Participation Videos

Welcome to the Participate Video Channel. Watch, Enjoy and Know: this channel is a work in progress. To see other video channels that have been created, visit our YouTube channel.

LOVE Project

Videos about the vast variety of ways to volunteer at Burning Man


 

DPW Playa Restoration – The Great MOOP March


 

On Boobs and Bacon


 

Burners Without Borders: Music Box


 
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First-Time Volunteers

If this will be your first Burn and you are considering volunteering at Burning Man, you’re in the right place! The Burner community considers volunteering as a gift to the community and an opportunity for civic participation. This is one of the qualities that makes Burning Man the unique experience that is so close to our hearts.

Things to Know

    • Unlike many other events, volunteering at Burning Man does not automatically equal a ticket. If it does occur, it usually applies to volunteers who work within the organization year-round and are highly accountable. These are not roles that are easy to jump into.
    • So, as a rule of thumb, you should always use your own methods to obtain your ticket, and not expect to receive it from the team for which you volunteer.
    • If you are interested in volunteering for a team managed by Burning Man, choose no more than two teams on your volunteer questionnaire. The questionnaire is in your Burner Profile, and info about teams can be found on this page.
  • The only way to get subscribed to Burning Man’s volunteer announce list is by filling out a volunteer questionnaire.
  • Burning Man is built and experienced based on the strength of its community. To tap into the community for info and to share resources, keep an eye on ePlaya.
  • Burning Man, among many things, is also an exercise in self reliance. It’s important to take the time to read the First Timer’s Guide and Preparation sections of the website.

How to Volunteer for a Burning Man Team

Fill out a volunteer questionnaire and check your desired team(s) on the form.

If you don’t hear back from the team in a couple weeks, send them an email (you can find the team’s contact info in the Volunteer Teams section).

The following teams recruit new volunteers every year. However, please note, many of these teams are done with recruitment as early as May:

  • Airport
  • Air Playa Info (Reno Airport)
  • Artery (limited opportunities)
  • Arctica
  • Center Camp Cafe
  • Cleanup/Leave No Trace
  • DPW (only for cleanup after the event)
  • DMV
  • Earth Guardians
  • Greeters
  • Lamplighters
  • Media Mecca
  • Playa Info
  • Pottie Project
  • Recycle Camp
  • SF Office Volunteers (SF Bay Area residents only)
  • Community Events (year-round, SF Bay Area)
  • Tech Team (mainly year-round and not during the event)
  • Temple Guardians
  • Volunteer Resource Team (mostly but not limited to SF Bay Area residents)

These teams do not recruit first year burners:

  • Artery
  • Box Office
  • BMIR, unless highly skilled and come highly recommended
  • ESD, unless experienced in a specific needed area and come with awesome recommendation from a long time ESD team member
  • Gate, Perimeter, and Exodus
  • Rangers

Volunteering Pre-and Post-Event

Access to the playa during setup and cleanup time is strictly limited to the setup and cleanup crew. Every team, theme camp or art project has its own setup and cleanup team. To find out more, contact the team, theme camp, or art project directly.

Volunteering for a Burning Man Project

Fill out a volunteer questionnaire.

Browse the projects (art installations, theme camps, mutant vehicles, or whatever) seeking help on Spark and/or create a listing advertising your skills.

You can also do the same on the ePlaya.

Volunteering in Your Region

To volunteer in your own region, fill out a volunteer questionnaire and contact your local regional group.

Volunteering on Playa

During the event, you can always stop by the V-Spot in the Portals of Center Camp and the 3:00 and 9:00 Civic plazas to find out about volunteer opportunities whenever you’re in the mood! No need to sign up before the event, but, if you do volunteer, remember to fill out a volunteer questionnaire after the event.

Theme Camps

Volunteering at Burning Man doesn’t stop with the volunteering for the Man. Volunteering can take on many forms. From helping your neighbor to tie down his testy shade structure, to lending a hand (and a hammer) to that artist gal down the street putting the finishing touches on her masterpiece, it’s all volunteering at Burning Man!

