Volunteer: Artist Care

Join our Artist Care team and rub shoulders with literary talent from around the world.

Your calm and professional disposition, polished presentation, and an exceptional eye for detail will be paramount in giving our guest artists a smooth, comfortable and enjoyable Festival experience, as well as providing invaluable assistance to MWF staff.

We are looking for volunteers who are friendly, sociable, confident and have excellent knowledge of Melbourne. Within the artist care team, volunteers work as:

    • Artist Transport Drivers, who assist with transporting our artists to and from their events/hotels/flight arrivals. In particular, we are looking for applicants who will be able to take on driving responsibilities, possessing maturity, attention to detail and adequate driving experience. You must be over 25 years of age to apply for this role.
    • Green Room Attendants, who assist with keeping guests comfortable and cared for during the Festival. You’ll need to be confident and keen in working with artists, and committed to ensuring their needs are met before and after their MWF events.
    • Artist Care Assistants, who help direct artists to and from their MWF panels and events, ensuring that things run smoothly, and efficiently on the ground during the Festival. You may also accompany drivers, being the main point of contact for guests at the airport.

In return, you will receive some fantastic additional benefits. As well as your Volunteer Pass (which provides access to standard MWF events) and your Festival t-shirt, you’ll also receive a Festival bundle of additional tickets (which you can use for families and friends, too), along with some other special treats.

Artist care shifts are roughly four to five hours long. You will need to be available to work from 23 August to 3 September.

To apply, please fill out the form below. Applications close 9am, Monday 16 July.

Artist Care Volunteer Application Form

  • Personal Details

  • Skills, Experience & Interests

  • Select as many as apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to take on driving responsibilities. Please see above for position descriptions.
  • You must have a current Full Australian Driver’s License to be an Artist Transport Driver.
  • You must be 25 years old or over to be an Artist Transport Driver.
  • Volunteer Training

    There will be an essential briefing and induction session on Monday 6 August (6pm – 8pm), which all MWF staff and volunteers will need to attend.
    This session will include separate team briefings, during which Artist Care volunteers will get the chance to meet with a member of the Artist Liaison team and discuss the specifics of this program.
  • Availability:

    Please select all available dates and/or times between 22 August and 4 September.
  • Artist Care Team Interviews

    Interviews will be held during the week ending on Friday 27 July, in the MWF office at The Wheeler Centre. We will be in touch to confirm the time and date if your application is successful.