2018 Volunteer Application Form


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Shambhala has a lot of exciting opportunities for our staff and volunteers. We are happy that you are interested in joining the team. To get started, please fill out the following form.

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

Are you applying for a volunteer position with our Medical team?

Please fill out our Medical Application here.

Contact Information

Additional Information

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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Please select five personal traits from the list below that best describe you.

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Anything Goes

(Pre-show & Showtime)
Sometimes teams can find themselves short staffed. As Anything Goes, you fill the gaps when needed. You enjoy having a diverse range of tasks and you’re able to learn the basics of a job quickly. You’re able to quickly switch to new tasks or to wait patiently for your next assignment. Sound like you? This team needs you!

Environment Crew

You love the land the festival is held on and want to help keep it clean and beautiful. This crew is enthusiastic about the farm and work hard to keep the festival grounds clean. Join this crew if you’re not afraid to get dirty, and love getting praise from partiers!

Farm Dec

Creatives only! You enjoy creating beautiful farm decor and general labour is your middle name! Farm Dec Volunteers must have strong artistic abilities as well as building skills to decorate the farm outside of the stage areas.

Fire Crew

This crew is made up of trained and experienced firefighters that are always on standby to keep us safe and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Do you have Volunteer or Forest Firefighter training or experience, if so this team is calling your name!

Food Processing

This crew runs from March-August! Each volunteer works for 1 week (Mon-Fri) and must have their own accommodation offsite if shifts are prior to regular pre-show dates. As a Food Processor, you’ll turn raw vegetables and meat from the farm into ingredients to be used in the Crew Kitchen and our offsite hotel. For this team, kitchen & food handling experience or food safe certification are considered assets but are not required. Must be willing to do some dirty work!


This crew starts in the Spring and works over different weekends and some weekdays, so locals are preferred. The crew is divided into food or flower gardens so be sure to mention in your application which you have more experience with. With the Garden team, you’ll be performing planting and harvesting duties to beautify the farm and provide food for the Crew Kitchen and offsite hotel. Landscaping & building experience an asset as this is a very physical job!

Harm Reduction

Includes Outreach, Sanctuary, Women’s Safe Space, ANKORS, Options for Sexual Health, and Camp Clean Beats. We are looking for trained healthcare or social services professionals with preference being given to those with psy-crisis training or those who have volunteered with harm reduction at other festivals. The Harm Reduction teams work together to provide care and resources to guests who are in need of a safe space, someone to talk to, or are simply interested in more information on Harm Reduction.

Human Resources

(Pre-show & Showtime)
Does welcoming our staff and volunteers, helping them fill out paperwork, filing, giving people info about their shifts and being part of the heart of our operations sound good to you? You’ll be right at home working with the HR Crew! Excellent for those organized “people persons” with office experience.


(Pre-show & Showtime)
You express love through food and you want to share that gift with the crew. In the kitchen, you’ll assist the chef & cooks with meal prep, serving/packaging meals, dishwashing and keeping the kitchen sparkly clean. Food is the fuel of the festival! Food Safe certification is an asset.

Mill Gate

You’ll be a member of an outgoing crew of kind faces who get to officially welcome our guests to Shambhala’s front gate as a “decal fairy” or “scanner”. As a “decal fairy” you’ve got an important job to do – make sure every vehicle has a parking pass! You’ll sell parking passes and provide info about Parking and Camping to our guests. As a “scanner” 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 Front Gate!


Parking volunteers assist staff with directing and keeping the flow of vehicle traffic moving in the parking and camping areas. 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.


(Pre-show & Showtime)
Smile! You’re one of the first impressions people will have of Shambhala. You’ll check in crew, artists and their guests as well as will call customers using our festival database. You’re a computer whiz, think quickly on your feet, stay cool under pressure, and want to vibe off the excitement of all the fresh arrivals!


As an amBASSador of the festival, you are in the business of being informed and informing others of all things Shambhala. You may not have all the answers, but know who to talk to in order to help our guests with their questions. You are an advocate for the health and wellbeing of the farm and our guests. As you will require some general knowledge about the festival, you must have attended 2 or more years of Shambhala and have been on the crew at least once in recent years. You believe in the goodness Shambhala inspires in others and are passionate about spreading that message. “Happy Shambhala!”


(Pre/Post Show & Showtime)
Welcome to ShambhaLodging! You’ll be checking our guests into their ShambhaLodging site, helping them with any info they might need, keeping the Lodging area looking great and maybe even helping with some fun activities we have planned for our Lodgers. You’re outgoing, friendly and look forward to connecting with the Lodgers you’ll be helping. Pre/Post show positions involve setting up campsites and groundskeeping.

Site Maintenance

Lace up those work boots, and pull on those work gloves. You’re gonna get dirty! The site crew prepares the festival grounds for the arrival of thousands. It’s tough labour work that ranges from building things, repairing existing structures, tearing things down, cleaning things up, digging,- filling, etc. If you are currently working in the trades, or have the training and experience and find the thought of helping build this temporary city satisfying – we want you!

Taxi Crew

You have an impeccable driving record and “Safety” is your middle name. You get to transport our precious cargo (crew and talent) around the festival site via golf cart; Shambha-Taxi Driver! Taxi drivers need to be already familiar with the farm and have a friendly disposition. You must also have First Aid Level 1 or 2.

Vendor Crew

This is a special crew of Food Logistics volunteers who work in the “Reefer truck” (refrigeration truck, silly) area assisting the Manager and Food Vendors with accessing vendor supplies. If you are quick and organized, and maybe even have warehousing or shelf stocking experience, let us know! A forklift certificate is an asset but not a requirement of this position!

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.

Important Information for Medical Services Volunteers

All Medical Services volunteers, at a minimum, require the following:

  • A valid Occupational 1st Aid Level #3 (OFA#3), and/or
  • Advanced Wilderness 1st Aid Level #3.
  • Current CPR with AED

Doctors, Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practicing Nurses (LPN’s), Paramedics (PCP’s & EMR’s) are obviously qualified and welcome to apply.

ALL RN’s, ACP’s and MD’s must provide proof of a current:

  • ACLS
  • ITLS and/or TNCC

PCP's - Must submit a current drivers abstract:

  • ITLS (offered by BCAS)
  • ACLS is strongly recommended

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

What time of day are you usually most productive?

Note: This must be a headshot of you. You are allowed to wear a hat, but please no dark sunglasses or masks. We must be able to identify you based on the photo provided. Photos that do not meet this criteria, or are considered to be inappropriate by our HR staff will be rejected.

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Emergency Contact Information

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.

I have read, and agree to, the volunteering terms & conditions *

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