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Calling All Centre Camp Guardians

Won’t you help us create the most magical space?

Where burnfolk can gather in joyful embrace?

Where all beings are welcomed with learning and song,

A communal bliss-playground where all can belong?

The Burn’s beating heart, with enchantments astounding

With love flowing freely and laughter resounding

Could YOU help us actualise this divine dream

As a member of the Centre Camp Guardian team?

Centre Camp is a central space for the Burner community to gather and connect. Its welcoming magic takes place under a large stretch tent, and this year it will come alive with fun and uplifting activities, such as workshops, community events, and open mic nights.  Here, everyone is invited to share and receive their gifts, or simply rest weary bodies in preparation for future adventures.

As Centre Camp Guardian, you get to be a part of this magic.  You will help ensure all events run smoothly, and play a part in creating memories and experiences for all burners to enjoy.  You will be an active participant in making Centre Camp into a vibrant and inclusive community space, and in turn, magical memories of your own are guaranteed.*

As a Centre Camp Guardian, you are open, friendly and happy to engage with other burners.  A knowledge and understanding of the 10 principles is highly desirable, as well as a willingness to live them, model them and share them with others.

Another way you can contribute to Centre Camp is to bring your own personal gifts to the space.  We are still looking for people to run workshops, talks, yoga, discussion forums, dance offs, tea parties or any other kind of event or activity.  You are only limited by your own imagination. The space holds up to 100 people, and we can provide you with a sound system and a projector!

To join the team and contribute your own fairy dust to this hub of communal wonder, head over to http://burningseed.com/centre-camp/  and complete the form.  We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

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The ARTery needs YOU!

“There is a yet unnamed art movement that may prove to be of some significance, and Burning Man is close to its centre. It often manifests itself as circus, ritual, and spectacle. It is a movement away from a dialogue between an individual artist and a sophisticated audience, and towards collaboration amongst a big, wild, free and diverse community. It is a rejection of spoon-fed corporate culture and an affirmation of the homemade, the idiosyncratic, the personal. It is profoundly democratic. It is radically inclusive, it is a difficult challenge and it is beckoning.” Larnie Fox, 1997

There is no doubt art is fundamental to the Burning Seed experience, and in order to have art, we need an ARTery department.  The ARTery promotes community and art, chooses and places art at Seed, and assists artists through the process of creating their visions.

** The ARTery requires a Team Lead / 2 Co-Team Leads **

Are you the leader we need to take the reins of this essential department?

If so, you’ll work closely with the current team lead at the 2018 Burning Seed, and receive all the training, support and mentoring you need to assist you in this role.  As the Team Lead you will oversee operations, staff and all art programs including the Art Grant Selection Committee. You’ll be responsible for managing budgets and ensuring major tasks are completed.  This is a year-round role and will require an ongoing passionate commitment, and you will be well supported by a large team of dedicated people and the Curation, Arts and Culture Facilitators/Leadership Team.

To read the detailed position description, click here Ideally the selected applicant can meet and work with the team at Seed this year in an internship role, working closely with the current lead Stephanie to close out the year and attend the Summit at the end of November. If you have any questions, get in touch with Steph at artery@burningseed.com.

If you want to be involved in ARTery but are not positioned to lead it right now, we have a whole lot of roles that need filling!

On Site

  • Artist Support Services (ASS) Crew who can be onsite pre-event, you will work closely with the artists and DPI, details here. All shifts are pre-event Sunday-Tuesday. 
  • Concierge Crew who help run the ARTery department on site, with a focus on artist check-in, placement and registration, details here (limited positions available)

Year Round (starting after Seed)

  • Artist Liaison/2IC to assist ARTery team leads, involved with the Art Grant Selection Committee as both a member and an advisor. Role description here. Position can start just after Seed if mentoring is required/desired otherwise role to commence in December to prepare for 2019 grant cycle.
  • ARTery Finance Lead to interface between ARTery and finance to ensure grants are paid and documented, position description here, position to be filled by February 2019.

If any of this sounds like you, hop over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and get your application in!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

All photos by Nigel Dobson-Keefe taken at Burning Seed 2017, Matong State Forest NSW
Art (L-R) Rocket Clock by Everyday People, The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas, The Bone Tree by Chelsea Brown-Tremain, and Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keefe,

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Your Loo Crew Needs You!

