SOAK is 100% volunteer-run, and wouldn’t exist without hundreds of hard-working community members.
Here are just a few of the people who are organizing and coordinating SOAK*2017.
Regional Contacts help local Burners connect with each other while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into our local community. They oversee all official regional events, including SOAK.
Regional Contacts: Porn Star + Ice Queen + Ghostess
Producers wrangle all of the things. In addition to budgeting, event planning, and working with vendors, they manage and support all of the individual team leads.
Producers: Honeybee + Starfish
Production Assistant & Cartographer: Hero
Ambassadors welcomes participants to the event, staffs the Info Booth, and manages Lost + Found.
Leads: Love Train + Touchy
Artist Liaison encourages and registers art projects, promotes art at our events and, depending on Artist need, liaisons with SOAK departments and the art grant committee.
Box Office manages ticket processing & shipping, vehicle badges, canine attendee badges, and will-call.
Leads: Pantsless + Chew Toy
D’Corps designs and produces theme-specific, event-wide decor in the months & weeks leading up to event, sets up decor and signage at the event, and takes it down at the end.
Department of Public Works (DPW) manages transportation, set-up and takedown of SOAK infrastructure (trash fence, civic signage, etc.), and event site improvement.
Leads: Hatchet + Cupcake
Fire Safety assists with fire art and performer safety, and manages burn perimeters.
Lead: Dapper | Conclave Shin: Sabrina
Gate staffs the event entrance and perimeter, manages wristbands, performs vehicle searches, manages traffic in and out of event, and directs event exodus.
Leads: Bubbles + Nipple
Hospitality provides on-site support to the other departments with snacks, drinks, and a volunteer potluck.
Ice manages ice sales at the event.
Lead: Ice Queen
Leave No Trace (LNT) performs post-event cleanup, restoring the event site to its original state (or better).
Major Burnable Sculpture (MBS) builds the main burnable sculpture for the event (which typically burns on Saturday), sets-up at event site, and performs burn site cleanup.
Leads: Jinx + KosherBacon
Media manages event PR, the soakpdx.org website and a ream of print jobs, from the Survival Guide to wristbands to stickers.
Leads: browse + Space Cadet
Medical assists participants with first aid and basic medical support, and provides support to the professional EMS team.
Lead: Honey Badger
Parks & Wrecks handles parking lot management and controls traffic flow.
Leads: Cabin Boy + Coco
Pathlighters creates pathway & civic lighting design, and performs onsite setup, management and takedown.
Leads: Alisa + JJ
Placement is responsible for theme camp liaisoning and coordination as well as event layout.
Leads: BlindSpot + Ceres + Joshy
Power and Comms holds the keys to the internet and helps prevent volunteers from having to scream across the property.
Leads: Brandon + Not-A-Cop
Rangers handles community safety and burn perimeter patrol. Rangers have a willingness to help others, mediate, and educate.
Leads: Sinamox + Hazelnut
Sanctuary provides a safe, quiet space and supportive care for participants who are not in medical danger.
Leads: Me2 + Juliana
Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteers and helps them get connected to departments of interest.