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CREW APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

JOIN THE 2022 SHAMBHALA CREW

Shambhala volunteers and staff are the backbone of the festival and the driving force behind its success. We are so grateful to the incredible people who give their time and passion to make Shambhala one of the best festivals in North America.

Thinking of joining the Crew? Please read all the information below to understand the levels of commitment before proceeding to the application. 

BENEFITS OF JOINING THE CREW

  • Entry to the festival.
  • Complimentary Extra Early Arrival - get in before the crowd and watch the festival come to life.
  • Designated Crew Camping – see “Camping” below.
  • One meal per 8 hr shift, two meals per 12 hr shift.
  • Playing an integral role creating a magical festival experience for thousands of people
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

WHAT DO CREW MEMBERS SAY ABOUT WORKING AT SHAMBHALA?

“Thanks for providing a great experience for volunteering. I made a lot of great friends over the course of my time on the farm and got to see the festival in a different perspective. See you next year! <3” - Logan Severson, ShambhaLodging

"I truly love this place like it's my home. I love seeing helpful and excited people working together to make something so magical. It feels really great to be a part of something like that and have that sense of Farmily." - Karen Faye, Human Resources

“As I attended alone this year, I felt I had purpose and direction, I made new friends and felt like a part of the family immediately. What a wonderful way to give back, have fun! I didn't know what to expect as a first time volunteer, applying last minute. I was well received and everyone was so friendly. I am grateful for this experience and look forward to going back next year." - Willow Lyman-Shepherd, Crew Kitchen

“I loved helping build what is Shambhala and then basking in its wonder with some really great people that I met through volunteering." - Kristin Likness, Farm Dec

"Volunteering at this festival has been life changing for me, working and meeting beautiful people and watching it grow from a farm into a festival has been one of the greatest experiences of my life." - Reuben Kenny, Site Maintenance

Expectations

You commit to arriving for your shifts well-rested, on-time, sober and prepared for the weather.
You are responsible for your well-being: ensure you have had enough rest, food and water to complete all of your shifts.
You abide by all WorkSafe BC and Shambhala safety regulations.
You will complete a mandatory safety orientation prior to working and a tailgate meeting at the beginning of each shift.
Be diligent about signing in and out for all of your shifts with your Supervisor. This is required to maintain good standing with the Shambhala Crew.

VOLUNTEER TICKET

All first-time volunteers must pay for a refundable Volunteer Ticket worth $525+ $26.25 GST, paid online at the time of your application (cash is not accepted). This Volunteer Ticket is in place to ensure that volunteers complete the shifts they have committed to.

Volunteer Tickets are refunded to the original payment method after the festival once we've confirmed you completed your shifts. Refunds can take at least a month to process so please plan accordingly. We are not able to process refunds on site.

Once you become a returning volunteer in good standing, the Volunteer Ticket will be waived, and you'll be invited back each year.

Applicants for paid staff positions are not required to pay for a Volunteer Ticket. There is a larger time commitment for staff positions.

CANCELLATIONS: If you must cancel, email hr@shambhalamusicfestival.com immediately. We request you give us as much notice as possible so we can promptly re-staff the shifts you are withdrawing from. Cancellations after June 26, 2022 may negatively impact your standing on the Shambhala Crew, except in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of Shambhala. Cancellations after this date will not be processed until after the festival.

CAMPING

Crew Camping is located along the river near the Ticket Gate/HR Gate. This is a quiet zone with shaded forest spots, a private beach & private showers. Only Crew may have access to this area, security will be checking wristbands. Crew may also camp in areas outside of Crew Camping, Vehicle Camping fees will apply.

We ask that Crew do not set up camp in guest camping zones until after ticket holders begin to arrive. Please see the Crew Handbook for more details on where to camp.

RVs & Trailers: You can camp with your RV or trailer in the Crew Camping zone free of charge. If you wish to camp in one of our other camping zones with your RV, trailer etc, you must pay for the corresponding parking upgrade, and wait until after 8 AM on July 20, 2022.

