Volunteer Descriptions

Oblivium 2019 Volunteer Team Descriptions

Safety Coordinator:


Volunteer Coordinator:

The Volunteer Coordinator manages volunteer registration and team schedules, as well as communicates with the team leaders about the status of their volunteers. During the event, the VC maintains the team schedules to insure critical shifts are covered and assist the team leads to with volunteer challenges. They will also supervise shift sign in sheets to insure volunteer hours are tracked. After the event, the VC will send a community survey to collect feedback from our volunteers so we can fail better next time!


Vortex is the community representative body charged with holding meetings where the community can come to discuss and help make decisions.  Vortex acts as an advisory panel to the LLC, providing the necessary input from the community to operate Oblivium in all its aspects. They handle administration, communications, scheduling, and reports.

Art Team:

Art team awards art grants, reviews art registrations, places the community art projects, and helps to create a colorful atmosphere inside Oblivium. \

Site Ops:  

The Alpha and Omega team of Oblivium. This team is our “stage crew” for the burn production. This is the team that setups and disassembles structures, assist other teams with tasks, and assists with city planning and placement.  Without this crew, there is no light, there is no sound, there is no action. They create the scaffold for the rest to come, and then take it back down. All are highly encouraged to participate in this experience.


Gate Team helps our participants as they enter the city.  They are responsible for checking ID’s, getting waivers signed, giving participants wristbands checking vehicles for contraband, and making sure participants sign the necessary documentation for participating in the event. Gate Team volunteers are the first faces our citizens meet as they enter our city.


Greeting is a vital role that helps shape and form everyone’s first impressions.  Sometimes wearing nothing but a smile, they welcome all HOME with fun, education, Survival Guide tests, and vehicle parking information.  Proven studies show that students absorb more and retain information when they’re engaged in the subject. This is a great way to meet ALL of your fellow Burners.  Greeters must attend a meeting with the lead prior to their shift.

Temple Keepers:

Temple Keepers are those who help to hold space in our Temple and during the night as the Temple burns. They will help to educate about what the Temple is and its purpose to and in our community. The Temple is a space for thoughtful moments, remembering those we love or miss, releasing that which we’ve held inside of ourselves, but also for those entering the space in gratitude and joy. Temple Keepers will be respectful, helpful and take care of each other and those around us.

Earth Minders:

One of our favorite Principles at Oblivium is Leave No Trace (LNT) and a favorite activity is MOOPing (picking up matter out of place). Earth Minders will be present to help with both. They will help to educate our community about why we are so very careful to take care of the land our city grows on, and take that care further out into our lives beyond Oblivium. They will help to promote MOOPing patrols across the event land and extend that to the buildings we have the special use of, such as the showers/toilets. It is about taking care of our city, and the art, each other and the land.

Safety Teams


Everyone is welcome to join Rangers!  No experience necessary!

Rangers are the eyes and ears of the event and the most critical volunteers.  They help with information, mediate resolutions, help the disoriented, and act in emergencies to keep the city a happy, safe, and functioning environment.  Rangers must be able to attend a training session before their shift starts.

SET (Synchronous Emergency Team, aka medics):  

Medical professionals and non-medical professionals welcome!

SET assists with medical situations and emergencies. Volunteer staff are trained in CPR/First aid by Oblivium.  Non-professional medical team members must take CPR/First Aid training prior to their shift.

Fire Team:  

Fire professionals and non-fire professionals welcome!

Fire team is dedicated to fire suppression in the city during the effigy and temple burns as well as inspecting theme camps for the required emergency supplies.  During the burns these amazing volunteers get a front row seat to the action and act as a support team for incidents.

Sanctuary Team:  

Mental Health professionals and non-mental health professionals welcome!

Sanctuary Team helps those in need of grounding.  They listen and help participants who are disoriented or distressed in a comforting environment.  Sanctuary team members must take a training class prior to their shift.

Pyro Team:  

Yep!  Exactly what it sounds like…  It is a rewarding experience where you get to start fires and ignite fireworks.  All are welcome to join this exciting team!

Pyro team sets up both our Effigy and Temple for the ceremonial fire we all have come to be named after…  They are the “burners” of our art and send our artistic expressions to the impermanence they were destined for.

Perimeter Team:

Perimeter team secures the area around the effigy and assists the fire team to do its job during burn night. This is a front row seat and great way to see our art! Perimeter team members must be able to attend the pre-burn meeting.

Echelon Team:  

Echelon is a small but important Safety support team.  Currently, Echelon is administrative in duties. They manage and distribute the Safety’s inventory needs.  Eg. Volunteer laminates, logbooks, emergency action protocol books(EAP), and administrative office supplies.  They also, set up radios and track Safety’s inventory. This team will expand, as Oblivium expands. There are 4 shift positions for 2018, and they come with early entry requirements.  


DMV is the team that registers mutant vehicles/art cars, and enforces vehicle safety at the event.  The duties of this team include obtaining signed waivers from operator owners, clarifying the terms of personal conveyance, sound, and flame effect operation to operator/owners, enforcing the policies of DMV, and issuing or removing permits to operate a vehicle inside the city during the event.


Last but not least, Pandemonium is the team that orchestrates the opening ceremony on burn night, and is NOT limited to fire performers. This is a fun and exciting way to be part of our community’s celebration and artistic display.  Pandemonium team members must attend a meeting with the Lead before the opening ceremony.