DPW Container Build Manager

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: DPW

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Experienced

Working with the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent, the DPW Container Build Manager manages the Container Build Crew through the design, construction, repair, and maintenance of the DPW building fleet. In collaboration with the Superintendent, they will prepare designs, logistics, and material orders in advance of the build season. They will collaborate in the recruitment and the coordination of the crew, as well as construction scheduling. Additionally, this role will work in close collaboration with BRC Ranch Operations Management and onsite operations.


The deadline to apply for this role is 5:00pm PT on Monday, March 26, 2018.



  • Coordinate with the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent to assess and plan for the construction and maintenance requests of the building fleet for the season
  • Hire, train, and direct the Container Build Crew throughout the season; serve as a team mentor, sharing techniques and best practices as necessary
  • Create material orders beginning in the pre-construction season to assure that necessary materials are on hand in advance of build operations. Maintain continued awareness of supply levels, anticipate needs, and make sure orders are placed in a timely manner. Submit orders as directed and, at times, coordinate directly with material and equipment suppliers
  • Be available for material runs to Reno and surrounding areas when necessary
  • Track and record all purchases for the build season, referencing them to their respective projects
  • Be willing and able to modify construction designs and create solutions for any changes in construction and maintenance projects
  • Ensure that all construction and repairs are accurately documented, photographed, and tracked throughout the build season and that regular, accurate, and up-to-date logs of work progress and material usage are kept
  • Manage and oversee the inventory of related construction supplies
  • Track and maintain the inventory and condition of tools, supplies, and condition of infrastructure throughout the season
  • Oversee the deinstallation, winterization, and storage of all Container Build equipment and supplies in order to assure that they will be in good condition the following season
  • Complete end of season inventory of all tools, supplies and materials, noting their condition and any maintenance or repairs needed for the following year
  • Assist in the tracking of the building fleet as it is prepared for deployment
  • Maintain the Container Build SOP with up-to-date information
  • Attend Managers’ Meetings, create reports, and maintain related correspondence
  • Establish and oversee the maintenance of a clean and safe worksite; ensure that all Container Build Crew and Volunteers are provided with the necessary OSHA approved safety equipment
  • Work with the Container Build Crew  to plan and execute LNT and Waste disposal plans

Budget oversight: 

  • In collaboration with the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent, plan logistics, material, and tool orders to assure that budget goals are met
  • Track purchases and resource usage throughout the project, and maintain up-to-date records
  • Create a final report detailing the expenditures for the season

Safety oversight:

  • See that all necessary personal protection equipment is available to and properly used by all Container Build Crew and Volunteers
  • Ensure that all OSHA job site practices for safety are upheld and communicated to the Container Build Crew

Additional duties:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of assigned projects, recommending appropriate changes in methods, materials, schedules, and procedures as needed 
  • As needed, provide estimates for change orders and extra work on assigned projects, researching contractors and subcontractors if required
  • Perform various other duties as assigned by the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent and  BRC LLC. 



  • Documentation – Drives the creation, publishing, and maintenance of process documentation related to assigned duties.
  • Teaching – Takes a leadership role in the acculturation and training of staff. Teaches live or e-learning classes, as requested. Promotes a culture of teaching and learning throughout the community.
  • Mentoring – Mentors subordinates in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experience that will allow them to advance in the organization. Aids, encourages, and inspires their team.
  • Training development – Collaborates with the education team to develop training materials in their area of expertise, as requested.
  • Learning – Pursues ongoing learning in their area of expertise, working to stay current on emergent knowledge, skills, and processes. Participates in conferences, forums, and networking events, where appropriate.
  • Speaking – Represents Burning Man as a staff member, a member of the Department of Public Works, and as a part of Burning Man culture. May be called upon to speak as a construction expert or in other areas of expertise related to the position.



  • Attend DPW Managers’ Meetings and Black Rock City Staff Meetings
  • Be familiar and act in accordance with, Burning Man’s staff policies
  • Maintain DPW related correspondence via assigned Burning Man mailing lists
  • Contribute to the Standard Operating Procedure guides for assigned projects
  • Provide the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent with written feedback at the end of event cycle that scrutinizes and critiques the successes and failures of the season with the purpose of improved overall efficiency



  • Direct experience with residential or commercial construction projects
  • Experience in, or working knowledge of, metal fabrication, and residential or commercial electrical and plumbing
  • Understanding of construction scheduling, cost control, and large-scale project management
  • Extensive knowledge of construction methods and/or structural engineering
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead by example, motivate teams, and work with a largely unskilled, volunteer labor force
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google products (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, etc). (1 year or comparable software experience)
  • Experienced in the use of Google Sketchup, or similar CAD software
  • Familiarity with Burning Man and with event-based production work
  • Willing and able to travel and relocate for the duration of the DPW work season
  • Must have experience supervising major projects in remote wilderness and/or desert environment


  • Must have a valid state issued Driver’s License and a clean driving record
  • OSHA 30 hour Construction & General Industry Certification
  • State issued Contractors License Preferred



  • Off-playa: This position requires periods of heavy lifting, bending, kneeling, squatting, and climbing. This position will be physically demanding, and requires individuals with good physical health, and endurance.


This is a temporary, full-time position ineligible for benefits, working out of Gerlach, Nevada.

Burning Man is an equal-opportunity employer.

The expected timeframe of temporary full-time employment for this role, during the DPW work season, is the middle of April through the end of July.

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