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

BOX OFFICE TEAM 2020

We are looking for people to join our Box Office team for the 2020 Festival.

There are two types of position available. The first is to cover the busy run up period for 8-10 weeks, applicants need to be available from the week beginning the 24th March until the end of the festival on the 31st May, it will be based in our office in Hay-On-Wye and will include some weekend and bank holiday working.

The second is a two week position to cover just the festival period, it will involve working long hours in the box office on the festival site.

Applicants need to be:

  • Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  • Confident using basic technology
  • Available to work for the entirety of the position applied for
  • Have local accomodation and/or transport
  • Over 18

Previous experience in a similar role would be preferred but not essential.

For further Information or to apply send a current CV to Penny penny@hayfestival.org indicating which position you are interested in.

SITE CREW 2020

We are currently recruiting for the Hay Festival Site Crew team - there are two types of position you can apply for.

POSITION 1 - 27 April to 31 May 2020

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

This position will focus on the build and running of the festival while live

Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided) and be prepared to muck in and do anything

Good time-keeping necessary and sense of humour required! Please note: you will need to secure your own accommodation in Hay or the surrounding area.

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Georgie with Site Crew – Position 1 in the email header to Georgie@hayfestival.org or call 01497 822 620

POSITION 2 - 30 May to 6 June 2020

We are looking for general labourers, applicants must be reliable, fit, outgoing and prepared to work as part of a team

  • De-rigging the festival, re-loading our warehouse of furniture and de-installing the site

This position will focus on the de-installation and pack down of the festival

Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided) and be prepared to muck in and do anything and very importantly to be pro-active

Good time-keeping necessary and sense of humour required! Please note: you will need to secure your own accommodation in Hay or the surrounding area.

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Georgie with Site Crew – Position 2 in the email header to Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.org or call 01497 822 620

FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM 2020

We are looking for people to join the Front of House team for the 2020 Hay Festival. Jobs include working on the main reception desk, assisting with Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors, helping with parties and receptions on and off-site, staffing cup recycling/festival info points, plus other duties as required.  

Applicants need to be:

  • Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  • Able to work long flexible long hours in various positions across the duration of the festival 21 May – 31 May  2020.

Previous experience in a similar role would be preferred but not essential. Please note: you will need to secure your own accommodation in Hay or the surrounding area.

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Adrian Adrian@hayfestival.org or call 01497 822 620.

FOOD HALL TEAM 2020

Working under the Food Hall coordinator for the duration of the festival (on shifts), you must be available on all days of the festival, from Wednesday 20 May – Sunday 31 May  2020.

Tasks include:

  • Table clearing and wiping down
  • Recycling and clearing 
  • Overseeing the 14 food traders
  • Overseeing the family area within the Food Hall
  • Ensuring general cleanliness and Health and Safety standards are adhered to by the traders and the members of the public

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.com or call 01497 822 620. Please note: you will need to secure your own accommodation in Hay or the surrounding area.

STEWARDING

Each year a large team of volunteer stewards help to keep the Festival running like clockwork. Many return year after year, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Please note: you will need to secure your own accommodation in Hay or the surrounding area.   Apply to steward at Hay Festival 2020.