We want to take this time to bring to your attention to the many wonderful people working hard to build theme camps, art cars, and art installations for the Burning Man event. These folks need volunteers (volunteers like you!), and the best way to learn about the needs of different Theme Camps is to go to the Theme Camp ePlaya.

Questions? Email volunteers@burningman.org. A volunteer would love to help direct you.

Temple Guardians

 

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Photo credit: Gary Draluck

The Temple rises apart from Black Rock City, an oasis of calm out in the deep playa that stands resolute, able to bear what participants bring and to be what we need at the moment we call on it.

Behind the Temple stands a group that has quietly watched over those structures each year since 2002. The main duty of the Temple Guardians is to protect the Temple and those who visit it. We abide with love for the Temple and everything that it represents.

Temple Guardian shifts run 4 hours each, 24 hours a day.

During your shift, there are a number of duties you may be asked to perform. Guardians keep watch for injuries and unsafe conditions, including fire, climbing, vehicle traffic, and problems with the structure. We do not make rules, nor are we enforcers; we watch quietly and act skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple.

Most of all we provide the Temple with grounding and love. From our humble beginnings, we have always followed a philosophy that calls for using small pushes from a great distance. Sometimes your look, your soft words, or even just your presence is all that is required to hold the sacred space of the Temple. When we do interact with participants, we do so with love and respect. We carry in our hearts the sacred space of the Temple with us into every interaction, using our connection with the grounded, serene space to guide and shape our interactions with participants.

On Sunday, we help maintain the safety perimeter with the Black Rock Rangers and Temple crew for the Temple burn.

If the Temple has a special place in your heart, join us and help hold the space so that others might experience the wonder that brings us back.

To join our team, please fill out the Burning Man Volunteer Questionnaire and mark down “Temple Guardians” as your department of interest.

For more information about the Temple Guardians team, contact us at templeguardians@burningman.org.

Recycle Camp

Do you really want to give something back to this community?

VOLUNTEER!!!

Recycle Camp is a hard working group of folks who are as committed to reducing waste as they are to having a good time. Founded in 1998, Recycle Camp is the place to take your aluminum cans on the Playa. Each year, the proceeds are donated to the Gerlach school! With volunteer opportunities pre-event to post-event, you can get your Recycle Camp-fu on all year long!

Pre-Event: Get involved by connecting with the key players at Recycle Camp. Things actually begin in December with budgets and camp plans. Any new ideas for the coming year need to be discussed early. We encourage everyone who is curious about Recycle Camp to contact us and find out what’s going on.

During the Event: Recycle Camp is one of the best and most rewarding places to volunteer in Black Rock City. This year we are pushing for more drop-in volunteers. Our core team needs you to help us to keep up with the growing population of Black Rock City. We need a ton of help to deal with the more than six tons of aluminum we collect and crush. We typically run two daily 4-hour shifts, Monday through Sunday, 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. Shift leads will be on hand to coordinate drop-in volunteers. If you’re thinking about volunteering at Recycle Camp please be prepared to get your hands a little dirty, yes, it’s juicy! Join us and put in some fun time making Black Rock City sustainable.

Post-Event: After the Temple burns, it’s time to break down camp and leave no trace. This is a rewarding process that sets an example to the rest of the community. It takes several days to reduce Recycle Camp to nothing, and pack it up so that we can reuse it next year. Care to lend a hand? We’d love to have you! Stop by!

If you’re up to the challenge, or if you have any questions about any of this, email recyclecamp@burningman.org or fill out a Volunteer Questionnaire and sign up today.

Playa Info

Do you like helping people? Do you like being in the center of the action? Do you like knowing what’s really happening in the City? Come join us under our cool shade structure at 6:00 and Center Camp.

We’ve combined many of the information services into one, easy-to-find, location in Center Camp.

