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Applications for build and pack down crew now open

We absolutely love all the wonderful community members who put their particiPANTS on to crew for Burning Seed each year during the event. But we ESPECIALLY love those who dedicate up to a month of their time to build and pack down Red Earth City. These pre and post event crews are the backbone of Burning Seed - the ones who build the infrastructure, the structures we burn, feed the crew and pack it all down after the party.

One of the most rewarding ways to get involved with the burn is to join a pre/post event crew. Living and working out in the forest together creates lifelong bonds, as well as the opportunity learn new skills from each other and watch Red Earth City rise and then disappear back into the dust - all the while sharing stories and warm VB by the Stockade campfire.

Handy with a star picket? Got experience as a chippy, plumber, electrician, all round useful guy or gal? A dab hand at putting a marquee up the right way around? We need all sorts of people with a range of skills and experience.

Does this sound like you? If so we would love to hear from you. Applications are now open for the following teams:

  • Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DPI)
  • Effigy & Temple Build Crews
  • Kitchen
  • Pack Down
  • Leave no Trace

Check out the website to view the roles and position descriptions. To apply to join one of these teams, follow this link to fill out the application form. Applications for general community crews will open when tickets go on sale.

We also still have a bunch of critical year-round vacancies to fill as soon as possible - have a look through the roles on the website to see if anything tickles your fancy! Your friendly Crew Wranglers are always here to answer any questions at jointhecrew@burningseed.com

The Effigy Build Crew doing their thing at Seed 2017

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Be a part of the Ancient Future ARTery Team

Are you interested in supporting the growing art culture of Burning Seed? Are you a skilled blogger? Savvy on social media? Perhaps you’re interested in helping curate and select the pieces we fund. The ARTery department is looking for a couple of new volunteers to join our year-round team. Applications for both positions will be open from April 4th to the 16th.

Position 1: Art Grant Selection Committee Member

The Art Grant Selection Committee (AGSC) meet up to three times a year via conference calls to determine the budget and recipients of Burning Seeds art grants and to select the three finalists for the Temple. We need another community member to join our team before the end of April who will participate  in the selection process for the Large Art Grants which closes May 6th. Full position description and application information here

Position 2: Art Blogger & Social Media Manager

We’re looking for a new team member to take the ARTery to the next level, promoting and sharing the amazing art and artists of Burning Seed. The Art Blogger and Social Media manager will create new and engaging blog posts and manage the social media and web presence of the ARTery department, and will work closely with the ARTery Team Lead and Artist Liaison to learn about then promote artists that receive grants from the ARTery. Please check out the position description and application information here.

 

 

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Burning Seed Critical Vacancies in 2018

WE NEED YOU!

Still basking in the afterglow from the ‘Best. Seed. Ever’? Hit up the Decompressions and feeling re-energised and inspired to get more involved? Awesome, because we have a bunch of roles to fill for 2018! At the Summit a few weeks ago we farewelled a number of the amazing peeps that work on Seed year-round, which means in order for the next Seed to be the ‘Bestest. Seed. Ever’ we need YOU to step up and help us do the thing.

Below is a list of the critical vacancies that we really, really, really need to fill as soon as possible so we can get off to a cracking start on the 2018 event. Click the links to check out the position descriptions to learn more about the requirements of each role.

To apply for a role, or enquire for further information, get in touch with the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d be good for the role. Want to get involved but not sure which role? Have a chat with us and we’ll figure it out together!

Applications for onsite community crew roles open with ticket sales in 2018.

