Create Our City
Burning Seed is 100 per cent participant driven.There’s no fancy-pants production company curating this event from up on high or digging our ditches down below.There are no ‘volunteers’ either. You + me + participation makes WE. And WE all make our Red Earth City rock by creating and looking after it.
Here, we crew — and you can too!
So, join one of our Seed Teams and help build and maintain the city and services we need. If your strengths are doing stuff with tools, we want you. If you think you’re more of a people person, we want you. If you don’t know what your strengths are but still want to help? We want you! Together, we’ll work it out.
This year we have lots of important roles to fill – go to Community Crew Roles' to check them out.
Word up: everyone buys a ticket. There are no volunteers vs festival-goers here; we’re all participants who pay, play, work and gain. And we all do this for love, not money. So, yes, if you’re crewing with a Seed Team, you still buy a ticket.
Community Crew Registration
Online registrations are now closed..Come visit the Part!c!pat!on Stat!on onsite to sign up!
Critical Vacancies for 2018
Want to get more involved next year? These are our critical leadership vacancies for 2018
We'll get a position description together shortly, but in the mean time please come chat to the Crew Wranglers onsite to find out more about the role!
Come have a chat to the current Team Lead onsite next week - she'd love to tell you all about the role!
You know all that nifty information and interesting blog posts you see throughout the year? Well it takes real humans to put all that together! Our hardworking Comms team is always looking for more hands on deck to help with content writing for blog posts and the like. Hit us up and let us know what experience you have in these areas.
Seed operates a kitchen for crew working to build our forest oasis before, during and after the event. In order to enable our effigy and DPI teams to focus on what they’re good at, we feed them.
We’re going to need a 2IC in 2018 to support the Team Lead in organising and running the kitchen. We'll have a position description online shortly, but in the meantime feel free to come visit the Crew Wranglers onsite to find out more about the role!
We'll need a 2IC to support the Team Lead for 2018. Come have a chat with the Crew Wranglers onsite to find out more about the role!
Community Crew Leadership Positions
**Vacant Leadership positions will be posted as they become available **
Are you a numbers nerd? Burning Seed is seeking a Book Keeper to help us maintain our financial records. This is a critical role and we need to fill it asap so the current Finance Officer can train you up! If you've got a penchant for numbers and are interested in finding out more, take a look through the role description below, and feel free to get in touch with any questions!
Community Crew Roles
*Registration open NOW*
Burning Seed is 100 per cent participant driven and it is the job of the Crew Wranglers to help people get involved. Become a Crew Wrangler to help others get their participation pants on! And feel free to join with a friend if you like - shifts will be in pairs. We also have opportunities to contribute year-round if you are interested in getting more deeply involved - chat to us!
A can-do crew of people who will stick with us right to the end to help us pack down Burning Seed’s entire infrastructure: First Aid, Gate, Greeters, Stockade, Rangers/Site Office, all our tools and generators… everything it takes to put on Seed that isn’t an artwork or Theme Camp. Requirements: strong backs, a good pair of shoes (steel-caps recommended!), commitment and camaraderie.
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.
PEER rangers must be aged 18 and over.
Please indicate in your application any skills or experience in mental health, counselling, harm reduction or similar areas.
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.
Rangers must be aged 18 and over.
First impressions last. We need to ensure there is a wonderful welcome in store for weary Burners arriving home to Red Earth City. This is the role of the Greeter — and it’s entirely up to you. How do YOU think someone arriving at our Seed should be greeted? A hug? A poem? A marching band?
If a group would like to crew en masse, we’re all for it. This is a family-friendly role, so kids can get involved too! Please note, children aged under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times at Seed.
We need help for the duration of the event, mostly during the day but some night coverage is needed too. Shifts will be around four hours long.
The Sanitation Lead is seeking a crew of Kennys and Kenriettas to help ensure our 80+ executive thrones around the Paddock are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Check out the role descriptions before assuming anything about these roles - there are serious perks for Sanitation crew.