You’ll find:

  • Directory – You can register your campsite or theme camp here. Let your friends know your exact Black Rock City Address. Directory information is available at any PlayaNet kiosk and through terminals at Playa Info.
  • Our Famous Oracles – They will help answer your questions, hook you up with volunteer opportunities, help you recover found items, locate a locksmith, and answer your more esoteric questions.
  • Found Items – Lost something and want to find it? Found something and want to lose it? Turn in found items to be reunited with their owners.
  • Volunteer Resources. If you’re looking to volunteer on the Playa, sign up at the Volunteer Resource Desk and help serve the Black Rock City community.

No matter what your level of experience is with Burning Man, we have a job for you. Check out details below on each of our playa information areas or email playainfo@burningman.org if you would like more information.

Directory

The Directory is a database listing theme camps and individual camps and their placement on the playa. No prior Burning Man experience is necessary to volunteer for the Directory.

Volunteering with the Directory includes:

  • Helping people to register — a great way to find out about theme camps and meet people.
  • Inputting data to update the new arrivals and locations of personal campsites. This is also a great way to familiarize yourself to find all the cool theme camps.
  • Helping people find their friends, family, or theme camps.

Responsibilities can be varied. Shifts are 4 hours, although shift times can be varied. The Directory is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the event.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Digital Directory, please indicate this by checking Playa Info under “Volunteer Interests” of our Volunteer Questionnaire, or contact playainfo@burningman.org for more information.

Oracles

Know all the latest news. Amaze and dazzle your friends. Do you like helping people? Does answering questions while relaxing in the shade appeal to you? If you’ve been to Burning Man at least once and have a sense of humor, then the Oracles need you!

Oracles are located in our cool shade structure at Center Camp. Oracles answer questions, help with directions, and locate found items. We have the latest information on where to find bike repair stations, theme camps, rangers, medical services, and more. We also pride ourselves in answering esoteric questions with equally esoteric answers. It’s a great way to meet participants from around the world.

If you’ve got a bit of Oracle in your blood (and we’re not talking software here), then consider volunteering with Playa Info. Please indicate this on question #14 of our Volunteer Questionnaire or contact playainfo@burningman.org for more information.

Found Items

Playa Info is where we help reunite owners with their prized possessions. If someone has found a camera, wallet, backpack, sunglasses, set of keys, or something else that doesn’t belong to them, Playa Info is where those Found Items are turned in. As an Oracle, you’ll help receive and catalog Found Items and reunite them with their happy owners.

We need people willing to commit to 4 hour shifts, although shift times can be varied. Hours of operation are 9 am to 6 p.m. throughout the event.

Media Mecca

The Media Team is composed of a daring, dedicated, professional, fun-loving and largely well-behaved set of volunteers. Since 1997, our motley group of journalists, marketers, flacks, sociologists, technical writers, filmmakers, artists, anthropologists, IT professionals, art experts, budding rock stars, freaks, geeks, and ne’erdowells have helped members of the media plug in to the event, participate, and hopefully come away with a good story.

Media Mecca is Black Rock City’s press room. Open from 10 a.m. (ish) to 5 p.m. (ish), Media Mecca is the landing zone for all press covering Burning Man. At the Mecca, members of the media can find out what’s going on, recharge batteries and file stories. Media Team members point press in the direction of participants from their region, connect them with artists and take them on a tour of the major art installations. We do not baby the press, coddle them, suggest story ideas or drive folks around on a golf cart.

The Media Team is always on the lookout for new talent. Currently, we’re especially interested in meeting new folks with a background in press and journalism, or experience in film, communications, the arts, PR, politics, or IP law. You’re not a media expert? No problem! We can also use your two hands if you’d just like to help support people who are.

If you’re interested in being part of the team, check “Media Mecca” on the Volunteer Questionnaire. If you have any questions, email mediavolunteers@burningman.org.

Lamplighters

A community is defined, largely, by its traditions. Black Rock City is a place rich in tradition, and participants looking to take an active role in the community have many choices before them. The Lamplighters have been an important part of Burning Man almost as long as Burning Man has been held in the desert. More than a public utility, the Lamplighters are a symbol of community, of participation, and clear sign that the day has passed, and that evening magic will soon be upon us.

