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Students at Latitutde

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In 2016, we had over 220 volunteer places available for our students to undertake 27 different roles across both Latitude and Leeds Festivals. The roles ranged from three Intern opportunities of five weeks duration on the Festival site to assist with the Festival build up to numerous Helpful Arena Team positions.

All the Latitude and Leeds Festivals roles available in 2016 are listed below together with a short description of the duties involved and the skills required for the role.

If you have any questions please contact partnershipvolunteering@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

NB. Applications for 2016 have closed

Roles available in 2016

Production, Licensing and Health and Safety Interns: 5 weeks on Festival site 
Production Intern

This is a fantastic opportunity to work onsite within the hub of the Festivals’ organisation where you will be assisting the festival Production Team. It’s a 5 week placement and duties may include: processing catering requests and preparing meal tickets; assisting with accommodation requirements; ordering supplies as directed; answering telephone and radio messages; and dealing with Contractors.

Skills and personal attributes: excellent communication and people skills; good administration and computer skills; reliability; flexibility; initiative; enjoy working as part of a team; working well under pressure; taking responsibility; and studying a relative course at Leeds Beckett. Some technical knowledge would be an advantage. The role involves working long hours (which may include some night time work) but the experience will be unique if you wish to pursue a career in the events sector.

Please note that as a 5 week intern you will need to be able available from Friday 24th June 2016 until Thursday 21st July 2016 for Latitude or Monday 1st August 2016 until Thursday 1st September 2016 for Leeds. You must make your own travel arrangements to the Festival site at which there will be very limited facilities initially and you will be in a relatively remote environment, particularly at Latitude. You will be provided with shared Bunkabin accommodation and a food allowance (you are advised to take your own food to start with) until Crew Catering arrives on site approximately 2 weeks before the Festival.

Health and Safety Intern

Health and Safety is a fundamental component of the management of any event. As a member of the Festival Republic's Health and Safety team you will have the important role of collecting Contractors’ Health and Safety documents. As a part of this role you will need to arrange mail out systems, daily reports and manage the Contractor folders. You will need to determine what Health and Safety documents are applicable to different Contractors and check that their documents meet Festival Republic terms and conditions. You will get to see how the Festival is managed and gain valuable work place experience to support any future career in events or festival management. 

Skills and personal attributes: excellent communication and people skills; good administration and computer skills particularly in Excel; reliability; flexibility; initiative; enjoy working as part of a team; working well under pressure; and taking responsibility. The role involves working long hours (which may include some night time work) but the experience will be unique if you wish to pursue a career in the events sector.

Please note that as a 5 week intern you will need to be able available from Friday 24th June 2016 until Thursday 21st July 2016 for Latitude or Monday 1st August 2016 until Thursday 1st September 2016 for Leeds. You must make your own travel arrangements to the Festival site at which there will be very limited facilities initially and you will be in a relatively remote environment, particularly at Latitude. You will be provided with shared Bunkabin accommodation and a food allowance (you are advised to take your own food to start with) until Crew Catering arrives on site approximately 2 weeks before the Festival.

Licensing Intern

 Licensing is key to the Festivals' operation. Working as part of Festival Republic's Licensing team you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • produce and display signage on site;
  • allocate equipment to Contractors;
  • general office administration;
  • assist in licensing compliance for the event;
  • answer queries as people come to the office;
  • work as part of a team.

You will be directly involved in the creation of the Festival on site, making valuable contacts and gaining a unique insight behind the scenes.

Skills and personal attributes: excellent communication and people skills; good administration and computer skills, particularly in Excel; reliability; flexibility; initiative; enjoy working as part of a team; working well under pressure; and taking responsibility. It’s crucial that you can adapt to new situations and pitch in when necessary. The role involves working long hours (which may include some night time work) but the experience will be unique if you wish to pursue a career in the events sector.

Please note that as a 5 week intern you will need to be able available from Friday 24th June 2016 until Thursday 21st July 2016 for Latitude or Monday 1st August 2016 until Thursday 1st September 2016 for Leeds. You must make your own travel arrangements to the Festival site at which there will be very limited facilities initially and you will be in a relatively remote environment, particularly at Latitude. You will be provided with shared Bunkabin accommodation and a food allowance (you are advised to take your own food to start with) until Crew Catering arrives on site approximately 2 weeks before the Festival.

