DPW Night Dispatcher

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: Department of Public Works

Type: Seasonal

Min. Experience: Mid Level


The Night Dispatcher will help set up and maintain the systems that allow radio communication with the DPW and general radio traffic of BRC. They will provide the community with a trusted source of knowledge, serving as an ally for solutions and productivity. This position works the overnight shift.

The deadline to apply for this role is 6:00pm PT on Monday, July 3, 2017.


  • Maintain an open conduit of communication between the DPW and other community services of BRC, and coordinate with the ESD and DPW council for radio coverage  
  • Manage the overnight radio shifts under the direction of the Dispatch Manager
  • Help set up the dispatch facility
  • Be proactive in assisting city needs  
  • Update and keep an accurate record of communications in the Dispatch Operations Logbook as directed by the Dispatch Manager
  • Maintain an open conduit of communication with the Dispatch Manager through direct interface, attending meetings as needed  
  • Maintain a clear, professional and constant radio presence as required by the Dispatch Manager
  • Perform various other duties as assigned by Black Rock City, LLC.


  • Has prior experience with radio traffic control and radio technology, and possess the disposition for handling stressful workloads and potential emergency situations in a focused and calm manner
  • Able to monitor high-level radio traffic on multiple channels
  • Willing, able, and prepared to adjust sleep patterns to ensure overnight coverage
  • A professional work ethic and enthusiasm towards working with others
  • Has knowledge of Burning Man and the Department of Public Works, and the skill set and experience of being desert ready
  • Possess knowledge of basic first aid and is prepared for and able to handle emergencies
  • Must be willing to live on the playa at the DPW Depot
  • Willing and able to relocate and travel


Work is primarily sedentary but will also include the need to find and meet with department representatives who may not be in the vicinity therefore this could include walking or using some form of transportation. Some of the work will be in outside weather conditions and will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as possible extremes in temperature.


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

Burning Man is an equal-opportunity employer.

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