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 2020!
Leadership/year-round vacancies for 2020
Experienced burners required for leadership roles! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest or make inquiries.
As the Sanitation 2IC, it’s your job to help provide the best possible sanitation solutions for Burning Seed. The Sanitation team makes sure every participant has access to safe, reliable and environmentally friendly toilets. You’ll be involved with contracts with local suppliers of toilets, water and sewage,and ensuring 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 and you’ll have dedicated teams on the paddock.
It’s not the most glamorous role, but that’s not why we’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 ticketing team is responsible for managing the process of selling tickets for Burning Seed, including liaising with internal and external stakeholders as well as participants. We need both a lead and a 2IC who are methodical, organised and who can remain composed and professional with agitated members of the public.
This role is year round only, and leaves you free to enjoy the event!
The ‘Communications and Engagement Team’ is seen as the traditional communications team at
Burning Seed. They are 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 role of the Communications & Engagement Team Lead is to provide team leadership,
development and coordination across all aspects of Burning Seed’s communications on both
public channels and to the internal org.
The role of the Pack Down 2IC is to help 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.
The Civic Services Lead oversees the smooth running of Red Earth Radio, Ice Royalty, Ceremony Coordinator, Historian and the Participation Station by advocating for team leads in CAC Meetings. The role involves taking care of these teams to keep that workload off the council, and in exchange, obtaining what each team needs from the CAC Facilitator. The primary focus of this role is to manage the above listed team leads and make sure that they are working together, that they are progressing in their projects that they have set for themselves, and that they are getting what they need from the other teams and the event organisers.
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!
The Publications Lead is responsible for creating and updating various Burning Seed publications, especially in the lead up to Burning Seed and the months after the event, including the Survival Guide, What Where When Guide, AfterBurn Report and others. The Publications Lead manages the event submission process for the What, Where, When Guide and
works with internal teams to ensure the key content is up to date.
The Crew Wranglers team works year round to ensure great people get perfect roles, and all teams get great crew. The 2IC contributes to Burning Seed crew needs year round, including recruitment and application processing. The intention of the 2IC role is that it is a succession pathway to the Team Lead role in the future. No on-site hours required, but burn experience, excellent communication skills and a passion to serve the community are crucial!
PEER Rangers have a dual role. While on shift, they function as part of Red Earth City Ranger Team, unless their specialist skills are needed. When required, they provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage.
The PEER Rangers 2IC will assist the team lead in managing this team, and must have extensive professional experience in sexual assault, domestic violence, psychological crises or related fields.
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!
The Admin team are the paper pushers, the organisers, the framework on which the dreamers, artists, and raw
muscle build Burning Seed. The Site Manager Coordinator works with the Site Safety Facilitator and the Rangers Team Lead to update the Site Manager’s Manual yearly, and to work with the Facilitators to roster their Site
Manager shifts during the event.
This is a year-round role with a low time commitment and no on-site hours required.
The Admin team love transforming chaos into order, and nothing turns them on more than a slick spreadsheet. The Office Manager is primarily responsible for recruiting, rostering, and orienting Site Admin crew, setup/packdown of the site office, and maintaining site office stock levels during the event.
This is a low time commitment year-round role, and you will be on-site a few days before and after the event, as well as being available for a brief daily shift throughout the event.
As Burning Seed operates year round in a very distributed fashion, with crew across Australia and the world, we rely heavily on online communication and other software tools to plan and organise the event. We need a dedicated IT Wiz to help manage our systems to ensure all departments can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our onsite technology needs also continue to grow and so the IT Wiz will work with DPI’s Master of Tech to deliver reliable services to our teams across the paddock.
Pre & Post Event Roles
Coming in 2020!
Seed operates a kitchen for crew working to build our forest oasis before, during and after the event. In order to enable our Build and DPI teams to focus on what they’re good at, we feed them.
We’re seeking kitchen crew for before, during and/or after the event, preferably those with food prep or kitchen experience.
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.
On-site roles open once tickets go on sale.
Sign up for these roles once you have your ticket!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 Possums will be the protectors of this space and will take an active role in maintaining it. Possums will work closely with the Centre Camp Team Leads in managing the space, facilitating workshops and ensuring our home is always welcoming and open.
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.
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!
Reporting into the Site Manager, we’re after a few Admin 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.
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