IT Operations Network Site Manager (Temporary Full-Time)

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: Technology

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Mid Level


Burning Man is seeking a network specialist for our network team within Burning Man IT Operations. This role manages internet sites and helps with deployment, operation and support of the internet connectivity and network infrastructure in Black Rock City.

The deadline to apply for this role is 6:00pm Pacific on Wednesday, June 13, 2018


  • Work directly, and closely with network team lead.
  • Implement solutions to optimize network resources for all operations and infrastructure needs for event production, operation and restoration
  • Participate in pre-event work sessions with the Network Team as necessary
  • Participate in network installation, administration, in Gerlach and Black Rock City pre event, during operations, and tear-down.
  • Interface with other technology teams, staff and project leads as necessary
  • Participate in on-call schedule and troubleshooting duties for on-playa support, before, during and after the event
  • Perform other duties as assigned..


The ideal candidate would meet all the qualifications listed below. However, the ability to learn quickly is more important that in-depth knowledge in all areas.

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent; minimum of two years experience administering networks in a fast paced and dynamic environment.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Intimate knowledge and understanding of IP networking, including:
    • IP network services (HTTP, SSH, DNS, DHCP, ping, etc.)
    • Experience with 802.11 Wireless Networking
    • Meaning and measurement of network performance characteristics such as bandwidth, throughput, latency, loss, and jitter, and relative sensitivity of common IP network services to each of these characteristics
    • Basic Internet topology and ISP connectivity concepts
    • DNS and DHCP management fundamentals
    • Firewall, NAT, VPN, and traffic shaping principles
    • Ethernet fundamentals, including VLANs, topologies, and cabling schemes
    • WiFi fundamentals, including channels, SSIDs, and security considerations
    • Some knowledge of dynamic routing (e.g. OSPF, BGP)
  • Ability to install, configure, troubleshoot networking on Linux, Mac and Windows
  • Proficient with setup, installation and troubleshooting of network equipment, ideally Ubiquiti
  • Hands on experience with VoIP and VPN
  • Programming experience in Ruby, Python, Perl or shell
  • Proficient with Unix/Linux
  • Strong communication skills, with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Detail oriented, reliable and dependable
  • Dedicated to providing uptime and quality service
  • Comfortable juggling tasks and priorities
  • Maintain high standards of confidentiality
  • Knowledgeable of Burning Man and able to work in Nevada before, during and after the event
  • Ability to work in an often dusty, hot environment.
  • Able to meet deadlines and honor commitments


  • Valid Driver’s License and Clean Driving Record


  • On-playa:  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 in and around Gerlach, Nevada and Black Rock City, Nevada
  • The expected timeframe of temporary, full-time employment for this role is early August 2018 - early September 2018
  • Burning Man is an equal-opportunity employer
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