Call out for new Town Council members

Hello Burners,

Right now there is an opportunity to make a great contribution to the burner community and help shape the future and culture of Burning Seed as a Town Councillor.

The Burning Seed Town Council oversees the operation of the annual Burning Seed event. The Town Council meets monthly to review and discuss key operational issues, approve event budgets, and appoint Facilitators and Team Leads. The Town Council also hear reports from the Facilitators Committee, which coordinates the various event teams needed to run Burning Seed and works closely with them to ensure they execute their day to day operational duties, in line with the strategic vision and policy positions approved by Burning Seed Town Council.

Although there was no physical Burning Seed event this year, it is vital that Seed retains a Town Council dedicated to continuing our existing momentum with the development of policies and procedures, especially as we near the transition into a new organisational structure.

Applications are encouraged from any Burner who feels that they are sufficiently dedicated, skilled, available for regular scheduled meetings, and who are passionate about the Ten Principles. Burning Seed is created by every single participant, and the Town Council’s purpose is to ensure the successful and safe operation of the event. Step up and show us what you’ve got, or use this opportunity to develop your skills.

You can lodge your application form here. Applications close on 13th November and interviews will follow later in the month.

If you’d like to know more about the position and what it involves, there are sitting town councillors who’d be happy to talk to you. Please email towncouncil@burningseed.com



Grants Committee Member Required

Do you want to be like Oprah? "You get a grant! And you get a grant! You get a grant!"  Then read on, friend. 

As part of our regional agreement with Burning Man, Burning Seed is required to inject 10% of its net profit into the burner community outside of the event.  We need some fabulous folks to figure out the best way of distributing these funds.

What's Involved?

As a member of the Grants Committee, you would be responsible for determining the scope of projects Burning Seed would like to fund with this money and devise a fair and transparent means of distributing it.  This would involve creating an application process for accessing those funds, as well as a set of criteria by which to judge the applications.

If you have some of these skills (or would like a chance to learn some of these skills), apply now!

  • Experience with writing or judging grants
  • Financial expertise
  • Administrative expertise
  • Experience designing processes
  • Procedural documentation and reporting experience
  • Communications or marketing qualifications
  • Project management experience
  • Community engagement experience

If you don’t have any of these skills yet, but would like to learn and are keen to help, we encourage you to apply!

How do I sign up?

For more details, read the position description and apply now! 

Submit by 5pm, Tuesday 17th March

I Have More Questions

Great! We love curious cats. Send them through to grantscommittee@burningseed.com



Required urgently: Operations Facilitator!

Operations is the umbrella department that coordinates all the onsite infrastructure including DPI, Effigy, Temple, Friday burn, Kitchen, Sanitation, Leave No Trace, Town Planning and Pack Down crews. To say this department is important is an understatement!

We are currently in need of someone to take charge of this department and captain it into Burning Seed 2020, ensuring that all the departments listed run smoothly, making sure work is being done and assisting as needed. The Operations Facilitator is basically in charge of problem solving and project management – if things go wrong, you find out and you fix it. They also review the budgets for each team, make sure receipts are accounted for, act as site manager on-site during the build and attend facilitator meetings once a month to liaise with other teams.

Ideally we need someone with DPI experience to take the helm of this department, and you’ll receive guidance and mentoring from the outgoing Ops Facilitator as well as being supported by other facilitators.

This is a really important role moving forward, and we hope to get someone into it as soon as possible so we have the whole year to get them onboarded and trained into the role. It will also give the new facilitator plenty of time to assemble an awesome crew before the Burn happens!

If you’re interested or want to find out more, check out the position description or email jointhecrew@burningseed.com!


Engine Room 2020

“A week of chaos!” you cry gleefully. “No money! No rules! No bed time! No obligations!” and you lock your purse and your calendar and your phone away in the depths of your vehicle and frolick off into the sunset with your shiny friends.

But underneath its rainbow exterior of joyful chaos, there is a group of Very Organised People doing the necessary groundwork to make this pandemonium possible. They make spreadsheets and pay invoices and write stuff and fill out forms, they coordinate the tickets and make sure we meet legal requirements and pay our bills on time.

Sparkly Burnerfolk, I bring you…


“How can I get closer to these incredible Engine Room folk?” I hear you cry with urgency.

WELL, funny you should ask! Because we have SIX AMAZING ROLES available in the Engine Room Department, RIGHT NOW! Let me break them down for you, and if you want to read the position descriptions, just click the link.

