Ottawa Bluesfest

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Job Opportunities

RBC Bluesfest is one of the top outdoor music festivals in North America. The festival wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team behind it. We value teamwork and ambition, but most importantly, the willingness to jump in and help with anything and everything.

Unless otherwise indicated, all positions at RBC Bluesfest are available through the Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program, offered in partnership by Ottawa Festival Network and Employment Ontario.  The JCP program is designed to provide those receiving Employment Insurance benefits (or those with reach back status) work experience opportunities needed to acquire more marketable skills to help them find future employment. This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Ottawa Bluesfest is committed to building an inclusive workforce reflecting the demographics of a Canadian society. The organization has also developed policies and procedures in order to ensure a barrier-free selection process and workplace.

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RBC Bluesfest is a non-profit, charitable organization overseen by a volunteer board of directors that has existed since 1994 and operates an annual outdoor music festival in downtown Ottawa. The organization directly manages other events such as CityFolk, Festival of Smalls Halls & Chef’s Table.
We’re looking for someone to join our team and take the lead in promoting, advancing and refining our volunteer recruitment and engagement process within the community. Please note that this is a full-time, non-JCP position.  As the ideal candidate you:

  • Understand the essential role volunteers play at our live music events, and are committed to identifying areas of improvement to create a fantastic volunteer experience.
  • Enjoy connecting with members of the community and collaborating with others
  • Approach new roles with agility and creativity, and will set yourself to learning the context, seeing the big picture and implementing our volunteer program
  • Are an experienced and excellent team player and leader, with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Are comfortable creating and executing clear, well-written communication plans that speak to a variety of audiences
  • Have direct experience with conflict resolution and human resource strategies to create an environment with clear expectations and frameworks to set participants up for success

Our volunteer program engages 2000+ volunteers per year. We work with a team of over 100 volunteers in direct leadership roles who assist with planning volunteer-led areas at our festivals and events. Whether we’re engaging with a volunteer for the first time, or working alongside a volunteer with 20 years of experience, our goal is to create a welcoming, safe and respectful environment for our volunteer community. Our staff team oversees the development of festival policies and procedures, and facilitates connections between departments to make our live events a fun and exciting experience.


Forward a PDF copy of your resume and cover letter to Please note, only selected candidates who meet the selection criteria will be contacted for an interview. All successful applicants will be required to attest that they have received at least two Covid-19 vaccinations and the successful candidate will have to submit proof. Successful applications will also be required to complete a vulnerable sector screening or submit an existing screening completed within the last two years.




Bluesfest is searching for a candidate to design, implement and oversee the efficient operation of our beverage services.

The candidate will work closely with volunteer leadership, festival staff, vendors, and contractors throughout this contract. The ideal candidate is someone who can work with varying personalities and priorities to make decisions that get the job done. This is a part time term position (March – July, full-time during festival time) with potential extension to full time, exact hours to be determined, salary to be determined through the interview process.

Bar Manager: Full Job Description (PDF)