New Positions at the Greatest Show in Perth in 2014
There is something strangely familiar and welcome about the smell of fairy floss, popcorn and horse manure, because it means The Show must be in town.
With a rich local history, the Perth Royal Show is a given in most people's calendar. Traditionally run during the first week of the Sept/Oct school holidays, it's not uncommon for kids to beg their parents to go to 'the show'. Foodies and crafties line up to see over 15,000 entries across 40 competitions, and animal lovers join the ranks of the 400,000 West Australians who visit the Show every year. Every now and then the ticket prices creep up but there are other ways in.
Every year the Royal Agricultural Society depends on teams of volunteers to assist with the smooth running of the show, and there is a job to suit most people. The minimum age for volunteers is 14 years but in some cases younger people can work if accompanied by an adult.
If you are a people person then the best place for you is in the Information Booth just inside the main entrance, where you will need to be able to direct people all over the show and answer all sorts of questions, probably like 'where are the toilets?' and 'do they still sell Dagwood dogs?' Shifts are five hours long with breaks, and training is provided.
If you're more of an animal lover then consider signing up for the animal patting areas, the cleverly named - Pat-a-Pig, Cuddle-a-Chicken, Pat-a-Bunny and Love-a-Lamb. You will need to be good with people though (especially children) as one of the roles is controlling the numbers of people entering the enclosure. Shifts are 2-3 hours long.
If you love kids then perhaps you might like to assist on the Yellow Brick Road. There are dozens of stations needing people who are interested in helping kids with activities and stamping passports. Shifts are four hours long with a break.
If you have specific knowledge you could help on one of the various committees such as the Wool and Sheep Committees but if art is more your style then volunteers are needed in the Art displays. If you like to hang with celebs, then maybe you can volunteer to assist at the prize-giving presentations and doling out the ribbons and trophies. If you have specific interests in dogs or pigeons, then specialised volunteers are needed in those areas.
If these all sound terrifying, then perhaps you'd prefer to volunteer some time in the main admin office instead. People will also be needed before the Show starts to help with mail outs and postage.
Similarly, if you're happy to help and don't mind where, you can nominate to be an emergency floating volunteer. Unfortunately you don't get to levitate all over the Show but you will be used to assist if other volunteers are unable to attend their shift.
To find out more information about the various positions click here. All potential volunteers must register their interest, either by fax or post and you can download the form here.
As well as getting to tell all your mates you 'worked at the show' and that general buzz you get from helping other people, all volunteers will receive free entry to the Royal Show and you can pretty much be guaranteed a great time.