NVO Ranger

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: Nevada Operations

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Entry Level


The NVO Ranger will work with the Ranger Operations Manager and the NV Ops Leadership to provide a safe and supporting environment for the Burning Man staff and community in the Gerlach area during the season from May through October.


This is a temporary, full-time, non-exempt role, based in Gerlach, NV running from May to October, 2024.


The deadline to apply for this role is 5:00 pm Pacific on September 1st, 2024.




Ranger Duties (85%)

  • Be ready to be dispatched and perform Ranger tasks as assigned by the Ranger Operations Manager.
  • As directed by the Ranger Operations Manager, help to maintain and support the general environment and overall security, safety, well-being, and functionality of the NVO Staff in Gerlach and the surrounding areas. This could include working with staff or local Gerlach residents to address safety issues, respond appropriately to incidents, mediate disputes, or resolve conflicts.
  • Anticipate issues, stay current with operational concerns of the team, track evolving situations, and work with the Ranger Operations Manager and other team members as necessary to accomplish the mission.
  • Assume responsibility for time and task completion. Stay in contact with the Ranger Operations Manager, logging work and documenting notes to standards shared by the manager; proactively approach work, ask questions, raise concerns, and provide feedback in a timely manner. 
  • Help greet and direct Ranger volunteers and other visitors and inform them of protocols, procedures, rules, and how to best utilize available resources.
  • Report any property incidents, safety issues, or concerns to the Ranger Operations Manager.
  • Support the start-of-season and end-of-season processes to adequately prepare for Summer Ops and Winter storage; capture details of any repairs or maintenance needed.


Other Functions and Responsibilities (15%)

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with Ranger logistics and admin tasks as required by the Ranger Operations Manager.
  • Abide by the rules and codes of conduct as described in the Ranger Manual, the NVO and DPW Manual, and Ranch Protocols.
  • Set a personal example of conduct for all guests and newcomers to the Gerlach area. 
  • Maintain environmental and social awareness; practice discretion as necessary and escalate issues if needed.

  • Documentation - Assists in the creation and maintenance of documentation related to their assigned duties.
  • Knowledge sharing – Helps acculturate and educate junior staff in Burning Man culture and business processes.
  • Training development - Collaborates with the education team to develop training materials in their area of expertise, as requested.
  • Learning – Pursues ongoing learning in their area of expertise, working to stay current on emergent knowledge, skills, and processes. There will be many training and acculturation opportunities as a part of this crew, and Rangers will be expected to keep pace.



  • Must be a Black Rock Ranger in good standing, with 3 years of Ranger experience in BRC.  
  • Clearly and concisely communicates verbally and through written correspondence. 
  • Tailors communication to the receiving party with appropriate professionalism. 
  • Experienced and comfortable with using 2 way radios.
  • Honest and ethical with a dedication to the Burning Man principles and behavioral standards.
  • Reliable; fulfills obligations.
  • Open to change and to considerable variety in daily tasks.
  • Able to accept feedback and act calmly.
  • Able to deal patiently and effectively with various personalities and offer feedback to others. 
  • Instills and applies order and cleanliness to the work environment and pays careful attention to detail in handling important information.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects (minimum 50 pounds) safely; willing to get dirty.
  • Able to follow directions through to task completion.
  • Adaptable; able to switch from project to project quickly and easily.
  • A team player who is also able to work independently.
  • Effectively manages own time; highly organized, able to prioritize, detail-oriented, and motivated.
  • Able to keep sensitive information confidential.
  • Capable of working in an extreme environment, including drastic temperature changes, high winds, and low to no visibility at times.
  • Able to adjust schedule seasonally to work at the Burning Man event held in Nevada.
  • Must have attended Burning Man at least 4 times and be very familiar with the culture. 


  • Four years (or more) experience working as a Ranger in Black Rock City.
  • Qualification as a Black Rock Ranger Troubleshooter.
  • ICS training or experience operating as Incident Command. 
  • Knowledge in First-Aid and/or Emergency Responder. 
  • Green Dot training or equivalent experience.
  • Handy experience in any trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical.
  • Able to safely operate power tools.





  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record.


Note: If you have gained the necessary experience to succeed in this role and have acquired this experience in other ways, we encourage you to apply and share all relevant experience in your application.



Individual compensation decisions are dependent on a variety of factors, including prior experience and geographical location. The anticipated pay range for this position is $17.00 to $19.00 per hour.



  • Off-playa:  Work will include the need to find and meet with department representatives who may not be in the vicinity therefore this could include walking or using some form of transportation.  Some of the work will be in outside weather conditions and will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as possible extremes in temperature.
  • On-playa:  Work will include the need to find and meet with department representatives who may not be in the vicinity therefore this could include walking or using some form of transportation.  Some of the work will be in outside weather conditions and will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as possible extremes in temperature.



  • Burning Man Project celebrates the importance of creating a diverse environment and enthusiastically encourages Black, Indigenous, Peoples of Color, LGBTQIA+, Immigrant, women, and people with disabilities, of all ages, to apply.
  • Burning Man Project provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
  • Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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