photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah Photography
Photo by Noah Photography


The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect and empower diverse communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai. With the support of over 400 volunteers, this two-day free event is the largest of its kind in Canada and the longest running festival in Metro Vancouver. PSFS is a non-profit professional arts presenter that is progressive, diverse, contemporary, and compelling.

Current Openings

FESTIVAL CREW (3 positions) 

Powell Street Festival Society seeks dedicated team players for the position of Festival Crew for the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival.  This temporary position is a full-time position, starting the first week of July and ending August 24, 2019. Please indicate if you are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. To find out if you are eligible, go to this web page and scroll down to “What has changed for Canada Summer Jobs?”


  • working with the PSFS staff, Board of Directors and festival core committee, the Festival Crew will contribute to the production tasks related to 43rd Powell Street Festival and its wrap-up. Duties include:  
  • assisting with the site preparations and installation 
  • managing the cleaning, storage and inventory of festival equipment and supplies 
  • playing a lead role in the distribution of equipment and supplies during the festival weekend 
  • assisting with the creation of the coordinator packages and materials  
  • participating in day-to-day administrative work  
  • participating in the Cultural Worker Training Program and staff meetings 
  • maintaining the volunteer database and Masturi database 
  • recruiting volunteers 
  • assisting with preparations for the Volunteer Orientation sessions and Appreciation Party 
  • assisting with lottery coordination  
  • solicitation and pick-up of donations 
  • assisting with artist and vendor equipment and staging requirements 
  • necessary post-festival wrap-up 

During a set period between July 20 and August 17, 2019, the Festival Crew and Executive Director will work out an averaging agreement. During this period, the Festival Crew will work 160 hours, averaging out to 4 weeks of full time work (averaging 40 hours per week). Wages will be paid out based upon 40 hour work week. Overtime will be paid if the Festival Crew works more than the specified hours in the agreed schedule between July 20 and August 17, 2019. The Festival Crew is required to discuss with the Employer should they anticipate overtime will be required. 

Please note that this position reports to the Production Coordinator. It also requires some manual labour.  


The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, and experience with MS Word and Excel. They will have experience with volunteer-run organizations and is to work calmly under pressure. The candidate must be creative and resourceful, and able to assess and handle difficult situations. Working knowledge of Japanese or other Asian languages is an asset, and/or experience working with non-native English language speakers. Specific experience with, or knowledge of, the national and local Asian Canadian arts scenes, the mainstream arts community, and of the operations of non-profit societies is also desirable. First aid training is an asset. Candidates should be familiar and comfortable working in the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood in which the Festival has been held for over 40 years.  

Must have a flexible schedule and able to work some evenings and weekends, including attending committee meetings as needed.  Must be available during the following dates for the Powell Street Festival (July 31 to August 7, 2019). 

The Festival is accepting all applications including those who are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. 

The deadline is June 7, 2019. 

Applications will be accepted by email only. Please submit a resume and cover letter to emiko[at], and include “Festival Assistant 2019” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Please indicate if you qualify for Canada Summer Jobs funding.   

Powell Street Festival Society thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Wage is $14/hour 




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