The Lamplighters began in 1993, with a small group of participants placing a dozen or so kerosene lanterns on the ground each evening, illuminating a pathway towards The Man. In the intervening years, Black Rock City has grown, and while many things have changed, the Lamplighters remain, though few at the time could have imagined how the Lamplighters would develop, and rise to the challenge of an expanding city.

The Lamplighters are more than a handful of volunteers; they are a team of well over 100 participants every evening of the festival. And the dozen or so lanterns from 1993 have grown to nearly 1000. To accomplish this considerable task, we ask for your help, and we invite you to be a part of this community, this event, and our tradition. Before the event closes, after The Man burns, more than 1000 people will have helped the Lamplighters accomplish their important work.

The Lamplighters begin EVERY EVENING of the event in their center camp workspace at around 5pm. The ceremony begins around 6, and soon the work is done. No experience is required. We welcome virgin and seasoned burners alike. One thing is certain though. We can’t do it without YOU.

If you’d like to be a Lamplighter, please take the time to fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire, and be sure to mark ‘Lamplighters’ as the group with which you want to volunteer.

Email us at lamplighters@burningman.org

Lamplighters FAQ

Q. I know the Lamplighters have several work meetings in San Francisco before Burning Man. I live in [any city anywhere in the world not near SF], and can’t make the meetings. Can I still be a Lamplighter?

A. Absolutely. The work meetings are attended by local and some not-so-local volunteers who represent a small percentage of the total number of folks we will need to pull off our job at the event. We do want you to try to attend, and usually there are a variety of Burning Man-related events to make it more enticing, but we certainly understand that everyone won’t be able to attend meetings. The most important aspect of our job takes place at the event. There will be plenty to do there.

Q. What do Lamplighters do?

A. Search for “lamplighters” in the website’s image gallery. We parade along the main pedestrian ways of Black Rock City every night hanging lanterns. Each night we need 150 volunteers to maintain and place nearly 1000 kerosene lanterns. We do everything involved in lighting the streets at night at Burning Man. If you’ve been to Burning Man before, you’ve seen our lanterns, and if you haven’t been to the event, suffice to say there are A LOT of lanterns. Lamplighting has been a part of Burning Man since 1993, a time-honored tradition.

Q. Do I have to sign up for a shift? (interesting question…greeters, rangers, and lots of other groups do have advance sign up)

A. No. Just be aware that we do Lamplighting before, after, and every day of Burning Man and we start around 5, or after the hot part of the day. When you arrive at Lamplighters Workspace, in center camp, there will be a daily sign up for which area of the city you go to, but you don’t have to sign up in advance. You are welcome to help us one night or many. We’ll take what you have to offer. If your theme camp is wanting to come light as a group please email us and tell us what day and about how many from your camp you think you’ll have so we can try to arrange your lighting together. (Note, Lamplighter Villagers are expected to light (most) every night they are at the burn.)

Q. What time do you start? Where?

A. We start around 5, at the Lamplighters Workspace in Center Camp. Look for the lanterns and the crowd.

Q. How long does it take?

A. The entire Lamplighting process takes around two to three hours. You will be done before it gets dark.

Q. Do I have to make my own robe?

A. No, we have robes and sashes for you to borrow and then please bring them back.

Q. What do I have to bring?

A. You don’t have to bring anything but yourself, but we love contributions of sharp scissors, turkey basters, and fancy BBQ lighters… even better if they constantly re-light themselves… those are the best.

Q. If I promise to work at Lamplighters, can I get a free ticket?

A. Nope. But what you’ll get in return will far exceed your expectations.

Q. Do I need to reserve a camp space?

A. Yes! Our camp has limited space and there is a maximum number of people we can fit into it. We begin reserving spots in our Village each spring. The Lamplighter Village is just off Center Camp so wherever you stay in the Village you are still right in the middle of Black Rock City. That’s an awesome place to be.

