Get involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement and get the edge on a career in the creative industries.


Jessica_Goerke_TiNA_Youth_Ambassador_2015_Photo_Jessica-Henderson_2015Octapod is a non profit arts organisation that is passionate about a vibrant and inclusive creative sector in the Lower Hunter region.

We offer volunteer and student placements ranging from marketing interns to event management assistants, curatorial assistants and general volunteers.





Here’s what people say about getting involved with Octapod

“…I found TiNA to be an important stepping stone in my career, it has helped me grow as a person and see that real-life practical experience is so important because what we learn at uni is just the foundation to the real thing.” Jessica Goerke, TiNA Youth Ambassador 2015.

“…Working as Octapod’s official in-house Graphic Designer, I’ve been able to engage what I’ve studied in ways initially thought out of my reach, learn what it means to work in the Graphic Design Industry, and meet new and fascinating people with their own lessons to teach me. To top it all off like icing on the cake, I was able to participate in the local community, helping those with harder obstacles in life be able to join the vibrant world of arts and culture in Newcastle/ The Hunter. I’m so lucky to have been able to work for such a wonderful company with a wonderful staff!…” Damon Scarfe, Octapod Designer 2015.



We have a number of volunteer opportunities available. These can also be done as student placements.


TiNA Venue Volunteers
Responsible for decorating venues, invigilating festival spaces, handing out programs, providing information to the public, ensuring the venue is running on time and to plan, informing the TiNA Producer of any issues that arise, and so on.

Volunteers will work in four-hour shifts, rotating between different venues throughout the festival. These casual volunteers will act as the festival’s public face, being a friendly and visible source of information at all major events and venues.

Time commitment: Ideally you will commit to two or three 4 hour shifts over the festival period Thursday-Sunday (October long weekend).

TiNA Production Assistants
Responsible for assisting the TiNA Production Manager to set up and pack down events, and providing tech assistance at events.

Time commitment: Ideally you will commit to two or three 4 hour shifts over the festival period Thursday-Sunday (October long weekend).

Start: Late September – Early October



All Octapod volunteers and students receive a formal induction as well as ongoing support and supervision from staff.

Fill out the application form below to express your interest in getting involved with Octapod as a volunteer or student. We will contact you within 3 working days to discuss current opportunities.

Contact us for more information.


Volunteer/Student Placement Application Form