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Volunteer Positions

Welcome to the Vancouver Fringe Festival! We are excited for another fabulous year of Theatre for Everyone! This year the Vancouver Fringe Festival runs from September 7 – 17!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Please read the following position descriptions before filling in the volunteer application.
The latest Jimmy illustration by Zuzia Juszkiewicz.

You will be able to select the positions and shifts that you want based on your preference and availability in mid-July.

Administrative/Office Positions

Office – Office volunteers help with a number of important tasks, from preparing artist welcome packages to entering new Fringe members into our database. If you’re comfortable around computers, this is the job for you! Office shifts start as early as August and continue until the end of September.
This position is accessible for volunteers who are using wheelchairs, and those who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing

Count Room Captain – If you’ve volunteered in our Count Room before, or have event experience and are good with math, come be a Count Room Captain! Communicate with other departments via radio, process change requests from venues, and make sure our artists get paid! Some shifts will involve late hours.

Count n’ Cruncher  – Bean counters unite! Count, reconcile, and prepare floats and deposits in our top secret Count Room location. Cash handling experience required. Receive and record cash from show envelopes and other fringe venues; manage cash in conjunction with the Count Room Captain and help prepare deposits with the Count Room Manager. Some Count Room shifts go until midnight.
This position is accessible for volunteers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing 

Volunteer Centre

Registration Attendants – This position is key to the Volunteer Centre. Registration Attendants are the keepers of the daily volunteer schedule, and help make the Volunteer Centre a fun, welcoming, and informative place for volunteers. They sign volunteers in for their shifts, help the Volunteer Hospitality if needed, let staff members know if there are any holes in the schedule, and call volunteers!
This position is accessible for volunteers using wheelchairs, and those who are partially sighted.

Volunteer Hospitality – These volunteers will have two different, yet very important tasks. First, they will help with the maintenance of the common area. This means keep the Volunteer Centre clean and restocked at all times. They will also be in charge of picking up all food/drink donations and let us know whenever we are running out of anything at the Volunteer Centre. Second, they will help the Volunteer Coordinator Assistant to plan the Volunteer Appreciation Party. If you like making people feel happy and valued, this is the job for you!
This position is accessible for volunteers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and those who are partially sighted.

Front of House/Customer Service Positions

Crew Chiefs – Crew Chiefs are experienced and committed to the Fringe. They take on a larger role in the festival, helping to train volunteers and roving between venues to support Venue Captains and troubleshoot any issues that arise. Crew Chiefs are selected through an interview process, attend an additional training session, and commit to a minimum of 32 hours during the festival. In addition to a regular Rush pass, the also receive 8 show vouchers!

Venue Captains – Venue Captains are volunteers with strong leadership skills who have volunteered at the Fringe before or have other leadership experience. They coordinate and supervise Front of House activities and ticket sales at some Fringe venues, including the Fringe Bar. They also supervise Ticket Sellers at various Box Office stations around Granville Island. Venue Captains are selected through an interview process, attend an additional training session, and commit to a minimum of 8 shifts during the festival (32 hours). In addition to a regular Rush pass, the also receive 8 show vouchers!
This position is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs (in wheelchair accessible venues), and to those who are partially sighted.

Venue Attendant – Venue Attendants have strong leadership skills who have volunteerd at the Fringe before or have other leadership experience. They coordinate and supervise Front of House activities at some Fringe venues. Front of House (FOH) volunteers are selected through an interview process, attend an additional training session, and commit to a minimum of 5 shifts during the festival. In addition to a regular Rush pass, they also receive 4 show vouchers!
This position is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs (in wheelchair accessible venues), and to those who are partially sighted.

Ticket Sellers and Ushers – Fringe Customer Service point of contact numero uno! Ticket Sellers work in pairs to sell tickets to the shows, handle money, and keep track of how many pass holders attend each performance. All Ticket Sellers must be familiar with Canadian currency and have a high level of spoken English. Volunteers must be comfortable with multitasking and busy environments, as well as with technology. They will be using iPads to sell tickets and keep track of Festival passes.

Ticket selling is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs (in wheelchair accessible venues), to those who are partially sighted, and to those who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Ushering is accessible to volunteers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and those using wheelchairs.

Fringe Ambassador/Surveyor – Are you friendly and outgoing? Put your best Fringe forward! Fringe Ambassadors/Surveyors roam around Granville Island, spreading their love of the Fringe to as many people as possible! They are our eyes and ears, and will also answer questions and survey patrons to make sure they get the most out of their Fringe experience. For this role you need a very high level of spoken English, and a very low level of shyness!
This position is accessible to those volunteers using wheelchairs, and those who are partially sighted.

