Calling all Volunteers!
Volunteering can be an exciting, fun, educational experience. YOU are what makes this Festival happen. Come help us out and contribute to your queer community! Volunteering is a great way to meet awesome new people, and if you’re an artist there’s no better way to connect with your local, national, and international queer audiences and colleagues. Need another reason to volunteer? In exchange for every 4-hour volunteer shift, volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to a QAF event of their choice! AND we throw a big party on Closing Night just to celebrate YOU!!
Please read through the volunteer descriptions below and then click HERE to access our easy-to-use online application form!
Not sure yet what you want to do? Have a look below at some of the exciting volunteer opportunities that the Queer Arts Festival has to offer.
Questions? Email QAF’s lovely Volunteer Coordinator Hillary Kaplan: qafvolunteercoordinator (at) gmail.com
General Festival Positions
Art Installation/Strike Team
If you’re handy with tools, have an eye for detail, and are available in the daytime leading up to the festival, art installation is the job for you! Installation and strike Team members will direction from the Curators and Artistic Directors to assist in hanging artwork, and/or taking it down at the end of the festival. Be the first to get a hands-on sneak peek at this year’s fantastic art, and meet the artists and curators!
Opening Night Art Party!
Do you want to be an important individual at one of Vancouver’s most dynamic art openings? QAF’s Opening Night Art Party! is always a highlight of Vancouver’s Queer calendar. There are a number of opportunities available for you to be a part of this exciting event including: set-up, greeters, servers, drink ticket and membership sales, clean-up crew, and general help. Art Party! volunteers must be available on Wednesday, July 23rd.
Throughout the festival, we always need to have someone monitoring the gallery space. Gallery hosts work 4-hour shifts greeting and assisting visitors, monitoring gallery attendance, and keeping an eye on the artwork. Gallery Hosts will have lots of opportunities to chat with fellow art-lovers, and will be friendly faces to represent QAF. This is a low-energy curatorial position, and could be great for self-identified shy wallflower types as well!
Box Office Assistant
Good counting and people skills a must! The Box Office Assistants will assist the Box Office Coordinator (a QAF staff member) taking will-call tickets, counting pass holders, and counting cash and tickets. Box Office Assistants are also responsible for providing information and directions to audience members. Ability to multitask and give attention to detail are definite assets in this position! Box Office Assistants must have good to excellent English verbal skills
Membership/Merchandise/Drink Ticket Sales and Donations
Do you have quick cash handling skills? Be the friendly face at a table outside the theatre where guests buy drink tickets, sign up for Pride in Art Society memberships, buy artist’s merchandise, and give their generous donations to QAF. Mathematical genius is not a requirement – we’re looking for reliable folks with good multi-tasking skills and a friendly disposition. The bar is often only open during intermission and after the show so Sales Helpers will get to watch the performance, too. Sales volunteers must have good to excellent English verbal skills.
Do you know your way around a bar? Bartenders serve bottled beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, keep the fridge stocked, and accept drink tickets. Bartenders must be at least 19 years old. A Serving it Right Certification is required for Bar volunteers. This is a position that offers lots of social contact – flirting opportunities abound. Quiet, enigmatic bartenders are also welcome.
Volunteers with special superpowers
Do you love to drive? We need people with their own car and driver’s license before and during the festival to run various errands – it could be picking up a performer from the airport, transporting food for catering, or running to the hardware store for that forgotten item. Ideally, Drivers will be able to comfortably lift 30lbs or so, but please still let us know if you’d like to drive but lifting just isn’t your thing. QAF will reimburse Drivers $0.50/km for mileage at the end of each shift.
Are you an experienced photographer and have your own equipment? We need your help documenting QAF events and performances. Mingle at the parties and get the best seat in the show reserved for you! Photographers must be able to attend the tech/dress rehearsal as well as the performance they are documenting. If you are interested in this position, please email us a link to an example of your work to qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com.
Are you an experienced videographer and have your own equipment? We need your help documenting QAF events and performances. Mingle at the parties and get the best seat in the show reserved for you! Videographers must be able to attend the tech/dress rehearsal as well as the performance they are documenting. If you are interested in this position, please email us a link to an example of your work to qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com.
Do you want to help out with QAF in the comfort of your own home? We are looking for someone with video editing skills to create videos out of the materials that the Videographers capture during the festival! If you are interested in this position, please email us a link to an example of your work to qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com.
Do you have a passion for office supplies and organization? Are you looking to develop your administrative skill set or already a superstar with administration? Throughout the year, we can often use a hand during office hours – filing, doing data entry, labelling envelopes, and running the occasional errand. Some admin/computer experience would be helpful. Office Assistants can bank their volunteer hours towards passes at the festival, so this is a great way to help out AND get to see all the shows!
Do you want to get your hands dirty with the inner workings of the Queer Arts Festival? We are looking for committed, capable individuals who are passionate about queer culture to join our team. Committees meet bi-monthly and work closely with the Pride in Art Society board on fundraising, networking, governance, policy & procedure development. This is our first step in recruitment for the Pride in Art Society board.