2018 Paid Staff Application


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Shambhala has a lot of great paid staff opportunities. We are happy that you are interested in joining our team. Paid positions are targeted to those that wish to work throughout the entire festival. If you are looking for less of a time commitment in exchange for admission to the festival, you may be more interested in our volunteer application.

Please check our Crew FAQ for answers to common questions about working at Shambhala Music Festival.

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Generally, crew are expected to arrive at the farm 24 hours prior to their first shift. With this in mind, please indicate your earliest work start date and latest end date for shifts. If you have a special request for dates or something to note about availability please indicate this in the notes box below.

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Bathroom Crew

The most important job at showtime, and one of the highest valued (and paid!) positions. This crew maintains the supplies and cleanliness of the port-o-potties, as well as assists the Septic Driver with their rounds.

Beverage Kiosks

Do you have sales or cashier experience? Are you outgoing and personable? Maybe one of the beverage kiosks is for you. Keeping people refreshed across the farm, saving one dehydrated soul at a time, you will be an oasis for the masses. Although beverages are the main focus, the kiosks now include other small merchandise items as well.

Blaze Burgers

Burgers made from the very cows that once grazed the Salmo River Ranch? Check! The focus here is local, and we need experienced cooks, cashiers and attendants in the ranks. If you have experience working with grills and/or working in the food industry and want to put your skills to work, come work with us! Food safe is an asset.

Business Admin

Interested in the business side of the festival? In and amongst all the fun – somebody has to do the paperwork. Why not join the Business team? If you have previous experience in areas like bookkeeping/accounting, payroll or banking we’d love to have you! Come put your professional skills to work for something wild!

Cafe Night Owl

Shambhala’s official Coffee House featuring our very own locally roasted organic Oso Negro blend! You’re an experienced cashier/server or barista, skilled in the field of all things coffee. Coffee aka “Farm Fuel” is an essential service at Shambhala, so get ready to be everyone’s best friend!


You have experience working with radios, knowledge of the Shambhala festival site and are organized. You are able to communicate clearly and can multitask easily. Previous dispatch experience? You may be a candidate for our Production or Emergency dispatch!

Farm Phresh Smoothies

You’re a nutritional enthusiast, keen to serve up some deliciousness at Shambhala’s official fresh fruit smoothie bar. Offering quality refreshments this service is in peak demand during the event. Excited about fresh flavors? Natural desire to nourish others? This is the spot for you!

Ice Sales

Ice Ice Baby! This is a simple, but busy job with a need to either quickly and accurately handle cash and keep the line moving at a steady rate or be able to constantly move heavy bags of ice.


(Pre-show & Showtime)
You’re a cook or sous-chef and have lots of experience working in a kitchen. You will be working alongside the chef preparing and serving fresh quality food for all the crew to keep them nourished and energized. Food is the fuel of the festival! Food Safe certification is preferred.

Pucker Up Lemonade

There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot day. Serve up fresh lemonade flavoured with fresh berries & herbs grown on the Salmo River Ranch! If you have cashier/customer service or food & beverage experience this is the team for you!

Mill Gate

As Mill Gate staff, you’ll be a member of an outgoing crew of kind faces who get to officially welcome our guests to Shambhala at the front gate! You’ll scan tickets, collect early entry and re-entry fees and apply wristbands perfectly every time. Cool with standing for long periods of time? Friendly, efficient, highly accurate, and up for a little healthy competition amongst the team? We want you at Mill Gate!

Oink Pulled PorK

Wanna help serve up delicious pulled pork raised right here on the Salmo River Ranch? The focus here is local, and we need experienced cooks, cashiers and attendants in the ranks. If you have experience working in the food industry and want to put your skills to work, come work with us! Food safe is an asset.


As Parking Staff you’ll be keeping the flow of vehicle traffic moving in the parking and camping areas – keeping cars parked efficiently, roadways clear, directing traffic and monitoring the drop zone. This can be a challenging position (the days are hot, and the nights are cold), but it is also one of the most vital and integral roles to operating the festival safely and smoothly. Like keeping on your feet and interacting with others? This job is bound to keep you busy and forge new friendships.

Pasta Joint

Keen to serve up some deliciousness at Shambhala’s fresh Pasta bar? We need experienced cooks, cashiers and attendants for the Pasta Joint. If you have experience working in the food industry and want to put your skills to work, this is your team! Food safe is an asset.


Lots of sales experience? Organized and familiar with a till? Have a knack for selling stuff? Why not join us as a cashier at one of our shops? We need people at the Beatique (Shambhala merch store), General Store & Showers.


If you have experience working in event security and have a current security workers license, join us in keeping the festival safe and secure. If you are not currently licensed but you are interested in event security and becoming licensed please indicate this on your application.


As a Stagekeeper, you’ll be stationed at one of the stages checking wristbands and providing access control as well as being a friendly face for guests who need info. Working with Security in the Stage areas, you’ll be an extra set of eyes and ears for potential safety or first aid concerns. Shifts are 12 hours.


You have an impeccable driving record and “Safety” is your middle name. We need drivers both on and off site for deliveries of supplies and people. If you are an experienced heavy equipment operator and are comfortable driving large vehicles and/or busses in crowds and have a Class 2 or 3 license, please let us know!

Please pick your top 2 team choices in order of preference

Returning Crew: You will most likely be reassigned to the team you worked with last year. If you are interested in applying to work with a different crew, please indicate which one(s) from the list of available crews above. We cannot guarantee that we will have room on the crews that you choose, please check your team assignment when you receive your welcome letter to confirm which crew you have been assigned to.

* We do our best to accommodate people's shift preferences however we cannot guarantee that you will be scheduled at your preferred time

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Payment Information

All crew are required to pay a total amount of $445 upon applying for a position at Shambhala. This amount consists of a $420 REFUNDABLE deposit, and a $25 fee ($23.81 + GST). The $25 fee is non-refundable. Please note that it can take at least a month or more for your deposit to be refunded once you have completed your shifts, so please plan your finances accordingly.

Certain eligible returning crew will be provided with a promotional code entitling them to apply without needing to pay a fee, or deposit. If you have received a promotional code from us, choose the "Promotional Code" payment method from the dropdown menu below and enter the code in the appropriate field.

Upon submitting your application, you will be redirected to PayPal in order to pay your application fee and deposit. Once your application has been approved, you will receive further instructions at the email address specified during the application process.

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If you have any other questions, please check out our working at Shambhala FAQ or email our HR department: hr@shambhalamusicfestival.com