SOAK is 100% volunteer-run.
It couldn’t function without hundreds of hard-working volunteers like you!
SOAK*2020 volunteer registration is now open! Register here.
How are you planning on spending your time at SOAK this year? How about volunteering with some of the people who make the magic happen? Virtually every team at SOAK is looking for volunteers, so there’s likely to be a role for you, whatever your interests. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to interact with your fellow participants and contribute towards making SOAK a fabulous experience!
Volunteers are critical to the SOAK experience, and each year the team looks for ways to show appreciation to participants who go above and beyond in contributing to making SOAK awesome. Volunteer hours are carefully tracked, and those who earn 16 points or more volunteering for SOAK will receive a Gift Ticket for the following year.
Here are the guidelines for earning points volunteering at SOAK*2020:
Most pre-event work: 1 hour of work = 1 point
Some departments offer pre-event work, which generally occurs in Portland in the weeks and months leading up to the event. An hour of pre-event work is equivalent to 1 point.
Event work: 1 hour of work = 1 point
Event work occurs at the site and includes setup, shifts during the event, onsite strike, Leave No Trace cleanup, and some post-event work.
High-demand event work: 1 hour of work = 1.5 points
Some high-demand shifts roles offer additional points. Inquire with individual Team Lead(s) for more information.
- Volunteers may accrue points with multiple departments; there is no requirement that all efforts be directed to a single team.
- Failing to show up for a scheduled shift can result in a loss or deduction of points. Don’t sign up for shifts you can’t commit to making.
- If an individual with a Gift Ticket is unable to attend the event, they may request to defer their Gift Ticket to the following year. A Gift Ticket may be deferred only one time.
- An individual may donate their Gift Ticket to another person. It is not acceptable to sell a Gift Ticket; their face value is $0.
- No matter how many points are accrued, only one Gift Ticket will be awarded.
If you have questions, talk to your Team Lead(s).
Regional Contacts help local Burners connect with each other while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into our local community. They oversee all official regional events, including SOAK.
Regional Contacts: Porn Star + Ice Queen + Tank Girl
Producers wrangle all of the things. In addition to budgeting, event planning, and working with vendors, they manage and support all of the individual team leads.
Executive Producer: HugBoss + Pablovex
Associate Producer: Koala
Assistant Producers: GoldDust + OneEye
Ambassadors welcomes participants to the event, staffs the Info Booth, and manages Lost + Found.
Leads: Courtney + Mega
Volunteer with Ambassadors!
Art Provisions: encourages and promotes art at our events and liaisons with SOAK departments and the art grant committee.
The Administrator manages the process by which Art pieces and Artists are awarded funds for their projects.
Volunteer with TAG!
Box Office manages ticket processing & shipping, vehicle badges, canine attendee badges, and will-call.
Leads: Chew Toy + Bobo + Ceres
Volunteer with Box Office!
Department of Public Works (DPW) manages transportation, set-up and takedown of SOAK infrastructure (trash fence, civic signage, etc.), and event site improvement. They also incorporate path lighting and signage for the event
Leads: Cupcake + Tightpants + EagleEye + Pinky + Naughty
Volunteer with DPW!
Gate staffs the event entrance and perimeter, manages wristbands, performs vehicle searches, manages traffic in and out of event, and directs event exodus.
Leads: Spraypaint + Otter
Volunteer with Gate!
Hospitality provides on-site support to the other departments with snacks, drinks, and a volunteer potluck.
Volunteer with Hospitality!
Ice manages ice sales at the event.
Volunteer with Ice!
Leave No Trace (LNT) performs post-event cleanup, restoring the event site to its original state (or better).
Lead: Key Lime
Volunteer with LNT!
Major Burnable Sculpture (MBS) builds the main burnable sculpture for the event (which typically burns on Saturday), sets-up at event site, and performs burn site cleanup.
Leads: Sour Patch + Cheshire
Media manages event PR, the soakpdx.com website, and communications
Parks & Wrecks handles parking lot management and controls traffic flow.
Leads: Coco + Dragon + Paddywhack
Volunteer with Parks & Wrecks!
Placement is responsible for theme camp liaising and coordination as well as event layout. Art encourages and registers art projects, promotes art at our events and, depending on Artist need, liaisons with SOAK departments and the art grant committee.
Leads: Papa Bear + Redirect + Joshy + Red Wizard + Beacon
Volunteer with Placement and HeArt Support!
Power and Comms holds the keys to the internet and helps prevent volunteers from having to scream across the property.
Leads: Anholt + Not-A-Cop
Production Manager: Onsite support and a ream of print jobs, from the Survival Guide to wristbands to stickers.
Rangers handles community safety and burn perimeter patrol. Rangers have a willingness to help others, mediate, and educate.
Leads: Sinamox + Hazelnut + Goldilocks
Volunteer with Rangers!
Sanctuary provides a safe, quiet space and supportive care for participants who are not in medical danger.
Leads: Little Cat + Juliana
Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteers and helps them get connected to departments of interest.