Ranger Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Black Rock Rangers! Our application process for 2018 is outlined below. Please make sure you read through the entire process before applying, and note the key dates.

1. Fill out a Volunteer Application & check the Ranger box to let us know you’re interested.  As of 4/20,  the Black Rock Ranger applications are closed. If you have already submitted an application and been accepted into the process, read on for the rest of the steps! Otherwise, if you would like to be notified when Ranger applications re-open for 2019, please fill out this form

2. Select a radio handle.
As part of your Volunteer Application form, we ask you to provide five options for Ranger radio handles. If, for whatever reason, those handles don’t work out (e.g., your proposed handles violate the guidelines or someone already has a similar-sounding handle), we will ask you to submit five more options, until we can find one that works.

3. Log in and review your information in the Clubhouse.
If your application is accepted, we will create an account for you in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse (our web-based scheduling tool). Log in and make sure that all of your information (name, contact info, etc) is correct.

4. Upload an ID photo.
Use the Clubhouse to upload an appropriate photo of yourself to use for your Burning Man ID. Please make sure you read and follow the guidelines for the photos.

5. Read the Ranger manual and complete the Manual Review.
Once you’ve read the manual, go to Me > Schedule/Sign-Up in the Clubhouse to complete the manual review. Please note that due to a limited number of spaces for new Rangers, only the first 158 applicants to complete the manual review will have Alpha shifts slots reserved for them. Everyone else will go on a waiting list in the order in which they complete the manual review. See the Waitlist section at the bottom of the page for what happens if you get wait-listed.

6. Sign up for Ranger Training by June 15th
Ranger Training locations are posted here and will continue to be updated through the end of May, as new trainings are announced. Rangers train every year, so you will need to go to a training this year, even if you went to one last year. You must sign up for a training by June 15th; otherwise, your spot may be given to someone on the waiting list.  Please sign up for only ONE training so as not to take away spaces from others!

7. Attend a Ranger Training
There are no walk-ins for trainings, so make sure you sign up in the Clubhouse before June 15th before attending training.

8. Sign up for your on-playa Alpha shift
Once you’ve completed your training, you are considered an “Alpha” (unless you are on the waitlist, in which case, see the note at the bottom of the page). You will receive an email letting you know when Alpha shifts are open for signup.  Make sure you sign up for your Alpha shift within 6 days of receiving that email. Alpha shifts are conducted Saturday pre-event through Tuesday of the event. Make sure you sign up in the Clubhouse to reserve your slot. 

9. Pass your on-playa Alpha shift
The Alpha shift is a ten-hour shift, six of which will be spent walking with several experienced Ranger mentors and a group of other Alphas. During this shift, your mentors will evaluate if Rangering is a good fit for you and if you are a good fit for the Rangers!

10. Sign up for Ranger shifts
If you’ve passed your Alpha shift—congratulations! You have graduated to Dirt Ranger. We recommend that you sign up for at least three Ranger shifts, including a Burn Perimeter, so that you can experience the variety of ways that Rangers support Black Rock City.


Waitlisted applicants

If you are the 159th or later applicant to have completed the manual review, you will be put on a waiting list, ordered by manual review completion.

If people ahead of you drop out of the process, the Volunteer Coordinators will take you off the waitlist and let you know what the next steps are.

Q: If I am on the waiting list, can I still sign up for Ranger training?

A: Yes! If you have been waitlisted and are serious about becoming a Ranger this year, your best bet is to still sign up for and attend Ranger training, so that if Alpha shift spots do open up, you are ready to go. Unfortunately, we have no way of predicting if or how many Alpha spots will become available.

Q: If I am on the waiting list, and have trained, can I sign up for an Alpha shift?

A: Only if enough people ahead of you drop out of the process so that a slot opens up. If that happens, the VCs will email you and let you know.

Q: What if I’m still on the waitlist after early August?

A: Every year, a handful of folks drop from the process in the last 2-3 weeks. If they let us know, we’ll give their slots away to the top folks on the waitlist. However, sometimes they fail to tell anyone, or they just don’t quite make it to their shift. In these cases, we’ll give their Alpha shifts to whichever trained Waitlist Prospectives show up at the beginning of that shift and wait (in their waitlist order).

Q: I have other questions about the waiting list  that are not answered here. Who should I ask?

A: Check out the Waitlist FAQIf your question is not answered there, email our Volunteer Coordinators at ranger-vc-list at burningman.org. 


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