Gate volunteers make sure that every participant has a ticket, and every car has a car pass, in order to enter the event. You’ll be checking IDs against a list of valid tickets and passes and giving wrist bands to people on the list. While you will be talking to humans, that doesn’t mean you have to be part of the Sunshine Squad– people going through Gate, while friendly, are usually focused on getting into the Burn, so goal-focused burners should feel comfortable signing up for this role. The ticket and car pass lists may be kept on a computer, but if you’re uncomfortable with using it, there will likely be another volunteer who is willing to be in charge of the list.Depending on how many people are entering the Burn while you’re there, there’s a good chance you’ll be on your feet for a lot of your shift, so wear comfortable shoes. You can wear whatever you like, but please keep in mind that nudity is not permitted while working the Gate.
There must be at least one person comfortable using a handheld radio to communicate with other departments while Gate is open. While this will likely be the shift lead, it does not have to be. Radio training can be provided; just let someone know you’re okay with using it but not sure how, and we’ll get someone to you who can show you how it works.
Gate volunteers meet for their shifts at the Gate, inside the wooden building behind the Gate tent, which is the new location as of 2022.
Good to bring: comfy shoes, water, and protection from the sun (eg. sunscreen, umbrella, etc).
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