2015 training being developed! Training takes place in September every year for new and returning Rangers.
This year, new Rangers complete six hours of training. Training includes Ranger operations, protocols, and procedures, as well as active listening skills, mediation, role playing, and reviewing case studies from past events.
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How to join the BURN2 Rangers
Recruiting takes place in the summer preceding each year's main event. Notices will be posted to the BURN2 Rangers, BURN2 Alpha Rangers, and BurningMan 2.0 groups, as well as posted on this web site. Please complete a volunteer application here on the web site so that we have an idea of your avatar age and the skills you will be bringing to the team. After you complete the volunteer application, please join the BURN2 Alpha Rangers group inworld. IM a Ranger Ops Lead or Department Lead if you need help with this, or if the group is closed.
What skills does a Ranger need?
Rangers should have at least one year Second Life experience. You will need to be able to assist people with parcel media settings, counting prims, locating misplaced objects, group issues, and other Second Life skills. But, if you don't have all these skills, don't worry! We will be holding training sessions in August and September to teach people the skills they need. You will also have a chance to patrol with a Senior Ranger and to learn from his or her experience. And, if there are still areas with which you do not feel comfortable, you can always call on other Rangers to assist you when needed.
How often are Rangers needed?
Rangers are needed for the main BURN2 event every October. This event usually runs for nine days, 24 hours a day, non stop. However, Rangers will be needed to assist builders during the weeks leading up to the event, and also the week following the event. During building and break-down times, we will try to have several Rangers on the playa around the clock. During the event itself, we try to have a minimum of six Rangers on every shift.
In addition, the BURN2 community has smaller events year round, and you may be asked to work these events, as well. It is not mandatory to work the smaller events. Some Rangers choose to work all events, and some choose to work just the main event in the Fall.
For any events which you can work, we will ask you to sign up for shifts in blocks of two hours. You are welcome to work more than two hours, but if you can only work an hour or two at a time, that's fine, too. Not everyone can commit a lot of hours to the events; we appreciate any amount of time you can give.
Does this sound like you?
If you are interested in joining the BURN2 Rangers, then IM DanOfWa Flanagan, Ladyslipper Constantine or Leondra Larsson and join the BURN2 Alpha Rangers group. The Alpha Rangers group is currently set to open enrollment, so you can self join.
Recruiting is done every summer for the main BURN2 event in October.
You may also wish to join the BurningMan 2.0 group as all recruitment notices and event updates will be posted there.
For more information about Burning Man, BURN2, and the Rangers, check out the following web sites:
Rangers are traditional guardians of the shared values of the BURN2 community. We are empowered by the community to address concerns, mediate disputes, and resolve conflicts if they can not be resolved by the residents themselves and respond to non-consensual assaults (griefing). Rangers encourage a community of shared responsibility and assist only as needed. The role of the Ranger has been described as "Riding the edge of chaos."
Rangers on-duty patrol an area, a range of territory, interacting with its residents on a personal level. Rangers are the most visible part of our organization during the event, and often the first (and possibly only) contact for residents with the BURN2 Operations Team. They are often the first response to a situation. While on patrol you will keep moving around your assigned area. Meet and greet your fellow residents; you are part of the BURN2 community. Stop in for a campfire chat at a nice-looking camp. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time Ranger, your presence and the Resident's perceptions of you are a valuable team asset. If a problem occurs later in your patrol area, you may have already developed a relationship with the residents involved.
What we are
We are mediators. We act as go-betweens helping people resolve disputes. Our role is to act as an independent third party and help people find compromises all parties can live with. Rangers rise from the dust when we're needed and recede when we're done.
What we are not
Rangers are NOT cops. We are not a police force, and we have no authority other than that which the BURN2 community has given us. We do not tell people what to do, and we do not give orders. We do not battle griefers. We do not wear uniforms; we wear costumes.