Job Descriptions


We have many different Areas that make up the festival and you can find a brief summary and job description of each below. Make sure to click on the title of the area to open the Job Description PDF so you know exactly what each position requires!

50-50 Raffle
Are you passionate about raising money for a great cause? If so, join our 50/50 Raffle team, where you’ll be promoting our nightly 50/50 draw, while raising money for our Blues in the Schools charity.

A-Team*
Do you enjoy lending a helping hand to those in need? Are you passionate about providing the same great festival experience to everyone, regardless of disability or limitation? If so, consider working with the A-Team to assist those in need of a little extra help.
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Acura VIP Club – 18+
Are you a social butterfly or experienced server looking to be up-close to the music while providing beverage service to our distinguished guests? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join the Acura VIP Club team where you’ll be setting up, serving, stocking, and smiling stage-side.

Admin Office – 18+
Have you always wanted to sit at the front desk of a major corporation? Do you have a knack for giving directions? If so, consider working in the Admin Office where you’ll be answering any and all manner of festival questions and helping our patrons navigate the RBC Bluesfest grounds.

Alternates
Are you a jack-of-all trades, wearer-of-many-hats, or just enjoy trying your hand at different roles? If so, consider working with the team of Alternates where you’ll get to work all over the festival, pitching in wherever help is needed. You’ll also get to spend some quality time on Volunteer Island, working on your tan.

Backstage Services*
Do you love working behind the scenes, making sure things run like clockwork? Are you passionate about making the artists’ experience just as great as your own? If so, consider working with the backstage services team in a variety of roles where you’ll get to be a part of the excitement behind the scenes.
*This team is privately recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Bead Tent
Do you love being out and about in the festival, interacting with people and enjoying the weather, all while supporting a great cause? If so, Bead Tent may be the role for you! You’ll get to traverse the festival grounds while selling our limited-edition Mardi Gras beads (as well as tickets for our brand-new Ferris Wheel!) both of which support our Blues in the Schools charity.

Beer Tents (Coors Light) – 18+
Do you want to partake in one of our festival’s largest operations, slingin’ suds and other cool refreshments for our thirsty patrons? If you’re 18 years of age or older and are full of energy, then join the Beer Tent team and help us keep everyone hydrated and having fun!

Bike Park
People biking to the festival want a safe and convenient place to leave their bicycle while they enjoy the Bluesfestivities, and Bike Park is that place. For over 10 years, RBC Bluesfest and Citizens for Safe Cycling (www.BikeOttawa.ca) have partnered to provide a top-notch valet bike parking service that is fast, convenient, supervised, and FREE!

Box Office* – 18+
Are you exceptionally organized in the face of chaos? Do you like making sure that the show goes on? If so, then Box Office is just the ticket!
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Cash & ID* – 18+ 
Do you have laser-quick ID-scanning eyes and a dead-on ability to count to 100? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join the team of Cashiers & ID’ers and ensure our festival-goers get their tasty adult beverages in a quick & orderly manner.

Casino Lac-Leamy Suites – 18+
Do you have exceptional customer service skills and would like to be part of our premium festival experience? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join the Casino Lac-Leamy Suites team as a host or server, and help provide a memorable experience for our VIP guests in the heart of the festival.

Coors Banquet Saloon (formerly Rickard’s Pub) – 18+
Do you think beer and festivals go together like peanut butter and jelly? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join the Coors Banquet Saloon team where you’ll be working in the heart of the festival serving and selling some fine suds from the Molson Brewery to our thirsty customers.

Envirodish
Do you have a real passion for the environment? If so, join our Envirodish team where you’ll be washing & drying your way to saving over 30,000 plates in Volunteer Village from a landfill.

Fundraising* – 18+ 
Our Fundraising team has a real passion for raising money for our Blues in the Schools charity. They help with merchandise signings and playing host to ‘the best seats in the house’.
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands.

Gates
Are you a leader? Would you like to be on the frontline of the festival experience? If so, join our Gates team and work as a gate monitor, road monitor or roving gate crew member and welcome our guests into this great festival!

Green Team
Are you passionate about the environment? Does saving the planet warm your heart and fill your soul with carbon-free emissions? If so, join our energetic Green Team and assist in implementing RBC Bluesfest’s environmental policies & greening initiatives to keep the festival clean and the people breathing easy.

Honda Big Chill – 18+
Is luxury your thing? Are you the go-to person for the latest trends and niftiest amenities? Do you give the cucumber a leisurely saunter for his money? If so, you could fit in icely in the Honda Big Chill—the coolest place at RBC Bluesfest.

