Volunteering

Without volunteers, there would be no AfterBurn. Did you know that the number of tickets available is not dependent on the size of the venue, but is determined by the number of volunteers who sign up for shifts before the gate opens?

Be sure to visit our SignupGenius site and select your shifts as early as possible. There’s a volunteer role to appeal to everyone.

Here’s a quick reference guide to AfterBurn departments:

Art Attack
We facilitate art grants, answer questions, fill the Indaba Art Gallery, work with Placement to find the best place for art at the event, and help artists set up and take down their pieces.
CATS
We keep you safe when things are burning.
DOGS
Also known as the Department of Public Works. We set up the event infrastructure.
Earth Guardians - Department of Cleanliness
We gently remind participants of our Leave No Trace policy, replace sanitizer and toilet paper in the loos, check showers and restrooms for cleanliness, and do sweeps of the property to ensure we are leaving it better than we found it.
Foodies
We feed volunteers and participants.
Indaba
We are your Center Camp, home to the InfoBooth and the participant Art Gallery. We provide information, hospitality, and a central gathering space where you can put on a performance, workshop, or class. We provide information about volunteering and check in volunteers for a number of departments.
Medics
We assist in case of medical emergencies. To volunteer with Medics, you must have professional credentials.
Parking
We find a place to put your car.
Placement
We create the event map, and when campers arrive, we show them where to set up.
Rangers
‘Not the cops, not your mom.’
Rangers volunteer in service of the safety and well-being of the community by acting as non-confrontational mediators, providing reliable information and facilitating public safety. Rangers are primarily concerned with life safety issues, maintaining the community’s standards, and resolving conflicts by helping participants solve their own problems using non-confrontational mediation. Responding to the ever-changing environment, Rangers address within our community situations that would otherwise require outside intervention. By encouraging and facilitating communication, Rangers promote awareness of potential hazards and provide non-authoritative assistance for conflict resolution. If you’ve never volunteered for Rangers, you must complete an onsite safety training at Ranger HQ before signing up for an Alpha Ranger shift.
Sanctuary/Lime Dots
We provide a space where participants can find a safe haven for reflection, or reintegration within the self after a shattering or emotionally harrowing experience. We offer peer-to-peer support. While the experiences within Sanctuary are personal, specific, and subjective, the Lime Dots’ mission will always be simply offering support.
Sound Marshalls
We work with sound camps and DJs, monitoring our sound levels to keep the neighbors happy.
Volunteer Coordination
We make sure there are enough volunteers, and we help participants find opportunities to contribute.
Welcome Home
We greet participants as they arrive, check their tickets, and help them figure out where to go.