SOAK is 100% volunteer-run, and couldn’t function without hundreds of hard-working volunteers like you
SOAK*2020 Registration will be open soon! Stay tuned!
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.
Teams & Team Leads for SOAK*2020
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, TankGirl
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.
Producers: HugBoss, Pablovex, OneEye, Koala, GoldDust
Ambassadors welcomes participants to the event, staffs the Info Booth, and manages Lost + Found.
Box Office manages ticket processing & shipping, vehicle badges, canine attendee badges, and will-call.
Leads: Chew Toy, Bobo, Ceres
Department of Public Works (DPW) manages transportation, set-up and takedown of SOAK infrastructure (trash fence, civic signage, etc.), and event site improvement.
Fire Conclave organizes, choreographs, and supervises fire performers for our Saturday night burn. You can volunteer as a Fire Conclave Safety, which is a critical role that helps keep our fire spinners safe while performing.
Fire Safety assists with fire art and performer safety, and manages burn perimeters.
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
HeArt Support facilitates and supervises interactive onsite art projects such as the mural project at the Barn.
Ice manages ice sales at the event.
Leave No Trace (LNT) performs post-event cleanup, restoring the event site to its original state (or better).
Lead: Interviews in progress
Major Burnable Sculpture (MBS) builds the main burnable sculpture for the event (which typically burns on Saturday), sets up the sculpture at the event site, and performs burn site cleanup.
Leads: Cheshire, Sour Patch
Media manages event PR and the soakpdx.org website.
Parks & Wrecks handles parking lot management and controls traffic flow.
Pathlighters creates pathway & civic lighting design, and performs onsite setup, management and takedown.
Leads: Something, Natalie
Placement is responsible for theme camp intake and placement, event layout, art intake and placement, mutant vehicle registration, and liaisoning with the Artist Provisions Lead (via Precipitation Northwest).
Leads: Joshy, Red Wizard, Redirect, Papa Bear, Beacon
Power and Comms holds the keys to the internet and helps prevent volunteers from having to scream across the property.
Leads: Interviews in Progress
Print manages the creation of physical artifacts such as Survival Guides, stickers and the What Where When.
Rangers handles community safety and burn perimeter patrol. Rangers have a willingness to help others, mediate, and educate.
Leads: Sinamox, Hazelnut, Goldilox
Sanctuary provides a safe, quiet space and supportive care for participants who are not in medical danger.
Leads: JDubs, Little Cat
Talented & Gifted (TAG) Peer Review is a small team of rotating community volunteers who partner with Precipitation Northwest to help choose art to fund for installation at SOAK.
Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteers and helps them get connected to departments of interest.
Volunteer Hospitality (VoHo) provides on-site support to the other departments with snacks, drinks, and moral support.
Here are the guidelines for earning points volunteering at SOAK*2019:
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).