Sign up to be a volunteer
The volunteering potential at Saguaro Man is limitless and one of the best gifts you have to offer. There are a few volunteering positions that are essential to the successful continuation of our event. Listed below is a sample of the different types of roles that need to be filled. If you find a role that suits you, start the process by filling out the survey.
One of our department leads will contact you before the event, to let you know when the shift schedule opens. Select any department you are interested in because you can find out what shift is going to work best with your schedule. If this is your first Burning Man event, you may want to pick a daytime shift, so there will be lots of people to answer questions. If you aren’t ready to work a shift, or you are unsure, feel free to sign up and ask questions.
Art volunteers set up, tear down, and help the art installations be available for everybody to enjoy during the event. This position also has the potential for early entry and post event land sustainability.
Center Camp is the town square of Saguaro Man. It’s a space that provides art, performances, meetings, classes, and a place to hang out, catch some shade, and meet people. From pre-playa décor planning and prop-making to on-site construction, the heart of the Center Camp is its volunteers.
Department of Mutant Vehicles licenses motorized mobile works of creative expression otherwise known as Mutant Vehicles. DMV volunteers help assure that paperwork is in order and safety guidelines are met, as vehicles enter the event.
The Department of Public Work works hand in hand with Electrical, Fire, and Placement as the backbone of the city. DPW helps set up, maintain, and break down the infrastructure for the event. DPW helps electrical or fire if they need manpower, to keep things running and keep on top of fire suppression. If you don’t want to interrupt the festivities, there is a big need for people to come in early to help set up the infrastructure and stay after the event to help pack it away for next time.
Gate is often the first contact participants have with the Burner community. Gate volunteers check every vehicle entering for contraband, verify registrations, inspect vehicles.
The Greeters are the face of Saguaro Man and help form a newcomer’s first impressions. Greeters register dogs, introduce kids to rangers, review nudity and porta potty etiquette, how to have fun rules, hand out Who What When Where guides and maps, and encouraging bell ringing and dirt angels. Education of the 10 principles is the biggest part of greeter duties.
Leave No Trace
The citizen cleanup effort begins the day Saguaro Man begins and doesn’t end until there is no trace of the event left behind. The Leave No Trace Department ensures that the land we use, won’t get used up. LNT crews meet in the afternoon to search out MOOP (Matter Out of Place) and encourage participants to do the same. Sunday shifts also help with restoration of the property.
The placement team helps people find their camps and helps Gate out with big vehicles, as they arrive.
If the Temple has a special place in your heart, join us and help hold the space so that others might experience the wonder that brings us back. Guardians keep watch for injuries and unsafe conditions, including fire, climbing, vehicle traffic, and problems with the structure. We do not make rules, nor are we enforcers; we watch quietly and act skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple. We do require people to be sober during your shifts (3hrs); and we prefer that they dress as they would anywhere else on event (part of being invisible).
Other Great Volunteer Opportunities
Rangers act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information, facilitators of public safety, conflict resolution and general guides regarding community standards. We rise from the dust when needed and disappear when not. Please contact Heliotropic Rangers to get involved!