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 vacancies for 2019!
Community Crew Registration
Leadership/year-round vacancies for 2019
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.
Dreaming about working in arguably the most loved and appreciated role of the whole event? You’ll assist the team lead to 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. You’ll also have support from a dedicated crew and DPI onsite.
Want to find out more about the role? Get in touch!
We’re seeking Communications & Engagement superstars to develop and coordinate Burning Seed communications policies and projects. Got some experience in Comms? Get in touch with Crew Wranglers to request a full position description at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
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 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 BRB is Burning Seed’s answer to an HR department, looking after things like the position description database and organisational chart, training and development, crew grievances, and crew-related policies. The BRB is a year-round team, and no shifts during the event are required! As 2IC you’ll support the Team Lead and get full support and training from them, and eventually step up to the TL role.
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 Design Team are responsible for the creative design projects for Burning Seed. These include design projects for the Burning Seed theme, temple design, social media pages, website content and publications.
Got graphic skills? We ALWAYS need more skilled design peeps. Please reach out to Crew Wranglers if you’re skilled and willing!
The Sanctuary 2IC is a driving force to help land Sanctuary on the paddock in a prepared, organised and safe state. They work with the Sanctuary Team Lead and other Leaders within Site Safety to help motivate Project Officers and other Burning Seed crew (working on Sanctuary tasks) to achieve their goals.
Are you interested in harm reduction and looking to step into a leadership position? Chat with us to find out more information.
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. Get in touch with Crew Wranglers to request a full position description at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful burn!
General Crew Registrations for 2019 will open April-May
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.
This year the Crew Wranglers will be sharing a space with the Info Booth and Lost Property, so we’re looking for a rad crew of peeps who can multi-task and would like to talk to people and help answer questions and provide them with the info they are seeking, as well as manage lost property. You’ll also have a copy of all the rosters for every team so you can help people find their shifts, as well as sign up for shifts on the spot. You’ll have a radio to communicate with your team leads and will receive full support and training onsite.
Feel free to join with a friend if you like – shifts will be in pairs or threes – the more the merrier!
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.
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.
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.
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