Something of the sort is to be seen in Salisbury Crags at Edinburgh. ... 'It was on that, ' said Professor Challenger, pointing to the tree, 'that the pterodactyl was perched. I climbed halfway up the rock before I shot him.'

"The Lost World," Arthur Conan Doyle

Jobs: Edinburgh International Book Festival

Date Posted:

(19 January 2012)

If you love books the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a terrific opportunity to gain experience in the festival and literary sector. EIBF recruits hundreds of people every year, not just for the duration of August, and a number of opportunities have arisen for book lovers.

Author Logistics Officer

Reporting to the Programme Administrator, you will be responsible for:

  • all aspects of arranging and managing accommodation and travel for participating authors during the Festival.
  • co-ordinating payment details for participant fees in September and October.
The successful candidate will have:
  • a calm
  • a highly organised and hard-working approach
  • exceptional attention to detail
  • the desire to work in a busy, fast-paced environment.

This is a temporary, full-time, fixed-term contract from 7 March to 12 October 2012

Time commitment: 40 hours per week, with additional hours during the Festival in August

Salary: £6.50 per hour

Closing date: 4pm, Wednesday 1 February.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 6 February.

PA to the Director

This is an exciting role and an opportunity to join the Festival's year-round team.

The PA to the Director will be required to assist the Director in the following

  • organising his time, work-load, priorities, emails and administration
  • act as a gate-keeper; assessing, monitoring and filtering the many approaches that he receives, in order to ensure that his time is used as effectively as possible.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:
  • maturity, confidence and flexibility
  • previous experience of PA or secretarial work and office administration
  • an interest in the arts and live literature.

This is a permanent, part-time contract.

Time commitment: 24 hours per week.

Salary: £16,000 pro rata

Closing date: 4pm, Wednesday 8 February.
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed on Monday 20 February.


To view the full job descriptions and apply, visit the website.

Temporary Festival Staff

The festival employs over one hundred temporary staff each year. This includes short-term staff during August and longer term staff from April/May to September.

This is a fantastic learning experience that is loads of fun, and an opportunity to make valuable contacts. There are also perks such as discounted books and access to great author events.

It is hard work and an interest in literature and the arts is essential. The festival does not appoint without interview and due to the huge number of applications, relevant experience is a must.

Details of temporary positions will be posted on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website in March/April.