VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES...STEP RIGHT UP AND BE PART OF OUR AMAZING TEAM
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CUSTOMSCustoms manages the flow of new arrivals and welcomes newcomers in Burning Man style. Customs also monitors the flow of people entering and exiting through our Gates and maintains Gate security. Logistics is involved in the actual building and physical maintenance of the airport.
BACK-UPSpare parts for those folks that don't show-up for their assigned shift. Prior experience in multiple positions helpful!
BORDER CONTROL**Help monitor the continuous flow of people entering/exiting Gate. Issue wristbands to passengers going on a Scenic Flight. Insure that passengers are being escorted by a pilot or other qualified representative. Based at Gate.
CUSTOMS INSPECTOR**Greet arriving passengers after Box Office and Passport. Distribute booklet, orient passengers to Burning Man, invite them to "ring bell" or "roll in dust"...Welcome Home! Based in Customs Office.
INTERCEPTORFirst person on the ground to greet arriving airplanes and make-sure appropriate documents are available (pilot manifest). Drive a golf cart, communicate over handheld radio, be aware of airplane movement on taxiway. This can get very busy! Based on tie-down/taxi area = ramp.
INTERCEPTOR DISPATCHERAlerts Interceptors of arriving aircraft and helps create Arrival Report. Based in Ramp Dog Tower.
KNOW-IT-ALLIntermediate postition. Familiar with Airport citizens and staff. Answer questions related to various activities and services offered at the Airport. Assists Squadron Leader tracking volunteers filling shifts. Based near Terminal at Information Booth.
NIGHT WATCH**Patrol the Airport Village and tie-down/plane camping area. Roving positon.
PASSPORT OFFICER **Greet arriving passengers after they have gone to Box Office for ticket validation. Checking for Box Office hand stamps, issuing Resident Visas (wristbands) to based pilots and any passengers who will camp on the ramp next to plane. Customer-service attitude, communicate on handheld radio, light data entry: Online Arrival Reports. Based in Passport Office.
PRIME MINISTERSenior advanced position. Prior experience as Squadron Leader and various other roles. Must know policies and procedures of 88NV.
PURPLE PEOPLE PUSHER **Escort arriving Burners through the arrival process, helping everyone stay in their flight group and that the group is processed in order of arrival. Entertaining the crowd while waiting would be fantastic! Arrivals who show a printed Shiftboard schedule are given priority.
RESTORATION / LEAVE-NO-TRACEAs we find the playa so we leave the playa. Help us return our Airport Village including ramp to its playa-perfect condition. Contact: AirportMayor@buringman.org
RIDE WRANGLER**Keeps log of Burners waiting for rides and matches with pilots looking for Scenic Flight passengers. Organizing skills and diplomacy required! Basic understanding of weight/load restricitions that pilots may state when looking for passengers. This can get very busy and demanding! Based near Terminal, will have shade.
SQUADRON LEADERAdvanced position. Prior volunteer experience at 88NV. Assure that volunteers have reported to assigned positions and understand their roles. Help find volunteers for vacant positions. Light record keeping. Based near Information Booth, roving position.
AIRAir helps pilots and their airplanes fly and manuver safely in the airspace over 88NV and on the ground/ramp at the airport.
BRIEFERSReview proceedures for safe flights, issue wristbands indicating completion of review which allows pilots to fly passengers during the Event. Light record keeping. Works under the direction of the Lead Briefer. Briefings held once a day, Sunday through Sunday, location TBA. 3 years prior experience flying at Burning Man or equivalent high desert experience may be considered. Advanced positions, approved by Lead Briefer, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUST DEVIL (UNICOM OPERATOR ASSISTANT) **This is an introductory position for people who may be interested into going into Unicom in the future. Assists Unicom Operator with "Traffic Count" and "Unicom Log". Aviation radio used. It can get very busy! Based in Unicom Tower, approved by the Unicommander AirportUnicommander@burningman.org
RAMP DOGCommunicate with pilots via radio, assists pilots in finding a parking (tie-down) location. Helps Interceptors locate arriving airplanes. Communicate any problems with the condition of the tie-down area (ramp) for any needed repair to Runway Team. Based in Ramp Dog Tower.
RAMP PUPPY**Assist Ramp Dog as needed, light data entry either written or computer. Based near Terminal, will have shade. May assume Tokenator duties if needed.
RAMpPAGEAdvanced position. Help maintian safe movement of airplanes and passengers on the ramp. Must be familiar with Airport operating procedures. Communicate via handheld radio. Roving over large area (walk or cycle) based on ramp.
TOKENATOR **Introductory position at the Gate, maintaining sign-in sheets for Scenic Rides.
UNICOM OPERATORAdvanced position. Radio communication with pilots who are flying. Must be very familiar with aviation radio procedures and traffic advice. Must have prior Burning Man experience. Approved by Unicommander...advice ONLY we are NOT Air Traffic Controllers! Based in Unicom Tower. AirportUnicommander@burningman.org
The foillowing positions are not listed on ShiftBoard. If you are interested in helping us out in the future, contact the email listed.
AIR TECHNICAL OFFICERSet-up Unicom base stations, program, and maintain (charging station) Airport handheld aviation and org radios during Event. Clean playa dust off radios after event. Contact: AirOperations@burningman.org
LOGISTICSThis is primarily staffed with a returning crew familiar with setting-up and tearing-down the Airport Village and ramp. If you have skills related to this and are available for teardown after the Event find the Logistics Manager and offer your support or contact: AirportLogistics@burningman.org
RUNWAY DESIGN and SURVEYThis very small team meets during the summer to design and layout the runways prior to the Event. Surveyor experience helpful for on-the-ground work. Computer experience for at-the-desk work to translate concepts into diagrams and plans (Illustrator, PhotoShop, CAD, etc.). Contact the AirOperations@burningman.org
RUNWAY CREW: MAINTENANCEOthers help maintain the runways and ramp during the event. This can be rigorous and prior experience recommended. Contact AirportLogistics@burningman.org for helping maintain the ramp and runways during the event.
SAFETY DEPUTIES ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMThese individuals need to be residents of our Airport Village. This is an as-needed-basis helping the Airport Safety Officer set-up and monitor signage, fire extinguishers, and generally monitoring our Airport Village for hazards. Safety Deputies provide volulntary support during any incidents or accidents that may occur at 88NV until the professionals arrive. AirportSafety@burningman.org
INTERESTED? SHIFTBOARD SCHEDULING OF VOLUNTEERSGetting involved at the Airport starts with a couple of easy steps:
- First step, if you haven't done so yet, fill-out a Burner Profile.
- Then fill-out the Volunteer Questionnaire and select Airport as one of your teams.
- Go to the the Burning Man shiftboard
- Login with your email address
- If you're new to Shiftboard or don't know your password click "forgot my password" and then check your E-mail for instructions.
- If your email address is not recognized you need to be sure you've completed and submitted the Burner Profile and the Volunteer Questionnaire -and that you selected Airport as one of your teams on the Volunteer Questionnaire.
- Once you're in Shiftboard, click on MY TEAMS at the top and make sure AIRPORT (or Airport:Air if you have been approved for Air Division) shows up as one of your Teams.
- You will be directed to the volunteer schedule and sign-up which has options to display by the entire week or day, and as a calendar or as a list. If the display is red you are in the option that displays the positions that are still open. If the display is green you are in the option that indicates the positions that are filled and who has taken them.