Ranger Application Process

The Ranger application process will open on February 9, 2023. Please fill out this form if you would like to receive an email when our applications reopen.

For reference, the 2023 application process is outlined below. The application process may change slightly from year to year.

2023 Ranger Application Process

Updated 2/1/2023

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.

1. Submit a Burning Man Volunteer Questionnaire (February 9th-April 2nd)

  • Check the “Ranger” box to let us know you’re interested. Black Rock Ranger applications will be accepted from February 9th until April 2nd at 11:59 pm PT, 2023.
  • As part of your Volunteer Questionnaire, we ask you to provide five options for Ranger radio handles. If, for whatever reason, none of those handles 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, applicants will be selected from submitted applications up to the number of new Ranger applications that we can accept this season. 
  • April 6 – Emails will be sent to all applicants letting them know whether their applications were accepted. 

2. Set up your Clubhouse Account (after April 2nd)

  • 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, as this could take a week or more; once it’s done, we’ll send you an invite.
  • Once you get the Secret Clubhouse Login information, log in and follow the prompts to:
    • Check and verify your personal details (name, address, etc.).
    • 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 the Online Course – This is available in the Clubhouse. You must successfully complete this online portion of training before being able to sign up for In-Person Training 
  • Sign up in the Clubhouse for In-Person Training. Locations and dates for In-Person Trainings 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. Please ensure you have signed up by June 15th. Walk-ins are not allowed.
  • In 2023, COVID safety protocols may vary by training location and will be enforced by the hosts. Whatever protocols the host prefers, they will be no less stringent than whatever applicable protocols are enforced by federal, state, or local governments.

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

  • After you complete the In-Person Training or July 12 (whichever is later), you will receive an email informing you when Alpha Shifts will become available 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 last approximately 10 hours. Come prepared. Read the Alpha Shift page 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 happen at the HQ window.
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