be part of our gang?
Doune the Rabbit Hole relies on the generosity and dedication of hundreds of lovely volunteers each summer. Once again, we’re on the lookout for friendly, enthusiastic people, over the age of 18, to help make the magic happen. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the workings of a small, boutique festival and experience what happens behind the scenes. You can find out more about specific roles below, and hopefully, everything you ever wanted to know about volunteering is in our FAQs below. For anything else, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
There are the main areas of volunteering but other opportunities may be available in discussion with the DtRH team …
Build and Break Crew
Possible dates on site working: Fri 6 – Thu 12 July and Mon 16 – Fri 20 July – you get Fri 13, Sat 14 and Sun 15 to enjoy the festival! (4+ days on site, if only 4 we would prefer this was Wed 11, Thu 12, Mon 16 & Tue 17 July)
Role: Working on the actual physical construction and deconstruction of the event – this could be painting signs, constructing stages, marking campsites, building roads, erecting marquees, creating car parks, catering and much more.
Possible dates on site working: Thu 12 – Mon 16 July
Volunteer orientation and supper: the evening of Thursday 12 July
Hours: up to 18 hours over the festival, no more than 6 hours a day unless you elect to do so!
Role: Working during the actual event to help it run smoothly and ensure all goes ahead as planned on the weekend itself. The roles available include helping behind the bars, stewarding, litter picking (under supervision and with PPE supplied by DTRH), driving (licence required), helping park cars (Friday mainly), helping at Box Office, Artist Liaison (hospitality for artists), Technical Backstage (helping on stage production) and more.
In addition to the on-site roles above, we are also on the hunt for energetic Street Team members Do you want to help promote DTRH this year? If so, you’re awesome! You’ll simply need to do the same number of hours between now and the festival as an ordinary weekend volunteer would do over the weekend – a total of 18 hours of flyering and/or postering and the chance to attend some of Scotland’s best gigs and events between now and then while on the job. This is a hotly anticipated volunteer role with limited availability so don’t delay!
What do I get from being a volunteer?
In exchange for your time working you will get:
- A volunteer wristband to the festival
- A crew t-shirt
- 3 meals over the weekend (one meal per shift)*
- Access to crew showers
- Crew fire and social area
- Camping in volunteer camping area
- Crew busses from Glasgow and Edinburgh (via Stirling) to the site for weekend volunteers on evening of Thursday 12 July.
- PLUS the all important experience! Working at an event like ours gives you experience of a fun work environment which can look great on your CV!
*Weekend volunteers are provided one meal per shift; Build and Break volunteers are provided with three hot meals per working day and if you do 7+ days of work you can get meals throughout the festival weekend too! For the first time this year all meals will include a meaty option! All other volunteering roles are subject to discussion with the DtRH team.
Build and Break volunteers – You will be provided with the necessary tools for any work you’ll be doing, but if you want to bring your own tools to help you then please do, they will be your responsibility to keep safe over your time on site. You will also have access to some transport to local towns during your stay on site.
How do I apply?
Please apply via our online application form (see above).
How many hours do I have to do?
Weekend volunteers – 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning
Build and break volunteers – at least 4 days work in total between the 6th-20th July (excluding the time during the festival between 12 noon on the 13th to the morning of the 16th, when you should be having fun!)
All other volunteering roles are subject to discussion with DtRH team.
What should I bring to the site?
- Sleeping bag and roll mat or any other bedding
- Waterproofs (you might need to work in the rain but please try and stay dry!)
- Wellies or waterproof boots
- Sun cream and a hat (hopefully you’ll need to work in the sun!)
- Plate, cutlery, cup for your meals
- Fancy dress – the theme will be RAINBOWS!
- Midge repellent
- Food (you need enough grub to keep you happy and well fed the rest of the time and snacks for while you are on shift)*
- Camping cookers are allowed
*There will be several bars and food stalls on site so don’t forget to bring some pennies!
What sort of work do I have to do?
Weekend volunteers – Working during the actual event to help it run smoothly and ensure all goes ahead as planned on the weekend itself. The roles available include helping behind the bars, stewarding, litter picking (under supervision and with PPE supplied by DTRH), driving (licence required), helping park cars (Friday mainly), helping at Box Office, Artist Liaison (hospitality for artists), technical backstage (helping on stage production) and more.
Build and break volunteers – Working on the actual physical construction and deconstruction of the event – this could be painting signs, constructing stages, marking campsites, building roads, erecting marquees, creating car parks, catering and much more.
Street team volunteers – flyering and postering around your area and at other events.
Can I do shifts with my friends?
We would love for you to be able to do shifts with your friends, please note their name(s) in your application and we will try our best for you to be on the same shift pattern as them!
I have a disability/additional support needs – can I volunteer?
Absolutely! All of our volunteers are absolutely crucial to the smooth running of the festival and we will do whatever we can to make sure you enjoy your time at DtRH. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.
What skills do I need to volunteer?
There is a volunteering role for everyone on site, the only thing we ask is that you are enthusiastic and hard working (but don’t worry, volunteering is a great fun experience!). Please let us know if you have any specific skills though – we need everything from admin and customer service to driving and putting up marquees!
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
18 or over. Although if you’re younger than 18, you can volunteer alongside an over 18-year-old guardian who’ll be legally responsible for you the entire time you’re at the festival, including when volunteering and off duty – the Doune the Rabbit Hole Volunteer Coordinators will have to agree that your chosen guardian qualifies as a legal guardian before your application is accepted – contact us on email@example.com if you’re in this position.
Do I have to pay a deposit for volunteering?
To volunteer at the festival, a deposit equal to the ticket price is required to show your commitment. This will be refunded to you after the festival if you turn up to shifts on time, in a fit state and complete all your shifts. If you have any queries about paying a deposit please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How/ When do I get my deposit back?
Please allow up to 1 month after the festival ends to get your deposit back. We will all be working on site during the break and may not have internet to process the refunds. Once we’ve submitted a request for a refund it can take up to 5-10 working days for your bank to process the refund as well.