Working at Hay Festival

The festival is put together by hundreds of people coming together to build the site, produce the show, welcome our guests and spread the word. If you'd like to be part of it all, please join in.

Staff jobs are advertised here and promoted through social and employment media channels.

Hay Festival Wales runs from 24 May - 3 June 2018.

Site Crew

We are looking for Site Crew for the 2018 Festival. Applicants need to be fit, pro-active, happy to work in a team and be prepared to undertake a diverse range of tasks as allocated, including:

  • Unloading our large warehouse of furniture and installing on-site
  • Installation of graphics banners and frames across the festival site
  • Installation of the Box Office and Green Room internal stud walling
  • General festival site maintenance
  • Assisting the recycling team and generally ensuring the festival site is clean and tidy

For further Information or to apply contact Georgie on / 01497 822 620

Hay Festival Front of House Team

We are looking for people to join our Front of House team for the 2018 Festival.

Jobs include working on the main reception desk, assisting with Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors and helping with parties and receptions, plus other duties as required.

Applicants need to be:

  • Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  • Able to work flexible hours in various positions across the duration of the festival 24 May - 3 June 2018.

Previous experience in a similar role would be preferred but not essential.

For further Information or to apply send a current CV to Adrian

Hay Festival Academy

The Hay Academy is a skills development programme that gives talented young people from across the UK, aged 18-25, the opportunity to join the Hay Festival team to develop their skills, knowledge, and potential career path in the creative industries, whilst volunteering in a professional working environment.

There are up to 52 Hay Academy places for available for student volunteers in in the following disciplines

  • Journalism
  • Broadcast Media
  • Press Office
  • Events Management
  • Creative Events Management

The Hay Academy is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in one of the world’s leading festivals. Meeting industry professionals, learning new skills, making new friends and contacts and gaining an understanding of possible career paths open to you, make it a festival not to be missed.

All students are provided with a return travel ticket to the festival, accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner in the on-site crew catering facility.

Please see Hay Festival Academy for more information

Help as a steward

All the events at Hay Festival Wales are stewarded by teams of between four and ten. The main job is to make sure the audiences are safe and happy before, during, and after each event.

Stewards work shifts of three to four hours. It’s voluntary but fun and you’ll make lots of good friends.

If you are interested in stewarding at Hay Festival 2018 in Wales, please complete our online form to let us know which days you are available to help.

If you have any queries, please email Jan, our Deputy Head Steward.