We are delighted to announce openings for volunteers at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Here is the application form and all you need to know for 2022!

Volunteer FAQ


Make sure you read all the relevant information and make sure that you have checked your calendar and you are available.

Priority is given to volunteers with maximum availability.

STUDENTS please check your study commitments for this period – we get a number of people drop out in the weeks and days leading up to the event as they have “unexpected” study commitments.

What’s involved?

Volunteers are required to work a minimum of 4 shifts (24 hours)

By completing the application form, you agree to commit to and work as per your allocated roster. If you are not prepared to work the minimum number of hours required please do not apply.

You will also be required to attend (if possible) a Volunteer Induction on Friday 4 March 2022 at the Beach Bar, Main Beach, Noosa Heads at 1pm. The Beach Bar is located on the sand in front of the First Point carpark. The Induction will take less than 1 hour.
Thank you very much – we look forward to seeing you there.

You may also be asked to attend additional training if required by the Event Supervisor.

Volunteer Benefits

Your efforts will NOT go unnoticed and if you fulfill your agreement – the rewards are bountiful!

  • An official limited-edition Noosa Festival of Surfing Volunteer t-shirt!
  • Discounted Accommodation Options.
  • A certificate of appreciation for your efforts can be issued on request.
  • Also included for free is that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you have been a part of something spectacular!
  • Discounted tickets to various events held during the festival.

How many Volunteers are needed?

We need LOTS of volunteers to ensure the festival runs smoothly and patrons have the best experience possible! Last year we had 40+ volunteers work over the 2+ weeks from site build to pack down!

It is important that you provide comprehensive details in your application and you show good availability times in order for us to be able to work with you.

Preference will be given to previous volunteers who have proven their value at past festivals. We will also look highly upon those who are most flexible and are happy to work whenever, with whomever and doing whatever is required!

Any applications that are not successful initially will be placed in a waiting list for opportunities that may arise closer to the event.

If you do not think that you can commit to working the minimum hours required for your role then this opportunity may not be for you.

Some of the roles available to volunteers include;

  • Beach bar volunteers located on Noosa main beach
  • Set-up and pack down volunteers
  • Traffic marshalling
  • Judges assistants
  • Marshalling assistants
  • Merchandise sales assistants
  • Cleaning and waste disposal
  • AND MUCH MORE! (read below for descriptions)

How to Apply?

Applications are open!

Each team within the festival has a number of volunteer positions available. We suggest you read all the Team and Position Descriptions prior to starting the application form. Please take note of the ‘Availability’ requirements and ensure that you can meet these and all the ‘Must Haves’ for your preferred position before applying, this will greatly increase your chances of being accepted into your chosen team!

We encourage people to try new things and learn new skills however some positions may require specific skills and experience.

If you have any questions about a specific role do not hesitate to contact us and put “Volunteer Question” in the subject heading and our Vollie’s Manager will get back to you.

Please ensure you complete all sections of the application form – as we get an overwhelming number of applications, this will save time in the future!

How to Stand Out

If you want to stand out above the rest be sure to note the following where it applies;

  • If you are willing to be assigned to any task
  • If you are willing to work any/all hours during the weekend
  • If you are available pre & post festival
  • If you don’t mind working late or starting early
  • If you are interested in working additional shifts to the minimum required hours.
  • If you have special skills or experience that will be useful in any of the roles
  • Think about your interests and what you are good at – but leave your options open, as there are lots of positions to be filled over the festival period.

If I applied, what happens next?

We will go through each application as they arrive and do our best to let you know, as soon as possible, whether you have made the team or not.

Please do not send us a gazillion emails asking if you made the team or to ask unnecessary questions. You will be advised of your team after your application is received and processed.

If you are selected to join our amazing team you will have a couple of weeks to clarify any necessary information and make updates to your availability.

While we understand that sometimes life gets in the way of good things and from time to time people need to withdraw their application, it would be appreciated if you could make your decision BEFORE 14th January 2022 when we get started on the rostering process, as after that it really makes our job super tricky!

Important Dates

October 15th, 2021: Applications Open

Volunteer Submissions close Early Feb 2022

Early March 2022: Email Volunteer Team Allocations

March 4th, 2022: Volunteer Induction –  Beach Bar from 1:00pm onward

Roles and Brief Descriptions:

Beach Bar Assistant (RSA not required)

The bar gets busy, really busy…especially in the evenings! Extra help is needed in various ways. Our Bar Manager has a team of professional bar staff.  When the bar is busy, we will need to ensure volunteers assist for the beach bar to run smoothly. You might be the right person for the roles and the perks are awesome. A bar on the beach in Noosa, c’mon!!!

Beach Safety and Marshaling

Help out the competitors get ready for their heats and make sure that boards are have the correct specs for their division.

Bump In / Bump Out

Work out and help out the Festival by helping with Bump In and Bump Out! (bump in happen for 2 days prior to the event and bump out happens the day after the event conclusion)


There are many people competing, working and visiting the Festival and it’s important to keep our team cared for. If you love helping in various ways, serving, and caring for others this is the role for you.

Merchandise and Registration

We will have a joint Merchandise and Registration Booth at First Point and we need people that love customer service and sales to help competitors register for their events and receive their competitor bag and sell Noosa Festival of Surfing Merchandise.


Holding a large event requires infrastructure to be brought in and stored on-site. Thus, we need to block off certain areas to fulfilling necessary tasks. People often listen to people more than signs, so we need Volunteers to help with traffic in our car parks.

Waste Warriors / Beach Clean Up

The NFOS is committed to its Sustainability Policy and reducing the environmental impact of this festival on Main Beach and surrounding coastline and for its local residents, flora and fauna.  This Festival is aiming towards being Plastic Free and is committed to not using any single-use plastic.  What does that mean?  It means, within our scope, we will not be producing any plastic rubbish and if we do receive plastic from outside, we will ensure it is segregated, controlled, and either sent for recycling or landfill.  We will promote reusable and compostable containers and enthusiastically educate our Festival goers to do the same.

Other Questions

Please Contact Us

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