Thanks for your interest in Getting Involved with SHIFT Festival!

  • Please continue below to see a list of departments, their descriptions and requirements for what you would love to dive into!

  • Decor 

    We believe the art and environments created by decor is important for curating the experience we want our participants to have and adding a cohesive element to the festival as a whole. If you have interest in building or sprinkling guiding lights throughout the event, please volunteer with us!

    • Potentially help build before event
    • Install and remove decor
    • Install, remove and maintain pathlights

    Fire Circle Depot: 

    Must possess an adequate understanding of fire performance safety, fire approved clothing, and first aid techniques associated with possible flesh burns.


    Each night we will begin with a noo-burn. Anyone is welcome to come spend the first hour enlightening their soul with fire. We will have three people minimum running at any given moment but as the night progresses we need more safeties.


    The mandatory posts to begin each night are:

      …fire safety. There may be up to four safeties at one time depending on how many performers we have burning. Will be posted up in the depot tent making sure that performers are responsible and safe with their fire. May be required to put a performers vapor transfer out. Extinguish props of performers leaving the circle. Put out any grass fire the guardian has not made it to.

       …fire depot. This is a single person position that will be responsible for helping to fuel props. You will also be required to check to sobriety of performers to make sure that they are not inebriated when performing.


        …fire guardian. This positions is that of an active fire performer within the circle. Even though you are performing you will be required to put out any grass fires immediately. Everyone else’s safety comes first just as safety is first and third, never second.


    Let’s keep the fire bright all night and into the morning when the sun rises to share its light with us.  Come be a part of our amazing crew as we share the light while burning the night.  (approval by lead and producers are required to join this team)


    Lifeguard shifts at the pond will be during morning and daytime hours. You will be acting independently and must be self-motivated and alert as you are responsible for the safety of festival participants, keeping a watchful eye out for unsafe behaviors as well as making sure there are no unattended minors in the area.


    You are the superstar of our beach party!


    *Must have lifeguard/ first aid certification

    *Must be a strong swimmer

    *Must be sober throughout your entire shift

    *Comfortable long periods in the sun, crowds and nudity

    *Have a fun, body positive attitude!


    This team will be responsible for managing the Tectonic propane fire effects (poofers, fire sign, fire orbs) during night time programming. This includes monitoring propane tanks, testing for safety, switching regulators on tanks when they get empty, etc.  Shifts will be 3 hours long and some may be weighted for higher credits. You will be trained for this role.

    • You must be totally sober and alert during your shift
    • You must be able to use wrenches and other handheld tools
    • You must be physically able to open valves, attach regulators, etc


    Physical Requirements Gate/Parking:

    • Able to stand and walk for entire shift.
    • Able to communicate verbally over radio.
    • Able to use tablet computer & know how to use Excel/Google Sheets
    • Willing to be assertive with participants and say “no.”
    • Willing to read, understand, and apply event rules and follow Gate procedures.
    • Sufficient visual acuity to avoid moving vehicles.
    • Able to remain sober on shift.
    • These are the requirements for primary Gate/Parking duties. We welcome people of all abilities on the team, and we will find a way for anybody to help. Please discuss this with the department lead in advance.

    Job Description Gate/Parking:

    All department volunteers may work Gate, Parking, or a mixture of both, based on volunteer preference and event needs.

    Gate: Gate volunteers are responsible for admitting ticketed participants into the event safely, quickly, and efficiently, ensuring no backup onto roads. Volunteers will direct traffic into lanes as appropriate and ensure that all stopped vehicles have been shifted into “park”, and turned off. Volunteers will then determine whether participants are authorized to enter the event, by checking tickets, paper or electronic lists, or other credentials, Volunteers will wristband participants and may provide them with informational material. Volunteers will use radio to contact department lead and event producers as necessary. In coordination with other departments, Gate will help ensure that participants drop their belongings off and return to park their vehicles in a timely manner.

