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mark - s Posted - 15/04/2010 : 20:00:37
Litter vs Traffic vs Safety Stewarding

So you want to know which would be more fun and which would be more profitable, you want to know which is the easiest and which will let you see more bands.

well I'm going to try to help you with my experience of each.

Litter: -
[*] Usually 8-12 hour shifts operating day/night.
[*] Working in groups of 2 - 4 or more depending on the task
[*] Strange but fun jobs
[*] Sometimes dirty work but you are provided with equipment.
[*] Occasionally hard work (moving bins) but anyone can do it
[*] Some of the random things that happen when working litter can have you laughing all day.
[*] Meeting new people - the people you meet will be from all walks of life and of all ages, the vast majority of which will get on with everyone.
[*] More likely to see bands though it often may be only part of the set.
[*] Some people may have backstage access so backstage areas may be cleaned.
[*] Generally paid more than in other roles due to the extra shifts worked after the event is over.

Traffic: -
[*] Usually 12 hour shifts day / night however this is not always the case.
[*] Diverse number of roles (car parking, directing, gate control)
[*] Usually working in a team though some positions may be alone.
[*] Can be physical work such as pushing cars out the mud.
[*] Varied work intensity, it could be busy/quiet depending on the time of day.
[*] Lots of customer interaction

Safety Stewarding: -
[*] Usually 12 hour shifts split into day and night shift.
[*] Frequently working in groups of 2 or sometimes more.
[*] Important role in keeping customers safe by monitoring campsites.
[*] Good view of the event.
[*] Lots of customer interaction.

Basically you will have to think for yourself what sort of person / worker you are and try to match your personality to the job, however you may also get just as much out of it by not being in your comfort zone.

If you have anymore questions post here and I will try to answer them for you.

Also if anyone has anything to add just post it or PM me and I will add it to the post.

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gizmo_firemarshal Posted - 21/06/2012 : 02:03:50
the amount of dc crew that are technically minded, i think dc should look at doing stuff like local crew etc but they would have to find a way to verify peoples skills for the more skilled tasks
Speedtouch Posted - 30/07/2011 : 22:37:52
Ah I was thinking that. It would be awesome if DCSS did actual crew positions, but I think they would be too demanded :P But I'm happy enough to get the position anyway. :) Cheers for the help (and yes this is my first job with DCSS).
Jin Posted - 30/07/2011 : 17:23:06
Originally posted by Speedtouch
Ah that's excellent thanks. I wonder then what consists of the 'Crew' group?

"Crew" is our generic way of giving positions. It takes a lot of time to organise staff into groups so this way we can give an earlier notice to people so they can get themselves organised for travel and booking holiday. At a later date you may find we have placed you in a specific group.
Speedtouch Posted - 30/07/2011 : 13:17:57
Ah that's excellent thanks. I wonder then what consists of the 'Crew' group?
matthettle Posted - 29/07/2011 : 23:29:32
I've also added the tax form and entitlement to work in the uk info sheets, thanks for pointing them out
matthettle Posted - 29/07/2011 : 23:21:59
no if it says crew means your confirmed
Speedtouch Posted - 29/07/2011 : 23:16:57
Just asking; Reading has been confirmed for me on PAAM but my group is listed as 'Crew'. Also the tax form isn't up there yet so am I right to assume this means the groups haven't been assigned yet?
Rob Posted - 18/04/2011 : 00:14:11
You work every day but it depends on the show when those days are. So with a stewarding or traffic event that’s normally days that the public are on site but with litter you will also work after they have left on the cleanup. At Reading you work Wednesday - Monday inclusive. You wont miss all the music though as the shifts are normally 8-8 or 9-9 so you get to see either the headliners or a lot of the acts in the day.
jthorne87 Posted - 17/04/2011 : 20:41:24
Hey! This is a very helpful post!
Can I ask how many shifts you usually have to do? - Cos it'd be a shame to miss all the music at the festivals.
e.g. whats latitude or reading like?
angelsoul Posted - 15/03/2011 : 12:15:38
bring on my towers is all i say ;)
Rob from Leeds Posted - 15/03/2011 : 12:07:53
Jin Posted - 14/03/2011 : 22:00:54
Originally posted by Rob from Leeds
So for Glasto we have to be available from 18-28 June, how many shifts does that mean we'll do? Does it depend on the job, festival, etc?

And do we get asked which role we want once we've been offered a position?

Hi Rob from leeds

Glastonbury is a funny one due to the vast numbers of staff.

Based from last year,

There is usually a small team of staff that go early and work for 8 shifts. However the majority of staff won't arrive till approx 4 days later and work 5 shifts.

The number of shifts depend upon the job role and festival litter staff will work more shifts due to the post show clean up, traffic and steward staff are usually only required for the show days.

For glastonbury, the last 2 years we have been asked what role we wish to do this is because some people are experienced dcss glastonbury staff or they have a preference and DC try to accommodate where they can.

For the other shows there are ways you can swap your job role on-site but this isn't always possible. I can't remember if you know your role before you accept or not somebody else will hopefully be able to tell you.
Rob from Leeds Posted - 14/03/2011 : 21:08:09
I've got a couple of questions about the whole thing, mostly about how much we'll be working. So for Glasto we have to be available from 18-28 June, how many shifts does that mean we'll do? Does it depend on the job, festival, etc?

And do we get asked which role we want once we've been offered a position?
psf Posted - 13/07/2010 : 14:29:43
never done clicking, I've always really enjoyed stewarding though. Traffic can be good as well. I'd like to do litter at big chill, have to wait and see.
Rob Posted - 03/06/2010 : 18:37:01
Two work each gate - one counts out one counts in.

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