Our Community Awaits Your Participation - This festival is free to all who attend. This is made possible with the generous support of our volunteers, participants and supporters of the festival. Join The Word On the Street, and be part of the biggest book and magazine festival in Canada, as we invite and share the love of reading with the community. Let’s create together a magical story-book ending together!
It takes several energetic and dedicated volunteers to make The Word On The Street Saskatoon festival the most memorable summer festival in the city. Please consider joining our team in 2020!
2020 Volunteer Applications are now open. Please familiarize yourself with the positions below and let us know how you would like to help!
Arriving on-site bright and early, our ever-amazing set-up crew gets the festival site looking tight and right for festivalgoers set to arrive at 10am! The Set-up Crew places chairs in author tents, hangs signage, places waste and recycling receptacles throughout the event, and any other set-up tasks needed complete by the Festival Manager. This is light work but does need a few hands to help!
Essentially reversing all the work of the Set-up crew, the Tear Down Crew organizes and takes down chairs, signage, tidies as necessary and anything else needed to be completed by organizers. Lots of high fives during this time!
As a Stage Manager, you are responsible for managing everything that happens in the author presentation tents. You will be partnered with another stage manager and together will emcee (please let us know if you don’t feel comfortable on a microphone, we can partner you with someone who does!), giving our sponsor credits and author introductions. Local media personalities will be present for some authors, you will introduce them and as emcees/stage managers you will be there to ensure the presentations run on time, solve any problems that may arise, count attendees at each session and keep the tent organized.
Our greeters are an extremely important part of volunteer team! As a greeter, your role is to welcome everyone onto the festival site, to provide them with a program and to answer any questions they may have (or direct them to the Information Booth if needed). If you’re bubbly and eager to help festivalgoers this role is for you!
We need organized people for running the volunteer tent. Volunteers stationed in the Volunteer Centre check in volunteers, enter volunteers for prize draws, hand out lanyards and anything else our volunteer force may need! Clipboards? You’ve got ‘em! If for some reason volunteers can’t make their shift the Volunteer Centre ensures we have a replacement ready-to-roll and picks the winners of the draws.
The Word on the Street Festival is constantly improving the event and experience for attendees. Your role is to approach festivalgoers and conduct a brief survey to gather feedback and suggestions. These surveys are crucial in helping organizers plan and improve for future festivals.
If you would like to master our festival program and then direct festival-goers—we want you! Info Booth Volunteers hand out programs (which you would know inside and out), provide general information about the event, give direction to author tents, toilets, exhibitor booths and more. Knowing your way around the Broadway area is a great asset for this role.
In the world of festivals, sometimes you need a pitch-hitter or in our case, a Ninja! The vitally important Volunteer Ninja’s provide back up and support at a moments notice during the festival. Volunteer Ninja’s remain in the volunteer centre until assigned to duty or directed to another area.
The VIP Green Room is for authors, sponsors, emcees, board members, guests of the above group, WOTS staff and Volunteer Coordinators. As a Green Room Assistant, it’s your role to ensure all guests must be checked in before entering the VIP Green Room. You’ll also be in charge of maintaining the state the room and providing general hospitality.
As an Author Signing Assistant, you are responsible for managing everything that happens in the author presentation tents. Local media personalities will be present as emcees and you will be there to ensure the presentations run on time, solve any problems that may arise, count attendees at each session and keep the tent organized.
Thank you to SaskTel for supporting the 2019 WOTS volunteers!