Community Crew

Community Crew

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 jointhecrew@burningseed.com to express interest or make inquiries.

Sanctuary Leads

Burning Seed often involves radically new experiences, the dissolution of common boundaries, and other challenging stimuli, and Sanctuary exists to provide participants a low stimuli, safe, quiet, welcoming space where they can access support if they are feeling overwhelmed, partied out, anxious or are having a difficult experience. We’re looking for a Team Lead and 2IC to be the driving force that brings Sanctuary to the paddock in a professional, organised and safe manner.

Comms & Engagement Lead & 2IC

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.

Finance Team Lead

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!

Civic Services Lead

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.

Temple Guardians Lead & 2IC

The role of the Temple Guardians is to preserve the safety of the Temple and its visitors, while ensuring its intent and its traditions are being respected. They help to keep the space sacred, peaceful and uncluttered whilst promoting a respectful and reflective culture, so that all those who visit can have the experience they need. We need a Team Lead and 2IC to lead this year’s team of temple guardians, responsible for recruitment, rostering and managing crew.

Participation Station Lead or 2IC

After transforming the Participation Station into a veritable work of art, Ravin is moving on to other projects. He’s prepared to either support someone to be the lead at Seed 2020 or train them up as a 2IC, but either way you’ll have his full support both before and during the event.

The Part!c!pat!on Stat!on (there’s no “i” in part!c!pat!on!) is a space located near Centre Camp where Burning Seed participants can come and find out general information about the event, learn about crewing and sign up for shifts, and drop off or pick up lost property. The Part!c!pat!on Stat!on Lead is in charge of coordinating and overseeing the operation of the space from set up to after pack down, as well as managing the onsite Part!c!pat!on Stat!on crew.

Kitchen 2IC

Kitchen Crew happily, calmly and lovingly provides three cooked meals per day for the build crews – before, during, and after the event. 

This role involves supporting the Team Lead and participating in meal planning, crew management, and generally making sure the kitchen is running smoothly.

Kitchen 2IC


Crew Wranglers 2IC

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 2IC

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.

PEER Rangers 2IC

Gate 2IC & 3IC

These are pre-event and onsite roles that support the Gate Team Lead and the gate team. You will be process oriented, calm under pressure, a team player and understand there is no I in team except for in the A-hole. You can follow instructions well, have a healthy level of sarcasm, a friendly dislike of greeters, and also mad coordination and people skills. Your main role is helping the Team Lead to budget and recruit, schedule, teach and wrangle the gate crew volunteers, with a view to stepping up and taking over some day.

Greeters 3IC

A pre-event and onsite role that supports the Greeters Team Lead and the team. You will be a kickarse combination of creativity, care and coordination, and your main role is helping the Team Lead to budget and recruit, schedule, teach and wrangle the greeter crew volunteers, with a view to gaining the skills and experience to enable you to step into a team lead position in the future. You probably love dressing up, you’re positive and friendly, a great communicator and you take hugging as an artform very seriously. If you’re serious about sharing and educating burner culture, this is your team.

Effigy Assistant

Effigy Team is responsible for building the Effigy: the largest piece of art on the paddock, and the centrepiece of the event. The Effigy Assistant works closely with the Effigy Team Lead and 2IC throughout the year and in the lead-up to the event, primarily in an admin capacity.

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.

Kitchen Crew

Leave No Trace Team

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.

MOOP Zombies:
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.

MOOP Zombies



On-site roles open once tickets go on sale.

Sign up for these roles once you have your ticket!

Pack Down

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.

Pack Down Crew  

Traffic Rovers

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!

Traffic Rover  


Gate crew manage access to the event, check tickets, do the wristband thing, give out the WWW and generally manage the arrival process. We need reliable gate crew to do two to three shifts each, mostly during the day but some night coverage is needed too. Shifts will be four to five hours long.

Gate Crew  


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.

Greeters Crew

Part!c!pat!on Station

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.

Part!c!pat!on Stat!on Crew


ARTery Concierge

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!

ARTery Concierge

Temple Guardians

Do you feel a special connection to the Temple? The Temple Guardians are present to preserve the safety of the Temple and its visitors, while ensuring its intent and its traditions are being respected. We always need more Temple Guardians, check out the position description below and get in touch!

Temple Guardian  


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.

Sanctuary Sitter


Ice Kings and Queens

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!

Ice Kings & Queens


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!

Dirt Ranger

Echo Base 


Rogue Leader

Psychological And Emotional Emergency Response (PEER) Rangers

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.

PEER Ranger

Fire Art Response Team (FART)

FART is Burning Seed’s emergency fire department. We need crew with specific experience in fire fighting and operation of fire equipment to join this critical team. Don’t have experience but keen to learn? We’re happy to train up peeps who are particularly enthusiastic to learn skills in this area.

FART Crew Member  

Centre Camp Possums

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.

Centre Camp Possums

Sanitation Services

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.

Sanitation Crew

DPI Auxiliary

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!

DPI Aux 

RedMV Mutant Vehicles Officers

REDMV Officers work as part of the department during the assessment period of Mutant Vehicle applications after the application deadline. During the event, REDMV works shifts to ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles and prevents use of unlicensed vehicles during the event.

RedMV Officer

Site Admin

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. 

Site Admin

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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Red Earth City Info Centre

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