Q. What should I do when I get to Burning Man?

A. Find us on the map BEFORE you drive in. The Greeters and most of the people you come across will be able to help you find Center Camp and/or the Lamplighters. The location of Lamplighters Village and the Lamplighters Workspace are on the map of Black Rock City. When you find us in the city, come check in at the Lounge and we will walk with you around the Village and show you a number of places that would be good for your camp. Then RELAX. You’ve been driving for hours. Sit down, and think about where you want to camp. You may decide that you don’t want to camp with us. You’ve already seen what we have to offer. This is your experience, and it won’t hurt our feelings. After you’ve calmed down, set up your living space. Now acclimate, and remind yourself that this is where you decided to spend your vacation.

Burning Man Information Radio

BMIR – 94.5 FM (aka Burning Man Information Radio) is the official radio station of Burning Man. Broadcasting on the playa and can be listened to during the event utilizing the I Heart Radio app. BMIR broadcasts an eclectic mix of music, playa news, burn information, playa weather reports, interviews with participants and artists, theme camp and event promos and much more.

BMIR starts broadcasting from the playa 24/7 the Wednesday before the gates open to the public. Many people tune in to the internet stream from home while they are doing their last minute packing as well as stream BMIR on their smartphones while they travel to Black Rock City for info on how the city is coming together, updates on playa and traffic conditions and late breaking important information about the event.

It takes a whole lot of people to make a radio station run and there are many roles to be filled both on and off air. We are a highly interactive department with lots of public contact. Previous radio experience is not necessary. What’s important is desire and commitment to our mission of being the guardians of the airwaves for the citizens of Black Rock City.

If you’re interested in joining our team please send an email to BMIRVolunteers@gmail.com. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you see yourself contributing to the team. We look forward to hearing from you!

Black Rock Rangers

The Ranger application process is currently closed. Please fill out this form if you’d like to receive an email when our applications re-open.  If you applied in 2020, we’ve closed your application, and you’ll need to reapply from the beginning of the process once our applications re-open.

Who are the Black Rock Rangers?

The Black Rock Rangers are veteran burners who help participants and staff work through problems and make everyone’s Burn awesomer.

Rangers only assist the community when needed. Our ideal outcome is to have people solve their own problems with a gentle nudge in the right direction, and then fade into the background when we’re not needed.

What do Black Rock Rangers do?

Rangers are Burning Man’s “first response” team. We are out in the city, connecting with participants and keeping an eye out for situations that need attention. Things we do include:

  • Providing information to participants and staff
  • Helping new people “get” Burning Man culture
  • Maintaining burn perimeters and doing crowd control
  • Providing support for participants or staff members in psychological distress
  • Mediating conflict between participants and between camps
  • Supporting emergency services on medical and fire calls
  • Identifying and mitigating safety hazards, including unsafe driving
  • Providing support for sexual assault and domestic violence victims and their campmates
  • Facilitating positive interactions between law enforcement and participants or staff
  • Finding lost children
  • Supporting Leave No Trace (LNT) compliance
  • Being first on scene and calling in additional resources as needed for issues ranging from medical to hazmat spills, to found chickens – and more! You have a weird issue, we have a radio to help.

When do we get involved?

Rangers only intervene in a situation in two instances:

  1. When someone specifically asks for help, or…
  2. When someone’s behavior is impacting (or likely to impact) someone else’s experience.

We are emphatically not law enforcement or a paramilitary organization. We do not:

  • Enforce rules, unless there’s an obvious safety-related reason to do so
  • Protect property or art against theft or vandalism
  • Act as lost and found (that’s Playa Info!)

How can I volunteer with the Rangers?

In order to apply to volunteer with the Black Rock Rangers, you must be at least eighteen years old, and:

  • Have attended Burning Man at least twice (at least once in the last ten years), OR
  • Have attended Burning Man at least once in the last ten years, as well as have participated as a Ranger at a sanctioned Burning Man regional event at least once in the last three years (or will have by April 7th of this year).
  • Complete the Ranger application process.
    • Note that the Ranger application process is currently closed. Please fill out this form if you’d like to receive an email when our applications reopen.  If you applied in previous years, we’ve closed your application, and you’ll need to reapply from the beginning of the process, once our application re-open. 
  • Attend a full day of Ranger training
  • Pass an on-playa mentoring/evaluation shift

Want more info? Visit our website or email rangers@burningman.org.