Info Booth
Do you have an answer for everything and a need to help those who don’t? Do you want to be a festival guru? If so, join our Info Booth team and help our festival-goers with any and all of their questions, quandaries, comments, & concerns.

Inventory Control – 18+
Do you have a mind like a steel trap? Are you efficient and punctual? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join our Inventory Control team and help keep the festival running in tip-top shape by managing & delivering supplies to areas in need.

Island Ambassadors (formerly Welcome Centre) – 18+
Are you super-organized and highly helpful? If so, join the Island Ambassadors team and help run the central hub for all things volunteer. Provide information, answer questions, take bags, and our volunteers are sure to succeed.

I.T. Team (Information Technology Team)* – 18+
Do you cache yourself whistling a tune while you work? When you see someone with outdated technology DOS it MHz your heart? Come join the IT crowd, where whizzy-wig!
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Mascot Team* – 18+ 
Are you the strong, silent type? Can you spring into action at a moment’s notice and then fade back into the shadows? If you are the Ottawa version of Batman, then come check out the Wrangler position on our Mascot Team!
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Merch Tent
Do you own hundreds of band t-shirts? Do you have posters all over the walls and ceiling of your room? Do you just plain love band merch? If so, work in our Merch Tent where you can bring your passion to the fans and sell this year’s amazing crop of artist & festival merchandise.

Metropolitain VIP Zone (formerly Gold Circle) – 18+
Do you have great customer service and would like to be part of our premium festival experience? If you’re 18 years of age of older, join the VIP Zone team and help provide a distinguished experience for our guests, all while being part of the action next to the main stage.

Outdoor Blues Café
Do you want to improve the lives and experiences of our massive volunteer team? Do you have a passion for food and serving? If so, join the Outdoor Blues Café team where you’ll be working on Volunteer Island helping prep the meals or serving our hungry volunteers.

Pageantry* – 18+
Are you a budding artist or DIY guru? Do you revel in using power tools or a paintbrush? If you’re 18 years of age or older, you can help our pageantry team Décor Assistants bring the Bluesfest stages to life.
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands.

Photo Team* – 18+
Do you have a keen eye for photography? Do you spend more time on Instagram than you would like to admit? If you’re 18 years of age or older and have your own camera, join our Photo Team and capture epic festival moments, fantastic fans, and—most importantly—our great volunteers.
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands and require a separate interview along with a portfolio submission. Applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Poster Gallery*
Are you the poster-child of socially-conscious causes? When it comes to archives, can we file you under Excited? The writing’s on the wall—you should join our Poster Gallery!
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

Signage* – 18+
Do you like telling people where to go and how to get there? Is your favourite movie a Mel Gibson thriller involving aliens and strategically-placed glasses of water? If so, all signs are pointing to you feeling right at home on our Signage team!
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands.

Silent Auction
Do auctions thrill you? Do you have a real passion for fundraising and helping support a great cause? Join the Silent Auction team where you’ll get to help set up the auction displays, drum up bidders, and help with the bidding, all while raising money for our Blues in the Schools charity.

Stage Crew*
Do you enjoy working behind the scenes to create amazing shows? Do you think the devil’s in the details and you’re just waiting to exorcise him? Then come on over to Stage Crew!
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.

S.W.A.T. (Special Welcome Appreciation Training) Team* – 18+
Are you a dedicated team-player who lives for special assignments? Do you believe in never leaving a man behind? If this sounds like your cup of tea, you should consider joining our S.W.A.T. team, a specialized force of team-training ninjas.
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands.

The Winery (19+) & Bacardi Rum Hut & Wine Carts (21+)
Does your mouth water for merlot? Do handmade spirits raise your spirits? If you’re 18 years of age or older, join The Winery team where you’ll be helping stock, serve and sell the fine wines and potent potables RBC Bluesfest has to offer at various locations across the festival.

Transportation* – 25+
Do you have aspirations of being an A-list chauffeur? Do you have impeccable and humble customer service skills and a comprehensive knowledge of the city? If you’re 25 years of age or over and have a class G license, the Transportation team needs your help to pick-up and drop-off RBC Bluesfest artists.
*Volunteers on this team are hand-picked to meet specialized demands.

Volunteer Check-In (formerly Volunteer Trailer)* – 18+
Are you a great greeter and a champion for the volunteers? If so, join the team at Volunteer Check-In and make sure our festival volunteers get hooked up with everything they need to succeed.
*This team is privately-recruited and applications are closed for the 2017 season.