No Spectators Volunteer

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

About the Role:
OMCA is seeking volunteers to support the Gift-o-Matic experience. The exhibition will be open until February 16, 2020 at the Oakland Museum of California.  

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:

  • Radical Inclusion
  • Gifting
  • Decommodification
  • Radical Self-reliance
  • Radical Self-expression
  • Communal Effort
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Leaving No Trace
  • Participation
  • Immediacy

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist visitors in gift creation, using pre-tested instructions and supplies
  • Answer questions about Burning Man and the Gifting Principle
  • Work with Gallery Guides and Museum Security to maintain a clean and safe workshop environment
  • Check and load gifts into the Gift-o-Matic machine


  • Volunteers must have experience attending Burning Man as a participant or volunteer for 2 years or more 
  • Must be fluent in the Principle of Gifting and Maker Culture
  • 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 be comfortable climbing ladders
  • Must enjoy working with large groups of children and adults
  • Must be able to lift 10-15lbs

Length of the Exhibition: Volunteer shifts will be available throughout the run of the exhibition which will be open Wednesday-Sunday through February 16, 2020. Gift-o-matic volunteers are especially desired for Friday nights and weekend days, and occasional special events.

Museum Location: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Art Department

Volunteers Report to: Renée LeVesque, Associate Experience Developer

How to Apply:

  • Complete this form. Please be prepared to give us your name and email address. Please also be prepared to answer questions about your experience as a Maker and problem solver.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who are approved for volunteer shifts will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

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