CLOTHING

Whether it’s the scorching heat of mid-day or the to-the-bone chilliness at night and the wee hours of the morning, temperatures are known to wildly fluctuate and changes in weather can happen quickly. Pack for all types of outdoor conditions including warm water-proof shoes, winter clothing, extra socks, sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, rain gear and a good hat for sun or rain. Comfort is the key to staying happy and healthy on the farm. Dress in layers as the start of your shift might be much hotter or colder than the end of your shift. IMPORTANT NOTES – All crew must wear closed toe shoes while on shift. All preshow crew must wear closed toe shoes at all times as the farm is a worksite. For more info on what to pack, check out Rave Mom’s Packing List.

FOOD

  • Shambhala provides one meal per 8.5 hour shift, 2 meals per 12 hour shift.
  • It is your responsibility to arrive fully fueled at the beginning of all shifts, this means you are fed and well-hydrated! Remember to carry a large water bottle with you as well as any other snacks or energy drinks you may need throughout your workday.
  • For meals and snacks prepared at camp, bring camp friendly food. There is no power available for refrigerators or hot-plates. Open fire is banned. Propane stoves at campsites are OK. Plan accordingly.
  • The Crew Kitchen is cafeteria-style. Those working in remote locations will have their during-shift meal provided at a remote meal location.
  • We recommend all Crew bring a large bottle of water and extra snacks and/or meals to their shift, i.e. power-bars, nuts, fruit leather--especially if you have an above average appetite. SMF meals serve one standard portion size.
  • We can only accommodate standard meat or vegetarian meals, without variation and our kitchen cannot guarantee vegan or wheat/gluten free meals. If you have allergies, sensitivities or additional needs we recommend that you plan to provide most meals for yourself.
  • Be prepared to provide for yourself before the vendors and ATMs are open on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. There will be limited food vendors open on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.
  • Above all, plan ahead to make sure you have the nourishment your body needs while you’re on shift.

LIMITATIONS

Age Restriction:

Persons under 19 years of age are not eligible to join the crew.

Non-Residents:  

Only citizens or those who are legally eligible to work in Canada can apply.

Types of Positions

Shambhala Music Festival runs 24-hours, shifts spanning all hours of the day and night.
Read on to find out more about the time commitments for each type of position.

SHOWTIME VOLUNTEERS

All positions scheduled between Monday, July 18, 2022, and Tuesday, July 26, 2022, are considered “Showtime” positions and take place at the Salmo River Ranch (festival site).

We aim to create shift schedules that are fair, fun, and provide enough time off during the above-outlined dates for you to get out there, enjoy yourself and do some dancing!

Please review the Volunteer schedule guidelines:

  • Most teams require a 32-hr time commitment (4 x 8-hr shifts between July 18th and 26th)
  • The following showtime teams have a 24-hr time commitment: Medical Services, Harm Reduction, and Fire (2 x 12-hr shifts)
  • We do our best to stagger shift assignments so that they don’t all fall during peak festival days.
  • Most shifts are as follows: Early Morning – 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Afternoon – 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Overnight – 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

See Volunteer Positions for team descriptions.

PRE AND POST SHOW VOLUNTEERS

A handful of teams operate during the weeks leading up to the festival (Pre-show positions run June 27 - July 17). Please refer to the Volunteer Positions list for more info on which teams have pre-show positions. Our post-show clean-up team is suited to those who are passionate about returning the Farm to its natural beauty (Post-show positions typically run July 28-31).
  • These positions require a time commitment of 40 hours (typically Monday to Friday).
  • These positions include 3 meals daily between June 27 - July 16 & July 26-30, 2022.
  • Pre-show volunteers whose 40 hours are completed prior to July 18, 2022 will be given a General Admission electronic ticket with waived Early Entry fees. You will leave the Farm upon completion of your commitment, and may come back to enjoy the festival as a guest when the gates are open to the public.
  • When filling out the application please indicate your interest in pre/post-show work. Also indicate any showtime teams you are interested in, as pre/post may be full.

