£9.90 per hour plus £1.19 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
25 May 2022

Role & Department Overview


Kendal Calling is returning to the fields this year (28th - 31st July 2022) for its 15th anniversary edition! With over 250 artists across 13 stages, the Lowther Deer Park welcomes 30,000 guests over the weekend, the majority of which camp on site.

Certain campsites have been identified as needing additional support with litter and waste management. Kendal Calling is recruiting a team of 30 whose objectives will be to keep campsites free of litter and gather data about the motives behind littering. The Festival Organisers are keen to collect empirical evidence on a range of topics which will support the Festival’s green campaign - Leave Nothing But Memories - and inform policy for subsequent years. Better Not Stop, a Sustainable Impact Agency, are working with Kendal Calling to recruit these vital roles.

Rate of Pay £9.90 per hour plus £1.19 holiday pay
Interview Date:10th June on the Lancaster University Campus
Location: Lowther Deer Park, Lowther, Penrith

What to expect

  • Teams will report to the onsite coordinator and are expected to complete a minimum of 6 hours per day Thursday - Sunday and 3 hours on Monday.
  • Students are expected to arrive at the Kendal Calling site (exact location tbc) by 18:00 on Wednesday 27th July 2022 for a briefing session.
  • Students will need to make their own way to and from the festival site
  • Food is not included or provided free of charge by the festival
  • A WhatsApp group will be created ahead of the event to enable students to make travel arrangements with each other etc.
  • Students will be required to hand their passports to the shift manager each day at the morning briefing session. All passports will be returned at the end of every day.
  • Students will report to team leaders; team leaders will report to betternotstop / the on site waste management team

Job Description

Roles and responsibilities

  • Engaging with festival go-ers to promote the sustainable impact campaign ‘Leave Nothing But Memories’
  • Surveying the audience / onsite staff with pre-prepared questions exploring the following topics: where / how / why they need to pick up their waste, motives behind littering on site, how the festival can better support waste management etc.
  • Communicating with the public to encourage them to take their waste home
  • Litter picking (predominantly cans, bottles and cardboard) in the campsites
  • Materials sorts (particularly in campsite waste pens) to improve the appearance and supporting the post festival clean up
  • Additional maintenance of campsite welfare areas and walkways in addition to daily clearance
  • Maintaining sufficient availability of waste bags at pens for campers

*Note that additional hours could be added to assist with the first week of clean up, although other considerations like food caters, camping zones would have to be considered alongside this.

Person Specification

Ideal candidate

  • The ideal candidate is interested in sustainability and how music festivals can contribute to reducing their environmental footprint
  • You are a good communicator and enjoy meeting new people and listening to their experiences.
  • You aren’t afraid to ask strangers questions to gather valuable data and insights
  • You are punctual and keen to work as part of a team
  • You don’t mind getting muddy and are prepared to work hard outdoors enjoying nature!
  • Are interested in behavioural change and how crowds can be positively influenced to minimise their waste
  • No experience or knowledge of how music festivals operate is necessary!


  • A free weekend camping ticket to the Lake District’s biggest party!
  • Behind the scenes insights into the workings of an established festival
  • Gathering essential data which will be instrumental to informing future initiatives around effective waste management and sustainable impact initiatives
More Information 
  • Dress code is relaxed, and fancy dress encouraged but we request all Students will be required to bring suitable footwear, waterproof coats and sun protection. A high vis jacket is provided which must only worn when on shift. 
  • No accommodation is provided, so Students will be expected to camp onsite with their own equipment
  • If you require any accommodations please do not hesitate to email us in advance or include it in your application so that we can work with you to meet your accessibility needs
  • This is a outdoors working role, which means if Students do not turn up to shifts they will be removed from the Festival site and reported to the University
  • A security deposit is taken at the beginning of the event which will be returned at the end of the event when you have returned your equipment.

How to apply

To apply to this exciting role, please upload your CV and a brief cover letter answering these three questions:

  • Why you think sustainability at music festivals is important
  • What you are most looking forward to about coming to Kendal Calling
  • What you are hoping to get out of the work at the festival

Example work schedule

Arrive Wednesday 27th July by 18:00

Thursday to Sunday

Minimum 2 shifts per day

Morning Shift               09:30 to 11:30

Afternoon Shift            14:00 to 16:00

Evening Shift              16:30 to 18:30


Morning Shift               08:00 to 11:00


Late Morning Shift      10:00 to 13:00

N.b. Exact details may be subject to change

Interested in being a Supervisor?
We are also looking for two supervisors to manage the student teams and will work from Wednesday - Monday. Pay Rate is £11.90 per hour plus £1.44 holiday pay. If you are interested in this role please state this in your cover letter or at the interview. 

betternotstop is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age.

You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 
Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.



Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.