Job Opening


  • An unpaid volunteer position of 120 hours over 4 months
  • 6-8 hrs/wk + increased hours during the July festival
  • Apr 8 – July 26 (16 weeks)
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Report to the Community Engagement & Project Manager
Description of Organization

In 8 short years, Indian Summer Festival has become one of the city’s premiere cultural events. For two weeks, the festival hosts innovative artists, thought-leaders and visionaries of Canada, South Asia and beyond. With Nobel, Booker and Grammy prize nominees, as well as world-renowned activists, individuals come together to explore and expand our borders.

The PAUSE Pavilion is one project/site within the festival. Housing a mini-festival unto itself, this is the venue for our free programming series. The structure itself becomes a venue, a stage, a backdrop, and a canvas; showcasing visual art installations, ideas series events, performances, workshops, and long table lunches.

Description and Duties of Internship Position

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will work with the Festival Volunteer Coordinator to specifically manage the volunteers for all events happening at the PAUSE Pavilion venue. Indian Summer Festival works with a diversity of artists, audiences, and event styles to create an atmosphere of warmth, inclusion, creativity, and curiosity. PAUSE, like Indian Summer Festival overall, is informed through solidarity and respect for the three local host Nations. For a sense of scope, see https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/event/pause-in-the-park/

General Duties:

  • Recruit and retain past and future volunteers
  • Work with festival team to develop a comprehensive volunteer needs assessment for PAUSE Pavilion activities
  • Schedule volunteers into shifts
  • Co-facilitate volunteer training sessions
  • Manage the PAUSE Pavilion volunteer services during the festival
  • Assist with organizing volunteer benefits and post-festival volunteer appreciation party
  • Attend and participate in production meetings
  • Report any outstanding incidents (good and bad) that occur over the festival
  • Assist with documentation and reports after the festival is completed


You’re a creative and motivated person who is passionate about event production. You love animating a group of people to achieve a large, common goal. You are excited by planning and troubleshooting for a range of activities in an innovative and progressive cultural space.

Ideal candidate is:

  • Friendly, respectful and professional
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Fluent in English, multilingual a plus
  • Passionate about arts and culture in Vancouver
Schedule and/or Required Hours

6-8 hrs/wk (set weekly hours tbd)
Increased hours during the July festival: 50-60 hours between July 2-15

Start and end dates, specific scheduling

Apr 8 – July 26 (16 weeks)
Start and end dates can accommodate school schedule as needed

Application deadline: March 22 2019

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Laura June Albert at engage(at)indiansummerfest(dot)ca with the position in the title, explaining why you’re the perfect addition to our team.