SHOWTIME STAFF

  • Staff shifts are between 8 and 12 hours daily or nightly for the duration of the festival.
  • These positions are suited to seasoned, dedicated people who enjoy festivals for the work experience and the satisfaction of creating something amazing with equally dedicated teammates.
  • Wages are based on position.

See Staff Positions for team descriptions.

Arrival & Training

ARRIVAL TO THE FARM

  • If you are scheduled before Monday, July 18th, 2022, you may arrive up to 24 hrs before your first shift, NO EARLIER.
  • All showtime crew may arrive on Monday, July 18th, 2022 after 8:00am to set up your camp and settle in. Please plan to arrive during daylight hours.
  • All crew must check-in at HR Gate upon arrival to ensure paperwork is in order and receive your credentials.
  • Crew must then check in at HR to fill out paperwork, receive a safety orientation and confirm their schedule.
  • No ticket-holders (including partners, best friends, drivers, etc) will be granted access to the farm prior to Tuesday, July 19 at 8AM. No exceptions. Early entry fees apply to guests.

 

 

Crew Info + FAQ

Looking to join the team? That’s great! Have some questions? We have some answers!

Below are some of the more common questions we get regarding working or volunteering at Shambhala. If you don’t find your specific question listed below, please contact our Human Resources department at hr@shambhalamusicfestival.com

 

Applications will be available on our website until all positions have been filled or July 5, 2022, whichever comes first. It is best to apply early to increase your chances of getting your top team and schedule preference. We do our very best to be accommodating. In most cases, we are able to find a crew placement for nearly all applicants.

Shambhala needs each and every one of its volunteers to be fully committed. We need to ensure that you’re going to show up and do the job that you’ve agreed to do. While we’d love to trust everyone that signs up, the Volunteer Ticket is in place because of people not fulfilling their commitments in the past. We don’t want your money--we would much rather give it back to you. So please show up on time, stay on task, and don’t break any rules. Successful returning crew are not required to purchase a Volunteer Ticket.

After the festival, our Human Resources department will contact you by email if there are any discrepancies with your volunteer hours that need to be clarified. If there are no discrepancies, your refund will then be processed. Refunds are processed as quickly as possible but may take at least a month after the festival. We are unable to process any refunds on site. If your volunteer hours may have varied from your original schedule, please visit HR at the festival to ensure your hours were recorded correctly.

You will still need to re-apply online so we have your most up-to-date information on file. We have made notes on your file and will recognize that you had already applied in 2020 so will take that into account when processing your application. Although we cannot guarantee that you will have the exact team or schedule placement as 2020, we will do our best to ensure that it is as similar as possible.

Unfortunately, we are not able to facilitate partial volunteer commitments.

Stage production and technical positions are provided by the production companies contracted to operate our stages, as are stage set up crews. These positions are not hired through our HR department, have an extremely high retention rate, and are generally filled by word-of-mouth. We are not able to facilitate placement on these crews, if you are interested in working in a stage environment please review the Stagekeeper staff position.

If you must cancel email hr@shambhalamusicfestival.com immediately. We request you give us as much notice as possible so we can promptly re-staff the shifts you are withdrawing from. Cancellations after June 26, 2022 may negatively impact your standing on the Shambhala Crew, except in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of Shambhala. Cancellations after this date will not be processed until after the festival.

We will do our very best to assign you to the crew you request but we cannot guarantee preferred placement. Select all teams that you are interested in and specify your top two preferences.

We'll definitely do our best to schedule you together if requested! Just indicate on your applications that you want to work with one another, or at a similar shift time on different teams.

Fill out the application for your preferred level of commitment and indicate that you are also interested in both types of positions in the ‘Tell us more about yourself’ section at the bottom of the application.

Yes. We also need NP, RN, RPN & LPN, ACP, PCP, EMR, OFA3 and MOA’s. Indicate your level of training on the application form. If you would like to apply for this highly-skilled team please fill out the ‘Medical Application’.

Each of our six stages are produced by independent production companies who are responsible for booking their own performers. Shambhala does not accept artist submissions.

No. GA ticket holders will not be allowed entry until Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 8 AM. If you are arriving before this time please plan separate transportation.

