Once every two years, we present the biggest, happiest free party you’ve ever see on the Hobart waterfront. You’ll see hundreds of beautiful wooden boats boats sailing up the River Derwent, converging on the historic Hobart docks, snuggling into safe berths with owners and guests waving at friends they haven’t seen since the last festival. Then it’s on – a lively, noisy, colourful 4-day celebration bursting with the joy of wooden boats. There’s music and entertainment, exhibitions and workshops,a huge Maritime Marketplace and even a special tree-shady park for children with non-stop activity and fun. It’s the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival and it’s famous for its hospitality, its good humour and the generosity of all the people involved in presenting it. And who’s having the most fun? The people presenting it, of course!
If you love wooden boats, if you enjoy festivals, if you are proud of our beautiful port city or of Tasmania”s long maritime heritage or even if you just enjoy working with a great bunch of busy, enthusiastic people, we want you! We need all sorts of roles: drivers, guides, info desk staff, site crew, boat handlers and telephone operators. You don’t need to have special skills or know how to sail a three-masted ship. You just need to be able to commit to working at least 3-4 half-day shifts doing something that you enjoy.
You will receive proper training and a full induction, so you know where you need to be and what you will be doing. You will have a section leader who knows your name and is glad to see you. You’ll receive a Festival t-shirt and hat, protective equipment if you need it and free sunscreen and water throughout. You will be right in the action, with a Festival pass, a printed program and a site map so that you can help people find their way around. And when we are finished, you’ll have an invitation to the best free afters-party in the business – the AWBF volunteers’ barbecue.
See what it’s like from a visitor’s point of view with Steve Stone’s excellent video – ‘Tasmania’s Warm Embrace‘
Would you like to help? Pop on to our website here – Get Involved – and give us your telephone number and an idea of what sort things you might enjoy doing. We will call you for a quick chat about how you can join our amazing team of AWBF volunteers.