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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
- 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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- ADMIN TEAM LEAD & 2IC
- TICKETING TEAM LEAD & 2IC
- SITE MANAGER COORDINATOR
- SITE OFFICE TOP GUN
- 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
- 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.
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!
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.
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
- You are never alone:
Rangers always have a partner on duty with them, and work with several other pairs per shift.
- 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.
- 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.
- Listen to your f*&!ing radio:
Rangers also use their radios and tell each other where the best food is being gifted.
- 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.
- 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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