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The Rangers are looking for some awesome people

If you've been to Seed before, you may have seen people walking around in orange. They're not just burners in costume - they're our rangers, and they're a vital part of Burning Seed.
Rangers have a very important role on site and contribute to the smooth running fo the event. They are not the police, they're participants like yourself who have decided to be sober and responsible for a few hours and walk around to help out other community members. With access to walkie talkies, training and a kick-ass cadre of seasoned veteran burners supporting them, Rangers volunteer their time to make sure that people are empowered when their radical self reliance runs out. This doesn't mean that they stop people from having fun; rather, they might point out the ways that that spiky bar could hurt you, and then call the medics if your long jump doesn't go as planned. You'll often see them dancing their butts off to a great set at a theme camp, but they'll also check in to make sure that person in the corner is choosing to sleep instead of passing out.
If you're in trouble on the paddock, the Rangers are a great first resource - they're good for helping find lost children, they can help mediate disputes and many are very good huggers if they're asked to provide one. Consent is still required though, so please don't just go jumping on them expecting they'll love it!
Ranger Training
Rangers learn to be so awesome through their training which happens pre-burn off-paddock, or on the first day of Seed for people who don't live in major cities or missed out on the pre-burn events. Training covers what to do in a variety of situations and returning rangers often help mentor newer rangers to provide even more range of experience. At training you will learn how to use radio protocols, how to approach a situation without inflaming it and also get the opportunity to hold the perimeter during burns. Burns can't happen without a safe perimeter, so rangers are CRUCIAL for one of the most fun and important parts of the event!
Burning Seed has one of the highest ratios of participants that have gone through ranger training of any burn in the world, which is something to be proud of. Ranger training is useful both for Seed and outside of Seed, and many participants have reported that their ranger training helped them out in sticky situations in the default world as well.
Why and how to get involved!
Are you interested in volunteering your time as a ranger? We would absolutely LOVE to have you on board. You'll get to experience Burning Seed from a whole new perspective and build some great relationships along the way.
You can get involved with Rangers in two easy steps!
  1. Register with the Crew Wranglers first. To do this, follow the link to complete a simple sign up procedure: https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2404_CrewReg
  2. Sign up for the training onsite. Training will happen on September 25th @2pm. Follow the link to our Facebook event to sign up and get all of the latest news and information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2313762232224044/
PERKS! 
If you need to get to the paddock early to get settled in before training, there's a link to Early Entry on the FB invite so that you can let us know when you plan to arrive.  If you think you can make the paddock better by donning the orange, step up, come volunteer and be a part of a crucial, awesome team!

 

 

 

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We like to Potty: Our Loo Crew is Recruiting

Loo Crew is recruiting: Only Legends need apply…

So you’ve decided you want to come to Seed and contribute to the gifting culture of this awesome event. It occurs to you that volunteering would be a great way to do this and meet awesome likeminded people but… which crew to choose? Fortunately for you, dear friend, one of the most important and fun teams are looking for new superstars: The Amazing Loo Crew! These are the silent (and not so silent) warriors shining the plastic thrones and keeping them well stocked, functional and in the mintiest of conditions for all the inhabitants of the Paddock over the course of the week. Fear not friends! Once onboard, you’ll be provided with everything you need to ensure you are prepared for the role, so crewing with Sanitation services can be considered one of the easiest job in which to earn Paddock-cred for minimal effort.

I’m listening, I’m keen, we hear you say, but I don’t like scrubbing toilets…well aren’t you in luck! The portaloos we use require no scrubbing or deep-diving to fix blockages so you can keep that sparkly Unicorn onesie that you scored for a bargain at Savers in perfect, unsoiled condition (though let’s be honest, it probably had a few to begin with)!

Ok, so what does the role involve and what is the time commitment?

