Volunteer Positions

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UPDATE: AS OF 8/21/18 VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

“Yes!  I definitely want to be a part of this madness!”

Excellent.  Let’s see what works for you.  And please make note of any special requirements before you apply.

CLICK ON THE JOBS BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE! Please do not select a job on the application without first familiarizing yourself with its requirements.
NOTE: Positions marked “POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED” have received more applications than we have spots and are no longer available – but if you have already applied and haven’t heard back, you may still be in consideration for that role.

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Are you social and love interacting with your fellow Wastelanders?  Maybe you’re a first-timer and want a role that gets you in the thick of things, but don’t quite know where you fit yet.  These are great picks for you!

Check-In Station Attendant

Check-In Station Attendant

Greets and checks all individuals into event. Checks IDs and cross-checks with attendee lists. Distributes waivers and verifies for legible and correct submission of information. Applies wristbands. Explains layout of event site. May escort special guests. This position requires a significant amount of time walking and standing during your shift, on uneven and unstable ground. This position also has significant weather exposure to both heat and cold, as well as substantial exposure to high levels of dust and wind. This position will require some training time in the months before the event, either in person (preferred) or via Skype/video.

Traffic Control

Traffic Control

Handles a variety of vehicular traffic jobs including guiding people onto site, managing the general and special parking areas and directing folks how to get to camping areas. If you’re friendly, reliable, and willing to stand out in the sun, you’re probably ready for the job.

Info Tire Attendant

Info Tire Attendant

Stays at the Info Tire (information booth at the Command Center) offering information general event information, answering questions, and assisting with various Command Center projects like Volunteer Check-In. Available for both day and night hours. This is a great job for someone who already has a pretty good knowledge of locations in Wasteland City and the workings of the event.

Gofer/Floater

Gofer/Floater

Runs errands for Command Center staff and helps with anything that comes up. Sometimes reassigned to fill in other volunteer roles as needed. May include occasional heavy lifting, carrying, and working with your hands, or simple tasks like fetching items from other areas onsite.

Rations Runner

Rations Runner

Walks between volunteer stations to distribute water, drinks, and snacks to volunteers. This position will require a lot of walking (possibly in high daytime heat) and regular communication with Command Center staff, Dispatch, and volunteers.

This role is perfect for those who choose to remain sober during the event (quite a few of you out there!):

Errand Runner with Vehicle

Errand Runner with Vehicle

Holds a valid driver’s license and owns a dependable, insured vehicle with moderate carrying capacity (must be able to load up with bags of ice, crates of water bottles, fuel cans, full bags of garbage, etc). You will be on standby at Command Center to make runs into town (approximately one run every day).

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You will be a designated driver. You -must not- drink alcohol or otherwise become unfit for driving. Must be available and sober from Wednesday morning to Saturday night.

A little prior job experience in the following areas would be great!

Dispatch

Dispatch

Manages walkie-talkies/radios and monitors radio activity in support of the Command Center Supervisor during the event. Checks radios and accessories in and out, refreshes batteries as needed. Also assists Command Center team with admin duties as time permits.

Trading Post Sales Clerk

Trading Post Sales Clerk

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Sits at the Wasteland Weekend Trading Post (daylight hours only) and sells t-shirts, official souvenirs, and more. Documents all transactions. Location includes a view of some of the entertainment.

If you prefer a quieter role with little interaction (and you love movies), then this might be your speed:

Film Festival Video Projectionist

Film Festival Video Projectionist

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Sits at the Film Festival theater area during the duration of the showings to make sure there are no problems with the equipment. Does not need to be able to set up or fix the equipment, just cover basic operation.

Have a flair for post-apocalyptic makeovers?  Welcome to the Body Shop.

Body Shop Host

Body Shop Host

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Greets and invites attendees into the Body Shop for free make-over services. Reviews the design choices and schedules flow of service traffic to the next available hair or makeup artist. If you’re outgoing and a bit of a stylist, this would be a great position for you. This is a daylight position.