 

Critical vacancies for 2018 crew are as follows:

ENGINE ROOM

CREW DEPARTMENT

ENTRY DEPARTMENT

COMMS DEPARTMENT

  • COMMS 2IC
  • WEB DEVELOPER (PD to come)
  • WEB CONTENT/DESIGN LEAD (PD to come)

The Web content/design lead will be responsible for:

    • Design and content for the web page
    • Making the site more accessible for new burners (better info)
    • Creative projects
    • Media galleries
  • PUBLICATIONS LEAD (PD to come)

The Publications team is responsible for

  • Liaising with facilitators, leads and design team to review and update the Survival Guide
  • Designing the event submission process for the WWW guide
  • Updating info in the WWW guide
  • Preparing the AfterBurn report to go out after Summit each year
  • Any other publications as required

SITE SAFETY

  • RED MV TEAM LEAD & 2IC
  • RANGERS 2IC
  • SANCTUARY 2IC (PD to come)
    • We're going to be needing a 2IC to help run Sanctuary in 2018. Ideally you will have experience in harm reduction and altered states, including but not limited to drug harm reduction work at festivals or professionally (including with organisations like DanceWize), ranger duty at Burning Man events, and many types of health or care work.

OPERATIONS

LOST PROPERTY

We also need someone or a couple of people to manage the Lost Property booth/Red Earth Info Centre. Get in touch with us if you’re keen and we’ll discuss and develop the role with you!

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Lubricate Yourselves for Entry Into Deeper Space

Dear Burning Seed Participant,

Hi, we’re your Entry Crew. You haven’t really met us before. We’ve been around, had different names, thrown a lot of shade each other's way, but now we’ve come together to make sure that your re-entry experience is smooth, painless and more than a little exhilarating.

So who are we?

Quite possibly the first people you’ll see at Seed when you arrive this year are the Fluffers. You may remember talk about the Fun Police last year, but they didn’t survive the floods and so out of that the Fluffers were born. When you’re stuck in a queue on Wednesday they’ll be there entertaining and educating you and making sure that you have everything ready for gate. When things are less busy you’ll find them at Greeters, probably wanting hugs and shit too.

Gate Crew: Of course you know and love the Gate Crew! Just remember they aren’t as fond of you. Their job is to get you onto the Paddock as quickly and easily as possible. As your resident ‘Shrugs, Not Hugs’ entry crew, they’ll be doing their standard surly thing, maybe shouting at you through a megaphone, getting grumpy at you for not having enough water (or cold beer for them - do note, your grumpy gate crew can be easily appeased), throwing a few What Where Whens in the car, and, once that’s all done, scanning your ticket. Try not to let them see you cry, it only makes them stronger.

After that experience you may need a welcoming face and a hug, luckily Greeters are here for you. The Greeting Experience, especially for any Burgins (virgin burners), can be quite powerful, heck even the odd experienced and jaded burner has been known to moisten up at the experience. The Greeters will assist with leaving behind the troubles of the default world and getting you ripe and ready for the wonder of Burning Seed.

Lastly, and certainly not least, are Traffic & Camping, the newest kids on the block. When you’re exhausted from the drive (and the slight levels of trauma at Gate) all you want to do is find a spot to pitch your tent (not a euphemism) and these guys will help make sure it’s not in the middle of the paddock under the shade of the effigy. Look out for them in their green hi-vis and make sure to listen to their instructions. The only thing worse that setting up camp is having to do it twice as you are in the wrong spot. #DontBeThatCamp

 

You can be one of us!

Now you’ve met us all we have a favour to ask; we need a few more of you intrepid explorers, especially in the outer reaches of Deeper Space on the Gate and Traffic teams. So if you have a ticket, and want to get your Communal Effort on then head over to the Burning Seed website and sign up now!

And no matter whether you’re being fluffed, scanned, greeted or directed we love you all and can’t wait to see you very soon.

 

Love,

Entry Crew

 

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Your Rangers on the Paddock – Everything you need to know!

The Red Earth Rangers, FART Rangers and PEER Rangers will be pounding the Paddock in Deeper Space, helping the citizens of Red Earth City stay safe and sound in our biggest year yet!

