We hope you join us by contributing your time, energy, and skills to help create an incredible event. Together, let’s build an interactive, experiential, sustainable environment that encourages a culture of play, artistic creativity and freedom of expression.
Information on Volunteer Sign Ups for Constellation 2023 will be announced later this Spring/Summer.
The below information applies to Constellation 2022 and is included for reference only. If you’re interested in joining the leadership team for 2023, please reach out to the Event Producers at email@example.com.
Please take a look at the descriptions and links for each department below and sign up for a shift or two!
- Gate volunteers make sure that every participant has a ticket, and every car has a car pass, in order to enter the event. You’ll be checking IDs against a list of valid tickets and passes and giving wrist bands to people on the list. While you will be talking to humans, that doesn’t mean you have to be part of the Sunshine Squad– people going through Gate, while friendly, are usually focused on getting into the Burn, so goal-focused burners should feel comfortable signing up for this role. The ticket and car pass lists may be kept on a computer, but if you’re uncomfortable with using it, there will likely be another volunteer who is willing to be in charge of the list.
- Depending on how many people are entering the Burn while you’re there, there’s a good chance you’ll be on your feet for a lot of your shift, so wear comfortable shoes. You can wear whatever you like, but please keep in mind that nudity is not permitted while working the Gate.
- There must be at least one person comfortable using a handheld radio to communicate with other departments while Gate is open. While this will likely be the shift lead, it does not have to be. Radio training can be provided; just let someone know you’re okay with using it but not sure how, and we’ll get someone to you who can show you how it works.
- Gate volunteers meet for their shifts at the Gate, inside the wooden building behind the Gate tent, which is the new location as of 2022.
- Good to bring: comfy shoes, water, and protection from the sun (eg. sunscreen, umbrella, etc).
- Guardians, established in 2019, are shifting roles for the 2022 event. This year, Guardians are responsible for confirming that every attendee who attempts to enter Constellation 2022 is complying with the COVID-19 Policy.
- Guardians will verify the vaccination status of every attendee before they arrive at the Gate. As a volunteer, you will be given a flowchart to use to confirm vaccination records for each attendee when they arrive. Any suspected violations of the COVID-19 Policy by Guardians or questions about an attendee’s record will be escalated to through the chain of command, and shift leads will be responsible for escalating any issues to the Guardians lead, as appropriate.
- Guardians should be comfortable recognizing and verifying vaccination information. You will be the first-contact attendees have at the event, so while you don’t have to welcome everyone with the enthusiasm of a Greeter, you should be comfortable talking to other humans all day.
- Depending on how many people are entering the Burn while you’re there, there’s a good chance you’ll be on your feet for a lot of your shift, so wear comfortable shoes. Guardians is a bit of a hike up the hill from the front field, so bring whatever you think you may need for the duration of your shift. You can wear whatever you like, but please keep in mind that nudity is not permitted while working as a Guardian.
- Shift lead needs to be comfortable using a radio to communicate with the Gate and Guardians lead during their shift. Radio training can be provided; just let someone know you’re okay with using it but not sure how, and we’ll get someone to you who can show you how it works.
- Guardians volunteers meet for their shift near the front of the property, in the open space between Mama and Papa Zen’s house and the nearby barn. You’ll see it when you arrive at Constellation– you know the place where someone checked your vaccination record on the way in? That’s Guardians. If you need a ride up the hill, please check-in at the Volunteer HQ at least 15-minutes before your shift.
- Good to bring: comfy shoes, water, and protection from the sun (eg. sunscreen, umbrella, etc).
- Volunteering with Greeters involves welcoming incoming Burners on their way into the event. You’ll provide a friendly face as well as valuable information for the newly arrived about where to park their car, how to find their campsite, the deets on volunteering, and the importance of the Ten Principles of Burning Man. While it does involve a significant amount of contact and engagement with other humans, volunteering with Greeters does not require being the peppiest person in Peppington! We’re looking for normal friendly people, not Stepford Burners.
