Working at Hay Festival

The festival is put together by hundreds of people coming together to build the site, produce the show, welcome our guests and spread the word. If you'd like to be part of it all, please join in.

Ice creams in the sun on Hay Festival site


We are currently recruiting for the Hay Festival site crew team. Positions start on the 29th April and run through to 8th June 2019

We are looking for general labourers plus people with additional skills such as carpentry. Applicants must be reliable, fit, outgoing and prepared to work as part of a team to undertake a diverse range of tasks as allocated, including:

  • Unloading our large warehouse of furniture and installing on-site
  • Installation of graphics banners, frames and flags across the festival site
  • Installation of the Box Office and Green Room internal stud walling and panelling
  • General festival site maintenance 
  • Assisting the recycling team and generally ensuring the festival site is clean and tidy

Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided), good time keeping necessary and be prepared to muck in and do anything. Sense of humour required!For further Information or to apply please email Georgie on with a copy of your CV or email detailing experience.


We are looking for people to join our Front of House team for the 2019 Festival. Jobs include working on the main reception desk, assisting with Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors and helping with parties and receptions, plus other duties as required.  

Applicants need to be:

  •  Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  •  Able to work flexible hours in various positions across the duration of the festival 23 May - 2 June 2019.

Previous experience in a similar role would be preferred but not essential. Candidates would need to secure their own accommodation. 

 For further Information or to apply send a current CV to Adrian /  01497 822620


We require a small team for the duration of the festival (on shifts) from 23rd May until 2nd June, tasks include:

  • Table clearing and wiping down
  • Recycling
  • Overseeing the 14 food traders in the Foodhall or 7 traders in the Family Area
  • Ensuring general cleanliness and Health and Safety standards are adhered to at all times
  • Working as part of a team
  • Must be reliable and punctual 

For further Information or to apply please email Georgie on or 01497 822620


Big Event Catering Ltd are looking for smart, professional, outgoing individuals with a passion for food and great customer service.

They are hiring kitchen crew and front of house personnel to join their dynamic, fun and friendly team for the Artist Restaurant, The Grove public restaurant and crew catering facilities at Hay Festival and/or other major events.

They are recruiting experienced kitchen staff, baristas, bar staff and plate waiters. Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and a great working environment with a top team! Due to licensing legal requirements, for some positions, applicants must be 18 years of age or over. If you thrive on hard work, have stamina and a good sense of humour please email your CV to

Coffee Cart Co staff for Hay Festival 2019

The Coffee Cart Co are hiring Baristas and Team Members for their pop-ups at Hay Festival and/or other shows and festivals. They are looking for bright, bubbly individuals with superior customer service and stamina under pressure. 

Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and accommodation and friends for life! Due to licensed bar responsibilities, applicants must be 18+ years.

If you feel you have what they're looking for please email your CV to

Help as a steward

All the events at Hay Festival Wales are stewarded by teams of between four and ten. The main job is to make sure the audiences are safe and happy before, during, and after each event.

Stewards work shifts of three to four hours. It’s voluntary but fun and you’ll make lots of good friends.

If you're interested in helping out, please consider stewarding at the festival in 2019. You will be able to register your interest and availability here from January 2019.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please email Jan, our Deputy Head Steward.

Hay Academy

The Hay Academy is a skills development programme that gives talented young people from across the UK, aged 18–25, the opportunity to join the Hay Festival team to develop their skills, knowledge, and potential career path in the creative industries, while volunteering in a professional working environment. There are many Hay Academy places available for student volunteers in various disciplines including events management, journalism, broadcast media, photography, festival production and press office.

Find out more about Hay Academy and apply.