Come join the team!

We are looking for a Festival Assistant

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is celebrating its 21st year and looking for a dynamic Festival Assistant to join the team. The Festival Assistant position directly reports to the Operations Manager.


·      Assist with volunteer recruitment, orientation, scheduling and training

·      Provide social media support before and during the festival

·      Provide general office administration and oversees office supply/stationary ordering

·      Assist the Operations Manager in the coordination and implantation of the festival

·      Assist the Operations Manager with coordinating program guides and flyers

·      Coordinate and distribute all internal communication including meeting agendas, meeting minutes and general office communication before and during the festival

·      Provide additional administrative support to the Operations Manager as required


Required qualifications:

·      Registered as a full time student during the preceding academic year

·      Intends to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year

·      Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office and MAC

·      Ability to show tact and diplomacy when dealing with outside organizations, volunteers and audiences

·      Experience in festival management, volunteer management and event logistics or has volunteered at a event or festival


Term of Contract:

The Festival Assistant is a contract position beginning May 30, 2016, for thirty (30) hours per week ending after the festival.


Application Deadline:


Deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Interested candidates are requested to submit a resume and cover letter (in PDF or Word format), indicating where you saw the posting, by email to:, quoting Festival Assistant CLR in the subject line.


The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants, in particular those who are members of the Aboriginal.


About the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore

We are 65 individuals who live or work in Burlington, Ontario and believe that when you come together, you can create a bigger SOCIAL IMPACT.  We meet every Tuesday for lunch at The Burlington Art Gallery on Lakeshore and brainstorm ideas to bring together members of our community and fundraise for projects.  We support hundreds of charities right here at home and also abroad.

Ribfest is our largest and most successful community event, of which all proceeds go to charity.

We offer a number of youth programs, click on the tabs below for more information. Or click here to learn more about and join Rotary.


Why Are We Canada's Largest Ribfest?


There are a number of ways you can measure why we have the title of "Canada's Largest Ribfest."


You could measure by attendance numbers... we broke the attendance record in 2009 when more than 175,000 people attended the festival!

You could measure by the amount of ribs we sold...would you believe that more than 150,000 pounds of ribs were sold over the course of the four-day event? Well, it's true!

You could measure by the number of Rib Teams that participate...we annually welcome 20 "Ribber Teams" from across North America!

You could measure by the amount of money raised for the community...more than $3 million has been raised for local community organizations and charities over the last 19 years! Come on out and join in the fun and food at Canada's Largest Ribfest!

A Selection of Our Proceeds Being Distributed over the Years

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is a fundraising initiative of The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Last year, the proceeds from Canada’s Largest Ribfest were donated to:



Burlington Counselling & Family Services

Canadian Diabetes Assoication Summer Camp

Canadian Mental Health Association Summer Camp 

Carpenter Hospice

CCAC Child Abuse Emergency Fund

Cheshire Homes (Carey House)


Danielle's Place

Halton Aphasia

Joseph Brant Hospital 


Mobility Devices, Wheelchairs and Scooters for Private Handicapped Individuals

MS Supportive Housing Complex 

Protheses for Private Individuals in Need of Financial Support

Reach Out Centre for Kids

Terry Fox Run


Food Banks Canada

Food for Life

Gift of Giving Back Community Food Drive

Halton Fresh Food Box

Next Door Plains Rd. Meal Program

North Burlington Drop in and Community Dinner

Open Door Food Bank St. Christopher's Church

Partnership West Food Bank

Salvation Army Food Bank

The Compassion Society


Able Sail

Burlington Green

Burlington Humane Society

Camp Enterprise

Camp Manitou

Canadian Legion Branch 60

Community Living Burlington

Crime Stoppers of Halton

Halton Regional Police Smart Risk Safety Program


Lighthouse Centre for Grieving Children

Out of the Cold

Rotary Foundation and International Rotary projects

Rotary Music Festival

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program

The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter (Oakville)

North BurLINKton Community Group



we will work with you to customize a marketing and activation plan which suits your needs. become a sponsor of Canada's Largest Ribfest, email The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore directly on:


Beer Sponsor

Beer Sponsor

Shuttle/Bike Sponsor 

Shuttle/Bike Sponsor 

Program Sponsor 

Program Sponsor 

Family Zone Sponsor

Family Zone Sponsor

Volunteer Sponsor

Volunteer Sponsor

Friends of Ribfest

Media Partners




Canada's Largest Ribfest 100% Green Program

Since 2004, Canada’s Largest Ribfest and the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore have worked toward creating an event where environmentalism is a top priority! The environment is important to all of us, and what better way to show our appreciation for beautiful Burlington than to ensure that this event produces only biodegradable waste and 100% recyclable material. 

Over the years, Canada's Largest Ribfest has composted, recycled and diverted more than 250 tonnes of materials resulting in waste diversion rates of over 80% (This also includes items that were brought on-site by visitors). To put this in perspective, the 2011 Ontario residential waste diversion rate was 46% according to Statistics Canada. As a result of this forward-thinking and proactive approach to environmental protection, Canada’s Largest Ribfest has become the model for festivals by the Recycling Council of Ontario and has been the three time consecutive winner of the Best Greening of a Festival or Event award from Festivals and Events Ontario. 

To accomplish this goal, our Ribbers, Food Vendors and Support Service Providers have to comply with our guidelines. They must all ensure that any consumables they use are biodegradable or recyclable. In addition to the consumable regulation, we also confirm that the local recycling facilities are able to process the material. 

