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“For the people, by the people!”

Wasteland Weekend could not happen without the help of dedicated, reliable, hard-working volunteers. Join our growing volunteer community and help the event grow bigger and better each year. Our volunteers are the backbone of the event, and we welcome their input on all aspects of the event. Volunteers get the benefit of free admission, and most positions will receive an exclusive set of Wasteland Weekend 2015 dog tags.

Sound like your kind of gig?  Some of the most popular positions get filled quickly, so browse this list and see how you can contribute. Most of these positions only require a set number of hours (often 8) to be worked during the event in order to fulfill your commitment and get a free ticket. Shift choices will be offered to you at a later date.  You’ll find the application at the bottom of this page.

IMPORTANT:  The success and smooth operation of the event depends on a committed and reliable volunteer army.  We welcome your help, but please apply only if you are confident you can fulfill the role.   No-shows will not be tolerated.  Last minute cancellations and poor performance will lead to exclusion from future volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions about a particular role or the volunteer process, send a note to River, our Volunteer Recruiter:  river [at] wastelandweekend [dot] com

Thank you for wanting to be a part of the Wasteland Weekend team!

 

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

 

Positions which require event attendance (with little to no significant time before the week of the event):

On-Site Build Crew ==CLOSED==

On-Site Build Crew ==CLOSED==

Assembles and erects major set pieces (stage, gates, various counters, shelters, and structures). Must be able to arrive days before the event and work hard until the job is done.

Gofer/Floater

Gofer/Floater

Stays at the command center at all times during your shift. Runs errands for senior staff and helps with anything that comes up. May include occasional heavy lifting, carrying, and working with your hands, or simple tasks like searching for a person.

Errand Runner with Vehicle

Errand Runner with Vehicle

Owns a dependable 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 stand-by 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 Thursday morning to Saturday night.

Rations Runner ==CLOSED==

Rations Runner ==CLOSED==

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 volunteers during your shift.

Info Booth Attendant ==CLOSED==

Info Booth Attendant ==CLOSED==

Stays at the Info Tire (information booth at the command center) offering information, and answers questions. Works under the direction of the Guest Relations Director. This is a shifted, daylight and/or night time position.

Trading Post Sales Clerk ==CLOSED==

Trading Post Sales Clerk ==CLOSED==

Sits at the Wasteland Weekend Trading Post and sells t-shirts, official souvenirs, and more. Documents all transactions. This is a shifted, daylight position.  Preference given to those with retail experience.

Generator Manager ==CLOSED==

Generator Manager ==CLOSED==

Starts and shuts off generators as directed. Ensures generators are fueled and running smoothly. Manage wiring and connections as needed.

Burn Watch Crew - Fire Attendant ==CLOSED==

Burn Watch Crew - Fire Attendant ==CLOSED==

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.  

Burn Watch Crew - Pit Firemaster ==CLOSED==

Burn Watch Crew - Pit Firemaster ==CLOSED==

Starts, tends, and feeds the bonfire at The Pit. Ensures fire is properly extinguished at the end of each night. Must be able to carry firewood and maintain safety.

Roadie ==CLOSED==

Roadie ==CLOSED==

Sets up and helps clear performers’ musical instruments and equipment on the stage. Ensures all equipment and cables are connected properly. Shifts will take place from approximately 6pm until 2am Thursday – Saturday.  Preference given to those with stagehand experience.

Assistant Performer Coordinator ==CLOSED==

Assistant Performer Coordinator ==CLOSED==

Assists our existing Performer Coordinator onsite throughout the weekend, helping with wrangling non-music performers and facilitating shows at both the main stage and the sideshow stage.

Film Festival Video Projectionist ==CLOSED==

Film Festival Video Projectionist ==CLOSED==

Stays at the Film Festival theater area (adjacent to the command center) 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. Shifts will take place from approximately 6pm until 1 or 2am Thursday – Saturday.

Film Crew ==CLOSED==

Film Crew ==CLOSED==

Capture interviews and B Roll during event.

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

Digital Image Technician/Camera Assistant ==CLOSED==

Digital Image Technician/Camera Assistant ==CLOSED==

Transfer files from film crew data cards to hard drives during event. Maintain proper data workflow. Monitor charging of camera batteries.

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Hair Stylist ==CLOSED==

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Hair Stylist ==CLOSED==

Staffs our Body Shop, offering haircuts and themed hairstyling to our staff and attendees. This is a shifted, daylight position.

