Dates for 2021

Travel to Edinburgh Return from Edinburgh
Week 0: Thu 29th July (evening) All Thu 5th Aug
Week 1: Wed 4th Aug (1400) or Thu 5th Aug (1400) Sun 15th Aug
Week 2: Sat 14th Aug (1400) or Sun 15th Aug (1400) Sun 22nd Aug
Week 3: Sat 21st Aug (1400) or Sun 22nd Aug (1400) Mon 30th Aug
Week 4: Sun 29th Aug (evening) All Sun 5th Sept

The above table is a guide only and should you receive an offer of work, your specific arrival date will be provided in your offer email.

Where arrival time is '1400' this is to allow scheduled training sessions to take place that afternoon. Where arrival time is 'evening' staff will not be expected to do any work that day and is designed to allow people to travel after their working day.

On days when the venues are open to the public, there will be two shifts per day. Shift times will depend on the programme of shows for this year. If we have a full programme the shift times for most staff will probably be:

Day: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Evening: 5:00 pm - 1:30 am

You will be asked to work a mixture of day and evening shifts, but we will try to ensure that you stay on one shift for a few days at a time. Shifts are generally published a week at a time and available by the end of the week before. You will not find out what roles you are doing or what times your shifts are until you arrive in Edinburgh unless you are specifically told in your offer email that you are part of either the dedicated Press and Marketing team or are a Show Operator. 

Meals and other breaks will be arranged by your Managers on each shift, and will be staggered so that staff can cover each others breaks. The Duty Manager is in charge of a shift in a venue.

There will be no fixed hours for working in weeks 0 (build) and 4 (clear out). Starting times each day will generally be determined by the need to receive deliveries / prepare pick-ups etc. Staff working these weeks should generally expect to work rather longer hours than in other weeks e.g. 0900 - 2200, and should come prepared for hard (and often rather dirty) manual work.

There are two cleaning days (Sunday 15th August and Sunday 22nd August). These days allow newly arrived theatre companies to have their fit up, and to give time for the venues to be thoroughly cleaned. On these days, all staff (except a small number involved in fit ups with companies) will be expected to work a day shift, possibly with a late start if an evening shift was worked the previous day. These are not days off.

2021 Applications

For Fringe 2021 there will be 2 rounds of applications to volunteer.

Round 1: Opens 1st January 2021 and closes on the 14th February 2021.

Please note this round is only available for those who have volunteered with Paradise Green in the past, or were due to volunteer at the 2020 festival prior to cancellation. With the uncertainty of Covid-19, we will not be interviewing new candidates in this round.

Round 2: New applicants opens 1st June 2021 and closes on the 8th June 2021. Telephone interviews for those successful at the application stage will be held on Sunday 13th June.

As always, if it is your first year volunteering with us then please understand your flexibility will be key. We may specifically be looking for volunteers who are available for the non-performance week. Therefore applicants who are able to do week 0 or 4 as part of their application, as well as being open to a range of roles, are most likely to be successful.

Apply Online

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If you have already applied, you can access your application using the link below.

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When you apply to volunteer with Paradise Green you will receive an email acknowledging your application.

A particular mix of skills is needed in our volunteers. Thus the volunteer recruitment team will start making decisions about which volunteers to offer places to when a number of applications have been made.

Once you have received an offer you should log into your application webpage, using your username and password, and confirm acceptance or rejection of the offer.

If for any reason you have to change the dates you wish to volunteer with us or have to pull out entirely please let us know as soon as possible. If in doubt contact us via email at