ARTery (Artist Services)

The ARTery is the on-playa home of the Burning Man Art Team, and as such the volunteer team is called the ARTerians. The ARTery is the check-in and service center for artists as well as a hub of information about Burning Man art.

ARTerians perform a variety of tasks on playa including checking in artists, placing them at their installation location, and offering art discovery experiences to participants, all with an attitude of appreciation for artists and one another.

Along with the ARTerians, other teams within the ARTery include the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST), Art Support Services (ASS), and Eyes on Art.

The ARTery is located at Esplanade & 6:30 and is open one week before the event begins through event closure everyday from 9am-1pm and from 2pm-6pm.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ARTery is to serve and defend artistic expression at Burning Man. The ARTery facilitates the placement and display of art on the playa during the Burning Man event.

Be an ARTerian Volunteer

Interested in joining us on playa? We’re a full-service department dedicated to helping Burning Man artists in any way we can. We recruit new volunteers from September through March since the team meets regularly in the months leading up to the event.
 

 

Benefits

  • Insight into the art of Burning Man—early “insider’s” knowledge of what is being created
  • Working with the artists, learning about their process, their drives and their passions
  • Helping support the art of Black Rock City—handling the on-playa placement of art pieces, sharing of information with participants, enjoying interactions with folks who recognize Burning Man as a premier art event
  • Belonging to a community, having fun, and making new friends. ARTerians are a close group of dedicated volunteers within the larger organization.

Here are some of the ARTerian roles that we staff for:

Greeter
Best traits: friendly, social, calm, able to interact well with other Burners. We’re looking for the ultimate people person! The Greeters are the first point of contact at the ARTery and are able to direct the flow of artists during the registration and placement process, and also help direct participants during the event.

Concierge
Best traits: 
Process-oriented, attention to detail, good querying skills, problem-solving ability, good with an iPad. We’re looking for the ultimate playa consultant! Those at the Concierge desk review a detailed checklist with the artist regarding their installation. During this process, we ensure that the artist is informed and understands our requirements.

Mapinatrix
Best traits: Detail-oriented, organized, logical, multi-tasker. The Mapinatrix gets necessary information from the Concierge and then confirms the location of the art piece with the artist. 

Field Ops
Best traits:
Sturdy constitution, able to work in the elements for long stretches of time, good with directions, and technologically savvy. Field Ops ensures that all the art is placed and logged via GPS by taking the artist to their location on the playa.

Art Discovery Team
Best traits:
Facilitation skills, able to engage participants in discussions about art, willingness to learn basic info about current year’s art installations, some roles required ability to walk or bike for long distances on playa, navigation skills.
The Art Discovery Program offers a range of experiences to help participants to interact and engage with the art. One way is through Art Discovery Tours, where AD-Libbers (Art Discovery Librarians) lead groups of participants on adventures to discover playa art. AD-Libbers are not tour guides; instead they facilitate discussions about the art installations which allows participants to have their own experience in discovering the art.

Appreciation Team (A-Team)
Best traits:
People skills, creative, flexible, enthusiastic, appreciative, multi-tasker, organized. We’re looking for cheerleaders for all the art teams and artists. A-Team members express appreciation for all the work the artists and those who support them do to bring art to the playa. This team also hosts the annual ARTery Party, which is a celebration for ALL the artists and ARTery volunteers, and they offer a variety of fun ways to celebrate and show gratitude to BRC artists.

Requirements:

  • You must have attended Burning Man at least once in order to join the team.
  • We request regular attendance (in-person at headquarters or via conference call) at the monthly ARTery meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month from May through August, with a debrief in October.
  • A minimum of three 4-hour shifts during the event.

To apply to join the team, please fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire and select Art as your preferred area of interest.

