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Vancouver Mural Festival Volunteer Information

The Mount Pleasant BIA is home to the Vancouver Mural Festival Mount Pleasant Street Party, a one-day event dedicated to the creation, amplification, and celebration of community, art, and music in Mount Pleasant. The VMF brings together local businesses with arts, musicians, and performers, community groups, and community-led art projects, to host a festival unlike anything else in Vancouver. A short video documenting our inaugural event can be found here (Credit to Darko Sikman).

The Vancouver Mural Festival would not be possible without the help of our volunteers, from mural painting in the weeks leading up to the Festival, to event-day support. If you would like to join us please fill out the form at http://mountpleasantbia.com/2017-vmf-volunteers/.

Please note that all volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation/BBQ on Wednesday, August 9, at 6pm. During this orientation, we will provide a quick run-through of the event day activities, as well as an opportunity to sign up for your preferred role. After you submit your application, please watch your emails carefully for further details! As volunteers, you will have access to a number of perks on Festival date, as well as access to a number of events put on by the Vancouver Mural Festival in the week leading up. Full details will be provided at the orientation.

 

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Our volunteer team is broken down into a number of different crews that deal with specific aspects of the Festival. Please read through each description carefully and keep in mind your top 3 choices for each shift that you are available. You do not have to work the same crew all day, feel free to sample a number of different crews throughout the day!

 

COMMUNITY LIAISON

We are often the first point of contact for Festival guests and the community at large. It is our responsibility to minimize the impact of the Festival on our neighbours, as well as assist guests with parking questions, transit directions, and general Festival information. We control access roads to the Festival site and keep traffic flowing along laneways parallel to Main Street.

Requirements: Volunteers with experience dealing with the public, and who have gentle negotiation skills are ideal. Volunteers should expect to be on their feet and mobile throughout the Festival.

 

FIRST AID

First Aid volunteers will work closely with our First Aid attendants to look after any minor injuries that occur during the Festival. This will likely be limited to cuts, scrapes, twisted ankles, or sun stroke. First Aid will be in communication with BC Ambulance and Vancouver City Police at all times.

Requirements: Valid First Aid certificate is mandatory, and a copy must be present at all times that you are on duty.

 

GREEN TEAM

The Green Team is for volunteers who are enthusiastic and passionate about reducing the environmental impact generated by the 100,000 plus guests we are expecting to see over the course of the day. We understand the value of recycling and composting, and work closely with all vendors and performers to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill. We also aim to educate the public on reducing and redirecting waste. Our goal is to return Main Street to the city cleaner and greener than when we took it under our care.

Requirements: Volunteers should expect to be on their feet and mobile throughout the Festival.

 

MOUNT PLEASANT BIA INFORMATION TENT

We are the ones who answer general questions about the Festival, the site, the neighbourhood and the city, as well as operate a small lost & found. You will be provided with a cheat sheet of information that will help you answer questions about the Festival and the BIA. Additionally, we will be handing out free popcorn and cotton candy to Festival goers

Requirements: Volunteers on this committee should have a good knowledge of Vancouver. A background in customer service or public relations is an asset. FoodSafe certification and experience in food service or operating concessions machines are an asset but not required.

 

MOUNT PLEASANT STREET TEAM

Our team will float through the Festival throughout the day, assisting with live art and activations, engaging with the community, and collecting attendee surveys. Additionally, we work together with the Volunteer Tent to fill gaps throughout the weekend, taking care of odd jobs, errands and important things that must be dealt with.

Requirements: Volunteers should be outgoing and comfortable speaking to the public. Our committee requires people who are willing to do something new at the drop of a hat, and to wait patiently while they are on duty.

 

SETUP/TEARDOWN

We are the crews responsible for the setup and teardown of Festival, as well as vendors and booths. After the streets have been closed we will mark out vendors spaces and prepare the site for the rest of the setup process to move smoothly. Throughout the morning we assist with sign-in and directions, and deal with any vendor needs that arise. Teardown team members are crucial to the safe completion of the Festival, as we cannot let vehicles onto the site until attendees have cleared the streets. At this time, crew members will guide vendor vehicles onto the site to move any large equipment off before we fully open the street to regular traffic.

Requirements: Volunteers with experience dealing with the public, and who have gentle negotiation skills are ideal. You may be required to do some light lifting. Volunteers do not need to work both setup and teardown, but those with experience from the morning are encouraged to sign up for the evening to make the transition as smooth as possible.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you would like to be a photographer, please reach out to the Event Coordinator (Christina events@mpbia.ca) directly, including a small portfolio of your work. We often receive high volumes of requests to be photographers and cannot accept all applications for this position. Please also provide us with at least one other position that you will be available for.