Stage Crew
Stage Managers

This role involves: ensuring the smooth running of the stage to time schedule together with Production Manager; overseeing bands' arrival and artist liaison; chasing up any late bands; and liaising with stage security. The Stage Manager role will be for the Lake Stage at Latitude Festival and the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • working well under pressure
  • time management
Production Managers

This role will need to: ensure smooth running of the stage to time schedule together with Stage Manager; oversee organisation of backstage area and stage crew; and liaise with sound and lighting engineers and stage security. The Stage Production Manager role will be for the Lake Stage at Latitude Festival and the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • organisation
  • communication
  • working well under pressure
  • time management
  • some technical knowledge of stage setup would be an advantage
Stage Crew

Stage Crew organise the backstage area, show bands where to put their instruments/equipment and help bands on and off stage if required. There may also be the opportunity to assist sound and lighting engineers. Stage Crew volunteers are needed for the Lake Stage at Latitude Festival and the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • organisation
  • attention to detail
  • people skills
  • some technical knowledge would be an advantage
Sound Assistants

Working with a Festival Republic Contractor, this role will assist with the the set up and operation during the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • good technical knowledge
  • experience of setting up/operating sound systems
  • reliability
  • flexibility
Lighting Assistants

Working with a Festival Republic Contractor, this role will assist with the set up and operation during the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • good technical knowledge
  • experience of setting up/operating lighting systems
  • reliability
  • flexibility
Sound and Lighting Assistants - Latitude Festival Only

At Latitude Festival only this role will work with a Festival Republic Contractor, to assist with the set up and operation during the Festival.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • good technical knowledge
  • experience of setting up/operating lighting and/or sound systems
  • reliability
  • flexibility
Backstage Assistants

Working with a Festival Republic Contractor, this role will assist backstage with anything required. Likely to be given lots of running jobs.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • communication
  • people skills
  • working well under pressure
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • positive
  • problem solving approach
Film Crew
Director/Producers

This role will need to work to a given brief, oversee creative style and format of film and work with the rest of the Film Crew to achieve this. Director/Producers are required to work as part of either Festival Republic or Leeds Beckett Film Crews at the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • people skills
  • experience of filmmaking
Editors

This role will be required to log tapes and work with Director/Producer to edit the film. You will be editing on-site and may need to finish the film at the Festivals to be screened. Editors are required to work as part of either Festival Republic or Leeds Beckett Film Crews at the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • technical knowledge and experience of editing film
  • working well under pressure
  • attention to detail
  • self-motivated
  • good time management
Researchers

The Researchers will work with either Festival Republic or Leeds Beckett Film Crews at the Festivals to investigate film locations on-site and report back, find interviewees and brief them before filming.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • organisation
  • research skills
  • people skills
  • creativity
  • initiative
Sound Engineers

This role will take responsibility for the camera sound working as part of either Festival Republic or Leeds Beckett Film Crews at the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • technical knowledge
  • experience of sound recording for film
  • a flexible approach
Camera Operators

You will operate the camera and film according to a schedule and help with logging of tapes. Camera Operators are required to work as part of either Festival Republic or Leeds Beckett Film Crews at the Festivals.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • technical knowledge and experience of operating camera equipment
  • attention to detail
  • a flexible approach
DJ Crew (Leeds Festival Only)
DJ Manager

This role will: supervise DJ teams spread over five campsites; co-ordinate shifts and breaks; be on-call for any problems; and liaise with Campsite Zone Managers and security staff.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • working well under pressure
  • people skills
  • communication
  • positive attitude
DJ Technician

Working with DJ Stations Manager to: report and solve any technical problems; liaise with sound system company; and assist DJs and festival goers to use equipment when necessary.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • technical knowledge of DJ/sound system setup
  • working well under pressure
  • people skills
  • communication
  • a flexible approach
DJs

Working across five campsites to: entertain festival goers; support festival-goers who want to be guest DJs and help them to use equipment; and ensure the safe running of the DJ station.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • scheduling and time management
  • people skills
  • communication
  • working well under pressure
Media and Photography Crew
Media/Press Tent/Box Office Assistants

Joining Festival Republic’s Press Team with running duties on site including: staffing the press tent and assisting with enquiries; assisting in press box offices; collecting and distributing paper copies for the press; general running and ad hoc duties; keeping the press tent tidy; and additional ad hoc roles like merchandise runs and counts, checking on marketing partners and any extra requirements.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • people skills
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • a creative approach
  • some experience of writing news stories and/or interviewing would be an advantage
Photographer for Festival Republic

To be part of the Photography team on site at each Festival. You will be given a briefing document of specific shots to take each day. There is a process for uploading and editing and daily reviews of work by Team Manager. There will be time for shadowing certain members of the team to gain more knowledge. Experience required to work in this role is being able to work well in a team as well as having good knowledge of own camera and its settings.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • photography
  • excellent communication
  • people skills
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • a creative approach
Photographer and Media Assistants

You will be assisting Leeds Beckett staff on site to document the University’s involvement with the Festivals. This will include:

  • talking to volunteers and documenting their experiences
  • scheduling and taking photographs
  • writing and coordinating articles for the Festival Crew blog
  • updating the Facebook page with links to the blog and short status updates
  • tweeting from various locations to give followers information of secret events and rumoured acts

