Ranger Application Process

2020 Ranger Application Process is open!

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

Updated March 31, 2020: Due to COVID-19, our process has changed slightly to accommodate delays beyond our control. Please re-read this process if you last read this before March 31, 2020.

1. Submit a Burning Man Volunteer Questionnaire – (March 2- until we reach capacity)

  • Check the “Ranger” box to let us know you’re interested. Black Rock Ranger applications will be accepted from March 2 until we receive the maximum number of applications we can accommodate.
  • As part of the Volunteer Questionnaire, 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. Have a read of the Ranger Handle Guidelines (PDF or text or short video).
  • Due to the high interest in volunteering with the Black Rock Rangers, after applications close, further applicants may sign up to be notified when applications reopen – either later in 2020, or in 2021.
  • April 6 – Ranger Volunteer Coordinators begin processing applications.
  • We may choose to re-open applications later this year, should staffing needs dictate. If that happens, we will notify everyone who signed up to be notified via our web form (which will become available once we close applications).

2. Set up your Clubhouse Account (after April 6th)

  • If your application is accepted, and after you are assigned a radio handle, we will create an account for you in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse (our web-based scheduling tool). Please be patient, this may take a week or more, and we will send you an invite.
  • Once you get the Secret Clubhouse Login info, log in and follow the prompts to:
    • Check and verify your personal details (name, address etc)
    • Upload an ID photo – upload an appropriate photo of yourself to use for your Burning Man ID. Guidelines for appropriate photos are part of the Photo submission process in the Clubhouse.

3. Train to be a Ranger

  • Read the Ranger Manual
  • Take Part 1: Online Training – This will be available in the Clubhouse. You must complete this online portion of training before being able to sign up for Part 2 – Face-to-Face training.
  • Sign up for Part 2: Face-to-Face Training through the Clubhouse. Locations and dates for Part 2 training will be available in the Clubhouse. Rangers train every year, so you will need to go to a training this year, even if you went to one last year.

4. Walk your Alpha Shift (on playa during the event)

  • After you complete Part 2 of the training (or July 15, whichever is later), you will receive an email informing you when Alpha shifts are open for signup. Alpha shifts are conducted Saturday pre-event through Tuesday of the event. Make sure you sign up in the Clubhouse to reserve your slot. If you wait too long to sign up, your preferred slot might get taken, so don’t wait.
  • Alpha Shifts are approximately 10 hours. Come prepared. Read the Ranger Manual “On-Playa Alpha Shift” section to know what to expect and bring.
  • 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!
  • If your Mentors decide you are not a good fit for Rangers, you will have an opportunity to give and receive feedback.

5. Pass your Alpha Shift

  • If you’ve passed your Alpha shift—congratulations! You have graduated to Dirt Ranger – Shiny Penny. We really need Rangers on Burn Perimeters every year, so if you are able, please sign up for at least one Burn Perimeter shift. Shift sign-ups for Shiny Pennies during the event happen over at the HQ window.
Black Rock Ranger at HQ

Photo by Ranger Tapestry