You can camp with your RV or trailer in the Crew Camping zone free of charge. If you wish to camp with your RV, trailer etc. in another zone, you must pay for the corresponding parking upgrade, which becomes available at 8 AM on Weds. July 20, 2022.

Yes, but you will not be able to skip the line when you come back in. We strongly advise that you do not leave the grounds, especially on a day you have a shift. Bring all of your camping supplies and food when you check in before the festival.

Pack for all types of outdoor conditions including warm waterproof shoes, extra socks, sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear and a good hat for sun or rain.  Bring layers. It is extremely cold at night and can be extremely hot in the day.  Closed toe shoes are required while on shift, and at all times downtown prior to Tues. July 19, 2022.

2022 Crew Applications

Applications are now open! The Shambhala Music Festival Crew includes volunteers, as well as medical staff and paid staff. In order to be a crew member at Shambhala 2022, you must be 19 years of age or older prior to your first shift and be eligible to work/volunteer in Canada.

Returning crew who have not heard from us or have any questions about the application please email hr@shambhalamusicfestival.com.

Volunteer Positions

Shambhala offers many exciting volunteer opportunities! Volunteering is a great way to experience the festival through another lens, see behind the scenes all the while making new friends and having fun!

(Showtime & Post-Show)

The Environment team loves the outdoors and the Salmo River Ranch. This crew works hard to keep the festival grounds beautiful and pristine. Environment Crew aren’t afraid to get dirty while keeping it clean. Candidates are comfortable working on their feet in the beautiful outdoors.

(Preshow)

Creatives wanted! The Farm Dec team enjoys creating beautiful festival decor and are no strangers to general labour. Must have strong artistic abilities and practical building skills to help us bring the public spaces and facilities to life. Examples of previous projects may be requested.

(Showtime)

Party in the front, business in the back. Finance volunteers keep things running behind the scenes. Preferred candidates have experience in areas like bookkeeping, accounting, payroll or banking and are interested in putting their professional skills to work for something wild.

(Showtime)

 

(Preshow)

The Garden team begins in the Spring and works shifts leading up to the festival on weekends so is best suited to Kootenay locals. Garden Team members participate in planting, pruning, watering and tending to the flower gardens in order to beautify the farm. This is a very physically demanding job that requires you to work outdoors in the heat. Landscaping experience is an asset.

(Showtime)

Includes Outreach, Sanctuary, Safe Space, ANKORS, Options for Sexual Health, and Camp Synergy. Harm Reduction candidates are trained healthcare or social services professionals, with preference being given to those who have volunteered with harm reduction at other festivals and those who have knowledge of the Salmo River Ranch. 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 seeking information.

  • Sanctuary - Volunteers need experience in: crisis intervention, anti-oppressive practice understanding, working at a domestic violence crisis centre/shelter, working at a homeless shelter, Zendo Project training, Counsellor/Therapist, Addictions Counsellor, First Responder, Public Health, SSW, BSW, PSW, RPN/RN, as well as students in related fields.
  • Outreach/Safe Space: Volunteers need to have experience in one of the following fields: crisis intervention, social service work experience, nursing or related.
  • Options for Sexual Health: Volunteers must be committed to the organization as a whole. Volunteers need to apply through the official website and complete training which is offered twice per year.
  • ANKORS: Recruitment is normally done internally, but if you are specifically interested in this team, please include a note on your application.
  • Camp Synergy: Recruitment is normally done internally, but if you are specifically interested in this team, please include a note on your application.

(Pre-Show & Showtime)

Located at the gate and downtown, this team checks in Crew members using our festival database and answers inquiries. HR Crew members are friendly, organized, computer savvy, stay cool under pressure, and love the excitement of a fast paced environment. Customer service and data entry experience are huge assets.

(Preshow, Showtime & Post-Show)

Food is the fuel of the festival. Kitchen volunteers assist with preparation, dishwashing and keeping the kitchen clean and sanitary. Our Catering team also has positions for scanning badges, serving and packaging meals at our various meal service stations. Food Safe certification is an asset but not required.