We have ensured that the products chosen, such as containers and utensils, meet both of these criteria for recyclability and biodegradability. Here is the list of products that you’ll see at Canada’s Largest Ribfest: 

  • Fibre-based Food Containers – For those great-tasting Ribs!
  • Wooden Utensils
  • Paper Napkins
  • Corn Starch-based Cups – For those tasty, cold beverages!
  • Fibre-based Cups – For those tasty, hot beverages!
  • Paper Bags – Ready for Take-Out!
  • Bottled water and canned pop are available in recyclable containers

Implementation During the Festival

Well, once we have controlled the input, then we can more easily control the output!

Canada’s Largest Ribfest will provide “Green Bin” (biodegradable) and “Blue Bin” (recycling) containers for the public to use. We will also have several stations where people can take waste to be sorted.

Public education is also a large part of our plan. Informing the public about what is suitable to place in the Green Bin – wooden utensils, food leftovers, corn-starch cups (even though they look like plastic!) As part of our public education program, we will proactively inform people about the environmental initiatives of Canada’s Largest Ribfest through the website, digital newsletters, signage at the park during the festival, and with the help of our media partners to assist in promoting this very important initiative.

And for back-up, we have our Recycling Staff on hand to help with any questions during the event and to sort through the containers after the event to make sure that everything was put in the correct container!

Recycling at Ribfest

We are pleased to announce that a Recycling/Organics Collection Program is once again in place this year. We would like to personally thank Ron and Ann Oatman who spearheaded a team of committed Rotarians and Community volunteers to enable Ribfest to continue to improve upon its commitment to producing an environmentally friendly event.

Organics includes all food, bones & paper waste, like the GreenCart program + all biodegradable food containers, beverage cups, straws & cutlery!

We are pleased to announce that a Recycling/Organics Collection Program is once again in place this year. We would like to personally thank Ron and Ann Oatman who spearheaded a team of committed Rotarians and volunteers to enable Ribfest to continue to improve upon its commitment to producing an environmentally friendly event.

Organics includes all food, bones & paper waste, like the GreenCart program + all biodegradable food containers, beverage cups, straws & cutlery!


Canada's Largest Ribfest is a volunteer driven fundraising initiative proudly organized by The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Our weekend volunteers are the driving force of the festival. We have over 600 weekend volunteers, who work with rotarians during the festival weekend. Weekend volunteers commit to a 1 four-hour shift, gaining experience in multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering allows a unique way to experience the festivities!

Why Volunteer with The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore?

It's a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. By volunteering with us, you will be able to build your resume in the customer service and festival management areas. If you need more information email There are four positions to apply for!

Eco Team

You will make a positive difference for the environment and learn more about sustainability by helping to divert large amounts of waste from our landfills. An ECO Volunteer sorts waste into 3 categories: recyclables, biodegradables, garbage and may help clean up the park. Volunteers work out of one of 2 Waste Stations throughout Spencer Smith Park and help us to keep the event green and clean. Our Eco Team is managed by two passionate and dedicated individuals, who will guide you throughout the festival. You will work as part of a team of three (3) or more, so be ready to make friends. You will be provided with a t-shirt and disposable gloves. Most shifts last 4 hours with a break. Volunteer with the Eco Team and make a difference! 


  • Must be at least 14 years of age before your shift 
  • Those younger than 16 years of age must have written parental consent

Beverage Cashiers

You will activate RFID wristbands, cards or devices and process payments from festival guests using our ticketless system (cash, credit card, debit card). You will verify the age eligibility of each guest who wishes to order alcoholic beverages and securely apply an ID wristband. It is recommended for you to be Ontario Smart Serve certified. You will work as part of a team of two, with one or more teams at each location. Most shifts last 4 hours with a break, but some are up to 5 hours. You will usually be sitting in the shade during your shift.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age before the festival begins
  • Cashier, bar or bank experience is an asset, but not required

Ontario Smart Serve certified strongly encouraged but not required 

Beverage Servers 

Must be at least 18 years of age before the festival begins. As an Ontario Smart Serve certified volunteer, you will take beverage orders from festival guests using our ticketless system.  Beverages include beer, wine, coolers and non-alcoholic drinks such as water and pop. You will verify the age eligibility of each guest ordering alcoholic beverages. You must have your Smart Serve card on hand during your shift. Beverage Servers are expected and required to follow all AGCO regulations under Ontario Law. You will work as part of a team of five (5) or more.
Most shifts last 6 hours with a break, except for Monday which are shorter. You will be required to stand throughout your shift (except for breaks). Our security team will be on-site for support. 


  • Minimum age is 18 years of age before the festival 
  • Ontario Smart Serve certified 
  • Ontario Smart Serve card on hand at all times during shift

Must be comfortable with standing for long periods of time

Festival Ambassador  

You will provide information to festival guests on vendors, exhibitors, concert locations and times, beverage purchase locations, parking queries and any other information that a festival guest needs to maximize their enjoyment of the festival. Festival Ambassadors will be trained to have a general knowledge of the layout of the festival and will be given a reference document for frequently asked questions. Assistance can be provided by Rotarian volunteers when required. Most shifts last 4 hours with a break, but some are up to 5 hours.
You will be situated at one of various locations within the park, standing/walking most of the time.


  • You must enjoy dealing with the public
  • Comfortable engaging with the public
  • Outgoing personality

Already a 2016 Ribfest Volunteer?  Get your Personal Volunteer Page here