Have a question about the ARTery? Email artery@burningman.org.

 

Arctica

Does the idea of working in and around freezing ice trucks in 110-degree heat appeal to your inner Eskimo? If so, then you’ll be at home volunteering with Arctica and the ice caps – where nearly 400 people come together to create the three chill-(i)-est spots on the Black Rock Desert.

Located at 3 o’clock, 9 o’clock, and Center Camp, Arctica sells ice to the Burning Masses, with all proceeds going to benefit local Gerlach-area charities and community groups. The gift economy keeps on giving!

We are looking for Cube Masters to work three-hour shifts throughout the entire event. You’ll keep the life force flowing to hot and dusty Black Rock citizens while helping to support a local communities that exist outside BRC!

If interested, indicate Arctica (Ice Sales) in the Volunteer Questionnaire, or contact our volunteer coordinator via ice-volunteers@burningman.org.

Airport – 88NV

Black Rock City has its very own Municipal Airport, 88NV, so come get high with us!

It takes nearly 400 incredibly cool people four weeks to build, operate, live in, and disappear a hundred-acre Airport in Black Rock City every year. Yep, we said Airport!

Working on the Black Rock City Municipal Airport Operations Team isn’t just a mouthful, it’s crazy-exciting, fast-paced fun. Airport Ops Team (for short) builds and runs the Airport before, during, and after Burning Man. We oversee everything that happens at 88NV, from welcoming passengers to BRC, to radio communications and data processing, to MOOP patrols.  We do it all and we invite you to join us!

88NV IS A GLOBAL CROSSROADS

Airport gets by with a lot of help from our friends, who can also become your friends, including: the fabulous Box Office team, the Gate Perimeter & Exodus badasses, the ever-vigilant Census team, talented Airport artists and music makers, and Greeters so sweet you’ll get a toothache. You’ll run into plenty of Burners from all over the world here, too.

Even though 88NV is in its own corner of BRC, exciting things happen here all day from sunup to sundown. If you want to visit or volunteer with us, find the intersection of 5:00 & L  and look for the Airport Road to Point 5. Be sure to bike, walk, or ride a Mutant Vehicle because cars are otherwise prohibited and we will stop you!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Log into your Burner Profile, and on the Volunteer Questionnaire click Airport. Our Volunteer Coordinators will respond to you via email and you’ll be ready for takeoff!

All Airport volunteers sign up for shifts via Shiftboard. If you sign up for a shift and cannot make it, be a rockstar and tell us beforehand. To do us a serious solid, arrange your own replacement by recruiting a neighbor or a campmate! You’ll wish you kept your shift when you hear their seriously incredible stories later on. Magic, weirdness, and amazement await.

Send love notes and questions to airport@burningman.org

Visit the 88NV website at airport.burningman.org

Air Playa Info (Reno)

Do you like answering questions and helping people? Do you have free time before heading to the playa? Or, are you not going to the playa this year but still want to actively participate? If any of these apply to you, then you could be a good volunteer for Air Playa Info.

Established in 2008, Air Playa Info is an off-playa bureau of Playa Info. It is an Information service provided at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport by Burning Man and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority during the event to assist Burners arriving via the airport. The Airport Authority estimates approximately 10,000-15,000 Burners come through the airport during the event, so our Info service is very helpful and needed!

Air Playa Info Oracles greet Burners and answer questions. A variety of information and resources are available to assist travelers in getting the details they need, so they can move onward toward their playa destination. We provide information such as directions to Black Rock City, local Reno-area resources, and rideshare possibilities.

If you enjoy interacting with people and know enough about the Reno area and/or the Burning Man event to answer questions, we would love to have you as a volunteer for a 3 or 4-hour shift!

If you would like to volunteer with Air Playa Info, please check the “Air Playa Info” box under the “Volunteer Team Interests” section on the Volunteer Questionnaire, or contact us at airplayainfo@burningman.org for more information.

You will find the gratitude of the people you help enormously rewarding!

