Becoming a Ranger


July 15, 2016: Our volunteer application process for the 2016 season is now closed.  Thank you for your interest in becoming a Ranger and we invite you to apply sometime in January for the 2017 season.

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

Prospective Rangers are at least eighteen years or older. Attending Burning Man at least twice (one of which must have been in the last ten years); or, attending Burning Man at least once (within the last 10 years) AND, volunteering as a regional Ranger at a Burning Man Regional event at least once (within the last 3 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