No Spectators Volunteer

OMCA is seeking volunteers to help with performances during our Friday Night No Spectators Extravaganza and Burner volunteers to help contribute in the gallery to welcome visitors to our No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition. Please continue reading or click a button below to read more about specific volunteer opportunities. 

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No Spectators, The Art of Burning Man Friday Night Volunteer Position Description

About the Role:
OMCA is seeking Volunteers to help with performances during our Friday Night No Spectators Extravaganza. Volunteers will be called on to assist with seating, crowd flow, creating a fire perimeter, and guiding Marching Bands through the OMCA Gardens.


Key Responsibilities:
There will be 3 key roles for volunteers during the Extravaganza

1. Marching Band/Gardens Team

  • Monitor the OMCA Gardens and assist with keeping walkways clear
  • Guiding Marching Band members to their meeting places
  • Assisting bands with warm up in the James Moore Theatre

2. Art Car Ambassadors

  • Assist Art Car drivers with crowd control near their non-moving vehicle
  • Assist visitors when climbing in and out of the Art Cars

3. Fire Safety Team Shadow

  • Shadow The Crucible Fire Safety team
  • Help explain the demonstrations to visitors
  • Create perimeters and assist with crowd control


Qualifications:

  • Must have experience working large scale events. Burning Man event experience is a plus
  • Must be able to stand or walk for the duration of the volunteer shift (4hrs)
  • Must consent to a background check


Volunteer Time Commitment:
Required Training: 4pm-5pm Friday 11/8
Shift: 5pm-9pm Friday 11/8
Museum Location: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Art Department
Volunteers Report to: Renée LeVesque, Associate Experience Developer


How to Apply:

  • Complete this google form. Please be prepared give us your name, email address, and phone number. Please also be prepared to answer questions about your experience as a Burner
  • If your submission is approved, we will contact you for a phone interview
  • Applicants who are approved for volunteer shifts will be asked to consent to a background check. This consent form will be sent to you via email
  • After the google form, interview, and background checks are complete, approved applicants will be invited to sign up for shifts via Shiftboard

» apply

 

No Spectators, The Art of Burning Man In Gallery Volunteer Position Description

Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man will make its final stop and West Coast debut at OMCA after traveling to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition will feature many works by Bay Area artists, including jewelry, costumes, “mutant” vehicles, sculptures, photography, and paintings. The companion exhibition within the gallery, City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, will trace Burning Man's origins from its countercultural roots in the San Francisco Bay Area to the world-famous desert gathering it is today.The immersive and multi-sensory experience will extend beyond the gallery walls into the Museum’s public spaces—including an OMCA-commissioned 40-foot-tall outdoor temple by internationally-acclaimed sculptor David Best.

About the Role:
OMCA is seeking Burner Volunteers to participate in welcoming visitors to our No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition. The exhibition will be open from October 2019-February 2020 at the Oakland Museum of California. Volunteers will have the opportunity to connect with museum visitors in the gallery and the Temple, and assist visitors in creating gifts in the No Spectators workshop space.

What it is, and What it’s not:
OMCA has launched this program with the goal of welcoming Burners who feel compelled to volunteer. OMCA is in no way attempting to recreate the Burning Man on-playa experience. Burners who volunteer in the gallery will answer questions, support visitor understanding of the 10 Principles, and to help those who may have no prior knowledge of, or misconceptions about Burning Man, to connect with these artworks.

Purpose of the Volunteer Role:
No Spectators Volunteers will help connect Museum visitors to the art in the exhibit by way of the 10 Principles of Burning Man:

  1. Radical Inclusion
  2. Gifting
  3. Decommodification
  4. Radical Self-reliance
  5. Radical Self-expression
  6. Communal Effort
  7. Civic Responsibility
  8. Leaving No Trace
  9. Participation
  10. Immediacy

Key Responsibilities:

  • Answer questions about the Playa environment, and what it’s like to attend Burning Man
  • Answer questions about the 10 Principles
  • Assist visitors in gift creation in the exhibition workshop space
  • Be a presence for visitors in the Temple

Qualifications:

  • No Spectators Volunteers must have experience attending Burning Man as a participant or volunteer for 2 years or more
  • Must be fluent in the 10 Principles
  • Must be local to the Bay Area or visiting during the exhibition (we’re sorry but we are unable to assist with relocation for this position)
  • Must attend a gallery training session before volunteering inside the exhibition, and abide by the gallery guidelines in regards to attire (clothing please! It’s chilly in the gallery and at the Temple site), food/beverages, and interactivity (add to the art when the artist has welcomed it! Refrain from additions when the artist has asked to hold the art as it is)

Length of the Exhibition:
Volunteer shifts will be available throughout the exhibition which will be open Wednesday-Sunday from October 12, 2019 - February 16, 2020.

Volunteer Time Commitment:
Required Training: 1 training, three hours in length, at OMCA
Shift Minimum: A minimum of 4, four-hour volunteer shifts during the run of the
exhibition

Available Shifts:
Fridays 5pm-9pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11am-3pm
Museum Location: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Art Department
Volunteers Report to: Renée LeVesque, Associate Experience Developer

How to Apply:

  • Complete this google form. Please be prepared give us your name, email address, and phone number. Please also be prepared to answer questions about your experience as a Burner
  • If your submission is approved we will contact you for a phone interview
  • Applicants who are approved for volunteer shifts will be asked to consent to a background check. This consent form will be sent to you via email
  • After the google form, interview, and background checks are complete, approved applicants will be invited to sign up for shifts via Shiftboard

» apply

 

About OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 as a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.


OMCA EEO STATEMENT
The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.