A few departments have volunteer opportunities open! Please visit The Saguaro Man Volunteer Sign up Portal if you are interested.
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.
DPW works hand in hand with Fire and Placement as the backbone of the city. The Department of Public Works sets up, maintains, and breaks down the infrastructure for the event as well as providing electric power for the art pieces and center camp. DPW keeps things running! 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.
This group is responsible for fire suppression during the event. Most of the effort is focused on the Friday and Saturday night burns. During the burns, there are Hot Shots equipped with extinguishers that are stationed inside the perimeter to address any burning material that threatens the crowd. Three Ember Patrol Teams work outside the perimeter behind the crowd. These teams extinguish any flying embers to prevent fire spread in the surrounding vegetation. A one hour training is held at Saguaro Man on Thursday and Friday afternoon to instruct volunteers on the use of all of our equipment, including the Fire Trailer. A volunteer only needs to attend one training session.
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.
Medical team volunteers needed. Work with rangers and fire to keep participants safe and healthy. Paramedics, Nurses, PA/NP, or MD/DO with one year of working experience in your field. Current Arizona license/certificate and current BLS required.
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).
Tranquility Base is intended to be a quiet, sheltered environment for disoriented or overwhelmed participants, who do not (or do not yet) need more professional services. We provide a supportive, non-stimulating space for our guests to process difficult experiences, so that they may return to the burn when they feel ready. Our amazing volunteers are patient and compassionate listeners, and all attend mandatory training sessions before their first shift.
The volunteer Department is responsible for assisting the other departments with the recruitment, scheduling and recognizing volunteers for AZ Burners events. This includes setting the schedules, maintaining attendance records, getting Leads signed up into the various programs used by the AZBurners, assisting volunteers with shift sign up, preparing the identification laminates worn by the Lead staff during events, preparing the DMV and Flame permits, ordering thank you swag and coordinating the Volunteer Appreciation event each year. At Saguaro Man, volunteers with this department man the check-in booth for Artery and volunteer check-in and dissemination AZ Burners Without Borders information.