DPW Fuel Mechanic Lead

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: DPW

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Experienced


The DPW Fuel Mechanic Lead is responsible for the service, maintenance, repair, and inspection of the DPW Fuel Department vehicles. This role will begin shifts at the end of the DPW Fuel Team service day and continue work into the evening. The DPW Fuel Mechanic Lead will collaborate in training all DPW Fuel drivers in the safe operation of their assigned vehicle including fuel systems, fluid level checking and top up, and general vehicle operations. They will perform maintenance and repairs as necessary, and ensure that all vehicles are ready for use in time for their scheduled departure.


The deadline to apply for this role is 5:00pm PT on Monday, June 25, 2018.


  • Perform daily maintenance and safety inspections on the DPW Fuel Fleet
  • Troubleshoot, repair, maintain, and service the Fleet as necessary or as directed by DPW Fuel Management
  • Immediately report any safety or maintenance issues to the DPW Fuel Safety Lead
  • Perform all necessary repairs, maintenance, service, and upgrades in a timely manner
  • Provide an order list of any necessary supplies and equipment to the DPW Fuel Superintendent as requested
  • Provide onsite vehicle and equipment training as necessary for the DPW Fuel Team   
  • Be available to field questions and concerns by the DPW Fuel Team
  • Understand fuel consumption rates and assist in pre-planning of fuel deliveries
  • Understand the Fuel Spill Response Plan and execute if needed
  • Be available for pickup of equipment, parts, and supplies off playa
  • Attend and support crew attendance to daily Morning Meetings
  • Work with the DPW Fuel Crew  to plan and execute LNT and Waste disposal plans
  • Write and submit a final “Ember” report by the end of event cycle that scrutinizes and critiques the successes and failures of the season with the purpose of improved overall efficiency



  • Be familiar and act in accordance with Burning Man’s staff policies
  • Maintain DPW related correspondence via assigned Burning Man mailing lists
  • Perform various other duties as assigned by the DPW Fuel Safety Manager, the DPW Fuel Superintendent, and the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent



  • Documentation – Assists in the creation, publishing, and maintenance of process documentation related to their assigned duties.
  • Knowledge sharing – Helps acculturate and educate junior staff and volunteers in Burning Man culture and business processes.
  • 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.
  • Teaching – Takes a leadership role in the acculturation and training of staff and volunteers. Teaches live or e-learning classes, as requested. Promotes a culture of teaching and learning throughout the community.




  • Experience in vehicle maintenance and repair or similar mechanical experience
  • Working knowledge of liquid fuel systems and related components  
  • Understanding of vehicle and generator fuel consumption rates
  • Experience with tools and equipment related to vehicle maintenance
  • A professional demeanor in verbal and written communications
  • Ability to interface with vendors in a professional manner
  • Capable of climbing a ladder and safely transversing the top of the fuel storage tanks to measure the fuel levels
  • Ability to comfortably and safely lift and pull 50 lbs.
  • Willing and able to travel and adjust schedule to work at the Burning Man event held in Nevada


  • Experience with festival or entertainment production work sites
  • Familiarity with Google Suite software: Docs, Sheets, and Gmail
  • It is helpful if the candidate has previously been to Burning Man and/or is familiar with its culture



  • Must have a valid state issued driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • OSHA 10 Certification, or completion of  OSHA 10 training with DPW



Work is primarily active in nature in outside weather conditions and will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as possible extremes in temperature. Will be required to climb a ladder and safely transverse the top of the fuel storage tanks to measure the fuel levels. Must be able to lift and pull 50 lbs.


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 August through September.

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