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Festival Operations Manager x 4

The Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) is looking to hire up to 4 Festival Operations Managers for the 2023 Festival which takes place August 18 – 20 near St. Malo, Manitoba at Oroseau: The Rapids Park.


The Festival Managers would be responsible for supporting volunteers, volunteer crew leaders, and organizers in operating the 2023 RTMF.  Managers would be responsible for supporting set-up and tear-down of the festival, management of festival operations, supporting the festival board, and working overnights at the festival. This person would work in partnership with 3 other festival managers to coordinate day-to-day operations of the festival.

Reporting to the Operations Director, primary responsibilities include:

  • Pre-festival training and orientations sessions for volunteers

  • Pre-festival set up tasks

  • Managing operations during the festival including:

    • oversight for general festival procedures,

    • keeping board and key volunteers informed,

    • supporting volunteer crew leaders, volunteer shift changes, and other volunteer related duties,

    • responding to emerging issues or crises,

    • managing supplies,

    • and managing festival cash procedures.

  • Managing overnight festival operations which include overseeing and supporting overnight volunteers, security, and response to a variety of issues.

  • Supporting festival set-up and tear-down alongside board and set-up volunteer crew.


Necessary Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate event organizing and implementation experience.

  • Embrace and support RTMF values and policies, including the Safer Spaces Policy.

  • Have a valid driver’s license.

  • Willing to provide or submit to a criminal record check and child abuse registry check.

  • Able to work during the week leading up to the festival and the entire festival.

  • Demonstrated experience working with volunteers.

  • Able to work well in a collaborative, team environment.



  • Leadership, organization, creativity, and ambition.

  • Access to a vehicle.

  • First Aid and CPR.

  • Knowledge and love of the RTMF.


Work environment:

This position takes place outdoors in a place with limited phone and internet access. Successful applicants will be required to stay on site for the duration of the set-up period and festival. They will also need to take part in meetings prior to the festival, in Winnipeg. The position will include overnight shifts, some heavy lifting, and full days outdoors. Successful applicants are expected to provide their own camping gear. Some meals will be provided, but successful applicants should also be prepared to prepare meals onsite.


Hours, and remuneration: 

Contractors will agree to work 8-12 hours / day (including overnight shifts) from Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 20, as well as attending several training and planning meetings leading up to the festival. Each contractor will be paid a flat, honorarium rate of $1100.

Important dates

  • August 10 — Board meeting in Winnipeg or via videoconference

  • August 12-13 — Work and set up weekend on site

  • TBD —  Meeting with staff and crew leaders and final volunteer training

  • August 16 & 17 — Set up on site (possible set-up tasks earlier in the week)

  • August 18-20 — Festival weekend


You will also be invited to attend a festival debrief soon after the event, and a volunteer afterparty in September. These are optional but welcome!


To apply:

Send a resume and short paragraph explaining why you’re interested and why you’re a good fit to by Saturday, July 29, 2023. Interviews will take place July 31 - August 2 in the evening. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


RTMF aims to create a safe space where everyone feels included, respected, and welcomed. As such we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Thank you for your application!

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