The loo crew are responsible for ensuring the loos are functional, full of water and stocked with loo rolls twice a day. You'll remove empty toilet rolls and run over any messy ones with some sanitiser - and that's it! Then you can go and get a hot shower, have a meal and relax! If you join the loo crew you will be required to attend a crew briefing on 24th Sep onsite at Burning Seed (the day before the event opens) and complete 2-4 shifts on site during the event. Each shift would be 3-4 hours either between 8am - 12pm or between 2pm - 6pm. You can find the full Position Description here.

Did you mention showers? How about more PERKS!

Yes, there are perks! Plenty of them. As a sanitation crew member, you’re entitled to the following:

  • 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

Not to mention the lavish praise that will be heaped on you by the grateful burners who will appreciate your efforts and the life-long friendships with your fellow Loo crew-members, bonded by sanitiser that will endure forever! Sweet deal, we hear you gasp!

Where and how do you sign up?

Head on over to the community crew page on our website and scroll down to the 'All the Onsite Roles' section. There, under 'Sanitation Services' you will find the Position Description - but for those who missed it, we have also linked it above.  Then all you have to do is use that 'Click Here To Apply' button at the top of the page to send your expression of interest to jump on-board with the Burning Seed Sanitation Services’ 2019 team; get it while it’s hot! Of course, as with any volunteer role at Seed, you will need to have a ticket.

Radical self-reliance note! Whilst the toilets are maintained by this stellar Loo crew, the general tidiness and care of toilets at the event in total is the responsibility of all who attend.

 

 

 

 

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Urgent – Awesome Peeps Required for Ops Roles

The build teams are full to overflowing, the DPI pre-event crew is good to go, but we still have two crucial roles for which we require competent, passionate people. It’s true these roles require a fair amount of commitment, but you’ll be part of a hard-working, hard-playing tight-knit community and a major contributor to one of the most important teams on the paddock. You’ll see the Burning Seed magic come together from scratch, and know you were an important part of making it happen.

Operations Facilitator 2IC

This role is year-round, and requires learning from our current Ops Facilitator with a view to stepping into the lead position in the future. You’ll spend at least two weeks on-site before or after the event (more if you can) and shadow Kali as site manager on at least one shift. As lead in the future, you’ll attend the facilitators’ meetings and be a major player in organisation of the event. As 2IC you’ll be trained in all aspects of Operations, so you can step in and help any team that is struggling, or step up and help when things that go wrong. Ops Facilitation is basically project management – keeping track of everyone doing their things.

This role is crucial to the running of Burning Seed. It’s high-responsibility, high-commitment, and high-satisfaction.

Want to know more? The position description is HERE.

DPI Contractors Manager 2IC

The Contractors Manager handles everything to do with contractors. They get requirements from the elicitations officer and other team leads, obtain quotes, and book all the equipment and contractors. You’ll be fairly busy around June and July and also spend about 6 weeks onsite, but apart from that, this job is low commitment for the rest of the year. You’ll do one or two shifts on-site during the event as a team member of DPI.

Keen to know more? Position description is HERE.

What else?

Being on-site is a special experience. There’s nothing like seeing the city appear from the ground up, and knowing you’re an important part of it happening. Believe me, the cold beer at the end of the day will never taste as good as this!

You’ll get three meals a day from Burning Seed’s amazing kitchen crew, hot showers in the Stockade, and an experience you’ll never forget. Apart from that, if you have an interest in pursuing project or event management, this is a great opportunity to get experience in a hands-on role.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com.

If you know you’re keen to give one of these roles a whirl, go straight to the website and apply at: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

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We have a new PEER Rangers Lead

After a massive effort of more than five years, LadySparkles has stepped out of the role of PEER Rangers Team Lead. As the new PEER Ranger Team Leader, I'm incredibly glad that LadySparkles has stepped into a new role overseeing site safety, so her accumulated wisdom is not too far away.

