Transformus 2020 Volunteer Teams

11th Principle: Consent!

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11th Principle is a catchy (and controversial, perhaps) new name for an old but important topic: CONSENT!

The large focus of most talks people have about consent seems to revolve around sexual consent. While this is highly important, and no one likes hearing about sexual assaults taking place in our community, 11th Principle isn’t just about that. 11th Principle is also about promoting acceptance of “No” and everyone being ok saying “No.” Whether you are being groped inappropriately or someone wants to give you a bear hug when you aren’t in the mood, or if someone hands you an alcoholic drink you don’t want, or is about to spray your new costume with a squirt gun; “no” is a perfectly acceptable thing to say, though “no, thank you!” is better. The 11th Principle team exists to help promote both sides of consent on any subject – whatever it takes to help everyone remember to ask first and not feel bad saying no.

What a volunteer should expect:

Basically, you are a consent ambassador. Help people understand 11th principle and converse with them about it. Whether as a greeter assistant or passing out schwag, helping the community feel good about boundaries and acceptance is the name of the game.


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 Transformus is committed to Radical Inclusion – which means Burners of all stripes! The Accessibility team works to make sure that folks have what they need for placement in an accessible spot and for getting around Mysteria. If this sounds like you, send us an email!

Art Grants

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The Art Grant Team manages the submission process and the jury conference for deciding grant disbursements. The Art Grant Team facilitates artist installation and documents views of granted artwork throughout the event weekend. The community is encouraged to always be thinking of an art grant project for the next proposal cycle.

Back Door Brigade

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The main responsibility of Back Door Brigade volunteers will be to help Mysterians find space in open camping, to keep open camping maps current, and to keep open camping condensed. Each neighborhood(ish) will have one Back Door Brigade Volunteer during each shift. Shifts will be 4 hours long. This shit will look something like this: Each Back Door Brigade volunteer will have a map of both the local neighborhoods as well as a map of local open camping, broken up into sectors. As part of the Back Door Brigade, you will carry these with you to keep tabs on open camping still available in your assigned neighborhood. Take a series of leisurely strolls back and forth around your neighorhood; take in the sights, maybe eat a taco on the way. While in the field, you’ll mostly be hanging around open camping. Squish those hippies in as tight as possible. Take note of how much space is still available in open camping. You can do this on your handy map, which will be provided to you by your Brigadier (Shift lead). Map and open camping will be broken down into sectors to help with this process. If open camping is full but your Brigadier has found extra awesome theme camps willing to take in open campers, keep tabs of space available in those spaces and squish them in as you would in open camping.

You’ll also be ultra helpful to lost little hippies who need directions. You: “Your camp is that way. But you’ll have to swim through the lava and battle the dragon to get there.” Then you’ll eat your taco and continue wandering. Help homeless hippies find their way to that perfect open camping home just waiting for them. Guide them like a sherpa. Stroll back toward open camping and repeat the above listed steps until the end of your shift (tacos not required). But if you’re gifted one by some friendly hippie, why not eat it? Who doesn’t love tacos? And, as always, be sexy.

*Disclaimer: No pants required for this role.

Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV)

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 DMV’s primary duty in the past has been inspecting all Mutant Vehicles (art cars) to make sure they are safe to travel the roads of Mysteria! This year, their responsibilities have expanded to include handling all vehicles in our city, as well as directing traffic and making sure folks unpack their cars and get them off property as soon as possible.

 What a volunteer should expect:

 There are a few different types of volunteering for this team: being a Gate/Greeters liaison for folks who have pre-registered vehicles; directing traffic at key points in the city; or traveling around Mysteria looking for non-permitted vehicles (which means yelling at folks to GTFO!)

 Wear plenty of sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and be prepared to holler at some Burners!

Department of Public Works (DPW)

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DPW (Department of Public Works) is one hardworking team! They work before, during, and after Transformus, providing valuable services that Transformus 100% could not exist without. Pre-burn, DPW helps set up all our stuff like canopies and tables and also hits up trouble spots on the land to make sure we don’t cause problems with all our hippie feet and cars. Post-burn, DPW really goes into action! Taking down all the gear and repairing the land where all the dancing hippies, stuck cars, and large structures have caused a trace. Along with the LNT team, DPW truly embodies the Leave No Trace principle. They do hard work but they always do it extremely well, making sure our home looks as amazing when we leave as when we got there, if not better! Help DPW out by bringing grass seed, keeping cars on the road ways, and avoiding digging into the land or causing other unsightly mess.