You will need some experience of writing news stories/blogging and/or interviewing as well as evidence/portfolio of previous experience with photography – your photos will need to be of a high standard.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • writing
  • photography
  • excellent communication
  • people skills
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • a creative approach
Site Crew
Security Crime Mapping Assistants

Working for Festival Republic, your job will consist of assisting the police and surveillance team to document and report on and incidents on the festival site. You will be situated in the surveillance office and will record and then investigate disturbances, theft and injuries along with other incidents. You will get a unique view of a festival in this role and learn about the security and safety procedures on a festival site.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • communication
  • people skills
  • good administration skills
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • initiative
  • working well under pressure
  • studying a relative course at Leeds Beckett
  • Some technical knowledge would be an advantage
Performer and Artist Check-In – Latitude Festival Only

The Performer Check-in (to be known as the Old Oak Cabin in 2016) is the arrival point on site for performers from all Arts Stages, the Kid’s Area and their guests and is where they exchange their tickets for a wristband.

The Check-in assistant is a customer-facing role consisting primarily of the following:

  • issuing wristbands to the artists and guests depending on their ticket type
  • directing artists/guests to their campsites and stages
  • answering general queries about the festival and site

Skills and personal attributes:

  • communication
  • working well under pressure
  • people skills
  • attention to detail
  • good administration skills
  • positive attitude
  • reliability
  • flexibility
Backstage Support Assistant (formally Artist Liaison)

Backstage Support Assistants are required across a variety of setting at both Latitude and Leeds Festivals. You could be volunteering backstage at the Alternative Stage, the Lake Stage at Latitude Festival or the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival or on the Artist Campsite at Latitude Festival. You will be helping to deliver the best possible experience of each artist and this may include:

  • helping with Artists’ tents and generally looking after them
  • setting up dressing rooms (this may involve lifting) and riders
  • keeping Artist and backstage areas clean and tidy
  • general administration and running jobs

Skills and personal attributes:

  • communication
  • working well under pressure
  • people skills
  • attention to detail
  • good administration skills
  • positive attitude
  • reliability
  • flexibility
Leeds Beckett Campsite Managers

You will oversee Leeds Beckett campsite at each Festival, be on-call for any problems and liaise with Leeds Beckett University and Festival Republic staff as appropriate. You will need to enforce campsite timings, planning, meetings and emergency procedures to make the campsite run effectively, efficiently and safely. Previous supervisory experience is desirable.

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • working well under pressure
  • people skills
  • communication
  • planning and management
Helpful Arena Crew
Helpful Arena Team (HAT) Managers

Being a HAT Team Manager is an important role at Latitude and Leeds Festivals in which you will be ensuring all the HATs deliver great customer service and that they are helping festival goers to have a great time. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • managing the HATs onsite and managing the wellbeing of the HATs
  • coordinating the positioning of the HATs working closely with the Festival Republic
  • managing the HATs shift patterns, recording timesheets and punctuality
  • ensuring the HATs are:
    • assisting festival goers with directions
    • helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents
    • answering questions about performances and line ups
    • reporting any problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities
    • working with Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams
    • keeping an eye on the campsites from the fire towers
    • helping out with various roles across the festival site e.g. pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges and monitoring stages and walkways

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • good communication skills
  • people skills
  • organisation
  • reliability
  • able to work on own initiative
Helpful Arena Team (HAT) Leaders – Leeds Festival Only

Being a HAT Team Leader is an important role at Leeds Festival in which you will be leading a small group of HATs ensuring that they all deliver great customer service and are helping festival goers to have a great time. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • leading a small team of HATs onsite and managing the wellbeing of your team
  • coordinating the positioning of the HATs working closely with Festival Republic
  • ensuring that the HATs are:
    • assisting festival goers with directions
    • helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents
    • answering questions about performances and line ups
    • reporting any problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities
    • working with Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams
    • keeping an eye on the campsites from the fire towers
    • helping out with various roles across the festival site e.g. pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges and monitoring stages and walkways

Skills and personal attributes:

  • leadership
  • good communication skills
  • people skills
  • reliability
  • positive attitude
  • able to work on own initiative
Helpful Arena Team (HAT) Members

Being a HAT is an essential customer facing role at Latitude and Leeds Festivals and you will be helping to ensure that all festival goers have a great time. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • assisting festival goers with directions
  • helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents
  • answering questions about performances and line ups
  • reporting any problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities
  • working with Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams
  • keeping an eye on the campsites from the fire towers
  • helping out with various roles across the festival site e.g. pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges and monitoring stages and walkways

Skills and personal attributes:

  • good communication skills
  • people skills
  • positive attitude
  • reliability
  • able to work on own initiative

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