- Greeters meet behind the small stage, adjacent to the burn field. You should anticipate being on your feet (or your transportational equivalent) for most and possibly all of your shift. Greeters have access to nearby shade, but most of your time engaging new arrivals will be in the open air.
- Good to bring: comfy shoes, water, and protection from the sun (e.g. sunscreen, umbrella, etc).
- Parking volunteers direct vehicle traffic to ensure an orderly parking process for burners entering and exiting the event. You’ll help people park their cars so that they avoid parking anyone in (including themselves) and maximize the most efficient use of our designated parking spaces.
- Parking volunteers may be stationed in the front or back field parking lot, in the parking tent, or along the roadway to help direct traffic.
- You’ll be on your feet and under the open sky. Getting dressed up can help your shift go by easier: for you, your fellow volunteers, and the people you’re helping. But be sure to wear something comfortable, and dress for potential changes in weather (layers, comfortable shoes, etc.).
- Parking shifts meet at the Parking tent in the front field. Shift Leads should be comfortable with the strong possibility of having to use a handheld radio as part of their shift.
- Good to bring: comfortable shoes, sunscreen/big hat and-or umbrella/raincoat, and water– parking can be surprisingly thirsty work.
- Rangers are Burners, who volunteer as a non-confrontational community resource, to assist other participants in burning their best burn, and trying to help them solve their own problems. Rangers are not cops, not security, and not in charge. An updated copy of the Ranger Manual will be provided before the event.
- New folks who are excited to try to assist others, and be the calmest person in the space, are always welcome! General descriptions of the Ranger positions are:
- Khaki: Primary Ranger on-duty. Responsible for receiving any radio calls to the Rangers, organizing shift changes, as well as both the Dispatch and Dirt Ranger duties, when those roles are not on-shift. On comms on the Safety channel. Should plan to spend most time at Ranger HQ.
- Dispatch: Partners with Khaki to address any radio calls. May request resources within the Safety Sphere to be sent to a location, either based on in-person experience, or observing radio traffic. Should be provisioned two radios — one ‘floater’ and another on the Safety channel. Radio skills are a plus (cutting through traffic, making requests as clear as possible, connecting dots), but are totally teachable. This role may take on qualities of a Dirt Ranger, either taking walks in the fields, or being available at Ranger HQ.
- Dirt: Rangers walking the event during high-energy hours. On comms on the Safety channel. Should freely escalate to Khaki with any questions and support.
- It is critical that when you sign up to Ranger, that you also email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- legal name
- ranger handle (or burner name)
- preferred e-mail address
- Before signing up for a Khaki shift, please contact email@example.com directly, and explain your Ranger experience.
- Ranger training will all be done remotely, BEFORE the event. NO ON-SITE RANGER TRAINING WILL HAPPEN. This is why we need your email addresses, to get you training materials.
- Ranger meetups will happen at 1900 on both Thursday and Friday evenings of the event, at Ranger HQ. Plan to attend one or both of these. If you cannot make either due to immovable conflicts, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll figure something out.
- Please know that we are likely shifting the way we do “first aid” this year, with much more self-help / radical self reliance.
- The general plan at this time, subject to change, is that we’ll have a self-help first aid station with basic supplies, and volunteers available on radio to talk with folks who might need to seek higher level care.
- No volunteers, in any team, are expected to provide care you are not trained to give.
- When you aren’t sure what to do, you should escalate the question by radio to the safety sphere lead, or the producer on call.
- If you have first aid or medical experience and would like to assist, please reach out to Sauerkraut, at email@example.com, and let’s talk!
- Sanctuary volunteers welcome burners in need of a quiet, calm space away from the light, sound, and social stress of the larger burn environment. Sanctuary is a place set aside to allow burners to engage challenging emotions, thoughts, and experiences, whether that means processing through them, recovering from them, or both.
- Please Note: There will be a Sanctuary orientation held during the event – exact time and date TBA. This orientation is required for first time Sanctuary volunteers and strongly encouraged for returning volunteers.
