We appreciate the significant contribution of our volunteers and look forward to working with you this year.

Returning Volunteers

If you have previously volunteered at the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming or The Planting please apply as a Returning Volunteer. Your codes will be emailed to you once the site is open.

Applications for Returning Volunteers open 1st March 2018.

New Volunteers

If you never volunteered at the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming or The Planting before please apply as a New Volunteer.

Applications for New Volunteers open 15th March 2018.

Want to get more involved?

Are you interested in getting more involved in The Planting or the Woodford Folk Festival? Learn about our Team Leader roles

Email your CV and expression of interest to Karen.

Want to help out during the year in exchange for your Planting and Woodford Folk Festival ticket?

Applications for Small Events Volunteers will open 22nd March 2018.

We also have some year-round office volunteer opportunities, that involve admin and various other duties. Email your CV to reception@woodfordia.com if you are interested.


PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but we can no longer offer a storage facility for prescription medications for our volunteers.

What you need to know before you apply.

Are you interested in getting more involved in The Planting or the Woodford Folk Festival? Have you got management skills? Administrative experience? Hospitality or retail management experience? Or a special talent that would shine in a leadership role?

Every year, the festival has many department heads that manage different areas of the festivals. This may or may not include volunteer management but as we are a volunteer-driven festival, it quite often does.

This year, we have a variety of leadership roles available, including some department heads, key offsiders and supervisors.

Department Heads take on the full responsibility for managing an area of the festival, including all pre-festival planning, volunteer management (from screening & placing to rostering, training, supervising and evaluating), and post-festival wrap up. Each department head is responsible for ensuring their department runs effectively, the volunteers are well supported, reports are submitted and meetings are attended. Organisers meet 4 times over the year as a large group (and they are fun gatherings on the festival site). There may also be meetings with related department heads but much of the planning does happen online or over the phone.

Key Offsiders normally are the Dept Heads ‘other half’, acting as dept head when the DH is taking a break. They may or may not share some of the pre-festival planning and post-festival wrap up. KO’s are also invited and encouraged to attend the organisers’ meetings, to participate in discussions and be up to speed on what is happening within the festival organisation.

Supervisors normally manage crews of volunteers and ensure they are supported in their roles. There is very little pre- or post-festival work in these roles, but it does require someone who is comfortable in a management position – a good motivator and solutions person would do well here. It is also a great way to try out being in a leadership role, as a stepping stone to being either a key offsider or dept head in the future.

Are you keen to give it a try and be part of building a community celebration?

We need:

  • People who have been to the festival at least once, either as a patron or preferably as a volunteer.
  • People with some previous experience in a leadership role, be it volunteer or professionally.
  • People with a passion for the The Planting or Woodford Folk Festival.
  • People who are flexible, well organised and able to get the job done.
  • People with a solutions mindset.
  • People who have computer access and an active email address.

Our ideal leadership volunteer would be willing to commit to 3 years in the role they take on, as we know the first year is simply focused on learning the job, the second year is your chance to better the way you manage the department and how it operates, and the last year would be a year to mentor someone new to take over. Generally, it would be great if you were interested in getting more involved, that you consider a leadership role with this in mind. Of course, if you do well and want to stay on for longer, we would be happy to talk about a more ongoing commitment.

If you are interested in taking on a team leadership volunteer role, please contact Karen at volunteers@woodfordia.com and include a copy of your CV. Don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions for Volunteers before you apply.

The Planting 2018
Volunteers Application

What you need to know


All information and processes associated with the volunteer position will be considered confidential.

The Essentials

  • 18yr +
  • 25yr + with valid drivers license to drive festival service vehicles
  • Photo ID on entry
  • Comply with all health and safety rules
  • Undertake online induction
  • Transparent on any personal health conditions
  • Report for work in a fit condition
  • Drug and alcohol testing may be required if an incident occurs
  • Camp in the designated camping areas
  • Bring your own camping equipment
  • Quiet camping zones after 10pm
  • Be respectful to everyone
  • Fun is mandatory (pack your sense of humour)

Mental Health Statement

We are willing to work with people with well-managed mental health issues. Our capacity as a non-profit volunteer organisation is such that we cannot provide the proper levels of care for someone with a serious mental health issue. We also wish to be clear that coming to Woodfordia and participating in the festival can be an intense experience and we advise anyone with a mental health issue to work out a special mental health management plan with their current mental health practitioner prior to arriving on site. This plan should be shared with our Medical Director, your Department Head or the Volunteers Manager. It is vital that you speak to us if you are currently managing your mental health so together we can make sure that volunteering is right for you at this time.