Interested in stepping into a leadership role for the coming year’s event?! Wonderful!

The BitF 2020 team will need Associate Producers (aka AssProds) and Team Leads, here’s a snapshot of the scope of those roles:

What does being a Team Lead entail?

Team Leads begin to organize in March to ensure that the Volunteer Team has all the information they need when ticket sales begin so that people can sign up for shifts at the coming year’s event. April can be a relatively relaxed month with respect to organization for the event, but in May things begin to pick up and by June Leads are likely working closely with the Production Team, and other Leads to organize their team for the event and coordinate the Crew teams onsite.

What does being an Associate Producer entail?

Associate Producers, ideally, are Producers in training, participating in all the production meetings and decision-making conversations, to learn about the inner workings of the event, share in the responsibility of ensuring the event runs smoothly, and sharing in the process of coordinating and organizing the Leads of their group and all the teams.
Associate Producers can begin to contribute to the organization of the coming year’s event as early as December or January, depending on when they express interest in joining the team, and their time contribution is likely very close to that of producers.

What’s the selection process?

Associate Producers and Team Leads are people who are, or wish to become, leaders in our community. They may be new or long-standing community members, who want to contribute more, or in different ways than they have in the past.

It is important that all members of the BitF production team can work together respectfully and with care for each other, despite differing opinions. All team members must maintain a good working relationship with the rest of the team.

Expressions of interest for Associate Producers and Team Leads must be seconded by the Producer/s of the respective Production Pod.
The following qualities are valued highly by the production team:
1. Inspiring : A great leader inspires others.
2. Collaborative : A great leader collaborates with all key stakeholders on any issue.
3. Actively Listening and Communicating : A great leader actively listens to others’ ideas and communicates timely and important information.
4. Accountable : A great leader is accountable, reliable and follows through on commitments.
5. Self-Aware : A great leader is self-aware of their abilities, development, and communication.
6. Patient : A great leader is patient with themselves and others.
7. Appreciative : A great leader shows appreciation to everyone who contributed to a particular project or idea.
8. Acts with Integrity : A great leader has personal integrity and is honest, ethical and professional.
9. Emotionally Intelligent : A great leader is in touch with their emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals and recognizes their impact on others. An emotionally intelligent leader
also displays empathy for others.
10. Comfortable in the Gray Areas : A great leader has the ability to navigate issues that do not have a clear-cut solution by using intuition, collaboration and mindfulness.
11. Looks for Greatest Benefit vs. The Immediate Goal : A great leader is focused on the maximum benefit for the community, as opposed to personal or short-term gains.
12. Perceives the Big Picture : A great leader is focused on seeing the largest possible perspective of any particular project, and communicates this vision to others on the team.
13. Leads by Example : A great leader is someone who leads by example, and is not afraid to get their hands dirty in the process.
14. Leaves Ego Behind : A great leader is in it for the greater good and not for personal gain.
15. Leads outside of the organization, in the community : A great leader is one who embodies these values even when they are not on duty.
16. Open to New Ideas : A great leader is someone who is open to new ideas.
17. Curious : A great leader suspends assumptions and judgment and brings inquiry and curiosity into everything they do.
18. Fun!!!! : A great leader knows how to make work fun for everyone involved.

Each Production Pod (Systems, Ops, Safety, DPW, Volunteer, Info and Curation) has at least one Assistant Producer.

The following Production Pods have volunteer teams with Leads:


  • Gate: The Gate Leads schedule and manage the Crew that mans the Gate, deals with Tickets and Waivers, and provides WWWs and useful information for inbound Citizens.
  • Parking: Working closely with the Gate and Placement Teams, the Parking Team ensures that vehicles are parked in appropriate areas, and that vehicles are taken off the site quickly once unloading is complete. This pod is led by the Parking Leads.
  • Onsite Placement: Placement Leads schedule and manage the the Placers, who work in close coordination with the Gate and Parking Teams to help show inbound Citizens where there camps are, and to help expedite getting cars up to the parking lots once unloaded.
  • Greeter Leads: These leads schedule the theme camp greeter shifts and coordinate with the theme camps to ensure that the shifts are covered.


  • Fire Safety: We need two types of Fire Safety Leads: Leads with fire dance safety experience, who will schedule and manage the fire tech/safety Crew for fire spinners, and Leads with understanding of how to fight fires and how to manage structural fires, who will be the key Fire people for the effigy burn.
  • Harm Reduction/Sanctuary: The Harm Reduction team provides peer support services onsite (“Sanctuary”), assisting participants who may be altered and experience temporary emotional and/or psychological distress or temporary mental health issues. Sanctuary volunteers create a safe, welcoming environment for participants who choose to come into Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteers will work closely with Safety Hub and Rangers to identify participants who may require assistance. Sanctuary will also host an information table with a wide variety of harm reduction resources and materials.


  • DPW: DPW Builds all of the event infrastructure, and tears it down. The DPW leads manage the Crew who does this.


  • Commissary: The Commissary Crew coordinate with our caterer to bring food onsite for the hungry Crew, and put out tables and serving utensils for the meals. The Leads schedule and manage the Commissary Crew.
  • Volunteer Hub: Where the volunteer oracles reside, ready to sign people up for shifts and answer all the questions! 


  • Ambassadors: The ambassador program has BitF veterans wandering the site during the event, greeting new Citizens, giving them tips on what to do and where to find things, and informing them of what makes Burning Man culture a shade different from a “standard” festival. Ambassador Leads plan the information to be provided, and schedule / manage the ambassadors during the event.


  • Workshops: Your main responsibility will be to assist workshop leaders and help citizens, people may ask you questions about the schedule or location of workshops… please be an ambassador for all things Workshops.
  • Temple Guardians: Temple Guardians hold the sacred space of the Temple, providing the Temple with grounding and love. Guardians provide a supportive presence and seek not to interfere with participants’ experiences, unless participants request or appear in need of more direct support. Guardians also attend to the safety and security of participants, and the Temple itself.

Please fill out The Leadership Survey if you are interested in being an Associate Producer or a Team Lead for BitF 2020