Some Burners like to party.  Others like to enjoy the art or attend workshops.  Many burners focus on leading crews, running their theme camps or their own brand of gifting.  But there is one thing that all burners have in common.

They all need to poo!

If you have been to Seed (or anywhere in the world) then you know what a difference it makes to your experience when toilets are clean and functional, well stocked with paper and endowed with running water.  We all love clean facilities, and that means we need a team of heroes to make it so. A team prepared to step up, and make everyone’s bathroom experiences enjoyable, relaxing, and perhaps even memorable.  As part of the Sanitation crew, you’ll ensure all the toilets are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Don’t worry, the real dirty work of sewage removal is done by the paid professionals and you will be supplied with everything you need to stay clean like our Squeaky Queen.

Do you have what it takes??  If you do, you’ll be rewarded richly.  As a sanitation crew member, you’re entitled to the following perks:

  • A hot shower after each shift!!!
  • 3 meals a day during build and packdown
  • A meal and self serve snacks every day you volunteer during the event

And if that’s not enough, you’ll more than likely find yourself randomly showered with compliments, appreciation and low-level hero worship from grateful burners. Here’s some of the awesome props from our 2017 poo crew legends:

“Definitely crewing next year! Thanks. Thursday morning ghostbuster crew.  Playing techno, with flashing lights in hazard suits. Just doing my job ma'am." - Niki Wheatley

“It's really not as intense as you'd think, really just changing paper rolls and dusting off the place. And the gratitude is insane! People thank you left right and centre when you are in sanitation, you are treated like superheroes. And that's quite lovely!” – Bruno Helbert

“Was easy and it was a great team!” - Jackie Turner

Don’t let your chance to poo crew slip on through like a ghostly number 2!  To grab your position on Burning Seed Sanitation Services’ 2018 team, pop to the community crew page on our website and get in touch.

An important P.S. Even if you don’t volunteer for Sanitation, you are all poo crew!!  We love to serve but we are not your mums and maids, we are not here to deal with your MOOP and the cleanliness of our toilets is mostly up to YOU!  

 

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Do you have what it takes to be a Red Earth Ranger?

BURNER QUIZ!

Please tick all boxes that apply to you.

⬜ I enjoy helping people and contributing to the wellbeing of the community.

⬜ I prefer to participate whilst strolling around the paddock engaging with people and art.

⬜ I am responsible, reliable and trustworthy.

⬜ I am diplomatic, friendly and patient.

⬜ I have great communication skills and a sense of humour.


If you’ve ticked all of these boxes, you probably have what it takes to be part of one of the most visible and badass crews on the paddock.

A Burning Seed Ranger

Rangers act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information, facilitators of public safety, and navigators at the edge of chaos.  You’ll spend your shifts roaming the paddock, engaging with events, camps and people, responding to emergency situations when required, and being the eyes and ears of Burning Seed.

Trained to do nothing at first, Rangers only step in when the community’s self-reliance runs out. We are not police, nor are we paid security. We are ready to serve.

All training is provided, and you’ll learn Emergency First Response and Ranger Fu principles – great skills that can transfer to every aspect of your life. The Ranger Jedi Council (leadership team) are made up of experts and professionals in dispute resolution, non-violent communication, military and humanitarian law, martial arts, and Burning Seed veterans.

"I started Rangering to help the community. I had no idea how much it would also improve my confidence, ability to speak and organisation skills." – Ranger Snorky

“The day after ranger training, I was up early and I heard a woman shouting “Get the hell away from me!”  Before, I would have avoided this, but I confidently strolled over, dealt with it, and de-escalated the situation.” – Ranger Sunrise

“Rangering is not only a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and contribute meaningfully to the burn, but a chance to feel more connected to it as a whole.  It was one of the best experiences of my life, I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Ranger Sparrow Hawk

If that sounds like something you’d be into, pop over to the website and complete your form. http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

Then sign up for a ranger training of your choice here!

Melbourne, 8th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/479787915824514/

Sydney, 15th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/256436465119595/

Canberra, 16th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/121257975403887/

Onsite, 24th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788948244524397/

 

 

 

 

 

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All about P.E.E.R and why we need you

 

Ever wondered what a P.E.E.R Ranger does on a typical shift? Are you considering sharing your important skills but don't know what is expected? Fear that a shift could be too overwhelming or emotionally taxing on you? Ranger LadySparkles interviewed one of her team members from 2017 about their experience being a specialist Ranger and here's what she said….

