Volunteering at festivals

Love summer festivals? Passionate about protecting our planet? Volunteering with Greenpeace is a great way to help protect our natural world.

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Sorry, applications for 2021 are now closed.

We’ll be back in Summer 2022, and until then you can find other ways to get involved with Greenpeace on our volunteering page.

Or read on to learn more about life as a festival volunteer so you’re all set for 2022!

Basic info

Requirements for volunteers

You need to be over 18 years of age.

You must be onsite a day before the event’s opening date and available for the duration of the dates specified. You will be required to work a shift of approximately six hours per day.

Before applying, please ensure you are definitely available for the date you choose.

We will require a reference from either your network coordinator (if you are part of a Greenpeace network) or from an employer/tutor. Please check with your referee in advance so they are aware that we will contact them.

What we are looking for

A degree of flexibility when allocated your roles. We are a small team at these festivals and expect everyone to work together to put on a good show. The family friendly ones are very rewarding.

Commitment to Greenpeace’s vision and values. You will be representing Greenpeace and it is important that you’re enthusiastic and a good communicator.

You will also need to be self-motivated, happy to work in all weathers and be confident when chatting to people about our campaigns, don’t worry, we will fully brief you.

What you get being part of the Greenpeace Events crew:

  • Private crew camping
  • Hot showers
  • Vegetarian or vegan meals
  • Subsidised travel (maximum of £30)
  • Great community

Which festivals can I volunteer at?

Greenpeace usually works at a few different festivals around the country, and the best one for you will depend on your availability and possibly your location if you don’t want to travel too far.

We haven’t confirmed our lineup for 2022 yet, but to give you a taste of what it’s like, here’s a roundup of where we went and what we did in 2021:

A Greenpeace volunteer stands in front of an obstacle course made of nets attached to trees

Latitude Festival

Our site was near the kid’s area and is for the “Inbetweeners”. It’s aimed at those kids who are either too old for the kid’s area or are too young to do all the grown-up stuff. At Camp Greenpeace, we built an amazing circuit of nets and walkways strung high in the trees together with a zip line and rope swing. For the tiny ones that still want to get involved they have their own nets safely away from the more challenging ones.

We also ran a really busy café next to the nets. It’s a very popular activity.

We recruited patient, eagled eyed volunteers to help us look after the kids on the nets and the zip line. Essentially they were site stewards, making sure the kids are playing safely and timing them on and off the nets (with a full briefing beforehand of course).

WOMAD

Volunteers in tshirts saying 'Jungle is not massive' operate a refreshments stall with a blackboard menu in the background

At WOMAD we normally run a Greenpeace café where we sell delicious food and drink, and talk to the customers about Greenpeace and where our food comes from.

The volunteers help us serve cakes and pastries (don’t worry we have professional baristas making the coffees), and make friends with the festival-goers.

Camp Bestival

With so much going on Greenpeace joined in the action with our skate ramp and a funky café, keeping the kids busy while introducing their parents to Greenpeace in the café’s chilled campaigning space. The small, friendly volunteer team had a nice space in the crew campsite, and were provided with lovely veggie/vegan food.

We rotate people through different roles so we all have the opportunity to help out in the café or look after the kids (and adults) while they burn off some energy.

Worthy Pastures (Glastonbury Festival Site, Family Camping)

People relax on lush grass as the sun sets behind a row of trees. A campfires smoulders in the foreground.

Working with the other charities we manned the meeting point, operated a t-shirt stall and booked people in for workshops.

Volunteers got stuck in with meeting people, greeting them, booking them in for workshops and helping sell t-shirts.