What a volunteer should expect:

Hard but rewarding work. Everything from spreading seed to fixing holes and general land beautification. Work gloves and a will to put a little loving into the land are required. There’s jobs for all skill levels on DPW. There are very few other teams who put so much of their sweat into the land but as we can all see, it’s very much worth it. Our home is beautiful every year and DPW keeps it that way.

Fire Conclave

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Fire Conclave volunteering is really just for Safeties. What’s a fire conclave? That’s the bright shiny spinny people who put on a fire show at various times during the burn, most noticeably just before we burn the Effigy. Fire Conclave Safeties are the folks who help keep all the performers from setting themselves or the crowd on fire. Safeties are utilized during the Effigy Burn (Saturday night) and Temple Burn (Sunday night). Safety training is provided on-site, and you’ll also get to hear all the super awesome plans for the burns!

What a volunteer should expect:

  •       Have a fire blanket! You can bring your own, or borrow one from a fire spinner (but make sure they get it back!).
  •       Attend safety training. All safeties must attend one of the conclave/safety meetings, even if you know how to safety already. Not just to learn to safety (if you don’t know how) but also so you can hear the plan for the burn and know what to expect. This is where you also get your cool schwag to make all the other girls and boys jealous of your firey awesomeness!
  •       Show up before the burn you are volunteering for, stand where indicated, and keep fire spinners from being set on fire. This isn’t that hard, but it does require paying attention.
  •       After the conclave performance you generally get front row seating for the effigy burn itself while helping hold soft perimeter (this is where that nifty schwag comes in handy, as only those showing the schwag get to sit right in front and hold soft perimeter)

What specifically is needed in 2020?

Conclave is the group of fire spinners that performs in front of the effigy before it is lit on Saturday night. We would love your participation in helping ensure our spinners are safe.

**If you are a fire performer, find a trusted friend who can be equipped with a duvetyne to sign up for one of these shifts– and, make sure you both attend one of the meetings on Friday or Saturday at 2pm on the burn field!!**

Fire Safety: For this position, you will be required to attend a Conclave Safety meeting at either 2pm on Friday or 2pm on Saturday, on the burn field (look for the group of spinners), where you will be trained how to safety– experienced safeties *are* very much appreciated, but will also be required to complete training.

On Saturday night, before the burn, you must be sober, wearing natural fibers, and bring a duvetyne (of your own, or sourced from a friend) to the effigy. You will be placed in a location around the burn field, and will watch the zone in front of you for fire spinner safety during the performance. Once the Conclave is over, you will be guided out of the field by the Conclave Co-Lead; you will return the duvetyne blanket to its owner or original location, and then are free to enjoy the rest of the effigy burn!

Fire Response Team (FRT)

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We all like fire, right? The problem with fire is that it’s dangerous if not handled properly. That’s why FRT exists! If something at the burn involves fire, then FRT is in charge of making sure it doesn’t wreck someone’s day or worse. All fire art must be inspected and approved by FRT; if you leave a campfire unattended, FRT is gonna put it out; when the effigy and temple get burned, FRT are the guys in the silver suits making sure it all falls down properly and doesn’t harm the crowd. It’s a super important job that is right at the center of our event.

What a volunteer should expect:

Most FRT shifts are centered around the effigy and temple burn. Some volunteers (with training) are watching the burn and making sure it says in the center of the field and doesn’t fall into or blow up onto the crowd. It’s hot out there, so other volunteers pass water to the fire watchers and make sure everyone is on their game. FRT lets the crowd know when it’s safe to get closer once the fire gets lower. Outside of that, FRT is responsible for handling any fire-related issue that comes up, from inspecting fire art to putting out dangerous fire situations if they occur, so training around these areas is necessary.


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Gate team is the very first team (well, along with parking) that any Mysterian has to interact with. This team runs the gate (believe it or not) and handles the ticketing, waiver collecting, and wristbanding of Transformus participants. When you bring your PRINTED ticket and PRINTED waiver (you do have both, don’t you? on paper? readable?) to the gate, the smiling volunteers will get you all scanned in to make sure the ticket is valid and then you get a nice shiny wristband proving that you are allowed into the event. If you DON’T have a printed ticket and waiver, or if the ticket is invalid, then you will be turned away from the gate and asked to leave or to go print a new one in town. Don’t be mad at the gate workers for this; it’s policy, and good burners know the drill. Gate also often has good info for you regarding the ingress and exodus process. This team runs for many hours during the burn and is vital to Transformus operations.