Ticketing Lead: Manages the process of selling tickets for Burning Seed, including liaising with internal and external stakeholders and participants. Year-round role, no on-site hours required!

Ticketing 2IC: Helps the lead with the things listed above, in case you’re into a little less responsibility.

Finance Lead: Oversees the financial operations of the organization. You’re gonna want a financial background for this one, we’d love to hear from you if you can do a BAS return, complete a financial report and know what the hell a ‘financial disbursement’ is.

Site Manager Coordinator: If you wanna get your cute little foot in the org door with a very low number of actual hours.. this could be the role for you. The SMC works with other leads to update the Site Manager’s Manual, and works with Facilitators to roster their shifts during the event. About an hour a month, no on-site hours!

Office Manager: Responsible for recruiting, rostering, and orienting Site Admin crew, setup/packdown of the site office, and maintaining site office stock levels during the event. Low time commitment throughout year and during event, on-site a few days before and after Seed.

IT Wiz: Ensures the widely-distributed org peeps can actually talk to each other by managing online communication, also helping us with data storage, app integration, and not falling into the technological dark ages.

If you’re interested in any of the above roles, shoot us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us how excited you are. We’re happy to answer any questions, or hook you up with someone who can.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Note: This isn't the actual Engine Room. I don't really know what this is.


Superstar Secretary required for Summit and Beyond!

The dust has settled, your costumes are laundered, you're feeling inspired, and perhaps you're even thinking to yourself... how I can get involved with this crazy magic? How can I HELP?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?


  • you’re organised, you’re reliable, you have great attention to detail and excellent time management
  • you type quickly and you’re familiar with computers
  • you’re a strong communicator, particularly in an online environment, and
  • you want to be involved in Burning Seed with a relatively low time commitment

… you could be our new secretary!

The Burning Seed secretary pushes the paper, does the organising and creates the scaffolding on which the dreamers, artists and planners build Burning Seed. It’s a crucial role in our organisation, scheduling and taking minutes at all high-level meetings, and delivering those meetings to all appropriate parties afterward. In short, you would be the grease in everyone’s wheels. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month throughout the year.

All meetings are held online, so as long as you have a good internet connection, this role is location independent. It's a great way of getting all the inside info on what goes on behind the scenes, and would be a great stepping stone if you want to transition into another role down the track.

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, or if you have any questions, send us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com!

We're looking for someone urgently, who will be able to join us at Summit on the last weekend of November!





Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

And where there’s fire, there’s a bunch of smokin’ hot firefighters. And one of them could be you!

The Fire Art Response Team is still seeking 20 more crew members for Burning Seed 2019.

It’s no secret we love to burn shit, and in order to burn shit it’s crucial we have a competent team of burners who will be prepared to show up and be on the ready should any emergencies occur. You don’t even need experience… you’ll get all the training you need on site, and if you’re a novice, you’ll be paired with a veteran at all times. Your protective gear will be provided, and you’ll get to dress up like the sexy kitten-rescuing calendar stripper you’ve always wanted to be.


You’ll do one non-burn shift where you’ll be responsible for raising fire safety awareness, as well as patrolling two of the three burns during the event. Sobriety for your shifts and your own safety boots are the only prerequisites.

We need at least 20 crew members, and you’ll be greeted with particular enthusiasm if you’ve got firefighting experience or you’ve FARTed at Burns past.  If you’re keen, feel free to head straight over to the website and apply.  


If you’ve got any questions, drop Rusty a line at rusty@burningseed.com.


Your Participation Station needs YOU!

The Participation Station is a crucial part of the Burning Seed operation, and over the past two years it has become a functional work of art unto itself. Located next to Centre Camp, this is where lost and found is collected and sorted, the schedule of events is updated and accessed, and you can sign up and change your crew shifts.

We currently need 22 more crew members to make the Participation Station happen! This is a great role if you…

  • love helping!
  • are a social butterfly and want to do your crewing in the middle of the action
  • want to be embraced enthusiastically every time you reunite someone with their precious drink bottle / favourite hat / missing earring
  • like telling people where to go
  • prefer to sit down for your crew shift rather than stand up or walk around
  • like to do your shifts during the day so you have your nights free
  • have kids and need a shift you can do with your littles

If any of this sounds like you, head on over to the website, fill out the application form and select ‘participation station’ checkbox, and you will be warmly welcomed and enthusiastically appreciated!