Body Shop Assistant

Body Shop Assistant

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED You have experience with Hair or makeup through theatre, cosplay or personal practice? This is the position for you. You will be the right hand to the pros during the early morning performer transformations and will assist in the afternoon, helping hair and makeup however is needed.

Body Shop Hair Artist

Body Shop Hair Artist

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Cut, style, and primp up the hairs of the Wasteland! Cosmetology license not required, but preferred. Will work helping entertainment get ready as well as primping the people of the Wastelands. Preference given to those who provide links/photos as portfolio samples.

Body Shop Face Painter

Body Shop Face Painter

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Help the wayward get their face on… whether it be from a selection of face paint designs, smears of warpaint or just plain old grime ‘n grit. Professional face painter/makeup artists will use provided cosmetic-grade products to bring some color to the waste. This is a daylight position.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: MUST provide link to portfolio examples in order to be considered.

Body Shop Henna Artist

Body Shop Henna Artist

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Bring some grace to the wastes. Professional  henna artists will use industry approved products to stain the masses. This is a daylight position.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: MUST provide link to portfolio examples in order to be considered.

Body Shop Special Effects Artist

Body Shop Special Effects Artist

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Get the War Boys and Performers ready for show time. Professional special effects & makeup artists will use provided makeup and prosthetics to transform the civilized into the savage. Experienced professionals only. If you are a self-taught cosplay makeup artist, you would be better off applying for the positions above. This is a morning position.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: MUST provide link to portfolio examples in order to be considered.

Maybe you’ve slung some grog for the dirty masses before:

Atomic Cafe Server

Atomic Cafe Server

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Cafe servers mix drinks from donated supplies at our free community bar (taking BYOB to the next level). Shifts will take place at sunset and run late, Thursday thru Saturday. There will be mandatory training for ALL Atomic Cafe staff. You must be on time and functional, and be prepared to work for your entire shift. Relevant experience highly preferred. Intoxication at any point during your shift will result in your dismissal and a ban on future volunteering. (Atomic Cafe jobs include a view of the main stage entertainment)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You must be 21 years old or older to work this position.

Atomic Cafe Shift Lead

Atomic Cafe Shift Lead

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Oversees operations of the bar and supervises the servers. Serves beverages as needed during rushes. Ensures the bar is secured at the end of shift. Shifts will be after dark, Wednesday thru Saturday. There will be mandatory training for ALL Atomic Cafe staff. Relevant experience required. (Atomic Cafe jobs include a view of the main stage entertainment)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You must be 21 years old or older to work this position.

Safety-conscious people wanted:

Security

Security

Performs non-confrontational duties, including wristband checks. Observes and reports as needed under the supervision of the Security Manager. Will probably require significant time walking during shift all security personnel (at least those doing the full 16 volunteer hours) WILL have a night or graveyard shift (however some of the overnight shifts will be shorter and still count as a FULL SHIFT, so working overnights can result in fewer total hours). May require filling out incident reports and working alongside the Security Manager with local law enforcement. This is an OBSERVE AND REPORT JOB ONLY.

Burn Watch Crew

Burn Watch Crew

Starts, tends, and feeds the event’s burn barrels and bonfires. Ensures fires are properly extinguished at the end of each night. Must be able to carry firewood and maintain safety.  (Not related to fire performances.).

If you have spent time around the stage, these roles might be your jam.

Stage Tech

Stage Tech

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Arrives before the stage opens for the night and checks gear with the light board operator and sound engineer and assists them and the stage supervisor throughout the evening.

Sound Mixer / Stage Tech

Sound Mixer / Stage Tech

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED (Also known as Sound Board Operator, Production Audio Engineer, or A1.)  Must have knowledge of audio engineering principles and techniques. For example: how to mic different instruments and amplifiers, what types of mics to use, where to place the mics, how to attenuate “hot” instrument signals that are overloading and clipping the channel, how to prevent audio feedback, how to set the audio compression for different instruments and vocals, and how to prevent unwanted distortion of the sound. This position will ASSIST the vendor who is hired by the event to supervise stage sound and may not necessarily result in any time at the mixing board.