What a volunteer should expect:

Generally you will be able to sit inside a large canopy keeping the sun and rain off of you, so that’s awesome! You will be responsible for being responsible and scanning tickets of every Mysterian who comes through. Gate can be super busy or super slow, depending on the time and day. Gate shifts aren’t physically strenuous, but they sure can be fun! You get to be first to see all the excited Mysterians as they get ready to enter the city, so prepare for lots of hugs and thank yous. Sobriety isn’t required but responsibility is, so moderate as needed.


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Greeters is arguably the most popular team to volunteer for. These are the folks who grab you upon entry and help educate you on the 10 principles, make sure you have everything you need before heading in, and ensure that virgins get their proper greeting. Great costumes, educational games, important information, and really fun people can all be found at the greeters station. These smiling faces are your welcome home and how you know that you have arrived in Mysteria.

What a volunteer should expect:

Lots of action! You greet everyone coming in on your shift and do all of the things listed above. Knowing the principles and being able to explain them to Mysterians is important. Helping them understand any procedures that may be new is also necessary. Can you hand out a few spankings? Smile while doing it? Hug people fiercely while explaining how Mysteria works? Then Greeters is for you!


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The folks of Inventory take care of all of our stuff. We count it, we mark it, we store it. We deliver the city infrastructure and team supplies to the site for set up and then we collect, count, and transport it all back to our lovely storage home after the burn. All of the teams depend on us for the care and transport of their necessary equipment, supplies and infrastructure.

What a volunteer should expect:

Most of our work shifts are offsite, before and after the burn. Team members will meet at our Raleigh, NC storage facility to pull team inventory as requested and load the inventory truck for transport to the burn site. Once on site, we drop inventory for each team. Then on Monday after the burn, we will collect the inventory items and load the truck for transport back to storage. Unloading will take place on Tuesday.

Expect some lifting, counting, organizing, stacking, and recording (written and photographic) of boxes, bins, totes, other inventory items. We’ll be loading and unloading the truck and storage unit so folks with good organization skills are welcome! (Plus – There will be snacks and drinks!)

Leave No Trace (LNT)

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Not only is LNT an important principle, but it’s also a team at Transformus. This team takes ownership of making sure we as a community are not only educated about how to not leave a trace, but ensures that every trace is removed at the end of the event. From hanging signs on the portos about LNT expectations to making sure theme camps do an LNT sweep on Monday exodus, LNT keeps our land clean and green! LNT isn’t just some fancy talk we burners spout off about – it really is a way of life at Transformus. It is everyone’s responsiblity to pick up everything from the grounds that isn’t naturally there. The simple way to do this is NEVER let it hit the ground in the first place. Butts from cigarettes, glitter, pieces of plastic, waste food, grey water, feathers, whatever you might drop… DON’T. If it came to the burn with you, it must go home with you, no matter how small – no exceptions!

What a volunteer should expect:

LNT volunteers promote LNT and also participate in actively removing any traces that are found. No burn is perfect, and no matter how hard we all try, some things are going to slip through the cracks and hit the ground. During a LNT shift, volunteers patrol the grounds looking for MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) and picking it up. LNT shifts are largely towards the end of the burn. A keen eye for MOOP, a passion for the community, and an understanding of the importance of LNT are key qualities for a volunteer with the LNT team.

During Transformus, a team of two volunteers will do trash pickup daily together around all of the portos. Gloves, bags, and hand sanitizer provided. After everything is spruced up nice and clean, the team can wander about Mysteria to pick up random trash until the shift is over. On Monday afternoon, a team of 10 volunteers will MOOP Mysteria once, surveying every space until the MOOP map is completed. These 10 volunteers will be allowed to stay on Monday night and can leave Tuesday morning before noon.

Mission Control

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We know how much love y’all have for the Logistics and Volunteer Coordination teams – so, as of 2019, we’ve combined them into a one-stop shop! Mission Control will be located in the Center Camp tent at the edge of Eden near the bridge. They is the hub for on-site volunteer sign-ups AND radio and golf cart checkouts for team leads and volunteers.

