Coastal Jazz and Blues Society Volunteer Policy



Coastal Jazz and Blues Society would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. 


CJBS is committed to inclusion, equity and diversity in mind, body and spirit. We are continually working to strengthen and deepen our knowledge and practices in these areas.


Coastal Jazz believes it is your fundamental right to volunteer in an environment free of bullying, harassment, violence, and discrimination. As a volunteer you are expected to adhere to Coastal Jazz's "Bullying, Harassment and Violence Prevention Policies" and you are also entitled to the rights it offers you. 


The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society agrees to:

  • Protect volunteer personal information in accordance with British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy and the Personal Information Protection Acts

  • Treat volunteers respectfully

  • Provide adequate training and information prior to a volunteer’s first shift

  • Provide a complete schedule of volunteer requirements prior to the start of the Festival

  • Provide a Festival ID Rush pass for at least 12 hours of work scheduled


The Volunteer agrees to:

  • Submit in full and prior to the advertised deadline, a completed volunteer application form

  • Sign a Release & Waiver of Liability form before one’s first shift, or if the volunteer is a minor, have a parent or guardian sign in their stead

  • Treat the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society staff, board, fellow volunteers, and attendees respectfully

  • Act as an ambassador for the Festival to the public using the information provided by the Festival

  • Commit to a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Festival

  • Display the identification provided by the Festival (t-shirt and lanyard with Volunteer ID) for the duration of each active shift

  • Arrive 5 – 15 minutes early for your shift and let your Crew Chief know you’re there, ready to go and prepared to stay for your scheduled shift

  • Let your Crew Chief or staff member know if you are uncomfortable with a task you’re asked to do

  • Let your volunteer department know at least 72 hours in advance if you need to cancel/change a shift

  • Remain sober while on shift at the Festival. Intoxication of any kind is not permitted

Volunteer Perks:

  • A Vancouver International Jazz Festival t-shirt

  • An invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party

  • A Festival ID Rush pass for 12 hours volunteer commitment (a percentage of seats will be held for volunteers specifically to use Rush Passes, subject to availability)

  • Additional perks for volunteers who commit to 24+ hours or are assigned Crew Chief

Please Note:

  • A volunteer will normally be a person aged 16 years or older. Special consideration may be given to younger volunteers, please inquire.

  • The Festival reserves the right to dismiss volunteers from duty without notice when a volunteer’s behaviour is in direct contravention with any of the clauses above.

  • Volunteers have the right to remove themselves from duty, and lodge an official complaint with Festival management, when Festival staff, volunteers, or artists’ behaviour is in direct contravention with any of the clauses above.


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