Volunteer Positions and Job Descriptions 2017


Docents for the Art Show at the Seaside Centre: October 12 to 22

Docents greet the general public at the Seaside Centre during the Art Exhibition and the Heritage Exhibit, and serve as guides.  There will be an hour long docent orientation and briefing on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:00pm to learn all about the show firsthand from the curators. Volunteer docents will be asked to keep statistics about how many visitors attend. There will always be minium two volunteers working together per shift. Shifts are usually 3 or 4 hours, with seating provided for the not-so-busy times. In 2016, over 1600 visitors came through the Art Exhibition over ten days, and 600 school students on scheduled tours.


Box Office Assistants for Performance Events: October 6, 13, 14 or 21

Box Office Assistants at the various events will help the Box Office Manager to sell and take tickets at the door and hopefully, get everyone seated in time for the performances. Box Office Assistants will be welcome to watch the performance once the ticket and cash reconciliation is complete and late comers are seated. Box Office Assistants at the Emerging Sounds performance at the Sechelt Indian Band Community Hall (Saturday October 14) will work the door under the direction of the Box Office Manager but audience members may enter and leave throughout the evening as this event is more of a party atmosphere.


Production Assistants for Music Day/Family Day at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (Oct 14 and 15)

Under the direction of the Production Manager, Production Assistants will set up the space, greet and seat audience members, assist performers and help clean up at the end of the day. This job can best be described as “hurry up and wait” with a scrambling of activity before and after each performance or workshop and quiet observation while the show takes place. Volunteers may attend the peformance events.


Reception Set Up & Clean Up, Bartending and Food Servers (Oct 12)

The festival opens with a big party at the Seaside Centre on the evening of Thursday, October 12. Volunteers are required to help load supplies in and out, set up tables and party supplies, run a cash bar and keep food trays circulating and replenished. This is an “on your feet” type of job requiring an ability to tote and carry.


Set Up & Take Down of Art Exhibition at the Seaside Centre

Before the art show on Thanksgiving weekend (October 7, 8 or 9) and/or afterwards on Monday October 23, volunteers are required to assist with painting, hanging art, adjusting lighting and tidying up the space. The ability to lift, climb and to use basic painting tools is required.

The Sechelt Arts Festival runs on your volunteer help, from the festival advisory committee, to the box office and front of house helpers, to art show docents, to reception organizers and tear down crews. Without volunteers, this festival simply would not be possible.

If you would like to consider volunteering, please email Leslie Thompson, Festival Volunteer Coordinator at:

[email protected] or call Leslie directly at (604) 682 6512 for a chat.  

Chances are that if you love the arts and have few hours to spare, we have a spot for you.

The festival runs from October 5 to 22, 2017.


We appreciate your interest in volunteering for the Sechelt Arts Festival!

Fill in and send us the following volunteer application form or contact Leslie Thompson directly. 


2017 Volunteer Form Information


Thank you so much for being a part of this year’s festival! This festival would not be possible without volunteers! You are the heart of this festival and we are truly grateful to you for participating.  Please take a moment to fill out this form, which will help us with scheduling and keeping you updated.






Land Line:


Cell Phone:                                     May we text you at this number? yes/no


Areas of Interest: Please number the following in order of interest with 1 being the job that you are most interested in, 5 being the least. If there is something listed that you’re not willing or able to do, just leave that spot blank.


___ Art Exhibition Docent: greeting & guiding (Seaside Centre October 12-22 various shifts available, mostly daytime hours)

___ Production Assistant: helping performers, audience and to prep & tidy up at performance events

___ Box office: taking tickets and handing out programs ( October 6, 13, 14or 21 )

___ Reception: food & beverage, setting up and cleaning up (October 12)

___ Art Show Crew: painting walls, hanging art, dismantling the show (daytime at the Seaside Centre on October Thanksgiving weekend and daytime on Monday, October 23).


OTHER: (Is there anything that we should know about you?)




Please return this completed form to Leslie Thompson [email protected]

or call (604) 682-6512