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Work Scholar Team
NOTE: WORK SCHOLAR POSITIONS FOR 2018 ARE OPEN - PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES TODAY!


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Festival events generally run like clockwork because of a well-managed and highly competent and highky motivated Work Scholar Team.

Since you're arrived at this web page, consider joining the Festival Work Scholar Team this year!

What's the work?
Work scholarship people share in all of the tasks where they are able. Some of the tasks include (but are not limited to): 

  • pre-festival
    • planning & organization
  • on-site
    • pre-festival setup
    • registration
    • ticket collection & pass checking
    • money collection & accounting
    • cleaning and light maintenance of the dance halls, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
    • moving tables, chairs, & other equipment
    • equipment or people transportation
    • hanging lights & banners
    • sound equipment setup & takedown
    • opening & closing facilities
    • copying & collating materials
  • post-festival
    • takedown & cleanup


What's the commitment?
There are several Work Scholar levels - from full to partial (about 50-50), and special cases. The Festival requires the equivalent of between six and eight full-time scholarship people. The work commitment for each individual for the entire weekend is between 10-15 hours for a full-time scholarship spread out five (5) days of the Festival. The time commitment for Partial scholarship workers is negotiable and falls somewhere in between a full scholarship and no scholarship. The special category is for people who can also do pre-work for the festival, such as planning & organizational work or can perform discrete tasks at the festival. We try to be flexible in terms of scheduling people for work activities that either complement or do not conflict with Festival activities that they would like to attend. We also try to accommodate people in terms of their arrival and departure schedules. We'll begin setting up around 3pm on Wednesday and start taking down on Monday around 9 am.

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What's the reward?
We recognize the critical role that the work scholarship staff plays in helping events start on time and run smoothly. Work scholarship staff works hard, plays hard and is rewarded appropriately. The Festival requires the equivalent of between six and eight full-time scholarship workers. For returnees, scholarships will be awarded based on prior years' performance. For first timers scholarships will be awarded based on the Team Leaders' reviews of the applications. Work scholars work hard, play hard, have a critical role in helping things run smoothly, and are rewarded accordingly. In exchange for a mutually agreed upon level of work, work scholars receive a pass to festival events, a lodging discount, and discounts on the Music CDs and Dance Syllabi. All lodging is with a roommate (another work scholar) in a room with two beds. The cost of lodging is based on the number of nights stayed and whether you are working on setup and/or teardown. The work scholar program does not cover transportation costs or meals and incidentals.

How do I apply for a Work Scholar Position?
If you are ready to commit, we need to begin talking as soon as possible.   We will need both full-time and part-time scholarship workers.  You should be clear as to whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time scholarship.  A full-time scholarship does not necessarily require you to be present on both the setup and clean up days, but this needs to be discussed.  If you need further clarification and/or would like to speak with someone about this, please contact us

To apply for a Work Scholar Position, the first step is for you to contact the Work Scholar Team Recruiter:

  • Work Scholar Team Leaders:
    • Pedro Arellano
    • Linda Nicoli
    • Rich Nicoli

  • Work Scholar Team Recruiter Contact Info:
    • Phone: (920)-904-6285
    • Email :
    • Visit: www.dcff.net/workscholar

Send a message describing your need for a Scholarship and one of the Work Scholar Team Leaders will contact you.

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We thank the Work Scholar Team Leaders and the Work Scholar Team for outstanding performance and a job well done!
NOTE: WORK SCHOLAR POSITIONS FOR 2018 ARE OPEN - PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES TODAY!