Current Job Vacancies

A unique opportunity to join the Harrogate International Festivals has arisen with two vacancies focused on our literature programmes and delivery including the award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival and our Berwins Salon North programme.

Literature Festivals Manager (Maternity Cover – c. 14 months from May/June 2017)

Salary £27,000 – £31,000 depending on experience

We are looking for a motivated, entrepreneurial and organised event manager with experience of cultivating and managing a range of key stakeholders including high level sponsors and partners.

This role is integral to the success of the literature programmes and supports the team to manage and deliver the Festival’s varied portfolio of annual literature events. The role requires a dynamic and practical individual with very strong commercial acumen and first rate time management & people-management skills. This role will also involve work across the wider organisation, encompassing the full portfolio of year round events as needed.

This is a full time post for approximately 14 months.  Download the Job Description.


Literature Festivals Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover – 9 – 12 months from May/June 2017)

Salary £16,000 – £21,000 depending on experience

We are looking for a flexible, responsible co-ordinator who will support the Literature Festivals Manager on the preparation and delivery of the Festival’s varied portfolio of annual literature events. This role will also involve work across the wider organisation, encompassing the full portfolio of year round events as needed. The role requires a self-motivated and practical individual with experience of marketing and sales alongside first rate time management and organisational skills.

This is a full time post for between 9- 12 months. Download the Job Description.

  • Both roles will be extremely demanding and will include evening and weekend work.
  • You will require a current full driving license and access to an appropriately insured vehicle.

Deadline for applications is 17th April with interviews to be held w/c 24th April.

To apply for either of the posts please download and complete the Application Form and send it with your current CV and a cover letter which outlines your suitability, why you wish to work at Harrogate International Festivals and any other supporting information you feel relevant.

You can submit your application by post or email to: Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive, Harrogate International Festivals, 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DB or email

Volunteering Opportunites

Gain experience go behind the scenes and support the Festivals… become a Festival Volunteer!

Volunteering is a fun way to be part of major cultural events and make new friends. Whether you have skills you can offer, or want to learn new ones – from retirees to students – anyone can get involved!

Harrogate International Festivals relies on enthusiastic and hardworking teams of volunteers to deliver its acclaimed programme. People of all ages, interests, backgrounds and walks of life generously give their time to help us make these festivals possible.

Volunteering is a great way to gain behind-the-scenes insights into how the Festivals work, have the opportunity to attend fantastic events and support your local community and a local charity.

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

We are always recruiting new volunteers to help with the smooth running of our world-class Festival programmes. We offer lots of different opportunities including: stewarding, office administration and distribution of marketing materials. If you are interested in joining our ranks of fantastic volunteers or would like more information on what volunteering for Harrogate International Festivals involves, then please contact the Festival office on 01423 562 303 or email

Work Placements

In addition to year-round volunteering, Harrogate International Festivals also offers opportunities to gain valuable experience of working in an arts and events setting through our Events Assistants Placements and Work Experience Programmes. These provide a comprehensive introduction to the wide variety of roles and tasks involved in running a nationally renowned multi-arts festival. Placements offer valuable professional experience for those interested in developing a career in event management, arts administration, leisure and tourism, entertainment management and hospitality.

We are now recruiting for our Summer Events Assistants. Please take a look at the job description and fill out the expression of interest form. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 February.