Friends of the Earth Ireland: Join the team to tackle Plastic at the Picnic!

For the last 3 years, Friends of the Earth has brought a team of volunteers to Ireland's biggest music, comedy and spoken word festival - Electric Picnic.

Do you want to be part of it this year?

If so, apply to volunteer now!

Here's the deal:

In return for volunteering each of the three days for 6 hours each day (the earliest you would be working is 10am, and the latest 9pm), either petitioning on the Waste Reduction Bill, working the Cup Refund Points or engaging festival-goers on what waste goes in what bin, you get -

  • A free ticket to the entire festival.
  • Free transport by private coach from Dublin (Merrion Square South) on the Thursday at 2:30pm, there and back (reimbursement if you take the bus from elsewhere in the country)
  • Eco-camping or crew camping (TBC)
  • A dinner on the evening of August 30th
  • A free dinner with the other volunteers on the final evening

In return, you are required to:

  • Attend one training session before the festival on either August 16th (6-8pm, Dublin) or 19th (1-3pm, Dublin) - Afterwards you will pay the deposit, the link to which will be emailed to you.
  • Camp with the rest of the volunteers in the eco-campsite/crew camping (TBC)
  • Sign a volunteer agreement at the training session
  • Volunteer for a total of 18 hours over the weekend (3 x 6 hour shifts) plus team briefings
  • Pay a fully refundable deposit*
  • Be over 18
  • Supply all of your own camping equipment
  • Be available to volunteer from 10am on the Friday morning, August 31st until the evening of Sunday September 2nd

Here's what the volunteers have achieved so far:

  • 2015 - 60,000 plastic cups returned
  • 2016 -139,855 plastic cups returned
  • 2017 - 265,048 plastic cups returned

So, if you are enthusiastic and willing to chat to festival-goers about the need for a strong Waste Reduction Bill, help them figure out which bin their waste goes in, and be part of a real-life deposit return scheme in action, then we want you to join us from the afternoon of August 30th until the evening of Sunday 2nd September.

Sound good?

Apply to volunteer now!

*We need to ask for a deposit because we can't take the risk that volunteers won't show up, we hope you can understand that! The deposit will be €150, to be paid in one instalment. If you cannot afford this, please get in touch with us as we don't want financial difficulties to prevent anyone from taking part.


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