What a volunteer should expect:

During your shift, you will:

– Check out radios and golf carts, and maintain records of who has what and when

– Sign folks up for volunteer shifts (and help them remember which ones they signed up for online before the event!)

– Direct folks to when/where they need to be for a given volunteer shift

– Help recruit volunteers for teams as needed

This is a great volunteer opportunity for folks who are sun-sensitive or have mobility issues!


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Moonshiners set up the light poles and LED lanterns all over the city of Mysteria, ensuring you know where the paths are when it’s dark. This is an old tradition that is still around due to its usefulness and simplicity. Hang the lamps about sundown, replace batteries in the morning, etc. This is a definite teamwork-centric job, as carrying the lights all over transformus requires several people at once.

What a volunteer should expect:

Carrying lamps around the burn strung on big poles, putting them on the lamp posts and lighting them up when it gets dark, and changing batteries as needed. Any person big or small can help with this. The shifts aren’t super long, but they are daily tasks that need doing. On top of that, Moonshiners get to wear nifty ceremonial robes, so everyone knows what you are up to!


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We park the metal mammoths that trek in from hippiewhoknowswhere. We manage, direct and UNjam traffic in our temporary and beautiful city from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave!! Did I mention that we look completely fabulous doing it? We do. You do. Volunteering is seeeeeexaaaaaaaayyyyy. Still with me? Lets get you all set up.

What should a volunteer expect:

In the lot, you will carefully be guiding excited arrivals to their completely customized parking place, waving those glorious LED wands at night to safely guide them to their new home away from home. Whatever your task there will always be one or two leads running around to make sure you have everything you need to be a parking pro.

We usually recommend you try to bring an umbrella or shade device of some kind, some sunscreen at the very least. A chair or blanket to sit on during the down or slower times. Good old fashioned H2O, and finally and most importantly, comfortable shoes. Water and snacks are happily provided but I cannot account for all allergies and diet restrictions, so feel free to bring what you would like!!

IMPORTANT: Volunteers will meet at Gate for their shifts!!  

Radio (aka Mystery Radio)

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Why a radio station, you ask? Maybe…because we can? No, really, because it fits a niche that makes sense. Information delivery has always been a problem at Transformus. People don’t read things they should, miss notifications, don’t know the procedure for entry or exodus and many other things. We can’t go person to person and slap post-it notes on their foreheads with critical info, but we can try to make obtaining that info as easy as possible. Thus, Mystery Radio!

Before you think it’s all work and no play, you should know that these PSAs are interspersed around community-driven content, from music (not only recorded, but sometimes live!), to poetry, to the occasional talk radio – Mystery Radio has it all. Is your theme camp *not* a sound camp (like MOST camps)? Why not bring a boom box and tune in to Mystery Radio to have some great background sound and still be able to be informed. Do you have an event you want people to know about? Wander up to the radio station and make an announcement! Are volunteers needed *right now* to help out? Mystery Radio will let you know! All any Mysterian has to do is bring an FM radio and tune in! What better way to get into the spirit than by listening to Mystery Radio in your car as you wait in line to drive in or out? And, while listening, you’ll get important info you need to know. What better way for musicians of all kinds to share their art with the community than by getting on the radio?

What a volunteer should expect:

Mystery Radio volunteers are essentially program managers. Your job is to man the radio station and ensure content is played so things keep rolling along. Since we are broadcasting publicly, there are some rules about content that need to be attended to, and the volunteers will keep this under control. Interacting with your fellow Mysterians as they come up to make announcements, playing some music, or just chatting with the community via radio waves is a fun experience and a great way to meet new people. Any training you need is provided on site and is rather minimal due to the nice plug-and-play system being set up. If you can make a playlist, you can volunteer for the Radio.


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Rangers are some of the most recognizable volunteers at the burn, while at the same time being some of the most incognito. Rangers are *not* cops, they are *not* your mom, and they are *not* security guards. Rangers are the community’s go-to people for when things get tough. Resolving conflicts, helping disoriented burners, ensuring everyone stays safe, being available when you need a hand with a situation – these are Ranger jobs. These folks are awesome! Rangers all get trained in the best ways to help burners when things get rough, and follow a set of protocols that has been fine-tuned over many years. Look for their Ranger shirts and you know you’ve found someone who can point you in the right direction or help you resolve a conflict with your neighbor whose generator is too loud. Rangers are on EVERYONE’S side and should be treated with respect, as they provide a valuable service out of the goodness of their heart. Rangers must be sober on shift, carry a radio, work in pairs, and get to patrol all of Mysteria on their shift being visible should a community member need them. Additionally, Rangers help with perimeter on burn nights, keeping everyone safe.