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Make-Up Artist ==CLOSED==

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Make-Up Artist ==CLOSED==

Staffs our Body Shop, applying dirt, dust, themed make-up, and even free costuming assistance for our staff and attendees. This is a shifted, daylight position.

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Host ==CLOSED==

Body Shop (Beauty Parlor) Host ==CLOSED==

Greets and invites attendees to use our free make-over services and assists with the flow of service traffic. If you’re outgoing and a bit of a stylist, this would be a great position for you. This is a shifted, daylight position.

Atomic Cafe Server ==CLOSED==

Atomic Cafe Server ==CLOSED==

Mixes donated beverages at our free community bar. Shifts will take place from approximately 6pm until 2am, Thursday thru Saturday. You will be supervised by the Atomic Cafe Manager. There will be mandatory training for ALL Atomic Cafe staff, and you must be on time and work your entire shift.

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

Atomic Cafe Manager ==CLOSED==

Atomic Cafe Manager ==CLOSED==

Oversees the operations of the bar and supervises the servers. Ensures the bar is secured at the end of your shift. Shifts will take place from approximately 6pm until 2am, Thursday thru Saturday. Reports to the Guest Relations Director and may have to serve beverages. There will be mandatory training for ALL Atomic Cafe staff.

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

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. Escorts special guests.  This position will require some training time in the months before the event, either in person (preferred) or via Skype/video.

Check-In Station Manager

Check-In Station Manager

Oversees the operations of the check-in station (main gate). Ensures all paperwork is filled out and filed properly.  This position will require mandatory in-person training in the months before the event.

Medical Tent Recorder ==CLOSED==

Medical Tent Recorder ==CLOSED==

Documents basic information pertaining to treatment of attendees by medical staff. Does not need to be a licensed EMT, just be reliable and do paperwork.

EMT/Paramedic

EMT/Paramedic

Requires minimum California EMT certification. Provides first aid, medical care, and assistance under the direction of the Medical Services Director. Facilitates transfer to local medical facilities when appropriate. Shifts will be scheduled by the Medical Services Director.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Copy of current EMT certification and proof of national registration.

Security Volunteer

Security Volunteer

Performs non-confrontational duties, including wristband checks. Observes and reports as needed under the supervision of the Security Director. May require significant time walking during shift. This is an OBSERVE AND REPORT job ONLY.

Positions which only require work in the months leading up to or after the event:

Pre-Event Hesperia Load-Up Crew ==CLOSED==

Pre-Event Hesperia Load-Up Crew ==CLOSED==

Travel to Hesperia, California the weekend before the event to pack and load our trucks. Requires heavy lifting.

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

Post-Event Wrap-Up Crew (with special bonus) ==CLOSED==

Post-Event Wrap-Up Crew (with special bonus) ==CLOSED==

Post-Event teardown, cleanup, load-out, and logistics. Involves dismantling of Wasteland structures, loading/unloading trailers, and site cleanup.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Position requires volunteer to remain on site Monday AND Tuesday after the event. Because this particular job works AFTER the event, a ticket must be purchased, to be refunded (with an ADDITIONAL bonus ticket) after wrap-up is complete.

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

Video Editor ==CLOSED==

Video Editor ==CLOSED==

Assemble high quality videos from footage taken at the event by official film crew.

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

Sponsor Coordinator

Sponsor Coordinator

Works with the senior staff of Wasteland Weekend to recruit sponsors. Contacts potential sponsors. Helps negotiate partnerships with sponsors. You do not need to be local, but you should be experienced with acquiring sponsors.

Positions which will require work during the event, as well as the months leading up to the event:

Prize Czar ==CLOSED==

Prize Czar ==CLOSED==

Handle trophies/prizes for all event contexts.  Coordinate with contest managers ahead of time. Manage build/buy of prizes. Oversee prize presentation/wrangling onstage, either self or via another staff-assigned volunteer.  It would be a bonus if this person were crafty and could also make/build some prizes and trophies, but not a requirement.

Media Coverage Coordinator ==CLOSED==

Media Coverage Coordinator ==CLOSED==

Makes sure visiting media from all over the world is able to get the coverage they need at Wasteland Weekend in order to report on (and promote) the event without negatively impacting the attendee experience. Duties include welcoming visiting media crews, making sure they have the right attire to blend in, introducing them to potential interviewees, and making sure they know what events are happening while they are there. This job works off and on throughout the weekend as needed, with no specific set hours. Job also requires some email and/or phone communication with media in the lead up to the event.  Applicant should be organized and reliable, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Go-Go Dancers may submit applications via our Performer application process HERE.

Ready to bring some order to the chaos?  

Join with us!