Volunteer Positions




Click on the departments and listings below to find out more about each position.

The application link is at the bottom of this page.

Please do not select a position without first familiarizing yourself with its requirements.
NOTE: Positions marked “FULL” and/or crossed out 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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ON-SITE BUILD & LOGISTICS 

On-Site Build Crew

This is THE job if you want to help build Wasteland City on site! Assembles and erects major set pieces (stage, gates, various counters, shelters, and structures). Mechanical, electrical, or 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.

Outriders

The first boots on the ground, ahead of the event and working until the gates open. Outriders are our elite build crew, working on pretty much every project there is.
If you have the availability to join us and the drive to work hard, then choose the outriders team and make sure to detail each of the days you will be available in the Pre-Build, Build, and Teardown sections of the Volunteer Application.

Pre-Event Load-Up Crew

Gets to our holding yard in California City in early September to pack and load trucks and trailers. Requires heavy lifting and endurance in possible hot temperatures. Should be in good physical condition.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: This is a dedicated role. Load-Up Crew members should not accept any additional volunteer roles. (This one gets your work done BEFORE the event and then you can enjoy yourself!)

Boundary Crew

Responsible for putting up the event boundaries, and roping off designated parking and camping areas. Arrives first and gets boundaries set up to keep the event secure. This is a very physical job, you can think of it as “arm day”, every day. They pound t-posts, set rope, and when they finish they jump into build crew and help where they are needed most. 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be able to work BOTH weekends PRIOR to the event.

Power and Networking (Wasteland Power Corps)

[FULL]Power Crew: You will be responsible for deploying the power and network grids at the event. Very little experience is needed in the electrical or IT fields as most of the work is plugging in large extension cords and CAT-5 network cables. The power crew is a pre-event build crew position (not available during the event) and requires cable lifting and some ladder/climb tasks.

Depot

[FULL]The depot team knows where all the materials are on site that we use to build the city, and they take care of getting those items out to the crew.

Sign Crew

Arrives the Friday BEFORE the event begins. Places and removes signage on site as needed so that Wastelanders can find their way to and from the event site and around the city.

Logistics - Equipment operators

Experience behind the wheel of various equipment, and enjoy grueling days in the sun picking up and putting down, soaking roads, driving trailers? If you like to operate machinery (such as VR telehandling forklifts, dust abatement water trucks, front end loaders, trenchers, and gooseneck/ bumper pull 30 foot + trailers) in various capacities please submit information relating to your experience in addition to what you would be looking to do. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. This role can span up to 2 weeks prior and 1 week after the event.

Logistics - Load Specialist

Do you know your way safely around heavy equipment? This is a role providing support to our equipment operators. Properly securing trailer loads, assisting load management, keeping additional eyes/hands open for the operators. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. This role takes place up to 2 weeks before and 1 week after the event.

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. Minimal duties prior to the event. Some experience in the entertainment industry or in festival organizing preferred.

CHECK-IN 

Check-In

[FULL]Would you like to be one of the first faces that Wastelanders see upon arrival?  Are you good with people while staying on task?  Come join the Check-in Department!  Greets and checks all individuals into event at the gate. Checks IDs and scans tickets. Distributes waivers and verifies for legible and correct submission of information. Applies wristbands. Can answer questions regarding the basic layout of event site. This position requires a significant amount of time walking and standing during your shift, sometimes on uneven/unstable ground.  Volunteers should maintain an excellent awareness of their surroundings since we are playing in traffic (kinda)! This position can also have significant weather exposure to both heat and cold, as well as possible high levels of dust and wind. This position will require some training time in the months before the event via video and emailed documents.

COMMAND CENTER

Assistant to Event Director

FULL- Shadows Event Director (Jared), 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.

Info Tire Attendant

Stays at the Info Tire (information booth at the Command Center) offering general event information, 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

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.

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 things like 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). 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.

Command Center Admin

Helps run volunteers and multiple aspects of the event from our Command Center (previous Wasteland Command Center experience required).

Radio 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.

Burn Watch Crew

[FULL]Starts, tends, and feeds the event’s official burn barrels and fires. Ensures fires are properly extinguished at the end of each night. Must be able to carry firewood and maintain safety. Shifts often go til 2am, so you must be prepared to stay up late.  (This is not related to fire performances.)

MERCH KIOSK

Merch Kiosk

[FULL]Sets up and maintains official merchandise booth for the event. Shifts would be mainly during the day. Experience with Square a plus.

ATOMIC CAFE

Atomic Cafe Bartender

[FULL]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-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. 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). Prior bartending experience a major plus, so let us know.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You must be 21 years old or older to work this position.

Atomic Cafe Barback

[FULL] Shifts will take place at sunset and run late, Thursday-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. 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). Prior bartending experience a major plus, so let us know.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You must be 21 years old or older to work this position.