(Showtime)

This team of highly skilled professionals provides medical care to our guests. Those with NP, RN, RPN & LPN, ACP, PCP, EMR, OFA3 and MOA certifications can apply by filling out the “Medical Application Form”.

(Showtime)

Have you attended Shambhala for 2+ years and been on the Crew at least once? Shambassadors capture the spirit of the festival. Recognized by their top hats & special totems, these festival ambassadors are in the business of customer experience. This includes sharing information at the Info Booth or by roaming the festival grounds. Members of this team are fun, outgoing, and require extensive knowledge of the festival and the Salmo River Ranch.

(Preshow, Showtime & Post-Show)

As a Shambhalodging volunteer, you will act as a concierge for the Lodging guests. Responsibilities include checking guests into their camping accommodations, providing excellent customer service, and monitoring the Lodging zone to keep it looking great. Lodging Crew are outgoing, friendly and helpful. Pre/Post show positions involve moderate to heavy general labor for landscaping and setting up campsites.

(Preshow)

Help us prepare our magnificent temporary city for the arrival of thousands! This team consists of people with trades experience to help build and maintain the festival grounds. Jobs include construction, maintenance, set-up/tear-down, general labour, cleaning, etc. Must be comfortable getting dirty and working hard. Please note any specialized experience on your application.

(Pre-Show & Showtime)

Sometimes teams can find themselves short staffed. Formerly known as the Anything Goes Team, the Task Force team fills the gaps when needed. Task Force volunteers have a diverse range of skills, are able to learn the basics of a job quickly, and can easily switch to new tasks or wait patiently for their next assignment. This team is a great choice for first-time Crew to get acquainted with our many different teams.

(Showtime)

Taxi Drivers transport our crew and other patrons around the festival site via golf cart. Members of this crew have an impeccable driving record, are familiar with the Salmo River Ranch and have a friendly disposition. First Aid Level 1 or 2 is required.

(Showtime)

Ticket Gate Scanners scan tickets, distribute wristbands and collect early entry and re-entry fees. Scanners also provide accurate Parking & Camping information to guests and sell upgrades as requested. Candidates are friendly, efficient, highly accurate, and comfortable with standing and moving around for long periods of time. Great team if you want to work directly with your friends.

(Pre-Show & Showtime)

Formerly known as the Parking team, the Traffic Control volunteers assist staff with keeping the flow of vehicle traffic moving through the parking and camping areas. This can be a challenging position, but it is also one of the most vital roles to ensure the festival operates safely and smoothly. Candidates are friendly and comfortable with standing for long periods of time, in all weather conditions.

READY TO APPLY?

Once you have familiarized yourself with our required time commitments, and have verified that you are eligible to apply with us, please fill out the application form.

Staff Positions

Shambhala has many paid staff opportunities. Paid positions are targeted to those that wish to work every day or night throughout the entire festival. If you are looking for less of a time commitment, you may be more interested in a Volunteer position.

(Showtime)

One of the highest-paid entry-level jobs on-site, this team maintains the supplies and cleanliness of the port-o-potties during showtime and assists the Septic Truck Driver with their rounds. It’s not as shitty as you think!

(Showtime)

Beverage Kiosk attendants are outgoing and personable and have sales and cashier experience. Kiosks are mini-stores, with canned beverages as the main focus but also offer other small items and select Shambhala merchandise.

(Showtime)

One of the most popular food outlets, Blaze Burgers requires experienced cooks, and cashiers. Experience in the food industry and FoodSafe Certification, or cash-handling experience are assets.

(Showtime)

Shambhala’s official coffee house! Night Owl consists of experienced cashiers, servers and baristas with a passion for good coffee.

(Showtime)

Dispatchers are highly organized, good listeners, have experience working with radios and knowledge of the Salmo River Ranch. Members of this crew must be able to multitask and communicate clearly. Previous dispatch experience is an asset.

(Showtime)

Farm Phresh staff are nutritional enthusiasts keen to serve up nourishing, delicious smoothies to our guests. Food service, juice or smoothie bar experience and FoodSafe Certification are assets.

