Ceremonies Support Volunteer

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The audition period for volunteer performers has now ended.

It will take the combined effort of thousands of volunteers to support the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Opening, Victory and Closing Ceremonies. Volunteering is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn new skills, strengthen existing ones and make new friends on one of several extraordinary teams.

We are seeking people who possess initiative, motivation and a strong work ethic. All positions require flexibility, punctuality, dedication and the ability to work well under pressure. Most importantly, we are seeking people with a great attitude and positive energy who are ready to help present spectacular ceremonies.

Work shifts will be available weekdays, evenings and weekends and will become longer and more frequent as we get closer to the 2010 Winter Games. Speaking French is an asset; however English is essential for all positions.

Volunteer Positions

The Ceremonies function is divided into departments, each with a need for qualified volunteers: Some departments look for people with specific skills; others need enthusiastic people willing to try something new.

Cast CoordinationThe Cast function organizes and manages the thousands of performers during auditions, rehearsals and performances.
PropsThe Prop function inventories, organizes, distributes and maintains the thousands of props and other production elements required at each rehearsal and performance. Light carpentry skills are an asset but not required.
Costume Shop and AlterationsThe Costume function is responsible for the construction and/or fitting of each costume piece. Sewing or tailoring skills are required. Experience with theatrical costuming is an asset. At performances, this team assists with costume distribution and last-minute alterations and maintenance.
Costume DistributionThis team is responsible for the inventory, organization, distribution and maintenance of the costumes worn by thousands of performers. Sewing skills are an asset but not required.
Hair and MakeupIndividuals with previous experience in theatrical make-up application and wig styling, professional make-up artists or hair stylists and advanced students in these are areas will deliver the final look of performers and talent.
Rehearsal OperationsThe Rehearsal Operations function is a broad multi-functional team that supports all backstage logistics at rehearsals and on performance days. This includes food and beverage distribution, facilities support, medical assistance and local transportation.
TechnicalVolunteers with the Technical function assist with communications (for example radio distribution), special effects and staging. The ability to routinely lift, push or pull 10 kilograms or more may be required.
Office AdministrationThere are limited opportunities for individuals with weekday availability to assist with general office functions and support the multi-national production staff. These positions will be at the Ceremonies production offices and BC Place. Tasks may include phone assignments, data entry and special projects. Computer skills are a valuable asset.


VANOC has established that all workforce volunteer candidates must be 19 years old by September 1, 2009.

Due to the time commitment required for Ceremonies volunteer positions and other factors, you cannot volunteer for Ceremonies and another functional area.  

How to apply

Complete the Vancouver 2010 Games-time volunteer application form by clicking the button below. To ensure you are routed to the Ceremonies team for consideration, please make note of the following:

  • under Availability and Preferences, indicate your availability by marking Yes for roles that start several months before the Opening Ceremony
  • select Ceremonies as your first choice preference

  • note any specific experience related to one of the Ceremonies Volunteer positions listed above (for example: theatrical hair and makeup experience) in the Additional Information box on the Terms and Conditions tab, the last page of the application

Please remember when applying: most Ceremonies Volunteer positions start many months before the Games. If your availability is limited only to Games-time in February 2010, we encourage you to apply for other VANOC volunteer Games-time roles.

After submitting the application, you will be given access to On Your Mark, the Vancouver 2010 volunteer web portal. There you will find information about your volunteer journey and receive updates on the status of your application.

If selected, you will be scheduled for an in-person interview and VANOC volunteer orientation session. Please note that this process may take several months.

We look forward to working with you!

Thank you for your interest.
The audition period for volunteer performers has now ended.