What do the Rangers do? Essentially, they keep the people running smoothly. They are there to support anyone that needs a sober, calm and capable human when Radical Self-Reliance isn’t quite enough to resolve a challenge. They also provide a vital communication and observation link across the event. Rangers “Listen To Their Fucking Radios” at all times so if anything happens, Ranger HQ (aka Red 5) can alert the Event Manager, Site Manager, crew leads, security, medics and the whole shift of rangers to it…and we can all get on with having a good time.

When Burning Seed Deep Space 2016 was cancelled 40% of ticket holders were first-timers, or Burgins. There are so far 180 Red Earth Rangers watching out for us this year, with a hope of more signing up by the time the event begins (that means YOU! It's not too late!).
With so many people attending for the first time, who are new to the Principles, these capable and caring volunteers will need all of us to be Civically Responsible even when we are having stupid amounts of fun! If you see something wrong; tell someone and do something.

The six key instructions at Ranger training are

  1. You are never alone:
    Rangers always have a partner on duty with them, and work with several other pairs per shift.
  2. Do nothing:
    Sounds a bit counter-intuitive at first, but rangers are volunteers who observe the event and assist people in resolving their own situations. They can call for assistance on your behalf, will be kind to you in a negative situation, and can provide guidance towards a solution. But they are not security/police/your parent.
  3. Listen to your radio:
    At a busy event with patchy communication we can’t be radically self reliant all the time so the Rangers are essentially the keepers of the site comms. On a shift they need to be able to quickly manage things that could escalate to a real problem, like a lost child last seen near the dam, so listening is vital.
  4. Listen to your f*&!ing radio:
    Rangers also use their radios and tell each other where the best food is being gifted. 
  5. Keep Calm:
    Burning is hard to do and participants can (and do) get overwhelmed from time to time. Little things can feel big and it’s a great thing to have the cool and calm Red Earth Rangers cruising past; they don’t even have to say anything, they just ooze calm, and it’s contagious. But seriously it is a really special skill to just stay even-keeled while stuff gets sorted out.
  6. Rangers love DPI:
    DPI act all big and tough and badass and give Rangers a hard time for being all goody goody; but being goody goodies mean they just loooooove DPI anyway. “Stay hydrated DPi!!”

Beyond Rangers: FART & PEER Rangers

At Burning Seed there are two special divisions of Rangers: FART and PEER.

FART, the Fire Art Response Team are the flame masters. Every fire at Burning Seed needs a permit…every one. Yes, it’s a burn: No you can’t just burn stuff whenever or wherever you like. Rangers carry a map of permitted burn barrels and will follow the smoke signals to extinguish anything that is not on that map; If you burn somethign without a permit, you will probably get a sarcasm laden lecture and sideways stink eye for the rest of the event, and maybe for eternity. Don’t do it. You can burn your bad feelings about authority and oppression in the Temple on Sunday if you have a problem with this rule.

The PEER (Psychological Emotional Emergency Response) team has specialists Rangers for incidents that involve emotional distress. PEER Rangers are there to help restore emotional balance if things have gotten out of hand for a participant, but they are not security or the police. If something happens to you, like an assault of any kind or if you witness something you find distressing, PEER will bring their skills to help return you safely back into the event. If the situation is serious and you require the assistance of security or the Police, then a PEER Ranger can help support you. Remember to ASK before touching anyone.

We have an incredible security company on site this year to handle anything a bit too real. Rangers call in to Red 5, Red 5 calls the Site Manager and they call Security. No vigilantes required!

Wear your wristbands! 

DON’T FORGET! We all need to make sure we keep our Deeper Space bracelets on. Rangers scan for naked wrists and it is a waste of your Paddock time to be stopped and escorted home to put it on. You are allowed to be naked any time you like (except at Kids’ Camp if you are over 10) but wear that pretty bracelet or you’ll be frogmarched to Gate and nobody wants to meet the wrath of Gate over a poor outfit choice*. We ALL pay to play, even those that work for the whole event, and that bracelet is your passport, no exceptions.
(*Stylist tip; trimming the tails stops them from tightening and causing unsightly bulging and catastrophic circulation loss to the hand).

