Our Volunteer Stewards are a vital part of the festival. We value our volunteers tremendously and are hugely appreciative of everything they do. If you have never visited the festival before, we recommend you attend as a visitor before you join the stewarding team, but if you want to take the plunge straight we will be very happy to show you the ropes.

Our Head Stewards and Venue Managers are paid temporary members of the team. We are currently looking for additional Venue Managers, if you think that this is something you’d like to step up to, we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date 29 February 2024.

terry and sian

Head Steward

Head Stewards manage our volunteers to ensure the smooth-running of events, they manage the queue and audience flow in and out of venues.

SPECIFIC TASKS

  • Attend a festival briefing.
  • Be familiar with the Festival Programme, the venue and facilities available.
  • Be comfortable briefing volunteer stewards on festival procedures, and delegate tasks.
  • Manage both the Friends and Public queues.
  • Manage audience seating & accessibility requirements.
  • Be familiar with rules around ticket types and entry eg. VIPs, press passes, Friends.
  • Ensure the audience is seated prior to the event and that the venue is clear ahead of the next one.
  • Support the Venue Manager with author requirements, AV & venue set-up.
  • Manage the flow through the venue, including book signing

Rate:  £12.50 per hour

Cambridge Union 2022

Venue Manager

Venue Managers ensure the stage set-up, equipment, tech, props, artist and audience are ready in good time for the start of each performance.

SPECIFIC TASKS

  • Attend a festival briefing.
  • Be familiar with the Festival Programme, the venue and facilities available.
  • Ensure the AV technician is briefed, has the correct technical set-up for each event.
  • Communicate with the Artist Liaison to ensure the speakers arrive on time at the venue.
  • If possible, run a soundcheck with speakers prior to filling up the venue, to test sound levels.
  • Inform the Head Steward of event specifics ie. wheelchairs, book signings, reserved seats, accessibility needs.
  • Control open house/shut doors. Late arrivals.
  • Control when speakers take to the stage and exit the venue to book signing.

Rate:  £12.50 per hour

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