Role and qualifications of a Public Safety Team Volunteer - Please read this first, then scroll down to see available shifts
This is the volunteer role formerly called "Security".
You must be at least 18 years of age before the festival begins.
We mostly need people who can be hospitality ambassadors for Ribfest, helping the guests find their way around.
Much of the work is done in pairs, so you aren't alone.
Your duties could include some of the following
1. Walking the grounds in pairs, smiling, saying hello and answering directional questions
2. Controlling entry/exit to the event (counting people, checking bags).
3. Walking the perimeter of the event, just being a presence
4. Connecting guests with services they need
5. We also have several assignments available for those with mobility issues.
Make sure to read the Public Safety Guidelines document that you can find at the following link: Public Safety Guidelines
If there is something serious that comes up, there are always coordinators and professional security/police you can call on with your nifty walkie-talkie.
We would like all our Public Safety Volunteers to be Smart Serve certified. If you have it already, please include your Smart Serve number on the volunteer sign up form for our records. Due to recent changes on the Smart Serve website, we no longer purchase tokens for volunteers, but we will reimburse the cost. The course currently costs $39.49 including HST. We now ask you to pay for this when you are ready to start the course. Once you receive your confirmation email from Smart Serve that you have passed the test, forward it to me at email@example.com and we will reimburse you $40 in cash when you come for your first shift at Ribfest.
If you need help with the sign-up process, please view the instructions in our Volunteer FAQ's
If you are able to sign up for additional shifts (and we hope you can), simply choose the next shift you would like without closing the main window. You will not need to fill in all your contact information again, but you will receive a thank-you note via email with some additional information and instructions for each shift for which you have volunteered. You will also receive a second email for each shift once we have approved your application.
NOTE: Please do not request overlapping shifts. Organizers need the extra people in those overlapping hours!
- Training will be provided at the start of the shift by the Public Safety Volunteer Coordinator or designate.
- You will be provided with a hat and a safety vest to wear during your shift (mandatory). The hat is yours to keep - the vest must be returned at the end of your shift.
- Shifts are about 4 hours in length with at least one break. Note that the start times all allow for checking in and getting to your assigned station.
- IF YOU WISH TO CLAIM YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR YOUR STUDENT OSSD REQUIREMENT, MAKE SURE YOU CLICK THE "STUDENT FOR 2019?" BOX.
- All non-Rotarian volunteers are eligible to win either the Leadership Award (19+) or the Youth Impact Award (under 19) - see the details on our Volunteer Page.
- If you are not a Rotarian but know a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore personally, please enter their name (first and last) in the "RCBL Member You Know" field.
- Please read (mandatory) the RCBL Ribfest 2019 Volunteer Manual, 2019 Public Safety Volunteer Manual, CLR 2019 Public Safety Guidelines, the City of Burlington Accessible Customer Service Guide and Halton Region's Put Waste in its Place documents before your shift.
- By volunteering, you agree to abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct and Social Media Etiquette.
- You will receive an email reminder for each of your shifts a few days before each shift.
The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, organizers of Canada's Largest Ribfest, would like to thank you for volunteering your time!
Many charities will benefit as a result of your support.