What called you to be a P.E.E.R Ranger?

It felt like an obvious choice. I wanted to gift my time in a way that used my strongest skills and experience. I wanted to co-create a safe and respectful space for everyone, and emotionally support anyone who needed it.

How would you describe P.E.E.R Rangers?

PEERS are all qualified and trained professionals who work in the field. It was immensely reassuring knowing that trained people would be available on site, at any hour, purely to offer psychological support to anyone in need.

 

What was your experience of being a P.E.E.R Ranger like?

I was instantly part of a larger team, all of whom were generous individuals, driven to keep the community safe and protect the environment. My shifts were mostly focused on ranger duties like trying to find a lost child, and working with other rangers to ask a person without a wristband to leave. We all looked after each other and we received a great deal of respect and gratitude for our time. There is no doubt that being a PEER Ranger was an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.

Does this sound like you? Have Questions?

What does PEER stand for?

Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response. PEER Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their friends, campmates and Red Earth Rangers.

What is expected of me?

As a PEER ranger you’ll be expected to do at least 2x4 hour shifts (or 1 graveyard shift). You’ll need to attend ranger training and PEER ranger training (both training sessions can be completed onsite) and wear the supplied uniform so you can be recognised. You may be called upon to respond to more serious incidents at the event such as assault, mental health concerns and large scale event emergencies. Although these are rare, they are possible and you must be prepared for events like these. Debriefing is available for any team member who requests it.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to an experienced and qualified Team Lead or 2ic for support with any critical incidents, and work closely with other teams such as experienced veteran rangers, dirt rangers,  sanctuary, medical and security. You’ll be provided with a dedicated team area with water, snacks and sunscreen and some extra perks for the graveyard shifts. Being a PEER ranger, you will develop your  crisis intervention skills, psychological risk assessment, responding to sexual assault and safety planning skills to your therapeutic tool kit.

What qualifications do I need?

Ideal crew members will have previous medical, mental health, psychological counselling or crisis intervention experience - although your role title will be a ‘Specialist Ranger’ or P.E.E.R Ranger. You will not be expected to operate as or even disclose your profession during your time on the paddock.  Experience in sexual assault services, telephone crisis lines, youth work, and emergency services or similar is also valuable. Get in touch to discuss your suitability.

What if this sounds like me but I didn't buy a ticket before the event sold out?

PEER Rangers have a small number of directed tickets available for people who are prepared to commit to the team. These need to be purchased by 12 September 2018 AT THE LATEST.

If you’re keen to put your skills to use, learn some new ones and help support an important and crucial team on the paddock, step up and claim your place on the PEER team here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

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P.E.E.R 2iC Announcement

LadySparkles, P.E.E.R Team Lead is pleased to introduce and welcome James aka Rakkar to the role of P.E.E.R 2iC.

Rakkar stumbled across Burning Seed in 2014, and got himself a Seed tattoo a few days after getting back to Sydney from that first burn. 'How did they imagine and organise an event so packed with so much trashiness, camping, community, joy & creativity' - he pondered after his first event.  He decided he wanted to get more involved in creating the weird magic he witnessed a few years prior, so as the years rolled by he joined the Ranger Team, upped his gifting game, lent a hand to theme camps and nudged people in the default world - “Have you thought about coming to Seed? It isn’t a cult, but you should join us!” He is worried that this enthusiasm will one day result in his parents coming to Seed and he may have to be more selective in his displays of trashiness. Each one teach one -right?

In the default world Rakkar is a qualified Social Worker with a background in sexual health, substance use and general crisis work. He attempted to join P.E.E.R rangers in 2016, but we all remember how that Seed ended up. He was more successful in 2017 and in 2018 he will be supporting the P.E.E.R Rangers as 2iC - as well as the other dedicated volunteers who make the paddock as safe as can be. LadySparkles is excited to welcome Rakkar to the leadership team and is confident that his skills, passion and sense of humour will fit right in.

What is a Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response Ranger?

