Chelmsford City Council

Working at our events

We have lots of different festivals and events throughout the year and are always looking for people willing to get involved.


Apply to be a steward

We usually recruit stewards and crew in the spring, ready for our festival season from June to August.

Apply to be volunteer

We're always looking out for enthusiastic, hard-working people who are keen to get involved in our festivals and events.

We have a range of opportunities for people who love events, want to put something back into the community or want to learn new skills.

You need to be over 18 to volunteer at our events.


Your involvement

We may ask you to come along for an interview. This allows us to get to know you, but also means you can find out more about us and the volunteering opportunity. You can ask any questions you may have to find out if it is right for you.

If we are a good fit for each other, we will agree your hours with you in advance, according to your availability. Your working hours will vary and can be at any time of day including early mornings and late nights. 

Your volunteering role could cover a number of positions, including:

  • general stewarding
  • car park duties
  • recycling and waste duties
  • site support (admin or crew)
  • specific activity stewarding
  • gate duties

We always try to be as inclusive as possible, but some roles are physically demanding. If you think there may be an issue, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What you’ll receive in return

Each event has different opportunities and can offer different benefits, such as:

  • free entry to the event you’re working at (this applies to 3foot and Fling and only after you have worked an agreed number of hours) 
  • free refreshments and sometimes meals (depending on the number of hours you have worked)
  • the satisfaction of being part of some amazing events which enhance Chelmsford’s cultural offer 
  • meeting like-minded people and making new friends

Like any opportunity, you get out what you put in but we will make the experience as beneficial and enjoyable as we can.

We can't pay travel expenses if you volunteer at one of our events.

Volunteering at our events should not affect your benefits, if you claim any.

Because each of our events are so different, we hold separate application processes for each of them.

For some of our events, we'll come to you directly if we think you might like to be a part of it.

For other events, we'll advertise what we're looking for a few months before the event or festival is taking place. There'll be an application form for you to complete, with information about you and what you could bring to the festival or event.

You can stay up to date with what applications are open by:

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