HEALTH & SANITATION

Porto Coordinator

[FULL]Helps coordinate private portapotty rentals and placement (but NOT cleaning – don’t worry). Experience at previous Wasteland Weekends highly preferred.

Health & Sanitation Asst.

[FULL]Helps make sure everything from portable toilets and sinks, to trash removal, to food vending at the event is being handled properly (this is an administrative position and does not involve cleaning toilets or picking up trash).

Cash4Trash

[FULL]Monitors the use of the large community dumpsters during specified hours (does not personally handle trash). Must be available all day Sunday and able to stay Sunday night after the event. Must be able to handle cash in a responsible manner.

MEDICAL

Medical Provider

Provides basic first aid and emergency medical care (BLS), under the direction of the Medical Manager. Medical Providers will have licenses and/or certifications confirmed by Kern County EMS prior to being approved for this position. Provider shifts are exclusively during the event and some night shifts are a requirement. Providers are exempt from Medical Build and Medical Tear Down shifts. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must hold current certification as a: Medical Doctor (ER/Trauma a plus), Nurse (RN), If you are a EMT-B/EMT-P you MUST hold California State 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/ NOTE: If you are an LVN or LPN you cannot provide patient care outside a hospital/hospice setting in Kern County, you must volunteer as a Scribe (see below).

Medical Scribe

Works in the Medical Tent, Foot Patrols and Vehicle Patrols documenting patient care while Providers treat patients. A background in medical terminology or past experience as a EMS dispatcher, EMT or other relevant emergency medical experience is recommended. Positions within Scribe: Radio Dispatcher, Patient Check-in.

Medical Wellness

Medical Wellness volunteers provide mental and emotional health advocacy services to ensure diversity and inclusion for Wasteland Medical patients. Diversity and inclusion are about recognizing, respecting, and valuing differences based on gender, race, skin color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, physical ability, and sexual orientation. Wellness volunteers also provide one-on-one care to persons experiencing emotional and mental health emergencies. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Experience in Psychological Care, and emergencies or Counseling are preferred for in-person care positions.

Medical Logistics

Logistics is the backbone of Wasteland Medical. Logistics volunteers keep medical supplies and equipment stocked, make runs into town for extra supplies if needed, and maintain coffee, hot water and snack inventories in the break room. General cleaning and laundry duties are expected as well. Medical Build and Medical Tear Down Crew is also an important part of Logistics. If you are chosen you get to arrive early and stay late! But keep in mind you are required to be on your best behavior at all times if you volunteer for this position. (Medical Build and Medical Teardown positions are eligible towards your 16 hour commitment)

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 should EXPECT to 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. Let us know if you have a current GUARD CARD (Not required, but preferred)

ENTERTAINMENT

Stage Tech

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. Helps bands get their gear on and off stage (roadie). Also needed are stage techs that can help set up in the days BEFORE the event begins

Assistant to Entertainment Director

Assists Entertainment Director onsite throughout the weekend, helping with wrangling performers and facilitating shows at both the main stage and other performance areas. Some pre-event communications likely.

Light Board Operator

BODY SHOP

Body Shop Host

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 Hair Artist

Cut, style, and primp up the hairs of the Wasteland! Cosmetology license not required, but preferred. Preference given to those who provide links/photos as portfolio samples. This is a daylight position.

Body Shop Makeup Artist

This can be battle makeup, warpaint, blood & dirt, and more. Preference given to those who provide links/photos as portfolio samples. Wasteland will provide makeup supplies, but you are welcome to bring some of your own tools if they can be kept hygienic/sterile. This is a daylight position.

Body Shop Henna Artist

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.

VIDEO CREW

Digital Image Tech/Camera Assistant

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

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.

Video Editor

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 after end of event. This is for our in-house official Wasteland documentary crew.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Highlight reels will need to be submitted for consideration.

TEAR DOWN (POST-EVENT)

Tear Down Crew

(4 day commitment) 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. This is the legendary TEAR DOWN CREW. The ones who bring the City down and return the site to empty desert when it’s all over. Amazing camaraderie and hard work that begins when the rest of Wasteland has left. If you commit to this, you are one of our heroes, but you sure as hell need to SHOW UP. Do NOT volunteer for this job if there is any chance of you bailing on it at the last minute. 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Position requires volunteer to be on site for FOUR DAYS starting the Monday after the event. So Monday through Thursday (and if you can stay longer, that’s even better). After wrap-up is complete, an additional paid ticket for a friend of your choice will be refunded (from the CURRENT year) OR you can receive a voucher for yourself for NEXT YEAR. NOTE: This is one of the few (often only) volunteer positions that awards TWO tickets for the event (because you’re working 4 days, not just 2 days).

Trash Panda

(2 day commitment!) 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.



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

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