Volunteerism Peer Counselors & Mediators

Location: United States

Department: Volunteerism

Type: Volunteer

Min. Experience: Experienced

Burning Man’s Volunteerism team is looking for Peer Counselors and Mediators!

 

What’s a Volunteerism department and what’s it do in Black Rock City and Burning Man Headquarters?

The Volunteerism department has many goals. Our mission is to train, appreciate and support our vast network of volunteers. One of the ways we hope to accomplish that is by providing peer to peer counseling, mediation and assistance when conflicts arise.

What are we looking for?

We need short-term volunteer help from those with experience and skills in peer counseling and mediation to assist us in our mission to provide support services to our volunteer staff. We are looking for assistance initially at the Burning Man event in Nevada and then year round in San Francisco as needs dictate.  This is a brand new resource so we are looking for experienced individuals who will help us to form it from the ground up.

When and where do we need help?

Situations sometimes arise where an objective 3rd party that is trained in peer support, conflict resolution, and mediation could to help guide, expedite or de-escalate.

We'd love some volunteer help at Burning Man event site in the week leading up to the event, during the event and in the week following the event.  We would also like to find some volunteers to extend our support services to our headquarters located in San Francisco year round, as needed.

On the playa, we are hoping to have volunteer teams take on shifts in an indoor Peer Support location and/or potentially “do rounds” to meet and engage with BRC volunteers to let them know help is available if they need it.

In San Francisco, we envision peer support on a non-fixed, appointment only basis for face-to-face counseling as well as phone/video conferencing for remotely located volunteers. Hours will be flexible and only as needed.

How can you start to get involved?

If you'd like to lend your peer counseling or mediation superpower to us, please fill out the application letting us know your skills, background, and what you'd like to offer. We will pull from this pool of awesomeness and reach out to you when your skills are a match for our needs.

 

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