Help build 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.
Word up: everyone buys a ticket. There are no volunteers vs punters 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 on the crew, you still buy a ticket.
Scroll down to see our vacancies for 2019!
Leadership/year-round vacancies for 2019
Operations is the umbrella department that coordinates all the onsite infrastructure including DPI, Effigy, Temple, Friday burn, Kitchen, Sanitation, LNT, Town planning and pack down crews. Operations Facilitator 2IC is responsible for assisting with the coordination of hire equipment and contractors to site – they work with the team leads to make sure they get the equipment they need, and act as site manager on-site during the build.
As the Sanitation Lead, it’s your job to provide the best possible sanitation solutions for Burning Seed. You’ll need to ensure every participant has access to safe, reliable and environmentally friendly toilets. To do this, you’ll have a crew of dedicated volunteers to help you on the paddock and the full support of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
You’ll negotiate contracts with local suppliers of toilets, water and sewage,and ensure we have the right people on crew and manage the system during the event. The outgoing Sanitation Lead, Squeaky Queen, will always be available for guidance and support.
It’s not the most glamorous role, but that’s not why you’re here. You want the satisfaction that no one will be traumatised by having to poop in a scummy loo, be forced to out into the wilderness for a comfortable crap or end up lying in their tent sick as a dog.
Without you, Burning Seed would just be a pile of shit. Thanks for taking on this significant role. You will be rewarded.
The only thing sexier than volunteers, is being the volunteers that help other volunteers get plenty of great volunteers for their teams. The Crew Wrangling team link up willing community members with the various Seed Teams, taking into account individual skills, interests and capacity, and it’s well known that we are the most loved department in the org. We’re looking for a couple of 2ICs who are interested in a progression to the Team Lead role.
We’re seeking a dedicated Theme Camps Grant Coordinator to focus on the disbursement, administration and reporting of Theme Camp Grants in 2019. If you think this is you, get in touch!
The role of the Pack Down Lead is to coordinate teams to disassemble and pack away all Seed infrastructure. Cataloguing and recording tools, organising the moving and maintaining containers to long term storage positions.
This involves packing of new infrastructure, reviewing current storage solutions and see if there are better options, and efficiently coordinating volunteers to get us off-site as early as possible.
This team is responsible for all aspects of community engagement including managing our social media, writing blog posts, communicating key messages to the community and acting as a liaison between the organisers and attendees.
The team lead’s role is to provide leadership, development and coordination across all aspects of Burning Seed’s communications on public channels and to the internal org, and will be supported by a team of 2ICs, contributors and content writers.
Are you an accounting superhero? A bookkeeping star? Do you shine with financial audits and BAS statements? If so, Burning Seed needs you to take control of their finances! If you have experience in this field and want to get involved with the money side of things, let us know!
Sanctuary project officers assist the team lead in various aspects of organising the Sanctuary operation. These roles are mostly undertaken prior to the event, so if desired, you could take a Sanctuary Sitter role during the event as well. We need help with schwag, social media and comms, volunteer management, logistics and procurement, and an incoming project officer could focus on just one area, or take on multiple responsibilities. Choose your own Sanctuary adventure!
The ARTery department is looking for an Art Blogger & Social Media Manager to promote and share the amazing art and artists of Burning Seed! You’ll create new and engaging blog posts, manage the social media and web presence of the ARTery department, and promote artists that receive grants from the ARTery. Very few on-site hours required!
Traffic and Placement is primarily responsible for controlling and directing traffic once participants have cleared the gate to ensure a smooth and efficient arrival for participants whilst ensuring the safety of all thoroughfare and camping areas. This team serves a valuable purpose – you keep things safe and make life easier for people who’ve probably just driven a long way and are looking forward to some chillaxation.
We need a 2IC to help the Team Lead run this team in 2018.
We return the paddock to its former glory, as close to its natural state as possible, and keep a record of how well each theme camp upholds the LNT principle. We are firm but fair. We walk the lines; we guard and steward the land.
We give a fuck.
As the Zombie Captain, you will lead two teams of six crew during the post-Burning Seed MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) sweeps, immediately after the event closes.
You will be central to the creation of the MOOP Map – a report of findings from the MOOP Sweep Teams on how much MOOP is left behind by us all after the Burn is said and done. You will need to be on the ground as part of the Sweep Teams when we’re collecting the data, and help with recording, photos, audio & video.
MOOP Zombies are the public face of the Leave No Trace team. We promote Leave No Trace within our community before, during and after the burn; and conduct MOOP sweeps of the event site over the two days following the burn.
We need someone who can help the team lead engage with the educational side of things online; includes social media, email campaigns, such as videos, print media, site signage, as well as coming up with novel ways to engage the community at large.
Pre & Post Event Roles
All the on-site roles!
Sign up for these roles once you have your ticket!
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 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! You’ll work 3.5 hour shifts before, during and after the event. Check out the position description below.
Want to get even more involved in ARTery? We’re seeking a social media/blogger and crew coordinator as well. Get in touch!
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 Part!c!pat!on Stat!on (because there is no I in participation) encompasses the Info Booth and Lost Property services. We’re looking for a rad crew of peeps who can multi-task and like to talk to people to help them find the information to make their experience radically awesome. In addition you’ll get to help manage lost property using the new photo logging system. You’ll also have a copy of all the volunteer rosters so you can help people find their shifts. There will be a radio to communicate with team leads and you will receive full support and training onsite and in the weeks before.
Feel free to join with a friend if you like – shifts will be in pairs or threes – the more the merrier!
We are specifically looking for a couple of people who can stay for a day or two after the event closes as this is when most lost property gets handed in.
Reporting into the Site Manager, we’re after a few Office HotShots to maintain the Site Office during the event to support other teams with administrative needs. This role is perfect for you if you’re keen to serve the community while getting involved in the behind the scenes stuff onsite. You’ll share the office with Rangers Red5 so you’ll be at the centre of action around you! Check out the PD below.
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 description before assuming anything about this role – there are serious perks for Sanitation crew.
Traffic and Placement is primarily responsible for controlling and directing traffic once participants have cleared the gate to ensure a smooth and efficient arrival for participants whilst ensuring the safety of all thoroughfare and camping areas. This team serves a valuable purpose – you keep things safe and make life easier for people who’ve probably just driven a long way and are looking forward to some chillaxation. Check out the position description below and apply to join if you like the sound of it!
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.
The Leave No Trace team has a big job, so it’s broken up into various different roles.
MOOP Zombies (Sweep Crew)
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 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 for Dirt Rangers and full training will be provided for first timers.
In addition to the Dirt Ranger role, experienced Rangers may also apply for more senior Ranger positions. Check out the position descriptions below to see what fits for you!
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!
Centre Camp at Burning Seed is gifted to the community by a small but dedicated team who passionately believe it is their civic responsibility to create a’ living room’ where everyone is radically included to participate in acts of immediacy, from spontaneous cuddle puddles to lycra clad leapfrog. Centre Camp Guardians will be the protectors of this space and will take an active role in maintaining it. Guardians will work closely with the Centre Camp Team Leads in managing the space, facilitating workshops and ensuring our home is always welcoming and open.
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.
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Auxiliary members are volunteers that wish to be a part of the DPI team but are unable to be on site pre-event. They help by taking on 12hr shifts during the event, partnered up with an existing DPI member to facilitate tasks required to keep the event running smoothly. You only need to do one shift, and it comes with early entry, a meal, and a hot shower!
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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Photo by Nigel Dobson-Keffe