    Parking: Parking volunteers are responsible for ensuring that participant vehicles are parked in a manner that makes good use of space and maintains vehicle access. Participants will park their vehicles after dropping off their belongings at their camp locations. Volunteers will direct participants to appropriate parts of the parking area and monitor conditions by periodic inspection of the area. Volunteers will assist with any possible event efforts to mark or otherwise identify vehicles. Volunteers will use radio to contact department lead, event producers, greeters, and/or placement department. Volunteers will ensure that fire lanes and other relevant areas are kept clear at all times according to event fire safety plan.

    Grass Guardians:

    Grass Guardians will operate 24 hours a day, working 6 hour shifts. If you are familiar with Forest Guardians at What The Festival!? and Rangers at burner events, this is sort of like a mix of the two. While it is helpful to have prior experience, it is not required because there will be pre-event training(s) and people will be partnered, as much as possible, with someone with experience.

    The main overall task of the Grass Guardians is participant safety.
    Grass Guardians will:

    • Attend a required pre-event training
    • Be sober, alert, and rested for their shifts
    • Roam the event field in pairs while equipped with radios
    • Watch for wristbands
    • Monitor the event perimeter
    • Talk to participants about fire safety and enforce designated smoking areas
    • Answer general event questions and act as an information resource to participants
    • Help solve problems
    • Respond to emergencies and help get the appropriate resources to the scene
    • Help mediate disputes in a non-confrontational and objective manner
    • Listen to participants who may be having a particularly rough day
    • Wear distinguishable green Grass Guardians shirts
    • And so much more!


    You are the welcome wagon for the Volcano!  Greetz team will greet people coming from gate with a smile!  Welcoming excited folks fresh into the event can be fun yet challenging.   Participants are so happy they are easily distracted and forget to pay attention to signs, maps or the rules of the Volcano.  Greetz team objective is to interact (5 min or less) with each car coming from gate and helping them get the lay of the land. Topics include:

    • 5 MPH when driving anywhere on SHIFT land! Stress this over and over again!
    • Reminding festival goers that the Volcano only wants you to smoke in the designated smoking areas.
    • SHIFT festival honors the Leave No Trace principle
    • Hand out map and info and coveted SHIFT 2019 sticker!
    • Finally, welcome festival goers with consensual hugs and high fives!
    • Greeters are encouraged to dress up in marvelous attire and come with lots of energy and bubbles.

    Info & mp; Ice: 

  • Provide information to festival participants and volunteers, including performance times, daily music lineup, workshops and activities, restroom locations, and just giving out directions!
  • Distribute volunteer shirts.
  • Relay communication of information to Festival volunteers, rangers, gate/greeters, medical and leads on a Radio.
  • MUST like giving out genuine heartfelt hugs and compliments!
  • Interact and communicate with participants in selling and slinging bags of ice from trailer to participant’s hands.
  • LNT: Leave No Trace!

    Hello future SHIFTer! Thank you for your interest in the LNT team. In the Burning Man spirit, SHIFT aims to be a true Leave No Trace event by leaving the event site as it was– or better! The LNT team is in charge of keeping the event site looking just as pristine as it was before the festival. This crew works during the event and Post event. This includes engaging with attendees during the event, and staying on site after event close to perform “MOOP sweeps”. Asking attendees questions like “Do you you all know what leave no trace means? Do you know how to line sweep together? Do you know where the Designated Smoking Area is?” as well as “ This is a pack it in-pack it out event and Leave no trace please”.

    LNT Vollies will:

    • Perform Daily event sweeps, which includes walking the roads, checking the music stages, and clearing the surrounding public areas of debris every morning.
    • Processing any lost & found, and delivering to Info Booth.
    • Porto LNT.
    • Sweeping Designated Smoking Areas.
    • Roaming the event site and campsites, and talk to participants about LNT
    • Post Event LNT and Moop Sweeps to ensure the site is left as good as it was when we found it.


