Decompression 2019 Volunteers
San Francisco Decompression 2019

Burning Man Presents
San Francisco Decompression 2019: Black Top City!
Saturday, October 19th, 2pm-2am
All ages welcome
Potrero Power Station, 420 23rd St @ Illinois St, San Francisco

Art • Music • Performance • Theme Camps • Unexpectables • You!

Bring the spirit and imagination of Black Rock City to the Bay and help create this year’s inspiring incarnation of “Black Top City” — an urban version of Burning Man along the historic Bayshore waterfront at the historic Potrero Power Station! Last year was a phenomenal experience at this amazing location, and we are thrilled to be able to return in 2019.

Our community will once again create a wonderful microcosm of BRC, with art large and small, mutant vehicles, theme camps, inner- and deep-playa, performance, live music, film, dancing, and discovery!

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About your personal information
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We ask for your first and last name for purposes of organizing the Will-Call list. We will do most of our communication with you via email. We ask for your phone number in case we must contact you during the event, or to go over last minute changes with the schedule.
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Describe your past Burning Man involvement, or any other volunteer experience. You may also describe any special skills that you believe may be helpful. No experience is required, we just like to know a little about you!
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Volunteer Roles Explained
COMMISSARY - Basic food prep, and serving food and beverages to staff and performers. You may also be called upon to run food/drinks from commissary to the stages. Shifts start early in the morning before the event starts, and run all the way past the event's end time.
WILL CALL - Checking in performers, staff, volunteers and anybody else that is on the will call list. You should be comfortable working with multiple lists, and be able to follow instructions on marking names off in a standardized way. Shifts will start a few hours before noon and go until near the end of the event. This is a sit down position.
LINE CONTROL/WRISTBANDS - Hanging out around the entrance line making sure the line is moving, people know where to go, people are ready to pay, etc. OR wrist banding people as they come in
SET-UP/TEAR DOWN - No special skills are required, but you must be able to lift at least 50 pounds over your head, climb ladders, and hustle. Much of the work will be setting up car-ports and barricades, placing tables and chairs, and other similar tasks.


**We are planning on AT LEAST 3 Setup shifts - 2 on Friday and 1 on Saturday morning**

Tear down will start as the event is wrapping up at the end of the night and go until we're done.
DECOR - This role is similar to Set-up/Teardown in time commitment, and ability to lift and climb, but it has more to do with making the event look pretty. If you like to make stuff look nice, this role is for you.
BACK-STAGE ASSISTANT - Helping keep things calm cool and collected behind the stages. Duties include helping the stage manager with anything and everything they need to do their job, including moving instruments and sound equipment, retrieving refreshments, and other supplies, and just simply helping out behind the scenes. You should be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
PARKING HELP - 1) assertive but PLEASANT personality, 2) logical thinker, can make a decision without a committee! 3) able to walk MILES! - these are 5 hour shifts from 9am-2pm, 2pm-7pm, and 7pm-midnight
Volunteer Roles *
Check all volunteer roles that you are interested in working at this event. Other than parking and setup/teardown most shifts will be around 3 hours.
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Early shifts fill up fast, so give us later options if at all possible. NOTE THAT THESE ARE ROUGH ESTIMATE TIMES, NOT ACTUAL SHIFT TIMES -- MOST SHIFTS ARE 4 HOURS
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If you have any questions, concerns or special needs, let us know here. If you think you can fill a role that we don't have listed here, just let us know.
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Thank you for your interest in participating in Decompression!!
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