ministry of Burn culture

Formerly Education & Connexus

Lead - Chandini Lord, Bethany Havas

All of your information needs are now just one stop! Connexus and Education have been combined to create a new team - The Ministry. Our volunteers will be active both before the event and on site.

Before the event we could use volunteers to promote social media posts and acculturation events like art days, gear swaps, etc though the sign up for these positions will be a more relaxed style posting to the Facebook group or event.

At the burn the Ministry will be your stop for questions, event planning, last minute volunteering, SOME lost and found items and a great place to hang out and meet people. 

While at the burn, there are many different ways to help out at the Ministry. Our volunteer positions include:

Cultural Attache

If you enjoy creating the first touch of the burn “bubble” then one of our positions at the "Salutation Station" is for you! This is where many participants set their intentions for the burn, where memories begin and where we get to show our community some love. These volunteers will be pairs who stay at Gate to help greet participants.


This position will combine the best of Connexus and Education. Undersecretaries will be responsible for answering questions, updating the volunteer schedules and helping participants understand the experience of a burn. Undersecretaries are good at talking to people and have a strong desire to share the burn experience with others. No prior experience necessary but you must be willing to learn fast on site and please try not to fill an entire shift with inexperienced people if possible.

Minister of State

As a Minister you will be responsible for managing Undersecretaries, Envoys, Ambassadors and Attaches rather than specific tasks. These volunteers will be stationed at the main Ministry of Burn Culture tent in the center of the burn and will act as shift leads. To be a Minister of State you must have completed radio training and have done at least one shift as an Undersecretary of State as well as be capable of resolving interpersonal issues and comfortable leading a team of diverse individuals. 

Theme Camp Ambassadors

Do you have an awesome camp with a lot of great events happening? Come on down to the Ministry and tell everyone about it! This will be a position for up to two people from a camp to come to the city center and spread the awesomeness of their camp to others. If you wish to do this but the time slot position has already been filled we still encourage you to still come by and at least let our Undersecretaries know what your camp has planned. You’re also welcome to come hang out and help anytime the Ministry is open.

Special Envoys/Heralds

Envoys are those who wander the burn telling others of the truly amazing things to be seen. No experience necessary but it’s a big plus if you have a loud voice and stamina for walking the site. The staff at the Ministry tent will try to give you a list of the big art installations and things not to miss so that your speeches have a place to start but please add on things you witness and make sure to tell the Undersecretaries at the Ministry if you hear of any cool events still to come.



Below are some expectations and requirements of team leads. Do not be scared by all this stuff! We have pretty solid support and resource systems to help you with this, especially if this is your first time leading a team.


  • Attend the monthly Team Lead meetings. If you do not live close enough to Atlanta, we require that you have a Co-Lead who can attend.

  • Submit a budget for the team.

  • Attend build weekend/week if required for your team.

  • Set up a volunteer schedule in coordination with the volunteer coordinator.

  • Attend the daily Team Lead meetings during the event.

  • Assign one person (either a Team Lead or an experienced volunteer) to assist with breaking down the team's infrastructure. This team member must remain onsite until their team's assets have been completely broken down and turned over to Teardown/Public Works.

  • Complete post-event report submitted 3 weeks after the event.

  • Attend Radio training