Burning Man Passes Long-Delayed BLM Site Inspection

2010 Inspection Crew

Burning Man is pleased to announce that it has once again passed the annual BLM site inspection, which ensures that Burning Man has once again Left No Trace on the Black Rock Desert.

Burning Man is the largest Leave No Trace event in the world, and Black Rock City continues to be recognized by the Bureau of Land Management for not only maintaining Leave No Trace standards, but for setting high standards by which other recreation events are measured. That wouldn’t be possible without the concerted efforts of every last Burning Man participant who picks up after themselves, as well as the Department of Public Works’ Playa Restoration Team, a hardy crew of workers who stay long after everybody else has left to return the playa to its pristine condition. (more…)

Burning Man isn’t the Happiest Therapist’s Office on Earth

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This may be out of left field, but that’s where I live: If Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-easy laugh) had gone to Burning Man every year, would he still have been self-destructive enough to send damaging photos of himself to women he only knew online?


The answer is: probably, yes. But I ask because I frequently hear people talk about Burning Man as though it were exactly this kind of sanity check. You’ve heard it too:

“Burning Man is the one place where I can really feel like myself!”

“I go to Burning Man to let my freak flag fly, and that gets me through the rest of the year!”

“Where did this tattoo come from? How far down does it … what’s Camp Thunder Ink, and am I really its mayor?”

The notion that Burning Man is a kind of therapeutic spa for creative spirits – the place we go to be gifted chicken soup for the soul – is even implied in our official language. It’s different from the “default world”; coming and going from Burner events is “decompressing” and “recompressing.” There’s a deep notion that coming to Burning Man is the equivalent of getting psychological work done, and this makes you better able to cope with the cruelties of a world where people don’t wear fuzzy boots before Labor Day.

If this is true … and I know at least three DJs who swear it is … then it ought to show up not just in the things we *do* in the default world (the activism, the saving the environment, the being the change we want to see – like Gandhi with glow sticks), but in the things we *don’t do* in the default world. “Decompressing” ought to save us from the kind of pressure that pushes us to do immensely stupid self-destructive things.


Position Available: Admin Assistant

WHAT: Admin Assistant position available
WHERE: Burning Man office/San Francisco
WHEN: Send resume/cover letter by Thursday, June 16th
CONTACT: admin-assistant-job@burningman.com



Larry Harvey's Desk: A Cry For Help

This posting will be open until Thursday, June 16th.

Principals only – no recruiters/agents – please email resumes to Admin-assistant-job@burningman.com and include “Admin Assistant Position” in the subject line.

Black Rock City/Burning Man is currently in need of an experienced Administrative Assistant responsible for providing administrative support for various departments and managers in the San Francisco Burning Man office as well as on playa in NV during event time.  Work may involve internal and external contacts, administrative support of department processes and procedures, mailings, copying, faxing, making travels plans, scheduling, taking meeting minutes, etc.

Judgment, professionalism, and initiative are frequently exercised in answering and interpreting verbal and written communications and projects.


Administrative Support 95%

  • Perform administrative tasks including filing, completing expense reports, sending out mailings, making copies, typing letters and correspondence, doing follow-up, etc.
  • Assist with calendaring and scheduling.
  • Take meeting minutes as needed/assigned.
  • Create and modify documents such as invoices, reports, memos, letters, presentations.
  • Conduct Internet research projects on a variety of topics as assigned.
  • Make travel arrangements for staff as necessary.
  • Handle larger copy jobs for various staff.
  • Light project management.
  • Support staff in assigned project‐based work.
  • Serve as back-up for reception duties.
  • On playa, this position will support the administrative and clerical function of the organization.

Other Duties 5%

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


  • Two to three years of administrative support or clerical experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, i.e., advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Internet browsers, email clients; strong knowledge of FileMaker Pro and PowerPoint is a plus.
  • Ability to maintain personal integrity and uphold high standards of confidentiality.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to see a project through from start to finish and deliver results on-time.
  • Strong ability to multi-task.
  • Motivated self-starter.
  • Ability to take direction from more than one person.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Familiarity with Burning Man.
  • Ability to adjust work schedule seasonally.
  • Must work on-site in the San Francisco office.
  • Professional, outgoing personality conducive to representing Burning Man to a wide variety of participants, local community members and vendors at events and functions.


Work is primarily sedentary in nature; the ability to drive and lift 40 pounds is required.

This is a part-to-fulltime (hours may vary), regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office.  If you are interested and qualified, please send your resume and cover letter by Thursday, June 16th to admin-assistant-job@burningman.com and include “Admin Assistant Position” in the subject line.


Submit Your Burning Man 2011 Sticker Designs

Got some design fu up your sleeve? Submit YOUR design to our annual Sticker Contest!

Yep, your design could be the one passed out with the materials you receive as you pass through the Greeters Station upon entering Black Rock City. Other designs will become official sticker schwag passed out on and off the playa throughout the year. This is the official call for designs for the 2011 Burning Man stickers … here’s what you need to know:

  1. Your sticker designs can vary in size from 2.25″x5.5″ to 3″x3″. Round designs must measure 3″ in diameter.
  2. Please incorporate both the name Burning Man and the year 2011 into your design.
  3. Unfortunately, sticker designs are limited to only TWO or THREE colors. Please design accordingly.
  4. Round stickers are given priority for winning the coveted “Gate Sticker” spot, going out to ALL Black Rock Citizens.
  5. Whichever type of sticker tickles your fancy (or maybe you’re very ticklish and want to enter several designs), remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme. Read up on the Rites of Passage theme (http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm11_theme.html)!
  6. Wondering how to get your sticker designs to us? Please send either a .pdf file OR (preferably) a color separated Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file to Stickers@BurningMan.com. Whether sending your design or questions, please put your first and last name in the subject header as well as the phrase “2011 Sticker Submission”.
  7. The deadline for design submissions is Tuesday, July 5th, 2011!

Thank you and good luck!

What Time Is It?

Photo: mkgraph

A rite of passage is an act of growing up, and I don’t just mean maturing; I mean getting older. Time, at least from our ordinary, human perspective, only moves forward.

As rites of passage go, our week at Burning Man is pretty long. That’s a lot of time to reflect, a lot of days to fill with activity. Where should we go next? What should we do? For a ritual, this Burning Man thing seems kind of unstructured. Now that we’re here, are we just supposed to wander around?

Of course, the ritual does have a structure; it’s just more complex than the structure of, say, a Caribbean cruise, where some guy in shorts and a white sun visor tells you what to do all day.

There’s the burning of the Man on Saturday night, of course, and the Temple the next night. But those are all the way at the end.

What about this morning, now that we’ve finally got the tennis balls on our tent stakes and the pink fur zip-tied to our handlebars?

I guess we’ll look in the What-Where-When Guide… (more…)