Department of Public Works (DPW)

Black Rock City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is the workforce that plans, surveys, builds, and deconstructs the foundational infrastructure of our temporary city in the Black Rock Desert. Since 1998 the DPW has worked side by side with all of the departments within the Burning Man Project to institute the City Plan and bring Black Rock City into existence.

A few DPW operations include but are not limited to:

  • Black Rock City Survey
  • Trash Fence Installation
  • Arctica, Artery, Center Camp, and First Camp Construction
  • The BRC Power Grid
  • Staff Support Services
  • Fuel Services
  • Heavy Equipment and Transportation
  • Construction of The Man and The Man Pavilion
  • Roads, City Signs, Spires!
  • So much Infrastructure Shade 
  • The BRC Yellow Bike Project
  • Playa Restoration, Burn Gardens and Highway Cleanup

For a more comprehensive list check out DPW CREWS.

After the event, DPW strikes the set, packs away the city’s bones, and continues to work hard long after everyone else has gone home to ensure that Black Rock City will truly Leave No Trace.

If all this sounds exciting to you and you’d like to be involved, please click here to apply. If you want to know more about the DPW’s staffing needs, and our operation in general, please join us at our Volunteer/Participation Page.