Volunteer for Growing Room

Volunteer call for Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival 2020!

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Festival: March 11-15, 2020
Volunteer Application Deadline: January 17, 2020
Volunteer Training: Thursday, February 20 or Saturday, February 22

Want to be a part of Growing Room, Room Magazine’s feminist literary festival? Join us as a volunteer! The festival is back for a fourth year in March 2020, and it’s shaping up to be another incredible celebration! 🙂

All experience and skill levels are welcome. We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable volunteers with a passion for the arts. Shifts are flexible, and volunteers sign-up for the shifts that work for them; volunteers will be needed throughout the day/evening on the weekend, as well as some weekday evenings.

There will be two orientation/training sessions to choose from, happening on Thursday, February 20th and Saturday, February 22nd. Please be sure to save the date that works best for your schedule, as attending one of the training sessions is mandatory for all volunteers.

We’re recruiting for a number of general volunteer positions, including: Pre-Festival Volunteers (for late February/early March), Set-up Volunteers (setting up locations for events), Event Volunteers (assisting with readings and panels), Booktable Volunteers (selling books and merch), Transportation Volunteers (driving authors or books; expenses reimbursed), Take-down Volunteers (packing up locations, once all the events there are completed), Workshop Volunteers (assisting in workshops), and Market Volunteers (helping with the festival market).

Detailed job descriptions are here.


Volunteer Perks

  • A volunteer t-shirt, a one-year subscription to Room Magazine, and free entry to the festival events you’re volunteering for.
  • The chance to meet and connect with other amazing people including fellow Growing Room volunteers and staff, Room Magazine collective members, and festival authors.
  • Contributing to the success of a feminist literary festival and seeing your positive impact.
  • Learning how a large literary festival is run, with the chance to become more involved with Room Magazine or Growing Room in the future.
  • An invite to the post-festival volunteer party (whoot!)
  • A volunteer reference letter, upon request.

Paid/honorarium roles

If you have previous or specialized experience, we’re also hiring for Venue Managers (returning volunteers or Room collective members are preferred; honorariums available), and Photographers (honorariums available).

These roles have position-specific hiring processes; when you fill in the standard volunteer application form and indicate you are interested in one of the paid/honorarium roles, you will receive an email with further details and instructions.


Apply before January 17, 2020

The Growing Room application process has two steps. First, please fill in the volunteer sign-up form as soon as possible.

Once you have applied through the sign-up sheet, you will receive an email with follow up details, including a link to sign-up for specific volunteer shifts. If you have applied to a position with a position-specific hiring processes, this information will also be in the confirmation email you receive after completing the sign-up form.


Got Questions?

For any questions, please email Selina Boan, Growing Room Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer [at] roommagazine [dot] com.