Something a Little Different this Summer

Shambhala Music Festival Looking for Volunteers


Ever wonder what all the fuss is about on the Salmo River Ranch every summer? Everybody knows about the Shambhala Music Festival, but how much do you really know?

To pull off the massive task of hosting the world famous festival just east of Salmo requires an army of volunteers. Festival organizers are reaching out to Selkirk College staff and students to take part in helping make it all happen. It will be an experience in more ways than one.

Below is a press release the festival sent to Selkirk College about an upcoming opportunity to explore how you might fit in this summer.


Shambhala Music Festival Job Fair – May 2,3 Nelson, BC

Every year a normally pastoral 500-acre farm near Salmo transforms into a city of nearly 10,000 people. And while the vast majority is there to dance and enjoy the world-class music the Shambhala Music Festival has become famous for, it takes nearly 2,500 staff to pull off the event. Over the years, that staff has included a wide demographic of people doing a wide range of jobs.

“We’re basically creating a temporary city,” says Jimmy Bundschuh, the festival’s owner/operator. “For four days every August, it’s actually one of the biggest cities in the West Kootenay.”

“I volunteered as a Shambassador for Shambhala a few years ago, and am volunteering again this year (with another girlfriend who will also turn 60 this year.) You may or may not like the music, but come and find out. Talk to young people, talk to old people. Meet and mingle and dance with people from all around the world. Learn from others and offer what insight and laughter you may have to share," says Karin Bagn, J.D., Ph.D., Nelson.

Shambles volunteers

There are many different ways to volunteer at the Shambhala Music Festival this summer.

Many of those staff come from the local populous in and around Nelson. In the past they’ve included professionals and contractors, students and retirees. If you’ve wanted to check out Shambhala Music Festival but weren’t ready to dive in as a guest, working at Shambhala is an incredible opportunity to participate in what has become one of the most well-respected and professionally run musical festivals in North America.

“I'm honoured to be returning to the Shambhala Music Festival for the third year in a row. Before I attended, I was skeptical but the organizers have thought of everything and it's an extremely professional event. The talent is incredible, both on the stage and behind the scenes," says Nancy Quackenbush, Educator, Nelson.

For two days outside the Old World Bakery on Nelson’s historic Baker Street on May 2 and 3, Shambhala staff will be hosting a job fair in conjunction with the Bridge Radio Station. We’re currently looking for both paid and volunteer positions, everything from food and beverage to security, retail, environment, parking, first aid and business admin. Basically, if you can think of the job, we’ve probably got it. While we guarantee it will be one of the most fascinating work experiences of your life, feel free to pop down to the job fair to apply for a position, or simply find out more about the jobs and positions available at this year’s festival. If you aren’t able to make it, don’t fret, you can check out our website for more information, including application forms as well as Crew FAQ.

See you on Baker Street May 2 and 3rd.


Learn more about the voluteer opportunties at the Shambhala Music Festival.