CGAS RISER Found Festival

Join the 2022 Found Festival team!

Photo by Mat Simpson

Common Ground Arts Society is seeking three arts workers to join the 2022 Festival team. The following three positions are graciously funded by the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund.

About the Assistant Positions

Each position will be paid a fee of $1,200.00 based on an estimated 60 hours of work required and a rate of $20/hr. These positions will work 10-20 hours of prep from July 2-6 as required, and approximately 40 hours across the Festival weekend July 7-10.

Prep time July 2-6 will be flexible to the Assistants’ schedules, with some mandatory training on the evening of July 5. Assistants should plan to be available consistently from July 7-10 for the demanding schedule of Festival days.

All staff will receive mandatory harm prevention and reduction training, anti-oppression training, and more mentorship as it pertains to festival production.


How To Apply

Send an email to admin@commongroundarts.ca by June 18, 2022 with your resume/CV and a brief email outlining:

-Your interest in Found Festival and found space arts;
-Which of the three positions interests you (you can apply for multiple or all of the three positions at the same time);
-And your availability from July 2-10, 2022.

Applicants will be notified of the result of their applications no later than June 21, 2022 regardless of whether they are selected for an interview.


Position Descriptions

POSITION 1: FESTIVAL ASSISTANT
The Festival Assistant will work closely with the Festival Manager (Mac Brock), Front-of-House Manager (Jasmine Hopfe), and Volunteer Coordinator (Saint Tawfik) to support the running of Festival events. Responsibilities will include welcoming patrons and answering questions about the Festival at Festival shows, ensuring volunteers are supported and equipped, and assisting the administrative team with the tracking of patron information and ticketing throughout the Festival.

This position will work closely with a production that is not within walking distance from the main site, so a driver’s license and vehicle are assets for this position and should be noted where possible in your application.

POSITION 2: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
The Production Assistant will work closely with the Festival Director (Whittyn Jason) and Production Manager (Frances Girard) to provide technical support to our Festival artists. Responsibilities may include transporting equipment, assisting with set-up/strike, sourcing materials, and assessing/installing patron accessibility needs (seating, ramps, tents, etc.) where needed.

This is a highly physical position that will need to carry supplies to some sites that are not accessible by vehicle. However, a driver’s license and vehicle are assets for this position and should be noted where possible in your application.

Note: If the Production Assistant is available and if the strike plan requires assistance, the Production Assistant may be offered to work strike hours on June 11 for an additional hourly rate outside of the $1200 fee.

POSITION 3: PUBLICITY ASSISTANT
The Publicity Assistant will work closely with the Festival Manager (Mac Brock) and Artist Liaison (Deviani Andrea) to amplify Festival work on social media, press, and print media channels. Responsibilities may include managing and monitoring Common Ground’s channels throughout the Festival, assisting with media events, distributing and overseeing site signage, and supporting our Festival Photographer & Videographer with tracking and sorting files.


While prior experience in any of the above fields is an asset, a comfort in a fast-paced festival settings and enthusiasm for community-based arts is highest priority. We are committed to sharing, learning, and mentoring, and all positions will work closely with other Found staff to execute tasks as needed.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.