Gate, Perimeter and Exodus

The “Gate” department is actually comprised of 3 teams — Gate, Perimeter and Exodus — each with separate but connected functions. When you sign up to work with our department you may volunteer with just one of those teams or all three. We are the first people to welcome participants into the city after they turn off the highway and drive onto the playa, and we are the last people to say goodbye as they return to the default world. We are one of the few Burning Man departments that operates 24 hours a day before, during, and after the event, and we work very closely with nearly every other department on playa.

Gate

Gate staff usher many thousands of people from the blacktop to the dust top, with a certain kind of je ne sais quoi that only this motley bunch can muster. Some mistakenly think that we are Greeters, some refer to us as security, and to most we are those surly guys and gals who search your cars and tear your tickets. The latter is correct, but we do oh so much more than that.

Our number one priority is to ensure that each and every inhabitant of Black Rock City gets in safely and with the proper credentials (read: ticket in hand). We search vehicles, looking for stowaways, potential MOOP-makers (Matter Out Of Place), firearms, fireworks and dogs, as well as ensuring all Mutant Vehicles entering the city are pre-registered with the DMV. We unite artists with art placement. We get the ice trucks, water trucks, and “poop pumpers” in to the city as rapidly as possible. All this while making sure that traffic on the highway doesn’t back up.

Perimeter

The Perimeter staff patrol the fence line looking for people trying to sneak in, and ensuring the safety of those that have accidentally stumbled out or that are just plain lost. We work with the Bureau of Land Management to monitor the closure area around the event site.

Exodus

Exodus helps thousands of Burners get out of Black Rock City and on down the highway as safely and as fairly as possible. We do this with the help of “Exiters” who control traffic and resolve traffic issues in BRC, and “Flaggers” who control and maximize the flow of traffic onto the highway and through the towns of Gerlach and Empire. We are the last contact our citizens have with Black Rock City.

From Saturday night through Tuesday, we are the eyes and ears of Black Rock City. Exodus is responsible for monitoring traffic flow, reporting disabled vehicles, assisting drivers with issues, and generally being out there, in the dust, making sure the process is running smoothly. We maintain a close relationship with BMIR, updating them with real-time traffic info that they in turn pass on to BRC citizens. We take pride in completing the cycle, from arrival through Gate, to leaving with Exodus.

Volunteer with Gate, Perimeter & Exodus

The Gate staff is a dedicated and diverse group, and many of our core staff have worked for the department for years. We’re a tight bunch with a keen sense of camaraderie. The work is physically grueling, sometimes mentally taxing and usually thankless. Dust storms that halt action for others on the playa don’t faze us – we can’t let them. We have a job to do. The Gate is our Burning Man, and we love it.

We have many types of positions to suit people with different skills and interests. But there are a few traits and skills that will serve you well in our department:

  • A willingness to work hard and be part of our team.
  • Responsible, self-reliant, and able to roll with the punches.
  • Patience, composure and a sense of humor in challenging situations.
  • Good people skills and a desire to interact with everyone who enters or leaves Black Rock City.
  • And of course a willingness to have fun while doing all of this!

We are looking for people to help us make a positive impact on everyone’s experience the minute they leave the blacktop of the default world and enter Black Rock City. We need volunteers 24 hours a day during the entire week of the event, and a few days after for Exodus. Most shifts are six hours, and the fact that we operate 24 hours a day means we can be sure to find a shift that suits you best.

Volunteers should have attended the event at least once before they work with Gate and Perimeter. New Burning Man participants can volunteer with Exodus. You must also be able to attend the meetings and training sessions. Training meetings usually happen in the June-July timeframe in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are not local, we will also have on-playa training.

If you wish to join the Gate, Perimeter & Exodus crew, please indicate this on the Volunteer Questionnaire by checking the appropriate box. Our Volunteer Coordinator will email you with more information. Please note that by the beginning of August we are making our way to the playa to start setting up the Gate (which means we may not be checking email), so if you want to volunteer with us for the current year, please fill out the questionnaire as far in advance as possible.

For other questions or comments, email gate@burningman.org.