Info Line – Do you love talking on the phone and have good customer service skills? Come hang out at the Info tent and take charge of the ever-ringing Info Line! When Fringers call with questions, the Info Line volunteers save the day, looking up information on our website and database. Basic computer skills and high proficiency in English required. The Box Office is only open from noon to 8:00 pm.
This position is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs, and those who are partially sighted.

Photographer – Photographs are an important and powerful way to document the Festival for current and future Fringers, sponsors, donors, and funders. Volunteers in this role will be given a list of shots to capture on their shift, and will upload their photographs to the Fringe for use in social media, web, in our e-mail newsletters, or in various print materials. You will be credited as photographer wherever your photos are used! You must bring your own camera, and know how to use it!
This position is accessible to volunteers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and those using wheelchairs

Bar Positions

**Note: Fringe Bar volunteers must be 19 years of age or older, and must have at least some late-night availability. Shifts go until midnight on weekdays and until 2:30 a.m. on weekends.**

The Fringe Bar is now located at Ocean Art Works in front of Ocean Concrete and next to the Creekhouse on Granville Island!

Bartender – If you have your Serving It Right certification, come pour frosty beverages for our Fringe Bar customers and Performance Works. You will get to meet a lot of the artists! Night owls needed – the Fringe Bar is open late! If you would like to obtain your serving right, follow the prompts here: www.servingitright.com It costs $35. You MUST have your certificate on you at all times. *Must be 19 years of age

Busser – Help Fringe Bar staff keep the party rolling by clearing cups and collecting empties. You will get to meet a lot of the artists! Night owls needed – the Fringe Bar is open late! *Must be 19 years of age
This position is accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing volunteers

Bar Ticket Seller – Sell tickets for drinks at the best party in town! Bar Ticket Sellers need to be familiar with Canadian currency, and at least 19 years of age. You will get to meet a lot of the artists! Night owls needed – the Fringe Bar is open late! *Must be 19 years of age
This position is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs and for Deaf/Hard of Hearing volunteers. 

Security – Help keep the fun in the bar and off the streets. Check IDs, keep drinks in and smoke out, and help keep the club celebrations safe and fun. You will get to meet a lot of the artists! Night owls needed – the Fringe Bar is open late! *Must be 19 years of age
This position is accessible to volunteers using wheelchairs.

Technical/Physical Work/Hands-On Positions

Site Crew/Production – It takes hard work to make the Festival look this good. Pick up a hammer and help our production and signage team build venues, paint and install signs, hang banners, and prepare the island for the Fringe – then take it all down again 11 days later! Comfortable, closed-toed shoes and warm clothes required. You might work outside, get dirty, and need to be able to lift stuff. A great choice for people who like being outside and working with their hands!
This position is accessible for volunteers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Driver – Drivers are crucial for pick up and delivery (of people and supplies), and are some of the only volunteers who get to visit every BYOV venue! If you know your way around Vancouver and have a valid (Class 5) Driver’s License, this is the job for you. You don’t need to bring your own vehicle; Dispatch will have a car for you to drive. You should be comfortable handling money and have a good understanding of Fringe box office procedures.

Runner – Fringe on the go! Runners relax in Dispatch until a call comes over the radio, and then spring into action to move critical information and supplies between venues on Granville Island. Warm, waterproof clothes and comfortable footwear are a must; runners don’t actually run, but they do a lot of walking! Sometimes you might even be bringing treats to venues.
This position is accessible to volunteers who are partially sighted or in a wheelchair. 

Fundraising Positions

Events – We have some great Fringe special events, including our Opening Night fundraiser and Awards Night. Events volunteers help with a variety of tasks including setup and strike, monitoring our silent auction, picking up empty bottles, and just generally helping the events run smoothly. Bonus points if you have Food Safe certification! A great way to make sure you’ve got a ticket to the hottest events of the festival!

Raffle Ticket Sellers – Get ready to have fun! “Get Lucky Raffle” sellers are outgoing, friendly, and unafraid to approach people. Raffle Ticket Sellers will have the chance to mingle with fantastic Fringe goers and soak up the festival atmosphere. Also, the Raffle Ticket Sellers will be in the centre of the action selling raffle tickets to Fringe goers at busy Fringe locations and at the Fringe Bar! You must be 19+ for shifts inside the Fringe Bar. If you are under 19 we can assign you somewhere else.

Jack of All Trades

Rescue Rangers – Can’t make up your mind which position you’d like the best? Want to try your hand at a bit of everything? This is the job for you! Rescue Rangers fill in for volunteers who can’t make their shift, or jump in to help when things get really busy. You must be flexible, adventurous, and ready to save the day! Read all the other job descriptions here to get a sense of what you might do as a Rescue Ranger!