What a volunteer should expect:

Lots of walking, lots of chatting, lots of hanging out at every theme camp around. Rangering is arguably one of the best ways to get out there and meet tons of people. You get to walk around checking out theme camps and helping out where needed on a variety of issues. People love having rangers grab a chair and chat with them for a bit before continuing on patrol. Also, you get a radio and get to look all official and stuff, that’s pretty bad ass. Being a ranger means being responsible and being able to assist in potentially tough situations, it’s not a job for everyone but those who do ranger often form a very tight knit bunch of people who become great friends.

Rangers patrol the grounds in uniform (Ranger shirt) with walkie-talkies and act as the first line of communication between participants and EMS, Sanctuary and Security. Each shift is 4 hours long. Shift sign in is at the Ranger Station & is available online a week before the burn. The Rangers are dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Mysteria and its environs by addressing situations within the community that might otherwise require outside intervention. Must have completed Ranger Training in the past 2 years at Transformus, Ignite, or any of our offsite trainings. Additional Ranger Training will be available onsite. Rangers must be clean and sober during their shift (able to talk to outside authorities) and in your Ranger Costume (dressed to talk to outside authorities).


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Sanctuary team is a rather underrated team. Lots of people don’t even know they exist, and this isn’t a bad thing. Sanctuary is there when the burn becomes too much for a participant. Every year some people hit their breaking point, perhaps due to stress, perhaps a natural cause, perhaps chemical related, whatever the reason it’s no fun being stuck in a place with tons of people when you just can’t handle it right then. That’s when you go to sanctuary, a calm, secluded place where you can relax and get yourself back in a better state of mind with the help of some super caring volunteers. Believe it or not some of the busiest times for sanctuary are during the burn set up days like Wednesday and Thursday; these days are when people are SUPER stressed out, apt to get into big arguments, and blow their top. Some people get angry, some cry, some just can’t deal and want to walk away from it all for a while. Sanctuary is there to help you through this and get you back on your game. Any EMS or Ranger volunteer can point you to sanctuary and help you get there when you need it as these teams work closely with sanctuary to ensure the well being of all our participants. Volunteers will work with other teams to help provide support to those burners in need. There will be several training sessions available during the burn, and details will be released by email closer to the event. Please feel free to contact our leadership team with any questions!

What a volunteer should expect:

In general your job is to help those who need help. Sanctuary is always located in an out of the way quiet spot so it can be as relaxing as possible. The kinds of people who end up needing sanctuary come from all walks of life and for a variety of reasons. Your job is to be a calm presence to help that person get settled and back to a centered place of being. Training is provided as needed. Sanctuary volunteers are almost never seen because they are so ninja, but they are immensely valuable and the burn would be a much worse place without them.

What is a Paisley?

The Paisley team assists volunteers with their shifts, provides mobile support and outreach, and assists the Lead on duty with meeting the needs of our community. They are the initial contact for many sanctuary participants, and will work closely with other teams at the burn to provide the best possible support to those in need. Requires prior experience as a Sanctuary Volunteer or Paisley Volunteer at a previous Ignite! or Transformus event.

Shuttle Team

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As beautiful as Marvin’s Mountaintop is — and as much space as we now have to fill with awesome theme camps and beautiful art — we all know the struggle of trekking up *The Hill* to Valhalla.

This year, we’re excited to announce the new Shuttle Team to solve your accessibility and transportation needs! For the majority of the event, the Shuttle Team will have carts cruising a loop around Mysteria, picking up burners and dropping them off at designated Shuttle Stops around the city. And for those of you planning to arrive after dark this year, Shuttle Team will be transporting you and your goods to your campsite as well.

What a volunteer should expect:

Your shift will involve driving a 6-seater golf cart in a circuit around Mysteria, stopping at designated Shuttle Stops to drop off and pick folks up. You MUST have a valid driver license! This is a sober shift – just like in Reality Camp, there is no drinking and driving in Mysteria.