Auto Shop Technician

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: DPW

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Experienced


The Auto Shop Technician will help maintain the Burning Man automotive fleet. As directed by the Auto Shop (AS) Manager, they will work in the Auto Shop and complete repairs and maintenance at the Black Rock Station Ranch pre-event, and on playa during the event.


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



  • Function as a diagnostic and service mechanic for fleet vehicles and heavy machinery on the Ranch.
  • Provide maintenance for all Burning Man Fleet vehicles, as necessary.
  • Perform vehicle service checks prior to vehicles being released to an approved driver.
  • Notify AS Manager when expendables or stock items need to be ordered.
  • Proactively assist in maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and organization of the ranch auto shop, all work spaces, and vehicle storage areas under the direction of the AS Manager.
  • Assist the Fleet Manager, as requested, with the transportation and delivery of completed fleet vehicles.
  • Meet, as needed (throughout the work day), with the AS Manager to ensure schedules and supplies are updated and accurate.
  • Be available, as needed, to respond to needs as they arise on an on-call basis as scheduled.
  • Attend daily Morning Meetings.
  • Work as part of the Auto Shop team to plan and execute LNT and Waste disposal plans.
  • Abide by the rules and codes of conduct as described in the DPW Handbook and Ranch Protocols.
  • Perform various other duties as assigned by Black Rock City LLC.



  • Learning – Pursues ongoing learning in their area of expertise, working to stay current on emergent knowledge, skills, and processes.




  • Knowledge of general automotive maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with and knowledge of all phases of Automotive or Heavy Equipment repair including the ability to disassemble and replace parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves, bearings and repair or replace carburetors, blowers, generators, distributors, starters, and pumps.
  • Working knowledge of and the ability to diagnose and repair, adjust, or replace: ignition and electrical systems, brakes, suspensions, and shock absorbers.
  • Able to replace headlights and install and repair accessories such as: radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers.
  • Experience with diesel engines.
  • Some experience interacting with clients and a basic knowledge of parts/catalogs for equipment listed above.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects (minimum 50 pounds) safely; willing to get dirty.
  • Not above any task.
  • Able to follow direction through to task completion.
  • Flexible, able to switch from project to project quickly and easily.
  • A team player who is also able to work independently.
  • Capable of working in an extreme environment including drastic temperature changes, high winds and low to no visibility at times.


  • Able to service a wide range of small air tools, two and four cycle engines, construction equipment, generators, air compressors, etc.
  • Basic understanding of hydraulics a plus.
  • Experience providing services and working with a wide variety of personality types; the Auto Shop team interacts with many other departments within Black Rock City.
  • Previous experience working during Burning Man or attendance as a participant.



  • 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 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 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 June through October.

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