Something in the Water 2022: DC mayor encourages residents to apply for festival jobs

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced Thursday that the District is looking for D.C. residents to work at the upcoming Something in the Water Festival, taking place June 17-19. 

"It is important to us that D.C. residents feel the benefits of bringing this festival to D.C.," Mayor Bowser said in a statement. "D.C. is open, and we know that more events means more jobs and opportunity for D.C. residents. Earlier today, we announced 700 jobs at DPR for the summer, now we have more summer opportunities with these jobs. So, for any Washingtonian trying to find a job for the summer, we want to help you get connected to one."

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Candidates are needed to support both set up for the festival as well as onsite logistics during the actual event. 

DOES is looking to fill a variety of positions including VIP manager, guest services manager, gate supervisors, ticket scanners, drivers, and more. 

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Additional details regarding the total hours of work for each position will be provided to selected candidates as we get closer to the event. 

If you are interested in working at the event the Mayor is encouraging you to register today. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an upcoming information session to learn more about roles, responsibilities, and next steps.

"Supporting the employability of local residents is a priority for the District, and working the festival is a great opportunity for D.C. residents to benefit from this highly anticipated event," said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. "We are acutely aware of the healthy economic cycle that comes when businesses hire locally -- our neighborhoods thrive, our economy stabilizes, and our communities are engaged."  

In April, Pharrell Williams announced with Mayor Bowser at Ballou High School that the annual three-day concert will be held in the District from June 17-19 on Independence Avenue SW. 

Residents interested in working the festival are encouraged to apply at For more information about the festival, visit