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.

Ice creams in the sun on Hay Festival site

HAY FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE TEAM

We are looking for people to join our Box Office team for the 2019 Festival.

There are two types of position available. The first is to cover the busy run up period for 8–10 weeks. Applicants need to be available from the week beginning 18 March until the end of the Festival on 2 June. It will be based in our office in Hay-on-Wye and will include some weekend and Bank Holiday working.

The second is a two-week position to cover just the Festival period (23 May–2 June). This will involve working long hours in the Box Office on the Festival site.

Applicants need to be:

  • Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  • Confident using basic technology.
  • Available to work for the entirety of the position applied for.
  • Have local accommodation and/or transport.
  • Over 18 years of age.

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

For further information or to apply, send a current CV to Penny at penny@hayfestival.org, indicating which position you are interested in.

HAY FESTIVAL 2019 SITE CREW

We are currently recruiting for the Hay Festival site crew team. Positions start on 29 April and run through to 8 June 2019.

We are looking for general labourers plus people with additional skills such as carpentry. 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 on-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

Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions (PPE provided) and be prepared to muck in and do anything. Good time-keeping necessary and sense of humour required! For further information or to apply please email Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.com with a copy of your CV or email detailing experience.

HAY FESTIVAL FOOD HALL AND FAMILY AREA

We require a small team for the duration of the festival (on shifts) from 23 May until 2 June, tasks include:

  • Table clearing and wiping down
  • Recycling
  • Overseeing the 14 food traders in the Foodhall or 7 traders in the Family Area
  • Ensuring general cleanliness and Health and Safety standards are adhered to at all times
  • Working as part of a team
  • Must be reliable and punctual. 

For further information or to apply please email Georgie on Georgie@hayfestival.com or call on 01497 822 620.

BIG EVENT CATERING LTD STAFF FOR HAY FESTIVAL 2019

Big Event Catering Ltd are looking for smart, professional, outgoing individuals with a passion for food and great customer service.

They are hiring kitchen crew and front of house personnel to join their dynamic, fun and friendly team for the Artist Restaurant, The Grove public restaurant and crew catering facilities at Hay Festival and/or other major events.

They are recruiting experienced kitchen staff, baristas, bar staff and plate waiters. Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and a great working environment with a top team! Due to licensing legal requirements, for some positions, applicants must be 18 years of age or over. If you thrive on hard work, have stamina and a good sense of humour please email your CV to hayjobs@bigeventcatering.co.uk.

Coffee Cart Co staff for Hay Festival 2019

The Coffee Cart Co are hiring Baristas and Team Members for their pop-ups at Hay Festival and/or other shows and festivals. They are looking for bright, bubbly individuals with superior customer service and stamina under pressure. 

Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and accommodation and friends for life! Due to licensed bar responsibilities, applicants must be 18+ years.

If you feel you have what they're looking for please email your CV to Judi@coffeecartcompany.co.uk.

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're interested in helping out for 2019, please fill out this form to submit your details and availability.