Light Board Operator Asst / Stage Tech

Light Board Operator Asst / Stage Tech

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Assists the vendor hired to do lighting at the main stage. If desired by the vendor, may operate the light control console. Also assists with adjusting lighting setup on stage and other stage tech duties. Must have knowledge of basic lighting techniques and preferably DMX control as well.

Have a knack for patching people up?

Medical Scribe/Recorder

Medical Scribe/Recorder

Works in the med tent documenting basic information pertaining to treatment of attendees by medical staff.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must hold current CPR/AED/First Aid certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross or with Medical Lead approval of a certified course.

EMT/Paramedic

EMT/Paramedic

Provides first aid, medical care, and assistance under the direction of the Medical Services Manager. Facilitates transfer to local medical facilities and assistance to onsite medical personnel from County Fire Dept when appropriate. Shifts will be scheduled by the Medical Services Manager.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must hold current certification as a: Medical Doctor (ER/Trauma a plus), Nurse (RN), or EMT-B/EMT-A/EMT-P. If you are not licensed in California, you most hold National Certification. It is recommended that you have professional liability insurance for this event. If you do not, you can find affordable insurance at :http://www.hpso.com/ 

If you like building cities out of dirt and sometimes sweating profusely, check these out:

On-Site Build Crew

On-Site Build Crew

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Assembles and erects major set pieces (stage, gates, various counters, shelters, and structures). Mechanical, electrical, and fabrication experience preferred, but not required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be able to arrive onsite the Friday BEFORE Wasteland, and work (sometimes in hot temperatures) until the job is done.

Road Crew

Road Crew

Tasked with maintaining roadways of Wasteland. Involves clearing pathways and spreading gravel. This is a highly physical job that may involve working in hot temperatures.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: This job takes place in JULY and AUGUST, before Wasteland. Weekend and Weekday scheduling available.

Pre-Event Hesperia Load-Up Crew

Pre-Event Hesperia Load-Up Crew

Travel to Hesperia, California the weekend before the event to pack and load our trucks. Requires heavy lifting and endurance in hot temperatures. Must be in good physical condition.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: This is a dedicated role. Load-Up Crew members should not accept any additional volunteer roles.

Boundary Crew

Boundary Crew

Responsible for putting up the event boundaries, and roping off designated parking and camping areas. This is a highly physical job that sometimes involves working in hot temperatures.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be able to arrive onsite the Friday BEFORE Wasteland.

Trash Panda

Trash Panda

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Post-event cleanup. This crew walks the event site making sure no trash is left behind, leaving it clean for next year. Fairly low impact, and does not require heavy lifting. Must be in a physical condition where walking is not an issue.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Position requires volunteer to remain on site Monday AND Tuesday after the event.

Post-Event Wrap-Up Crew (with extra bonus)

Post-Event Wrap-Up Crew (with extra bonus)

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Post-Event teardown, load-out, and logistics. Involves dismantling of Wasteland structures, loading/unloading trailers, and site cleanup. This is a highly physical job that sometimes involves working in hot temperatures.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Position requires volunteer to remain on site Monday AND Tuesday after the event. After wrap-up is complete, an additional paid 2018 ticket for a friend of your choice will be refunded. In total, two 2018 tickets will be awarded for those who fulfill this role. 

NOTE: This is one of the few volunteer positions that awards TWO tickets for the event.

Health & Sanitation Assistant

Health & Sanitation Assistant

Works with event staff on all manner of jobs associated with portapotty logistics (working with our outside vendor) as well as trash and recycling issues on site. Also helps coordinate private portapotty rentals and placement (but NOT cleaning – don’t worry). Experience at previous Wasteland Weekends highly preferred.

