Becoming a Ranger


 Due to the high interest in volunteering with the Black Rock Rangers, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted only until we meet our staffing needs. We encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible to avoid missing that window.

Rangering is about contributing to a sense of community and well-being. It’s the perfect excuse to have fun meeting people while roaming Black Rock City, enjoying the art and the company of other participants.

Volunteering with the Rangers can give you a chance to play a part in helping others enjoy Burning Man relatively safely. (Everybody has read the back of their ticket…right?)

Requirements and Qualifications

In order to apply to volunteer with the Black Rock Rangers, you must be at least eighteen years old, and:

  • Have attended Burning Man at least twice (at least once in the last ten years), OR
  • Have attended Burning Man at least once in the last ten years, as well as have participated as a Ranger at a sanctioned Burning Man regional event at least once in the last three years.

Potential Rangers have the following traits:

  • Good judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A great sense of humor
  • Patience, patience, and more patience
  • Generosity and empathy
  • An easy-going attitude
  • Creative problem-solving abilities
  • An ability to orient yourself within an ever-changing city

You might want to take this brief self-quiz to see if Rangering might be a good fit for you. If it is, your next step is to check out The Application Process.

“…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye