Playshops & Performances Support
Playshops provide activities like that early sunrise yoga, to a lesson on how to plant your very own unicorn, to an open dialogue about what it means to be a Burner. This team coordinates workshops, YOUtalks, and activities hosted at Center Camp. As wide-ranging as the imagination, they sometimes need a little support with those yoga mats or unicorn seeds.
The Center Camp crew helps maintain spaces where YOUtopians can gift their participation by stage managing, sound tech support, and promoting programs during the Event. We also help with drop-in volunteering. If you have a passion for the 10 Principles - Center Camp is for you!
Fire Safety keeps the fire alive at the Event, while keeping us safe from lighting ourselves, others, and anything other than approved art and performance on fire. They’re also the hard working crew that facilitates safety classes at the Event to give you your first opportunity (or perhaps your 7,456,398th opportunity) to light up your fire.
Greeters are the folks who welcome participants with open arms into YOUtopia, while making sure you know where you’re going, answering your questions, and getting you to your place of party as fast as possible! Greeters work with Gate and City Planning to make entry nice and smooth.
This crew ensures you have adulted properly by acquiring a ticket, parking pass, and have left your dog, cat, or small farm animals at home. They will also search your car for the glass you weren’t supposed to bring, including pickle jars and mirrors! This team works with Greeters, Ticketing, and City Planning to help you reach your desired destination. They do accept compliments and bribes, although they’ll still need to see your ticket before they’ll give you a wristband to enter YOUtopia. Critical thinking and communication skills a must. Love for black clothing and loud music a plus.
Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace (LNT) crew makes sure participants do just that, leaving a pristine location when the Event is over. They help educate participants on minimizing ecological impact and “Pack It In, Pack It Out” principles.
Starting with site visits, City Planning lays the groundwork for the Event. They spend most of their time on-site, marking off Theme Camp, art areas, and assisting Road Warriors in fitting everyone into the city. They know not only how to put the puzzle together, but also how to create it with oh-so-sexy maps.
These are the peeps who’ll ask you to fill out and sign innumerable forms waiving your rights to your life, including but not limited to your house, pet gerbil, and second cousin. They will also check in your children and take a lovely family photo so we can match families and keep everyone safe and happy!
This team makes sure all of our hard working volunteers get fed, doing our best to meet the dietary needs of the crew. We set up tasty food prepared offsite and serve it while having fun! We organize meal flow, wash kitchen utensils and equipment and serve up yummy foods! (Please note: We may not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and preferences).
The Please Department supports the service of all other YOUtopia volunteer crews. They’re a team of wild, hard working, do-it-yourself characters, whose mission is to ensure members of the Event team take care of themselves by delivering food, snacks, breaks, and overall fun. When not caretaking for other departments, they can usually be found instigating shenanigans somewhere in the Event.
Road Warriors/Parking/Traffic Control
All hail the Road Warriors who make sure we can all fit comfortably in the Event. Working closely with City Planning, Road Warriors have a good handle on mapping out how exactly to fit all the cars, RVs, and other vehicles into the Event. They’ll also kindly ask you to move or be moved if you find yourself parked in the wrong area. Road Warriors control the flow of all traffic at the Event, addressing issues and making sure everything is smooth and safe for participants.
Transportation crew keeps it moving by facilitating shuttles and art cars to help cruise participants around YOUtopia in style. Transportation also provides ADA Shuttle Service for mobility-challenged participants and other YOUtopians to enjoy the Event. Seeking volunteer drivers and co-pilots. Please note: Volunteer drivers will need to provide proof of a valid driver's license and meet certain age requirements in order to operate an Event vehicle.
Wolf Pack (Setup & Teardown)
Abiding by their motto, “First To Come, Last To Pull Out,” the Wolf Pack are a die-hard crew. Literally building the Event from the ground up, this crew sees to it that the infrastructure for our fair YOUtopian city is in place for the Event. They are also responsible for disassembling everything at the conclusion of the Event so our city leaves no trace.
Coffee & Ice
The Coffee & Ice team is all about creating a fun vibe and getting people what they need. If you're a social butterfly who can handle the occasional rush of hippies in-need while maintaining your basic math skills and sense of humor, we're the team for you.
Rangers roam the city providing assistance to YOUtopians in need, be it conflict resolution and peer mediation, helping participants locate medical support, lending an ear or a helping hand, or giving directions to the nearest portos. Rangers walk the grounds in pairs equipped with radios, ready to offer help when needed. Please note: You will need to have completed Black Rock City or Pacific Southwest Ranger training in order to volunteer on the YOUtopia Rangers team. Training opportunities may be available prior to the Event. Contact the Ranger team for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dispensary crew are the people you need to see to check out (and back in!) Event equipment or supplies you need to get your job done. This team staffs the Dispensary during open hours and keeps meticulous records of who took what, where, and when.
Media captures all those magic YOUtopian moments so we can relive them again and again. Connecting videographers and photographers with participants who want to have that special event captured - Media keeps it classy.