For those who don’t know - a P.E.E.R Ranger is a specialist branch of Red Earth Rangers who work alongside Rangers. They are trained and qualified to deal with more serious incidents at Burning Seed such as emotional and psychological crises. Whether it be attending to a distressed parent of a lost child, helping someone through an emotional situation or more infrequently responding to an assault, P.E.E.R Rangers are available to listen, support you and help you get your mind and spirit back to the event as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have skills and experience in counselling, crisis work, mental health or sexual assault response, the P.E.E.R Team encourage your application to join their team of rockstars. Training is onsite and shifts are only 4 hours. For more info or to apply please click on link below:

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

 

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FART IS RECRUITING!

What's all this talk about FART? At Burning Seed we love a good acronym, but all childish jokes aside, FART is Burning Seed's Fire Art Response Team. In other words, the FART is Burning Seed's fire department. We patrol the site and assist external agencies should things not go right. And now, we are on the hunt for some humans wishing to join the team!

We are after two types of humans: Those with Fire Fighting experience and those without (but wishing to learn).

But really, what does FART actually do?
FART provides rapid first aid fire response to fires that may break out - either in the bush or malfunctioning equipment/installations. FART also provides rapid response attack/confine during major art burns.

What is involved?
FART shifts are 12 hours long, during which time you will be patrolling the site in our vehicles, checking on permitted burn barrels and art fires, and generally providing a state of readiness for the worst case scenario.

If this sounds like something you can do/would like to do then apply via this link (even if you are a returning volunteer): https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2276_burningseedregistration2018

We look forward to having you on our team!
Rusty & Hot Wire

Photo by Shaan R. Ali

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Temple Build Crew Callout

Would you like to be involved in the building of one of Burning Seed’s iconic structures? Don’t have any build experience but would like to learn? The Temple Crew are looking to recruit two women to be involved with the crew at Burning Seed 2018.

The Temple Crew this year are focusing on a more diversified approach - an equal mix of genders, abilities, skills and knowledge. With the spots that are already filled, there is space for two more women on the crew. You’ll be joining a team of 13 others who are passionate about building and burning things!

Experience

So what experience do you need to have? None! We want people who have an interest in building or making large wooden things and ideally one who has photography skills who can document as well as build. The team are creating a vibe where skills and knowledge will be shared so expect to learn, have fun and meet some awesome people. Have a skill that you think would be useful to the Temple Crew? Let u know about it!

Commitment and Amenities provided

We need you to be onsite from 12th September (a full two weeks prior to the event) or preferably earlier to be considered for this role. There will be a number of shifts required, but you will be provided with hot showers, 3 meals a day during build and packdown (pre and post event) and 1 meal a day during the event. You will also get to see the inner workings of Seed and experience the excitement of watching Red Earth City rise from the ground!

Interested? Click here to read the Position Description where you will also find a link to apply!

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We’re still seeking a Leave No Trace Team Lead!

The Leave No Trace crew is one of the most important on the Paddock - educating the community about MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) and returning the paddock to its former glory, as close to its natural state as possible. The LNT team is also responsible for keeping a record of how well each theme camp upholds the LNT principle.

We’re seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to step up and lead this critical team, with the support of a 2IC and a wonderful crew. We’ve been fortunate in previous years to have MOOPdaddy lead this team and set up the systems that are now in place. Now he’s stepped down, we need to fill those shoes!

We recently had a chat with MOOPdaddy about his experience as LNT Lead for Burning Seed. Check out the interview below, have a read through the LNT Lead position description, and complete an application form if you fit the bill!

What's your history with burns and the Leave No Trace team?

I've been involved in burner culture for a while. I was part of a theme camp at Kiwiburn in 2009 & 2010, then part of large-scale art projects at Burning Man in 2010 and 2011. Having been exposed to the chaotic beauty of burner "do-ocracy" methods, I was keen to carve out my own path with my local burner community, wherever I was. From 2012 to 2017 that was in Australia.

At Seed 2012 I was on crew (pre-event Gate and DPI). After the burn, I noted that some MOOP was left at a couple of theme camp sites and Hippie Tim, The Karl and I went out and MOOPed it up. A few weeks later at a burner potluck, I bitched about this to Brad Ogden who was the DPI Lead that year. He looked at me and said in that very burner-like way, "sounds good – you should totally do something about that. Want to be the LNT team lead?"