Now we’re getting into it. The Burning Seed effigy is a large-ish timber sculpture and the symbolic centre of our site. It takes two to three weeks to build and the crew responsible can always use skilled help. Carpenters or anyone with experience in large art construction goes down a treat; a solid set of shoulders is welcome too. An ability to commit to the whole project is preferred.
The Entry Fluffers (previously Fun Police) are a crew of performers making the most of the Gate wait time to deliver important safety and Burning Seed cultural information in a fun and interactive way. When there is a queue of cars the Fluffers will be responsible for pre-Gate education / operational communication. Sound like you? Send through an application, and be sure to make mention of any performance experience you have.
The Leave No Trace team has a big job, so it's broken up into various different roles.
We need up to 10 super troupers to help seek out any remaining Matter Out Of Place post event and aim to return the land to as close to its natural state as possible. These teams perform detailed line sweeps of all Theme Camp, casual camping, and broad wider areas around the site area, recording data about MOOP recovered at each Theme Camp site or casual camping area for the MOOP map. Sweep Crews will never be expected to pick up after people during the Burn!!
Help communicate the MOOP mantra to the masses by creating educational assets such as posters, signage, display boards at Centre Camp, blog posts etc
The devil is in the detail and you, my friend, are a fiend for the finer points. We need someone to collect data and create the MOOP Map for publishing, collaborate with other team leads to ensure data accuracy, and communicate with theme camp and art build leads to ensure data accuracy.
The ARTery oversees all art at Burning Seed. You don’t have to be an artist to crew with ARTery — but you do have to be committed to art!
We need people to join the ARTery team by mid-July at the latest, as you will need to attend one meeting before the event and also have time to familiarise yourself with the ARTery registration and placement process. You'll work 3.5 hour shifts before, during and after the event. Check out this blog post about the role, and have a look at the position description below.
Ice royalty are responsible for distributing ice from the on-site fridge and taking care of the cash sales during allocated times in the day. And what are kings and queens without their royal wrigglers? Families are welcome to crew with their ice prince and princesses too. All Ice Royalty crew will be asked to sign on for a one-hour shift.
Check out the position description below and get in touch if you'd like to become Royalty!
For three weeks leading up the event we are pulling it together onsite. Handy with a star picket? Able to assist with signage? A dab hand at putting a marquee up the right way around? We’d love to hear from you.
DPI crew manage infrastructure during Seed too. There are toilets that need attending to, generators that need filling and burn perimeters that need outlining. But DPI’s most important role is in restoring the site to its beautiful natural state afterwards.
We need DPI crew before, during and after the event. If you are time rich (you lucky so and so) and have experience in this area, please drop us a line.
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There are always other things we need help with, including organising the event in the months leading up to the Seed. Skills include: lawyers, accountants, builders, carpenters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, graphic designers, content writers, editors, web designers, project managers and event managers (phew!)
Let us know when you can help and what you like to do and we’ll work it out.
Crew Wrangling Team
Who Are We
Burning Seed is a beautiful blend of work and play, and its success relies on our community’s participation in a range of important roles. We need community crew members onsite, before, during and after the event, and offsite all year round.
The job of the Crew Wrangling Team is to link up willing community members with the various Seed Teams, taking into account individual skills, interests and capacity.
What the Crew Wrangling Team does:
- Liaises with team leads to define, finesse and communicate community crew roles
- Connects keen community crew members with teams and team leads
- Takes an individual’s skills, interests and capacities into account to help find the perfect fit
- Manages the community crew rosters
- Ensures teams have adequate crew to ensure service delivery
- Answers questions about crewing. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find someone who does so you’re not left hanging
- Troubleshoots. We think we’ve got all the bases covered, but maybe we don’t? Let us know if you have any problems or see a potential issue and we’ll help work it out
- Helps you help make the awesome happen!
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