(Showtime)

Party in the front, business in the back–somebody has to do the paperwork. Finance team members keep things running behind the scenes. Preferred candidates have experience in areas like bookkeeping, accounting, payroll or banking and are interested in putting their professional skills to work for something wild.

(Showtime)

Ice Ice Baby! This is a fast-paced job and requires candidates who can quickly and accurately handle cash, keep the line steadily flowing and move heavy bags of ice.

(Preshow, Showtime & Post-Show)

The Crew Kitchen is made up of camp cooks with plenty of kitchen experience. This crew works to prepare food to keep our crew nourished and energized. We also have a Catering department that oversees meal delivery, scanning, and food service. Lengthier summer contracts available, as well as showtime positions. Food Safe certification is preferred.

(Showtime)

Help fuel the festival by serving up delicious pulled pork sandwiches. OINK requires experienced cooks and cashiers. Experience in the food industry and FoodSafe Certification are an asset.

(Showtime)

Buon Appetito! This team requires experienced cooks and cashiers to run the pasta bar. Experience in the food industry and FoodSafe Certification are an asset. Serve up the ultimate comfort food to festival-goers.

(Showtime)

When life gives you lemons...serve up fresh lemonade! Candidates should have cashier, customer service or food & beverage experience.

(Showtime)

Retail Staff are highly experienced in retail sales, organized and are extremely comfortable operating a till. Must be energetic and keen to sell. Cashiers and attendants are required at the Beatique merch store, General Store and Showers.

(Showtime)

Security staff help us keep the festival safe and secure, have experience working event security and have a current security workers license. If you are not currently licensed but you are interested in getting your event security certification please indicate this on your application.

(Pre-Show & Showtime)

Help us prepare & maintain our magnificent temporary city! Most staff positions on the Site team are Supervisor roles that oversee and work with teams of plumbers, carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators, and labourers. Jobs include construction, maintenance, set-up/tear-down, general labour, etc. Experience in trades is required. Must be comfortable getting dirty and working hard. Please note any specialized experience on your application.

(Showtime)

Stagekeepers check wristbands and provide access control at stages. This crew also works directly with Security, keeping a watchful eye for potential safety or first aid issues on the dancefloor. Must be comfortable working a 12-hour shift on your feet, daily or nightly throughout the festival.

(Showtime)

Calling all IT professionals. This team provides support to all Shambhala Crew teams experiencing technical difficulties. Must have extensive computer knowledge and have experience troubleshooting technical issues.

(Pre-Show & Showtime)

Formerly known as the Parking team, Traffic Control staff regulate the flow of vehicle traffic moving in the parking and camping areas. This team directs traffic, ensures cars are parked efficiently, keeps roadways and fire lanes clear. This can be a challenging position but it is also one of the most vital and integral roles to operate the festival safely and smoothly. Candidates are friendly, observant and comfortable with standing for long periods of time in all weather conditions.

(Showtime)

Positions available for a variety of license class levels. Transportation drivers facilitate deliveries both on and off-site of supplies and people. Candidates have an impeccable driving record, are comfortable driving large vehicles and/or busses in a crowded environment. Heavy equipment operator experience an asset. Please indicate any licenses and specializations on your application.

(Showtime)

Are you interested in providing behind-the-scenes support to food and artisan vendors? Positions on this team include Forklift Operator, Vendor Assistant and Refrigeration “Reefer” Pad Manager. Good communication, warehousing experience and problem-solving skills are assets.

READY TO APPLY?

Once you have familiarized yourself with our required time commitments, and have verified that you are eligible to apply with us, please fill out the application form.

Medical Team

Our medical team is an integral part of ensuring our guests enjoy their Shambhala experience in a safe environment. Please note that proof of current and valid certification is required.

Review the new Medical Volunteer Recruitment Information prior to completing this application for important information.

MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Please take a few minutes to review our Medical Team Recruitment Information. Once you have familiarized yourself with the required time commitments, and have verified that you are eligble to apply, please fill out our Medical Application form!

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