I kinda walked into it, really.

I missed the burn in 2013, but in 2014 I organised a team with Elle Tiffen as my 2iC. It was a pretty ragged bunch. In 2015 we were a little more organised. 2016 never happened. In 2017 I had two 2iC's, Elpi and Nat, who were massive LNT protagonists. 2017 was super-organised and I was really happy with how things were going, so I figured it was time to hang up my MOOP-stick and leave the space open to someone else.

 

What skills/experience did you have that helped you succeed in the role?

The 2011 Burning Man stint was Kitchen Lead for the Temple crew. This was probably the best experience I could have to be able to form a crew elsewhere. I learned how to bring together a disparate and varied crew of people from all over the place and create a team spirit, something to bind us together with a common goal and motivation. It was pretty satisfying to see everyone getting stuck in, backing each other up, and filling in all the holes.

I've also worked in bar & restaurant management, so similar team building experience helped, as well as rostering and scheduling.

I also ran a small business as a massage therapist where I had to do all my own marketing, so I had learned how to leverage social media to get out LNT messaging and create some simple marketing assets like signage and internet memes. I am also kind of geeky and had figured out how to use Google My Maps to create and spread the MOOP Map.

Finally, having good physical fitness and enjoying the outdoors & being in nature helped me stay sane when I was out walking the lines after the burn!

 

What was the most rewarding part of the role? Some of the key highlights?

Definitely the 2017 post-burn sweeps. The number of community crew volunteers was off the charts and we had a rad bunch of burners get together. We smashed out the MOOP sweeps inside of two days and I got to take my crew down to the river for a swim with a few beers as fair reward. My 2iC's and I had worked really hard to get us there and seeing it all pay off was super rewarding.

It also looks pretty decent on my CV to say I was Leave No Trace Team Lead at a major outdoor Australian festival for four years for a team of up to 24 volunteers. I've had employers quiz me about it and be pretty interested in the team management and planning skills.

I want to take a second to pay credit to the other teams who enabled us -- Crew Wranglers, Yum Yums, DPI, and Engine Room to name a few. Y'all kick ass!

 

What were some of your key challenges in the role?

Definitely the number of community crew volunteers. In 2014 we had six people sign up before the burn, and zero showed up afterwards. We had to make do with whoever was around and I ended up doing most of the hard yakka.

In 2015 we had twelve sign-ups and six show up. Better, but still a bit demoralising. I was lucky to have some good quality help.

2017 we had sixteen sign up and – get this – twenty-four show up, due to burners signing up during the burn itself. So, the biggest challenge has been crew recruitment and retention. The more we have, the easier the job. Now the Crew Wranglers have their Part!c!pat!on Stat!on at Centre Camp, there’s a place for people to sign up onsite so we can get the numbers we need to get the job done.=

Other challenges have been organising our messaging. That is, planning and scheduling when we put out MOOP related messages through email, print media, and social media. We really could have benefitted from some more solid direction there. Education before the burn means less MOOP for us to pick up!!

Complete a crew registration form to apply for the LNT Team Lead role, or to become part of the LNT crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Crew applications now open!

What a super exciting time of year - Burning Seed tickets are now on sale and preparations are ramping up! Last month we opened applications for pre and post-event crews, and we’re happy to announce that applications for all the other wonderful on-site community crews on the Paddock are now open!

You can now check out the website, peruse the many roles we have available, and apply to join the crew and help make this year the best Seed yet!

Burning Seed is 100% organised and run by volunteers. Without you, we don’t have the event we all enjoy. Without you, we can’t build the infrastructure, keep the community safe, welcome people through the gates, or keep the loos clean and tidy. Regardless of your skills and experience, we need you on the crew.

Joining a community crew not only supports the smooth running of the event, it’s also the perfect way to make new friends on the Paddock and gain new skills. You’re also welcome to join a crew with your friends - just mention who you’re applying with in the comments and we’ll do our best to pair you up.

Lastly, we still have a number of critical leadership positions that need to be filled asap:

  • Traffic and Placement Lead
  • Info Booth/Lost Property Coordinator
  • Pack Down Manager
  • DPI 2IC
  • Comms & Engagement Leads
  • Leave no Trace Leads

The Crew Wranglers are keeping an eye out for your applications! Click here to complete an application.