Wonka is one of these early Red Earth Rangers, and he supplied this bit of Ranger history:

When we first floated the notion of some kind of psychological response wing of Rangers, we (the Ranger leads) looked to Black Rock (Burning Man) for inspiration. There, they have what are called the "Green Dots" - who are rangers that have taken extra training to be a first response unit to such issues. LadySparkles joined in the discussion, and offered her real-world expertise in actual trauma care. She realised how important this team would be for the paddock and soon took full reign.

Very quickly, it became apparent that what she was building was something far more specialised than even Black Rock had put together. Her insistence on having the crew be qualified practitioners in the real world was something I initially disagreed with, due to skepticism about sufficient numbers of people (and in looking to Black Rock Green Dots as inspiration). I was quickly proven wrong, as she assembled an amazing team which grew significantly over a period of three years.

Her training was incredibly thorough and offered vital methods of dealing with difficult situations. As a result, LadySparkles has built a team unparalleled in the rest of the Burning world in regards to psychological care. We should be so very thankful for the foundations she's built, and work to carry on her creation.

If you don't know who the PEER Rangers are, we're a specialist team of rangers who are Psychological & Emotional Emergency Responders. Outside of responding to emergencies, we develop ways to make Burning Seed a safer space. You might have seen our posters stuck to the inside of portaloo doors in previous years, or grabbed one of our badges depicting consent, safety and looking after one another.

This is what we do - we inform and educate participants of Burning Seed and the wider community. If you think this sounds like a team you'd like to be part of, head over to the Crew Wranglers page & let them know you're interested - we will be in touch!

This also means that we need a new 2iC for the PEER Rangers!  This will be someone who has got some experience with psychological & emotional crises, on-paddock or in the default world. The role involves working with me & the rest of the Ranger Council in the months leading up to the burn, which would involve writing policy, designing comms and planning training, amongst other things.

On the paddock they will assist with supporting the rest of the PEER Rangers & overseeing any critical events that occur. And after the event- there's a great sense of achievement & writing up reports on the whole experience. I did it last year & enjoyed it so much I've stepped into LadySparkle's glittery shoes! Here's the Crew Wrangler page where you register your interest.

Thanks again to LadySparkles for the hard work and dedication she has shown over the years. Her work will be a legacy of Burning Seed.

James aka Rakkar

 

 

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In Search of a Ticketing Lead

Do you want to help make a difference to the thousands of people who attend Burning Seed? Got some ideas for improving the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)? Want to get involved in Burner Profiles and make the ticketing of the event run smoothly? Want to volunteer in a role, but not put in any hours on site? Well, we may have just the ticket! (oh dear).

We're looking for a new Ticketing Team Lead to start with Burning Seed as soon as possible. This is a role that is year round (just 1-2 hours a week and more in the lead up to Seed), but that doesn't involve any commitment on site at the event. As well as managing the ticketing process, the Ticketing Team Lead responds to all ticket enquiries from participants, and communicates with ticket holders in the lead up to the event.

If you're a good communicator, organised and have ideas about how we can take our ticketing to the next level, we'd love to hear from you. Previous experience with ticketing is desirable but not essential.

To read more on what the role involves and how to apply, click here for the position description.

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Required: A SuperStar Secretary

Oh hey, wasn’t it your new years commitment to GET MORE INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?

If….

  • you’re organised, you’re reliable, you have great attention to detail and excellent time management
  • you type quickly and you’re familiar with computers
  • you’re a strong communicator, particularly in an online environment, and
  • you want to be involved in Burning Seed with a relatively low time commitment

… you could be our new secretary!

The Burning Seed secretary pushes the paper, does the organising and creates the scaffolding on which the dreamers, artists and planners build Burning Seed. It’s a crucial role in our organisation, scheduling and taking minutes at all high-level meetings, and delivering those meetings to all appropriate parties afterward. In short, you would be the grease in everyone’s wheels. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month throughout the year.

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, pop on over to the community crew page below, fill out the form and select ‘Secretary’ from the roles listed.

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

 

 

 

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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/