Volunteer applications for the 2018 Festival are OPEN!

At the heart of our volunteer community are the Festival’s Area Coordinators, who take on the responsibility of running the festival’s 50 plus volunteer teams.

Each year there are a number of vacancies for Area Coordinator, Assistant Area Coordinator and shift manager positions. We are always on the look out for people with a passion for the Festival who are willing to become more involved with the event.


Area Coordinators take on the full responsibility for managing an area of the festival from a Bar through to the Gates team. This includes pre festival planning, volunteer management (including rostering, training, supervising and evaluating) and post festival reporting and wrap up.

They are responsible for ensuring that their team runs efficiently, that their volunteers are well supported, that department support material and reports are submitted and that meetings are attended.

Area coordinators meet twice a year, once in October and once in February. These meetings are held in Canberra. There may also be other area planning meetings during the year with Festival Staff and other coordinators but most of this can be done over the phone or via email.


Assistant Area Coordinators are the right hand to the Coordinator. Acting as the Coordinator when they are taking a break. There may or may not be pre festival involvement with rostering, planning and volunteer management or the post festival wrap up. Not all teams have assistant coordinators.


Some operational teams, like Bars and Gates, also require shift managers. Shift managers are responsible for a group of volunteers for the period of time that you are on shift. There is little pre or post festival involvement required in these roles, however being comfortable with people management is a must.


If you are keen to be more involved and become a member of the festival family that helps plan and manage the event, we are looking for people who:

  • Have been to the festival before as a volunteer or a patron
  • Have a background in a leadership role either as a volunteer or professionally
  • Are computer literate and have a current email account
  • Are flexible, well organised and have a knack for problem solving
  • Are passionate about the National Folk Festival

If you are interested in being an Area Coordinator at the Festival please email the Volunteer Manager. Please include a copy of your resume and a cover letter outlining a bit about your festival background.

If you are interested in being a Shift Manager please complete a volunteer application for the team you are interested in. Say ‘yes’ to the question ‘Would you like to be a shift manager’. Please also email a copy of your resume to the Volunteer Manager.