrong stuff that gets thrown in the wrong bin when you are not looking. You may also do some litter picking around the roadway your bin’s stationed on. Daytime shifts only.
• Be part of our Recycle Exchange team. You will receive bags of cans and other rubbish from the campers and encouraging them separate their waste responsibly. You will need to be a bit bossy as well as nice for this job as you will have to make the people pick out any ‘contaminants’ from the bags they bring back.
• Be part of our Compost Crew. These will be highly sought after arena jobs, so volunteers will need to jump through a few hoops to get put on this role. The Compost Crew will rove around the arena with a handy hoop and a litter picking stick working as mobile compost bins. This is so people don’t have to sit in other’s squished kebabs and also so we capture the estimated 70% of compostable waste produced in the arena ends up as compost and not as methane puffing out of a landfill. OK, so not such a glamorous job, but you will get to hear the bands.
• Hand out bin bags to people on arrival.
• Tell the campers about the recycling initiatives, especially promoting the idea of packing their camping gear down and taking it home.
• Staffing Tent Recycling points on the Monday morning.
• Working in the sorting area to re-pack all the donated gear.
• Salvaging and scavenging good quality re-usable gear that’s left in the campsites, to go to charity and community organisations.
You need to be:
• Over 18 years at the time of the festival.
• Be willing to pay a shift deposit of £234 in advance which will be refunded one month after the festival, assuming you complete your shifts. (Please note we will refund you £225 as £9 is a non refundable PayPal fee).
• Have approval to work in the UK if not an EU citizen (holiday work permits are OK).
• Work 24 hours, on shifts allocated by us, between the Wednesday before the show and Tuesday after the show. (Please be advised that the allocation of all shifts will be at the discretion of the Green Messengers’ Team).
• Arrive on site Tuesday before the show.
You will camp in crew camping with access to hot showers, and nice loos.
You won’t get any free meals though, sorry.
Registration to be a Green Messenger is now closed. Thank you to everyone that applied.
We will be recruiting for Oxfam Stewards nearer the time of the event. Please check back for further 2013 information.
Want to join in?
There's loads of ways you work at the festival to gain some experience into how a festival is run. Or you can try your hand at being green and get into the festival for free.