Work Trade Info
If you are committed to service and want to attend the event, please buy your ticket now and feel free to volunteer throughout the festival as a Temple-Djin/spaceholder. Please help bless, smudge and beautify the people and space around you.
Your help is requested in offering assistance to other festival goers and reaching out to participants who seem lost, confused or lonely. Please consider volunteering to help maintain a safe, clean and clear environment.
We are no longer accepting work-trade applications for this year. We have already received several times more incredible applicants than there were available positions. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 4th.
Please read the FAQs below to learn more. If you have further questions, feel free to email us at . There is already a long volunteer waiting list. If you need to inquire about getting on it, please don't expect a response.
- I already applied. When will I hear if I am accepted?
Applicants will be notified of their status by June 4th.
- Are there still work-trade positions available?
No. We have already received several times more incredible applicants than there were available positions. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 4th.
- When is Beloved? What is the Work-Trade time commitment and when can I complete my hours?
The festival takes place Thursday, August 8th - Monday, August 13th, 2013. You will be required to arrive Wednesday August 7th to set up camp, meet the staff and other volunteers and attend pre-event crew meetings. Each volunteer will be required to work approximately 12-15 hours, in 2 or 3 shifts. Shifts are usually 4-6 hours long. We also request that you promote the festival by sharing information with your social networks & by telling your friends about us. The volunteer period starts the Monday before the festival and runs through the Tuesday following. If you are able to work pre/post festival, please let us know which days you are available when you fill out your application.
- Can I choose which shifts I work?
We’ll give you the opportunity to provide us with your preferences for shift work, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your first choice. We plan to have the shifts scheduled in advance so that you can make arrangements to be available.
- When will I hear whether I've been accepted?
We will begin letting volunteers know that they've been selected towards the end of May. You'll then receive your specific schedule of duties about a month before the festival.
- How are applicants selected?
We select volunteers based on a number of criteria, including availability, skills, interest, enthusiasm, and experience. Please fill out the form below as completely and concisely as possible so that we are able to assign you to the positions we feel you are best suited for. We may also have a quick phone conversation with you to determine the best fit.
- Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
- How many positions are available?
We expect to fill up to 150 positions.
- What do I get for my Work-Trade?
In addition to getting to see the workings of a premiere festival, each volunteer will receive a meal voucher for each shift worked. We will do our best to schedule at least one day with no work commitments so that you can take advantage of the many activities, workshops and entertainment available.
- What is the impact fee?
There is a $72 non-refundable impact fee to pay if you are selected to volunteer. This fee covers some of the basic costs of being on the land, such as rent, food, water and sanitation. Additionally, we require that you keep a credit card number on file with us until the completion of the festival. If you neglect to fulfill your scheduled volunteer duties, then your card will be charged $125, which is the approximate cost of the ticket. To date, we've never had to charge anyone -- and let's keep it that way! We know that emergencies do arise and will do our best to work with you – just please be in touch with the volunteer coordinator so that we can make sure all our shifts are covered.
- Are there any other requirements?
Yes, all volunteers are required to carpool or ride-share. Parking is free when there are 3 or more passengers per vehicle; otherwise, fees will be assessed at $25 per car. Please help us to reduce our impact on the environment and limit the number of cars by carpooling or ride-sharing. Additionally, all volunteers are required to communicate with their crew leader before the festival, and attend a brief crew orientation onsite (date and time tbd by crew leader).
- Box Office: You're the front line, greeting patrons with kindness & grace and and trading vouchers for wristbands.
- Campground Host: As a campground host, you welcome festival attendees and help set in motion their magical experience. You may offer directions to the various camp sites, be the guardian of stuff/gear, or just share a smile!
- Construction/Set Up: For those of you who have attended the festival in the past, you know that we build and design the main stage, set up the Oasis Bath and Sauna area, paint beautiful signs, and create a sacred space. Volunteers on these teams will primarily do a lot of heavy lifting to construct before the festival and deconstruct afterward. These shifts may also include other activities involving setting up or tearing down.
- Dishwashing/Kitchen Help: Before and after the festival we will need volunteers to help prep meals, set up buffets and clean up/do dishes afterward. During the festival, we will need dishwashers morning, noon and night to keep our reusable dishes clean and available for vendors and patrons.
- Floaters: As a floater, you fill in wherever you are needed. It’s like the secret grab bag of shifts.
- Greening/Recycling: We strive to generate as little landfill-bound material as possible and to recycle and compost most of our waste. Recycling crew members will help keep the space clean, maintain recycling/compost stations and educate festival attendees about what items are recyclable or compostable and what must go into landfill.
- Hospitality: Volunteers with a calm demeanor and great special event skills may be assigned to support the Hospitality team.
- Information Booth: Our volunteers staff an Information Booth, answering questions for anyone who wanders by.
- Kids’ Area: For our teeny festival goers, this program provides crafts, yoga, outdoor excursions, and more. In this spot, you’ll get to hang out with the kids.
- Merchandise Sales: You’ll staff the General Store and help people get outfitted with great t-shirts or loaded up with CDs from our artists.
- Parking: Volunteers who work here will meet, greet and park new arrivals on site. It will require a short & beautiful hike through the forest to/from the parking lots. These shifts are usually 6 hrs, so you're done after two!
- Site Operations: Several volunteers will support our site crew with anything they need: heavy lifting, digging trenches, setting up fences, and much, much more. These positions are a bit more demanding and a bit more rewarding, so if you are interested and experienced, please inquire.
- Security: These positions are extremely important, requiring the ability to say no, be firm and communicate well on the radio. You will work two 6 hrs shifts, and may be posted by yourself a long distance from the main bowl.
- Stage Crew: The stage crew assists the stage management team in making stage transitions. You will be moving microphones, stands, wires and gear and generally acting as "stage grease".
- Tear Down/Clean Up: Volunteers who work here are available after the event, from 2pm Monday August 13 through 4pm Tuesday August 14. Your job is to make the venue look better than it did when we arrived. It's hard work, but worth it to have all days of the festival free to play.
- Other Stuff: The festival is constantly evolving, so we get plenty of requests as we get closer to the event. Volunteers may be called upon to help out with all sorts of things.