    • 1. Fixing and Making Tectonic Art:

    MÄKZ is a crew of builders who will be making art and infrastructure before the event. There will be a few build parties for volunteers to get their hands dirty. Mostly painting and finish work will be the tasks at the parties. This department will be a great additional source of hours for for your schedule!

  • 2. Tectonic Structure Build/Teardown Onsight:
  • Help make the magic happen! While the Werx crew is tackling all of the infrastructure of the event itself, this crew will be responsible for raising the volcano from the ashes of last year. Tasks will likely include some pre/post events of loading/unloading our box truck in Portland, while the rest of the work will be performed on site.

    • Load box truck – pre event  (possible crossover event with Werx)
      • Load all necessary items onto box truck for transportation to event site from Portland
    • Assemble the tectonic structure, stages, ambiance, & art
      • Build will take place the weekend prior to the festival and some items will occur on the Wednesday (7/17) prior to the festival opening
    • Tear down will begin on Monday (7/22) of the festival and will continue on Tuesday (7/23). You’ll get to stay an extra day in beautiful Grass Valley!
    • Unload Box Truck – Post Event (possible crossover event with Werx)
      • Unload All The Things!


    Thanks for feeding the all the workers volunteering their time to make this event happen!  Together the crew must be able to read the recipe, prep, cook and clean up (including leftovers) a pre-planned meal during their assigned shift.  These kitchen shifts will have non-permanent positions within each shift that include preparation, cook, dish and grey water/LNT and maybe a wandering waiter/server to deliver meals to gate, lifeguards and/or other stationary positions that may need food/drink.

    Knowing and accessing the readily available snacks like PB & J and fruits as well as maintaining the beverage station with water, Gatorade, and coffee will be required of the crew as well.

    • People with kitchen experience are preferred. Must be comfortable with knives and hot flames. You must be sober for your shift. Clothing and safe shoes must be worn in the kitchen.
    • We will maintain a bus tub wash, rinse and sanitize area for diners to clean their own eating ware. Our pots and pans will be washed in a separate area.
    • Some food prep may be done in Portland, OR and participating may be an option in exchange for a shift. Stay tuned for more details
    • The meals will be vegetarian if not vegan. Meat and cheese will be in the kitchen and served separate for those that want to eat it.


    Set up generators, run 3-phase distribution lines from generators to load centers and/or spider boxes, run cabling from spider/distro boxes to user endpoints, trenching, calculating and balancing load per phase on generators, watching fuel levels, connecting and monitoring smaller generators for needs not in the main grid area.

    Requirements: Experience working with electrical distribution, main and sub panel wiring, generators, grounding, electrical code, and electrical safety. Volunteers for SPARX must first be interviewed and approved by the department lead.


    Like to lift heavy things? Werx is looking for YOU! Werx is the festival infrastructure team. Work comes in four phases…

    1. Loading and Transport: Volunteers will meet at Tectonic headquarters for loading of the Werx main manifest in to cargo vehicle(s). Equipment includes base camp structural components, car ports, staking and marking materials, communications technology, and finally hand tools. Werx will also provide loading labor for the other volunteer groups as needed. Transport duties involve driving cargo to site and also includes pickup of any rental gear and heavy equipment.
    2. Setup Weekend: Volunteers spend the weekend on-site, staking-off the perimeter, erecting base camp (and Werx) structures and carports, porto placement, and marking smoking areas. Volunteers will be trained in use of rental equipment and will provide support labor to the other groups (mainly Sparx).
    3. Event Support: Volunteers will assist with any last minute setup of the event the night prior to it opening. During the event, volunteers will be on call and must respond to Werx assistance requests from other groups.
    4. Tear Down: Takes place the on Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23. Volunteers will deconstruct all relevant structures and repack it into designated cargo vehicles. Volunteers may also be instructed to assist with deconstruction of other camps depending on the level of progress of Tectonic tear down. Retrieval of cargo vehicle rentals from the nearest town may be required. This phase is absolutely critical. Due to scheduling and previous labor levels these shifts will have the highest capacity of volunteers assigned.