Festival Area Coordinators

The National Folk Festival is a Volunteer driven event taking on over 1400 volunteers each year. 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 the festival has a number of Area Coordinator and shift manager positions that become available. We are always on the look out for people with a passion for the National Folk Festival who are willing to become more involved with the event.

If you are keen to be more involved and become a member of the festival family 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 Folkie


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.

Area Coordinators 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 two times 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 is 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)

If you are interested in taking on an Area Coordination role at the festival please contact the volunteer officer  – [email protected] and include a copy of your resume and a cover letter outlining a bit about your festival background.

Shift managers are also required for some operational teams like Bars and Gates. Shift managers are responsibility for a group of volunteers for a 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 interested in being a shift manager please apply as  a volunteer for the team and say yes to the shift manager question. Please also forward a copy of your resume to the volunteer officer – [email protected].