Join us at Sanctuary!

Volunteer shifts can be signed up for in the Firefly Volunteer System.

There are also new leadership roles, some of which are available. Descriptions of all roles follow:

Sanctuary Infrastructure Lead [New Position – 2 Open]

Sanctuary Infrastructure Leads make sure the Sanctuary site has everything it needs to survive for the week, manage current and new Sanctuary inventory, and work with volunteers to set up, break down and ensures Sanctuary leaves no trace.

Sanctuary Festival Peer Advocate Liaison [New Position- 1 Open / 1 Filled]

The Festival Peer Advocate Liaison will assist the Sanctuary Co-leads with developing and facilitating Sanctuary trainings for individuals struggling with extenuating circumstances and will ensure the proper human and material resources are available for entire duration of the festival in a safe and non-judgemental space. Liaisons will have certification or extensive experience in their related field. One of these liaisons will be on call during the festival if Sanctuary, First Aid or Rangers needs them for a consultation requested by a participant.

Sanctuary Psychiatric Liaison [New Position – 2 Open]

The Psychiatric Liaisons will assist the Sanctuary Co-leads with developing and facilitating Sanctuary trainings related to individuals in serious emotional duress  and will ensure the proper human and material resources are available for entire duration of the festival in a safe and non-judgemental space. Liaisons will have certification or extensive experience in their related field. 

Sanctuary Sexual Assault Liaison [New Position – 3 Filled]

The Sexual Assault Liaisons will assist the Sanctuary Co-leads with developing and facilitating Sanctuary trainings related to individuals in serious emotional duress  and will ensure the proper human and material resources are available for entire duration of the festival in a safe and non-judgemental space. Liaisons will have certification or extensive experience in their related field. One of these liaisons will be on call during the festival if Sanctuary, First Aid or Rangers needs them for a consultation requested by a participant. 

NOTE: If there are not enough volunteers to fill all the Liaison shifts throughout the festival, the Sanctuary Supervisor will followup with the participant and set up a referral for a later time

Sanctuary Support

6 Hour On Site Shift

Have a good ear? Have a knack for non-judgmental listening? Want to train and volunteer with the safety core?  Volunteer to aid participants in need of obtaining any of the psychological resources available at the festival.  Sanctuary is a safe space where the citizens of Firefly can seek an outlet or assistance with emotional trauma. This could include issues at Firefly, home, work, assaults, personal relationships, and the like. It’s different than sharing with your campmates, because let’s face it, there are some things you can’t even share with them. The Volunteers at Sanctuary are there to provide non-judgmental support and available assistance. Counseling experience is nice but certainly not mandatory.

Requirements:

Sanctuary Supervisor

12 Hour On Call Shift

Do have a degree or a lot of experience supporting people during times of psychological distress? The Sanctuary needs volunteers in this vital safety role. The Sanctuary Lead will be on call for 12 hours in case Sanctuary Support Volunteers need assistance with a case. The lead is expected to check in at Sanctuary throughout the shift and be available via radio.

Requirements:

Sanctuary Core Leads [2 Positions Filled]

Core leads are responsible for coordinating all aspects of Sanctuary Core before, during, and after the event, including training, planning, coordination with other Cores and Clusters, and volunteer recruiting.  Below are some of the major responsibilities of Firefly Core Leads:

  • Attend the Firefly planning meeting(s).
  • Attend the Firefly Town Hall to listen to community feedback and start recruiting volunteers. Give a brief (1-5 minute) introduction to what the core does and what it needs in terms of volunteers.
  • Attend the Safety Third weekend. All of the safety cores will be there (medical, fire, rangers, sanctuary). Facilitate the Sanctuary training for volunteers
  • Attend and facilitate the Boston and Firefly Sanctuary trainings
  • Attend Disorientation, which is where people who have never been to Firefly can learn about everything Firefly.
  • Recruit, organize and schedule volunteers.
  • Arrange for the setup of the Sanctuary site.
  • Be available throughout the festival and are responsible to manage all operations of the Sanctuary including supervising Volunteers. Core leads review the cases each day and coordinate with the other cores and/or the board as necessary.
  • After the event, Core leads review a quick analysis of festival case reports. That will give the core leads for next year an idea about when the busiest times are and what type of cases are most common.

Sanctuary Support and Supervisor Trainings

As a Sanctuary volunteer, we require that you take a safety training before your shift. This year we’ll be hosting three trainings, one in the Boston area, one at SFTY3rd and one on site at Firefly.

SFTY3rd: May 13-15, 2016

We recommend going to SFTY3rd if you are serious about volunteering in the safety-related cores.

Boston Area Pre-Event Training: Mid June TBD

Firefly 2016 On-Site Training: Wednesday June 29, 2016 @ 3pm

Training will be held at Sanctuary onsite on Wednesday June 29 at 3pm. We’ll go over everything you need for your Sanctuary shift.

Please contact us with any questions, if you wish to be added to our mailing list or if you would like to sign up for trainings at sanctuary@fireflyartscollective.org

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