WORKING AT HAY FESTIVAL

The festival is put together by hundreds of people, from building the site and producing the events to welcoming our guests and spreading the word. We are currently recruiting for a number of temporary jobs at this year's festival plus training opportunities on our Hay Academy. More posts wlll be advertised shortly, so please check this page regularly.

Cotto Restaurant Team for Hay Festival 2024

Cotto are looking for hard-working people to help out at their restaurant at Hay Festival this year.

If you enjoy being part of a big team and getting stuck in, then do get in touch. They are recruiting people of all levels in kitchen, floor, bar, back of house, prep/set up and break down

The restaurant opens from May 24 until June 2. Hours are 9am till 9pm everyday.

There is a camp site situated near the Festival or lifts can be arranged from Hereford with other members of the team. All meals included. Rates of pay will be decided on experience.

If you want to get some kitchen experience, learn how to work a restaurant floor or already have lots of experience please email Cotto at cottohereford@gmail.com or call on 07464 964 390.

Hay Festival 2024 - The Canteen 

Thousands of people come to the Hay Festival to be challenged with ideas but they also need to be fed and watered!

The Canteen is large marquee with street food vendors and seating for hundreds of hungry festival audience goers. We help ensure everyone has a good experience by keeping the tables clean and clear, solving problems for customers and the street food stall holders and helping manage the queues. We aim to get tables cleared quickly and support the festivals environmental commitments by getting the debris into the right bins for composting and recycling. At peak times it can be very busy and sometimes a bit mucky, but good fun! 

We are looking for people who can smile and chat their way through it, while getting the job done. The team operates from 8.00am to late (as customers leave) from May 23 to June 2nd. Shifts are normally from 4 hours a day. Pay is from £11.50 per hour, plus meals in crew catering. 

No particular experience is required but you will need to show a willingness to work hard and turn you hand to whatever may need doing. 

If you would like to know more please email Hannah at hannah@hayfestival.org

Hay Festival 2024 - Site Crew

Come and join the Hay Festival Site Crew team!

We are looking for 8 general labourers, plus people with additional skills such as carpentry & fork lift operation. Positions start on April 29 and run full time through to June 8, including 2/3 weekends. The festival is May 23  – June 2.

Applicants must be reliable, fit, outgoing and prepared to work as part of a team to undertake a diverse range of tasks as allocated, including:

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

Candidates must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided). A clean driving license and experience of driving a Luton van would be preferable. Good time-keeping necessary.

Pay rate: £11.50 per hour plus meals in staff restaurant during the festival (May 23 – June 2) included. Applicants will need to have their own accommodation and transport

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.org or call 01497 822 620

Hay Festival 2024 - Gardening Team

We are currently recruiting for 3 positions in the Hay Festival gardening team. 

Working days split over a 3 week period: 

  • 2 days - week commencing May 13
  • 2 days - week commencing May 20
  • 2 days - week commencing June 3

We are looking for general labourers, no specific gardening knowledge required. 

Applicants must be reliable, fit, outgoing and prepared to work as part of a team to undertake a diverse range of tasks as allocated, including:

  • Transporting and unloading a large amount of outdoor furniture 
  • Transportation of various plants and plant installations 
  • Ensuring the successful distribution and installations of a large number of plants and plant installations under the guidance of the lead garden designer 

Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided) and be prepared to undertake a variety of different tasks.

Clean driving license and experience of driving a Luton van would be preferable.

Pay rate: £11.50 per hour plus meals in staff restaurant during the festival on days worked. (May 23 – June 2) included. Applicants will need to have their own accommodation and transport

For further information or to apply please send a current CV to Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.org or call 01497 822 620

The Hay Festival Academy 2024

The Hay Festival Academy is a skills development and practical apprenticeship programme for young people aged 18-25. It gives young people the opportunity to learn, train and practically experience how festivals and live events are created and produced from some of the industry’s most experienced events practitioners. 

All participants are located at the heart of the Festival and not only have access to the core staff team but also benefit from events and meetings with visiting speakers and artists drawn from the Festival’s programme.

The Academy places an emphasis on practical training and development, ensuring that each participant develops a deep knowledge and understanding of their chosen specialism. All participants gain invaluable experience of working on an internationally renowned Festival over 11 days and are given an unequalled opportunity to put their skills into practice in a live and public setting.

Young people who’ve attended a Hay Academy have gone on to work in the events industry, write books, secure jobs in publishing and broadcasting and to enjoy careers in the wider creative and media industries. Some have even come back to work with us! If you would like to join us we would love to hear from you.

Support 

Hay Academy placements are unpaid but students are provided with free accommodation (rooms in houses) in Hay-on-Wye, three meals a day and travel expenses to and from the Festival. 

All participants are supported throughout their placement and encouraged to develop and extend their skills. 

EVENTS MANAGEMENT 

Each year the Hay Festival attracts some of the world’s leading writers, artists and thinkers, to talk, share their thoughts and ideas and meet audiences. Ensuring guests are warmly received and well looked after during their stay has always been a crucial mission and one of the Festival’s key jobs. 

All events management student volunteers need to be attentive and helpful. In return, they get the chance to meet some amazing, creative people, and experience the daily running of a fast-moving international festival, where time-keeping is important and, above all, performers and audience leave having had a thoroughly enjoyable, stimulating and thought-provoking day.

Events management student volunteers help out with a wide range of duties including meeting and greeting authors, assisting with book signings, hospitality in the green room, accompanying artists to events, stage management assistance, assisting illustrators and workshop leaders in the setting up and running of workshops and manning reception desks. 

Who can apply?

We are looking for 23 young people between the ages of 18 and 25, who can demonstrate a passion for the arts and interest in events management. In return we can promise you an exhilarating 11 days, where you will not only get to meet some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers, but also make lifelong friendships. 

All students are required to stay for the duration of the Festival – May 23 – June 2 2024

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a short letter detailing your experience to summer@hayfestival.org

Deadline for applications is March 8 2024 and we will let applicants know whether they've been successful as early as possible. If shortlisted, you'll need to be available for a short Zoom interview

If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch via the email above.