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.
Leads:  Mega

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.
Leads: Cupcake

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.
Lead: Sabrina

Fire Safety assists with fire art and performer safety, and manages burn perimeters.
Lead: Battalion4

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.
Lead: Beacon

Ice manages ice sales at the event.
Lead: Arizona

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 website.
Lead: Grimm

Parks & Wrecks handles parking lot management and controls traffic flow.
Leads:  Coco

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.
Lead: Honeybee

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.
Lead: Sepia

Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteers and helps them get connected to departments of interest.
Coordinator: Lotus

Volunteer Hospitality (VoHo) provides on-site support to the other departments with snacks, drinks, and moral support.
Lead: Fractal

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).