By now you should know that Dragon Burn is a non-profit, volunteer run effort. It takes a lot of work from a lot of amazing people to make this event work. We always appreciate any help we get, even if it’s a small thing like showing up. If you enjoy Dragon Burn and want to make it even greater then we encourage you to participate through volunteering!
Remember that everyone who goes to Dragon Burn still needs to buy a ticket. This includes the organisers, artists, musicians, and all the other people who are bringing their own creativity in order to make this a great event all around!
Ways to Volunteer
Here is detailed info on the various volunteer positions we need each year to make Dragon Burn that wonderful, peaceful, and creative experience we all know it for. Positions are first come, first serve, and each pledge is made on good faith you will live up to it! Remember, one of the key qualities that separates a Burn event from all other festivals and events you’re used to is that PEOPLE COME WITH HOPES TO CONTRIBUTE, not just enjoy. When each person brings their own unique contributions, it makes the experience much more vivid and memorable.
Greeters: Bus or Gate or Both
Greeters are the grinning face of Dragon Burn: A demographic sample, a community example. They are the First Contact for participants and ground zero for info related to Dragon Burn.
Greeters make the first impression. Greeting is the one and only chance to communicate with each and every participant on a one-on-one basis, mano-a-mano, facia-a-facia. Greeters are experts on such topics as “Leave No Trace.”
On top of this, greeters are there to be helpful in any way possible! This may be helping organize and set up tent spaces, informing the new citizens of all the important amenities and locations around the grounds, and/or simply providing hugs to those who look like they need them.
As a Greeter, the attention-getting possibilities are as endless as your imagination – and your stamina. Needless to say, creative educational techniques and other novel methods of communication are greatly encouraged.
Energetic, dependable and informed Greeters with fabulous communication skills and the ability to relate to just about anyone. Qualified Greeters should be able to demonstrate an ability to recognize when (and how!) to exercise the recommended daily allowance of common sense. A modicum of patience and a good sense of humor never hurts.
Earth Guardians inspire, inform and encourage our fellow Burn citizens to apply the Leave No Trace principles to life in our temporary home and to leave positive traces. Each year we try to think of ways to stimulate the Burning Man community to appreciate the our environment, embrace LNT and greener practices in their own creative ways. By focusing the community’s tremendous artistic, technical and spiritual energy, we can go beyond leaving “no trace” and leave instead, positive traces on the land.
MOOP patrol and outreach are main activities required by these individuals. It is encouraged to create your own MOOP bag to help identify you as an Earth Guardian (more info found at the link below). Earth Guardians will focus on informing and reminding fellow burners of the Leave No Trace principles. We will do MOOP patrols daily to keep the grounds clean and in good condition. If this position interests you then make sure you’re fully aware of what LNT means and that you personally love and uphold these ideals.
Usually a favorite amongst the volunteer positions, it seems everyone thinks they have what it takes to be a Bar Bud, or perhaps they just want to be as close as possible to the alcohol supply. Well regardless of your reasoning, we always need people helping organize and coordinate the enormous responsibility of connecting alcohol to fellow Burners. Please know, that to be a bar bud, we hope that you can help us collect free donations of alcohol and mixers before the event.
As you might imagine, this position does not require a mastery of technical ability, but it is useful to be friendly, fun, and engaging! Everyone likes a friendly bartender, and undoubtedly you’ll meet the bulk of fellow Burners as well. However, some other responsibilities will include monitoring of the bar area, which unsurprisingly can get a bit out of hand due to popularity, and knowing when to perhaps recommend that a Burner slow down or take care of themselves.