Jobs at the Book Festival

Front of House Supervisor 2017

Fixed-term contract: 8-29 August 2017

Rate of pay: £9.76 per hour

Reporting to the Front of House Manager, Front of House Supervisors train and manage a team of Front of House Assistants to deliver excellent customer service to over 200,000 visitors.

Previous experience in a front of house role in a live arts venue or festival is essential for this role. Successful candidates will be familiar with the common challenges and expectations of a busy venue or festival front of house operation and able to learn quickly and act on their own initiative. Exceptional customer service and communication skills are crucial, and experience of training and supervising staff will be an advantage.

Closing date: Friday 5 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Thursday 11 May

How to apply for Front of House Supervisor position
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Front of House Assistant 2017

Fixed-term contract: 10-29 August 2017

Rate of pay: £8.00 per hour

Front of House Assistants play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth running of events on site and the safety and comfort of all visitors.  With over 200,000 visitors annually, effective care of our audience is vital to the success of the Festival.

Successful candidates will have previous customer-facing experience, preferably in a festival or live events environment. Excellent customer service and confident communications skills with the ability to work as part of a team are essential.

Closing date: Friday 5 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 15 May

How to apply for Front of House Assistant position
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Author Hospitality Assistant 2017

Full-time, fixed-term contract: 10-29 August 2017.

Rate of pay: £8.00 per hour

Hospitality staff are responsible for ensuring that authors receive a warm welcome, and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and efficient service during their stay in Edinburgh. Duties include: greeting participants; liaising with press, technical and administrative departments on outstanding communications; maintaining stocks of food, drink and crockery; and ensuring that the yurt is kept clean and tidy at all times. Staff are also responsible for ensuring that only authorised personnel have access to the hospitality spaces.

Closing date: Monday 15 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Monday 29 May

How to apply for Author Hospitality Assistant position
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Warehouse Manager 2017

Temporary contract: 26 June to mid-October 2017

Rate of pay: £10.08 per hour

The Warehouse Manager provides a vital role in the running of the Booksales operation. This is a challenging, fast-paced role. Effective management of a small team of staff is crucial. The Warehouse Manager reports to the Head of Booksales & Retail.

Closing date: Monday 15 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 22 May

How to apply for Warehouse Manager position
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Warehouse Assistant 2017

Temporary contract: 3 July to mid-September 2017

Rate of pay: £8.00 per hour

Warehouse Assistants play a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the Booksales operation. Ability to work as part of a small team with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude are essential. Warehouse Assistants work at the Festival’s warehouse in Livingston and in Charlotte Square Gardens during the Festival.

Closing date: Monday 15 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 22 May

How to apply for Warehouse Assistant position
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Warehouse Assistant / Van Driver 2017

Temporary contract: 3 July to mid-September 2017

Rate of pay: £8.00 per hour (July and September), going up to £8.45 per hour from 7-29 August (when van driving will be required)

Warehouse Assistants play a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the Booksales operation. Ability to work as part of a small team with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude are essential. Warehouse Assistants work at the Festival’s warehouse in Livingston and in Charlotte Square Gardens during the Festival. This role includes van driving.

Closing date: Monday 15 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 22 May

How to apply for Warehouse Assistant / Van Driver position
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Workshop Facilitator – Greenhouse Venue 2017

Full-time, fixed-term contract: 10-29 August 2017. This contract also covers two preparation days in the lead-up to the Festival (to be arranged).

Rate of pay: £8.94 per hour

Perfect for those with an interest in arts and literature, the role involves preparing and delivering engaging and interactive activities on a variety of literary-related topics, as well as working with outside organisations to support their activities in the venue. The Workshop Facilitators are responsible for the daily set-up and tidying of materials and venue, and for evacuation of the venue in the event of an incident.

Closing date: Monday 15 May, 12 noon

Interviews: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May

How to apply for Workshop Facilitator position
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Information about temporary Festival staff recruitment

Contribute to the success of the largest, most dynamic book festival in the world.

We employ over one hundred dedicated and enthusiastic temporary staff each year including short-term staff during August and longer term staff from April/May to September. We expect hard work, commitment, an interest in the arts and a positive, enthusiastic attitude. In return you get a fantastic learning experience that is loads of fun and the opportunity to make valuable contacts. Additional perks include discounted books and access to some of the world's greatest author events. Because of the huge number of applications we receive, and the relative shortness of the contracts, relevant experience is a must.

Applications for some temporary positions will open on Monday 3 April 2017 and more positions will be added in the following weeks, so please do check this page weekly for updates.

Please be aware that:

  • We are unable to contribute to accommodation, living and travel expenses.
  • We do not appoint without interview.
  • All candidates will be asked to show evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK if selected for interview.
  • We do not accept speculative applications for positions which are not listed on this page.
  • We do not offer work experience, internships or volunteering opportunities.

 

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