WORK EXCHANGE SEVA POSITIONS & DESCRIPTIONS
At Bhakti Fest (and Shakti Fest) there are two categories of service: WE and Maha Seva. WE receive festival entrance and camping. Maha Seva will receive festival entrance, camping and 2 vegetarian meals per day.
For Shakti Fest 2018, there is an Orientation Meeting on Thursday, May 10th @ 5pm. Your first shift may begin prior to that, or the first day of the festival (Friday).
For Bhakti Fest West 2018, there is an Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, September 12th @ 5pm. Your first shift may begin prior to that, or the first day of the festival (Thursday).
Work requirements and total hours are listed below each department. (Hours and Requirements are current for Shakti Fest and will be updated for Bhakti Fest West mid May.)
General Info Booth:
Attended the festival a few times? Know the lay of the land and love to help people? This might be a good fit…
This is the Shakti Fest official merchandise booth. You will be helping to stock, tidy, and sell. Retail experience a plus.
The Bhakti Fest Kitchen serves the artists and staff for their meals throughout the festival. There are 3 areas of service. Food prep, Serving and Food Delivery are MAHA SEVA only. Ticket-takers are Work Exchange only.
Expert choppers and chefs wanted. Must have prior kitchen experience and hold a current CA Food Handlers Certificate.
Serving up food to hungry Bhaktas.
This is a job for someone with a very graceful confidence who can talk respectfully and calmly to strangers because you will sometimes be saying “no, you don’t have the right credentials.” You will be checking artist and staff badges and meal tickets to make sure people are in the right place. Much care must be taken in either redirecting or allowing passage to the meal line.
WE: 14-18 hrs (Thurs-Sun)
Running food to Staff and volunteers who cannot leave their post. Prior festival volunteer experience a must.
Help festival-goers with common ailments one gets in the hot desert. Medical experience required.
This team is on stand-by at HQ waiting for an assignment. You could be filling in for someone who didn’t show up for their shift in another department, running an errand, or restocking the HQ cooler with drinks. If you like variety, you’ll love this. Physical strength is a plus.
If you have a passion for keeping the festival neat and tidy looking, this is the job for you. As this is hard work in the sun, hours are reduced for this department.
You will be the person at Bhakti Fest central with the walkie-talkie, relaying info to various people and putting out figurative “fires”. Excellent communication skills and alertness required. As well as a bright and cheerful demeanor.
Must have current certification. Want to hang out by the pool and keep attendees safe? This is the job for you!
This team will greet newcomers and direct them to appropriate parking spaces.
The team makes sure that all festival-goers have their wristbands. Must be able to speak with confidence to strangers.
Checking in all artists as they come on-site. If you can come early, this position can start as early as Monday. Being able to recognize most of the artists by sight will make this position a lot easier. Some advance familiarization (web research) with our artists is greatly appreciated.
Checking in those who need to purchase or have festival tickets. Prior Bhakti Fest experience a plus, as attendee or WE. We have some shifts available on Thursday, which would mean having one free day at the festival.
Checking in those who have on site housing and directing them to their rooms. Prior Bhakti Fest experience a plus, as attendee or WE. We have some shifts available on Thursday, which would mean having one free day at the festival.
Checking in those signed up for WE and also will be on call to assist the WE Coordinator during the festival. Office skills needed for pre-festival work, Google Sheets.
Those in excellent physical condition who like HARD work (heavy lifting, digging, trenching, and building, etc…) may apply. You will be working a lot in full sun. Please mention in your application if you have any special skills that would make you a great candidate for this team. Set-up needs (but is not limited to) those with electrical, construction and large tent set-up experience. No specific hours, but this team will be free to enjoy the festival.
Those in excellent physical condition who like HARD work (heavy lifting, digging, trenching, and building, etc…) may apply. You will be working a lot in full sun. Please mention in your application if you have any special skills that would make you a great candidate for this team. Break-down needs (but is not limited to) those with strength and experience in organizing large items for storage. No specific hours, but this team will be free to enjoy the festival.
This team is constantly tidying up the space, catering to the musicians backstage, and generally playing HOST/HOSTESS. Some heavy lifting ability is a plus.
Helping artists on and off stage. This job is super busy for a chunk of time, you listen to some kirtan, then you work really hard again.
Arrival: Orientation Meeting, Thursday, May 10th @ 5pm
Sound for Yoga Halls:
At the festival, music is not just for the stages. A lot of amazing live music is happening for yoga classes. We are always in need of people with experience running audio, whether setting up mics and mic stands, mixing, cabling, etc… (Tell your friends!) A perk: in many cases you can still take the yoga class so long as you are aware of any sound needs as you downdog.
Assisting the workshop hall coordinator with anything and everything needed to run this area smoothly and accommodate presenters. Please be aware that some of your shifts may occur during a mealtime. Please be prepared to bring along something to snack on or plan to eat before your shift.
Yoga classes are extremely popular and prior sign-up is encouraged. Those working in yoga halls will be checking registrants off of a master list, making sure all yogi mats are “parked” so as to optimize space, etc… Must be comfortable speaking respectfully yet firmly to strangers. Must be patient under pressure and presentable. Please be aware that some of your shifts may occur during a mealtime. Please be prepared to bring along something to snack on or plan to eat before your shift.
VENDOR REGISTRATION & SETUP
This team will need an array of skills ranging from people who can do office work (google sheets, spreadsheet formatting, etc.), registration, and also a few strong hands to bang in rebar and help with building tents. Please specify what interests you and your experience.