We are also in great need of a couple of people to stay back post-event and help sort the lost and found. If you’re able to do this, make a note on your application. We’ll even fuel you up with a delicious breakfast from the amazing Burning Seed kitchen each day you help!


Do you have what it takes to be a MOOP ZOMBIE?

You’re probably seen those images and videos on Facebook showing the aftermath of some mainstream festivals – rubbish flying everywhere, broken tents abandoned, cigarette butts and sequins as far as the eye can see. And if you’ve been to even one burn, you may have watched it smugly in the knowledge that we’re just that little bit better than other people.

But our immaculately left paddock doesn’t happen by accident. As well as a general consciousness around MOOP and Leaving no Trace, we also have an amazing team who comb the paddock after it’s all over, removing the debris that has been overlooked so we can truly leave Matong as we found it.

If you can stay back a day or two, the Leave No Trace team would love to hear from you! MOOP sticks and equipment are provided, and you get breakfast and a hot shower to say thank you.

Help us leave Matong as we found it, and join the war against MOOP!

To register, hop on over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and tick ‘Leave No Trace’!

You can join LNT on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LNTatBS/


Looking for an on-site support human!

Anyone who has participated in a build will tell you what a special experience it is, raising the city from the dust, working together to build the structures and create the magic from the ground up. But it’s also intense – a group of people, on-site for weeks at a time, in each other’s pockets constantly and working to deadlines without many comforts of home. Tempers get frayed, emotions are raw, and conflicts occur. Welcome to being human, right?

For this reason, we’ve created a brand new and very exciting role: The DPI PEER Support Human.

Your main role is to be a sounding board, a listener, a dispute resolver and a mediator when required, so it would be amazing if you have some experience in this area. Beyond being available for that, you have the freedom to make what you want of this role.

You could learn some carpentry skills and get involved with the build.

You could set up a yoga studio, run some movement or meditation sessions, or create a space that will help with maintaining peace on the paddock.

You could use the time to catch up your reading, work on your Seed costumes, or do some crafting.

It’s up to you! The role is open to interpretation right now, and we want someone to run with it and make it their own.

For more information, check out the position description.

If this sounds up your alley, head on over to the crew site and let us know!


Ten Reasons to Crew

So it’s ticket time again, and if you’ve got your hot little hands on a promise for Burning Seed 2019, you’ll no doubt be asking yourself the One Crucial Question.

“How can I best contribute to this magical journey of goodness and wonder?”

Alternatively, you may be asking “Why should I do stuff?”, but either way, I have your answers.


  1. Someone has to! If nobody did it, there would be no Seed.  If not you, then who?
  2. Develop skills and try new things. If you want to expand your knowledge, get a new skillset, try something new, learn from awesome peeps, or get some volunteer work to add to your CV, a crew role at Seed is a brilliant way to do this.
  3. Meet excellent people. Crewing is a fabulous way to connect with other amazing burners. If you’re new to Seed, or just want to expand your connections beyond your usual crew, this is the way!
  4. It’s fun. Whether fun for you is dressing up and hugging new arrivals or putting together the perfect spreadsheet, we make a point of weaving the good times into every role.
  5. It’s part of a meaningful burn experience. Participation and being part of the whole shebang is what makes this different to a festival. Knowing you were one of the cogs in this incredible machine adds a delicious layer of meaningfulness that takes Burning Seed beyond ‘a fun time’.
  6. The awesome, awesome shwag. That’s right, every crew member gets a FABULOUS LIMITED EDITION GIFT that will remind you of the good times for years to come.
  7. It promotes well-being and self-esteem. I got that from the internet.  Probs true though.
  8. A chance to give back to the community that has probably given a whole lot to you through connections, experiences, memories, growth and good times. Reciprocity makes the world go round, yo!
  9. Helping other people boosts your serotonin. That’s science!  Can’t argue with science!
  10. <Insert reason here>. There are infinite reasons particular to your personality, your role, your needs, your contributions and your individual experience.  You can fill this gap for yourself after you’ve signed up, fulfilled your role, had the best time ever and you’re sitting at home post-Burn reflecting on your experience.

Check out what roles we have available by popping over to the website (http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/), and if you have any questions or need help finding your perfect crew, shoot your friendly Crew Wranglers team an email!  (jointhecrew@burningseed.com).

Because there are many I’s in PARTICIPATION, but no ‘U’ yet!