Get involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement and get the edge on a career in the arts and cultural sector.
We offer a range of professional development opportunities for those interested in a career in the arts. Getting involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement is a great way to build professional, industry-relevant skills; networks and confidence.
Various roles are currently available including This is Not Art (TiNA) Production Assistants, TiNA Info Stall Attendants, TiNA Survey Takers and Octapod Arts Admin Assistant.
These roles are suitable for people in the early stage of their career and may also suitable as final year University or TAFE student placements.
All Octapod volunteers and students receive a formal induction as well as ongoing support and supervision from staff.
Overview of current volunteer roles
TiNA Production Assistants x 3-6
Assist the TiNA Production Manager with the set up and pack down of events, and provide technical assistance at events as required.
Time commitment: Ideally you will commit to three 4 hour shifts over the festival period Thursday-Sunday, or assist with bump in (Thursday) and bump out (Monday post festival). Note that the Festival dates are Thurs 27 Sept – Sun 30 Sept.
TiNA Survey takers x 5
Collect information from audience members to help us demonstrate the social, cultural and economic benefit of the festival. Super important job!
Volunteers will be rostered at key events, rotating through different venues over the weekend.
Time commitment: Ideally you will commit to three 4 hour shifts over the festival period Saturday-Sunday. Note that the Festival dates are Thurs 27 Sept – Sun 30 Sept.
TiNA Info Booth Attendants x 3
Provide information to the public at the This is Not Art Info Stall about the festival and Newcastle, and conduct audience surveys on the Saturday.
You will act as the festival’s public face, being a friendly and visible source of information about the festival and tips for visitors.
Time commitment: One shift on either Thursday-Friday-Saturday over the festival period, 10am-2pm. Note that the Festival dates are Thurs 27 Sept – Sun 30 Sept.
TiNA Photographer x 3
Take photos and video at festival events. Rotate through different venues over the weekend.
Time commitment: Two 2 hour shifts over the festival period Thurs-Sun. Note that the Festival dates are Thurs 27 Sept – Sun 30 Sept.
Octapod Arts Admin Assistant
Assist with the day to day operations of this busy small arts organisation. Tasks include social media posts and monitoring, writing media releases and newsletters, event management assistance, other duties as assigned.
Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Immediate start ok.
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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.
BECOME AN OCTAPOD ASSOCIATE
If you are a professional with an interest in contributing your skills for the benefit of the community – consider becoming an Octapod Associate. This involves providing substantial pro bono support in your area of expertise to assist us with specific projects from time to time.