Video enthusiasts can help document this dusty gathering for future generations:

Digital Image Tech/Camera Assistant

Digital Image Tech/Camera Assistant

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Transfer files from film crew data cards to hard drives during event. Maintain proper data workflow. Monitor charging of camera batteries.  This is for our in-house official Wasteland documentary crew.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must have own laptop.

Film/Video Crew

Film/Video Crew

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Capture footage of various things during event. All raw video footage to be supplied daily to DIT. This is a videography position and not a photographer role. This is for our in-house official Wasteland documentary crew. Works both daytime and night time hours.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have own pro HD equipment. Highlight reel will need to be submitted for consideration

Film Audio Tech

Film Audio Tech

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Capture high quality live audio of events and attendees during in the field interviews. This is for our in-house official Wasteland documentary crew.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Boom, mic and recorder required. Samples of work required for consideration.

Video Editor

Video Editor

 POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Create high quality videos from footage taken at the event by official film crew. Assemble, color correct, and prepare final files for multiple formats from raw footage taken at event. You will need to supply either 8 thirty second clips or 2 two minute clips. Hard drive of raw footage will be supplied to you at end of event. First version of edits will need to be submitted for review by November 1 with all final edits completed by December 1. This is for our in-house official Wasteland documentary crew.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Highlight reels will need to be submitted for consideration.

 

If you have experience with organization behind the scenes, these roles would be a great fit:

Assistant Performer Coordinator

Assistant Performer Coordinator

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Assists our existing Performer Coordinator onsite throughout the weekend, helping with wrangling non-music performers and facilitating shows at both the main stage and other performance areas.

Assistant to the Event Director

Assistant to the Event Director

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED Shadows the Event Director for the duration of the event, taking notes, relaying messages, etc.. Likely two or more people in order to fill entire block of event time and leave time to enjoy the event. Minimal duties prior to the event. Some experience in the entertainment industry or in festival organizing preferred.

Assistant to the Chief Of Operations

Assistant to the Chief Of Operations

Shadows the Chief Of Operations for the duration of the event, taking notes, relaying messages, etc.. Likely two or more people in order to fill entire block of event time and leave time to enjoy the event. Minimal duties prior to the event. Some experience in the entertainment industry or in festival organizing preferred.

Crew Care Supervisor

Crew Care Supervisor

Coordinates build crew meals, keeps safety supplies stocked, etc. While primarily active at the event, will need to start planning a few months in advance, and could also be responsible for Crew Care during pre-event build weekends. (Works primarily June 1-Oct 1).

Crew Cook

Crew Cook

Prepares crew meals, keeps drinks and snacks stocked etc.. All supplies will be provided by the event. While primarily active at the event, may also be invited to get started on the job during pre-event build weekends. Should have experience in preparing meals for large groups of people and have knowledge of food safety.

If you’re somewhat tech-savvy and prefer to do your work before or after the event itself:

Media Archivist

Media Archivist

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED – Maintains a server for all official photos and video, and ORGANIZES/Categorizes it in such a way that the org heads and social media coordinator can more easily find specific material when needed. This job works primarily in the off-season.

Found something you like?  If you are interested in a position listed above, then you should fill out the main Volunteer Application below.  If you don’t see a position from last year, it either was changed/removed for this year, or it’s now being internally staffed.

Reminder that private group volunteers do NOT fill out the application below.  If you are pre-approved for one of our private volunteer groups, you won’t find the position above.  You will get a separate form to fill out from either your Team Lead or the Volunteer Coordinator soon.

And remember that you know your application went through properly when you see the “Thank You” page after you hit submit.  If you don’t get that page, it means something is not filled out correctly.  You will remain on the application page so you can find the problem, correct it, and try submitting again.  (Phone browsers sometimes struggle with the form, so it’s best to fill this out from a computer.)

That part is bright green for a reason.  Please make sure you’ve read it.

VOLUNTEER APPS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2018