- Burners in this role provide peer-to-peer support that enables that work to happen. This can include (but is not limited to) helping participants to gain mental and emotional groundedness, helping to clarify confusing or complicated issues or problems, and helping to brainstorm approaches to challenging situations. Sanctuary volunteers act as helpers and assistants. They are not therapists or life coaches; sanctuary work is done with the understanding that the primary healer and leader is the person who owns the issue.
- People who find it uncomfortable to be around the distress of other people, or to sit with problems without “solving” them may find Sanctuary to be one of the most challenging volunteer departments. Emotional, cultural, and situational sensitivity are assets in Sanctuary volunteering, as are good listening skills. Staying calm in high energy situations, without the need to make the situation calm, is another valuable quality in this role. While you are not a medic or working First Aid, volunteers in this role make sure that participants are drinking water and physically comfortable so they can focus on the intangible issues that brought them to Sanctuary.
- Volunteering with Sanctuary involves working in the Sanctuary tent, so unlike a lot of other departments you don’t need to worry as much about exposure to sun or rain. You may wish to bring a blanket or other warm clothing during night shifts, since working with this department almost by definition involves long periods of sitting or relaxing. There is no dress requirement for this department. Keep in mind that you may be talking to people who are having a tough day, and consider leaving your more conceptually challenging burn costumes for another time.
- The Sanctuary tent is located behind the wood pile, across from the Gate, in front field.
- Good to bring: comfortable clothes and blankets, coloring books or other calming, time-passing activities, water.
- Constellation loves our volunteers so much that we made a whole department about it! Volunteer Appreciation distributes drinks, snacks, and other miscellaneous items to volunteers on shift, while also preparing meals in the NoVA (Neighborhood of Volunteer Appreciation) kitchen.
- Available positions include:
- Meal Lead – you’ll be provided with the meal directions and three volunteers to prep, cook, and clean up during either the morning meal or the 4:20 snack. Our department lead will be on-hand to help answer any questions you may have, but it’ll be a pretty straightforward shift. This is a great position if you enjoy running a camp kitchen or have cooking experience!
- Meal Volunteer – you’ll be working under the direction of the Meal Lead to prep, cook, and clean up during either the morning meal or the 4:20 snack. No cooking experience required.
- Snack Coordinator – you will be responsible for providing snacks, drinks, and other supplies to various teams across the Burn. You’ll have use of a golf cart (driver must be sober!) to check in with our volunteers and make sure they’re well cared for.
- Volunteer Appreciation is a great fit for people who communicate gratitude and kindness through acts of service and gift-giving. Kitchen skills are welcome, but they’re not necessary. We’re all about Burners who want to let other people know that their contributions and investment in the community we create are sincerely valued and appreciated.
- Volunteers with this role should anticipate being on their feet, either helping in the staff kitchen or traveling around the burn with snacks, beverages, and other useful items to give to other on-duty volunteers. Because of the likelihood of being within our kitchen for at least part of your shift, shoes are required for this job. Minimal clothing is also a requirement for being in the kitchen. Being covered up in a more general way, in case of grease spatter or contact with hot food/water, is highly encouraged. Long sleeves or outsized, flowing clothing is a kitchen fire hazard, so please leave those items at your camp.
- Volunteers should report to the Neighborhood of Volunteer Appreciation, located behind the large stage in the front field, to start their shifts.
- Good to bring: comfortable shoes, clothing that doesn’t lay too far away from your body as you move.
- Other than burning art, Lamplighters are one of the oldest traditions in the Burn community. Volunteers in this role hang kerosene lamps at night to help designate paths and light people’s way, and recover them in the morning so they can be refilled and put out again at night.
- This role involves carrying modest weight, in the form of lanterns, around the space established for the event. Some Lamplighter departments, but not all, provide robes to their volunteers to wear during their shifts. Morning shifts are more likely to involve a greater degree of sun exposure than evening ones, and you may get a bit dirty. Both shifts involve a fair amount of walking, or whatever your normal form of conveyance is.