Sanctuary at Seed:

Another AMAZING new feature at Seed this year is the Sanctuary; a safe place for anyone who goes a bit too deep into space. Some otherwise good experiences can lead to scary times so these legends have volunteered to de-escalate difficulties, like talking spiders in your flight suit for example, and to make sure you don’t go for lift off once your flight suit is cleared of poetic vermin. Try not to end up there, it’s not a day spa as the name suggests. Nor is it a drunk tank, that is called the sofa at Trash Mansion.

Want to help out at Sanctuary this year?? Sign up here!

By Madeline Fountain

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PSA: Everyone Loves Rangers!

With training coming up for our Red Earth City Rangers in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, what better time is there to sign up to ranger at Burning Seed? In case you need a reminder why rangering is so fantastic...

You can sign up to Ranger right here.

And remember, everyone loves Rangers! 

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Step Up to Support Our Community & Safety Services

With reports of the tragic event at Burning Man coming in, it highlights for us at Burning Seed how important our support services are to us as organisers and, more importantly, as community members. Throughout the year we create and update safety policies and procedures, to help us to best serve our community and ensure we all enjoy a safe event.

But we really can’t do this without you.

Currently we are looking for approximately 100 people to step up and participate in four key community safety and support crews. They are:

 

PEER Rangers

PEER Rangers provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their local Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage, but that does not yet need medical services.

They provide immediate emotional, psychological and peer support to participants of all ages, who may require a safe space to process their experiences and to regain a more balanced outlook.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary exists to provide participants a chill out space for when they are having difficulty adjusting to the stimuli at Seed. Some participants may need to take time out from their immediate environment in order to be reintegrated back into the event safely.

We are seeking volunteers who are empathetic, compassionate listeners, and who can remain calm under pressure, to help run Sanctuary as Sitters.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Rangers

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

RedMV

During the event, REDMV works shifts to ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles and prevents use of unlicensed vehicles during the event.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

If you can commit to 1 shift or 5, we would love to welcome you to the Burning Seed crew. Together we can create a safe (and Fun!) environment for everyone.

To join the Burning Seed crew, please follow this link to the Burning Seed Crew Registration form to register.

Keen to join one of these crews, but don’t have a ticket? We *may* be able to help you with that. Complete the Burning Seed Crew Registration form linked above and we will be in touch.

 

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 890

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Traffic Rovers Ahoy! We need you for traffic & placement

There's a brand new team on the Paddock this year, and they need some helping hands! You can be part of the first team (and create the first memories) for Traffic Rovers - read on to learn more. 

So what does a traffic rover do?

Traffic Rovers are all about making sure traffic flows smoothly and safely, while helping people find the best camping spots. They're also about making sure people don't camp where they're not supposed to.

What are the perks?
It's a brilliant team to be part of.  Being a pilot team, the shift requirements will be minimal - just one or two shifts at 3-4 hours max.  You get a license to rove and will meet heaps of fascinating people as they enter the event, while helping participants at the beginning of their Seed journey. You'll also get a radio and a vest and will look all official  😉 
 
It's a great way to contribute to the event without making a huge investment.  Just rock-up, help a few people out, have some good chats and you're done. You also get early entry!
 
Keen to become a Traffic Rover? Check out the role description and register here.

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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Leave No Trace Crew- You won’t be MOOP for the post festival scoop!

Does the Burn always end a little too soon for you? Are you passionate about the Leave No Trace Principles? Do you have an eye for detail and a passionate dislike for glitter? Let the festival roll on with three meals a day and hot showers, while you go on the treasure hunt of a lifetime!

If you’d like to join a committed group of greenies who scour the earth finding all the remaining MOOP, we’d love to hear from you! Register your interest for the post-event Sweeps Team with the Leave No Trace Crew, right here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/