Saguaro Man Department descriptions
In order to be a volunteer at Saguaro Man 2019 you must first register to be a volunteer:
Center Camp – This is where stuff happens! Talks, musical performance, Temple Guardian training, games, art! We need folks to serve as the greeters for events. That involves keeping the place cleaned up, maintaining the schedule board, inviting passers-by to stop in!
DPW Infrastructure –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 including setting up Costco Garages, signage installation and securing Porto potties. 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: Gate is often the first contact participants have with the Burner community. Gate volunteers check every vehicle entering for contraband, verify registrations, (kids and dogs, too), introduce kids to rangers, and inspect vehicles.
Greeters: (description is on the web site) The Greeters are the face of Saguaro Man and help form a newcomer’s first impressions. Greeters distribute dog tags, 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.
Food Fluffers – We need a couple fluffer types to chop vegetables, cook bacon, assemble meals, cook bacon, set up serving tables, cook bacon, wash dishes, cook bacon, clean up stuff and cook bacon!! Oh, and there might be some Llama tending. This is for work weekend, which is held 2 weeks prior to Saguaro Man.
Fire Department – This group is responsible for fire prevention during the event. Most of the effort is focused on the burn nights. This group acts as a hot shot team to put out sparks in the open area surrounding the burn site and provide support at the perimeter. They also do prep work during work weekend to clear brush hazards. No forest fires!!!
Flame Department – This group is responsible for the inspection of all flame effects on art pieces, art cars and in camps. They are looking for proper use of fuel, pressures, placement, etc. Let’s keep everyone safe out there!! No singed hair! The have all of their volunteers for this year!
Medical Team – This team provides first aid and assistance to those needing medical help. Licensed EMT’s/other certified specialties that are allowed to work in an unsupervised capacity are welcome to join. Assistance is welcome from those non-professionals with first aid/CPR certifications. Participants should bring their own band aids and ointments. (Radical self-reliance!)
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.
Sound – The Sound crew work mostly at night. They are responsible to see that camps sound levels are maintained within the approved decibels. They conduct inspection of sounds camps to approve the direction in which sound speakers are angled so as not to blare towards neighboring land owners. We need night owls to help do sound checks and work with camps make sure they stay in compliance. In other words, help keep us from getting shut down!! They have all their volunteers for 2018 already.
Temple Guardians – 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).
Temple Guardians will need to attend a short Training Session – held on-site during the event – dates and times are listed with the shift schedule.