DPW Container Build Specialty Carpenter

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: DPW

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Experienced

The DPW Container Build Specialty Carpenter will take direction from the DPW Container Build Manager to construct free-standing living and office units, and to convert shipping containers into temporary office and living spaces that will be used in the production of the Burning Man event. They will take the lead on agreed upon skilled tasks including: designing and fabricating specific elements of the build, determining specifications for the build, assembling fixtures for production workflows, training crew on technical skills, and leading and supervising small teams through the phases of production until project completion. 

The deadline to apply for this role is 5:00pm PT on Monday, May 28, 2018.



  • Direct and lead specialty builds, assessing the need for and effective execution of   specific design elements, while efficiently troubleshooting any issues that arise during assembly and installation
  • Determine necessary materials, hardware, and fixtures required to complete specialty builds
  • Effectively use provided designs to supervise, manage, and aid in the construction of Living Boxes, Office Boxes, container build-outs and conversions
  • Collaborate with crew on the remodeling and repairing of existing Living Boxes, Office Boxes, Living Containers, Office Containers and other building infrastructures
  • Provide feedback and input to the Container Build Lead to help ensure efficient and safe conditions for construction
  • Oversee and lead small teams of crew members on daily projects
  • Adhere to the construction schedule
  • Perform various other duties as assigned by the Container Build Assistant Manager
  • Train crew members and aid in the development of their specialty construction skills as needed for specific projects
  • Guide and effectively manage teams through production processes ensuring that crew members have the direction, skills, and materials necessary to complete assigned projects



  • 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.



  • 3 to 5 years general construction carpentry experience
  • Experience reading design documents
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with power tools including: table saw, skilsaw, miter saw and jigsaw
  • Ability to work directly from construction drawings and designs
  • Capable of climbing on ladders and carrying at least 80 pounds
  • Knowledge of general construction practices and/or structural engineering
  • Able to lead by example, motivate teams, and have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Motivated, organized and able to take initiative
  • A team player able to effectively work in a production shop environment where prioritization, awareness, and clear communication is a must
  • Able to take direction well and follow instruction through task completion
  • Willingness to relocate to Black Rock Station in Gerlach, NV for the duration of the build season


  • Experience with finish carpentry
  • Proficiency with 3D CAD such as SketchUp
  • Working knowledge of commercial or residential electrical wiring
  • Knowledge of basic metal fabrication



  • OSHA 10 hour Construction & General Industry Certification
  • Must have a valid state issued Driver’s License and a clean driving record


This position requires periods of heavy lifting, bending, kneeling, squatting, and climbing. This position will be physically demanding, and requires individuals with good physical health, and endurance.

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 May through July.

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