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.
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 critical vacancies, our other available roles AND our on-site community crew (there are three sections below).
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Critical Leadership Vacancies for 2018
DPI crew are the resident Burning Seed bad asses. We get our hands dirty preparing the site for the main event, drink VB, and generally cause a ruckus. We're looking for a 2IC to support the current Team Lead and be prepared to transition into the Team Lead role in the future.
We'll have a position description for you soon, but if you're keen feel free to email email@example.com with any questions!
The Seed Kitchen feeds between 20 to 100 crew per day over a 6 week period encompassing the build, event and pack down. We're seeking a 2IC to support the Team Lead and participate in meal planning, crew management, implementing food hygiene practices and generally making sure the kitchen is running smoothly.
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 new Team Lead and 2IC to run this team in 2018. Take a look at the position descriptions below, and apply if you're keen!
The Packdown team remains on site after the event and ensures all of Burning Seeds infrastructure is correctly inventoried and stored. This team is critical in ensuring that equipment is stored in a way it doesn’t get damaged, and aiding DPI’s ability to make purchasing decisions based off the inventory lists created. We're seeking a Team Lead and 2IC to manage the Pack Down team this year.
It's time for MOOP Daddy to move on to greener pastures, which means we're seeking someone passionate about the Leave No Trace principle to lead this important team for 2018. Specifically we're after a team lead for one of the most loved teams on the Paddock! Don't worry, you'll have plenty of support to step up into this leadership role. Think this is you? Apply now!
We are seeking a dedicated person to organise and run the Info Booth/Lost Property facility at Burning Seed. You'll work closely with Centre Camp and Crew Wranglers to organise the set up, and you'll manage a team of people to man the booth. We're open to new ideas about how to organise the role, so you'll have the flexibility run it in your own way, under the guidance of the Civic Services Lead. You'll need to have attended Burning Seed before, and be familiar with the site, 10 Principals, and so forth.
Admin are the paper pushers, the organisers, the framework on which the dreamers, artists, and raw muscle build Burning Seed. We love transforming chaos into order, and nothing turns us on more than a slick spreadsheet (heheh). The Admin Team Lead is seeking a 2IC to support them in 2018.
Take a look at the position description below (it's last year's but you'll get the gist - update coming soon!), and if you're interested in the role apply now!
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, developing a year-round social media presence including creating a comms schedule to highlight key dates and grow our reach. Check out the position description for this exciting new role below. We're currently accepting applications, so email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!
We are seeking a Site Office Top Gun to manage Seed's site office. In this role you'll be primarily responsible for recruiting and rostering Site Office Hot Shots, setup/packdown of the site office, and maintenance of site office stock levels during the event. This is a great role for someone interested in a leadership position without a huge time commitment. Organised, reliable, and want to get involved? Check out the PD below and apply if you're it!
Burning Seed has a brand new Legal Team and is seeking qualified legal personnel to support the team lead with all the grown up serious things. Position description coming soon, but reach out if you've got the skills!
This is a new role in 2018, which involves managing, coordinating and thanking the ARTery crew from induction to on-site shifts. You'll manage ARTery crew including assessing needs, filling vacancies, welcoming new team members and developing on-site shift roster. Check out the position description below and get in touch if you're keen!
The Sanctuary Team is seeking a motivated person prepared to take on tasks which help land Sanctuary on the paddock in a prepared, organised and safe state. In this role you'll work together with the Sanctuary Team Lead, 2iC and other Project Officers to help motivate each other to achieve their goals.
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.
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.
Pre and post event crews
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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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.
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.
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 three to four 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.
Onsite Community Crew Roles
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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!
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.
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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