- Lamplighter shifts begin at the easy-ups halfway between Gate and the Bathhouse, next to Greeters.
- Good to bring: comfortable shoes, clothes that can get dirty, sun protection for early shifts.
Leave No Trace
- Volunteering with Leave No Trace involves picking up MOOP (Matter Out Of Place), with a focus on high traffic public spaces within the burn. While all burners take responsibility for MOOP, they can’t catch everything.
- You’ll be provided with MOOP bags and a trash picker (a kind of long-armed arcade-claw, to keep you from having to bend over too much). While shifts are flexible and we do not expect volunteers to take the whole afternoon, we do ask that you dedicate at least 2 hours to this task. The three areas for LNT noted are:
- Front Field – The Nebula and Lil’ Dippers; includes the burn field, ring road, and kidsville camping area.
- Mid Field – The Black Hole, The Magnetosphere, and Andromeda; includes the area west of the railroad bridge up to the entrance for the Overflow Parking lot.
- Back Field – The Milky Way and Deep Space; includes the area adjacent to and around the Overflow Parking lot.
- You should expect to be on your feet (or other base mode of conveyance) and under the open sky during your shift, so plan accordingly.
- Shifts begin and end at Volunteer HQ – look for the signs directing you to the LNT supplies for more information. If you have any questions, you can usually find the LNT lead at Camp Recharge.
- Good to bring: comfortable shoes, sunscreen/big hat, positive attitude
- There is a required meeting for all volunteers with this department. Please come to the small stage behind Greeters at 7pm, on the day of your shift, to attend. This meeting will go over the role, responsibilities, and preparation for burn perimeter volunteers. Please make sure attend the meeting on the day of your shift, even if you have attended a pre-burn meeting previously. Volunteers who miss the pre-burn meeting will be unable to work the burn perimeter that day (and nobody wants that, because where would we be without you?).
- When art gets burned, we set up a burn perimeter: a space around the art that is free of any observers. Volunteers with this department establish and maintain the burn perimeter, to keep the community safe while they enjoy the art. You’ll stand between the art and the crowd, making sure that people don’t cross the perimeter and get too close to the fire. In the extremely rare event that someone chooses to cross the perimeter and doesn’t willingly return outside of it, volunteers in this role work to stop them as quickly as possible and escort them away from the area.
- This role involves maintaining focus on the people around you for multiple hours alongside other volunteers. You should expect to stand throughout your shift. You won’t be close enough to the burn to be in danger, but exposed skin and synthetic fabrics may get warm enough to be very uncomfortable. You’ll probably want to make sure you’re wearing natural fibers that cover most of your body.
- It is extremely important for perimeter volunteers to be sober during their shift. If you show up and you aren’t sober, you’ll be sent home immediately, and there’s a good chance that someone will tell you you’re a jerk.
- Good to bring: appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes.
- Conclave fire spinners get to entertain their friends, their camp and the whole burn! Strut your stuff and show us your moves as you spin fire around the Effigy before we light it. Signing up in advance of the event is not required but encouraged, so that we can get an idea of who wants to spin and be sure to allocate enough time and fuel for everyone.
- Previous experience with Conclave is not required, but you should be experienced enough to be comfortable with your prop(s) for the audience, event, and your own safety. You must be sober and wearing appropriate fire-resistant clothing/footwear. Everyone who wants to spin during Conclave will also need to help Safety, when it is their turn.
- Please note: there is a mandatory safety meeting on Saturday afternoon at 4pm on the field, near the Effigy. **TO SPIN IN CONCLAVE YOU MUST ATTEND THE SAFETY MEETING**
- You should bring your prop(s), your safety gear, and water. We will provide the fuel and fuel dump.
If you have questions about any of the above teams, or are curious whether a particular team or position is a good fit for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we candirect you to the right team.
At this time, we are not tracking Constellation volunteer hours for purposes of reserve tickets. Current recipients of reserve tickets include Constellation leadership, art grant recipients, and members of the FirePony Board.