DPW Liquid Fuel Operations Manager

Location: Gerlach, NV

Department: DPW

Type: Temporary

Min. Experience: Experienced


The DPW Liquid Fuel Operations Manager is responsible for the support management of the DPW Fuel Depot, Hell Station, and Mobile liquid fueling. They will ensure that DPW Fuel operations, under their supervision, are conducted in a manner prioritizing safety, timeliness, and professionalism. Responsibilities will include: training crew, supporting documentation and data tracking, performing safety inspections, scheduling, supporting fuel inventory and ordering, and ensuring daily operations remain on schedule.


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


  • Maintain an in-depth and current understanding of DPW Fuel Department operations
  • Proactively take the lead on the training of crew members in their chain of command
  • Oversee the DPW Fuel Depot, Hell Station, and Mobile liquid fuel operations in the safe and efficient delivery of liquid fuels in BRC
  • Support the timely setup and on schedule operations of the DPW Fuel Depot and Hell Station
  • Oversee the scheduling and operations of liquid fuel deliveries to BRC Operations, Theme Camps, Honoraria, Participants, and other groups as directed
  • Ensure that liquid fuel distribution is done in a timely and efficient manner
  • Collaborate with the DPW Fuel Safety Lead to establish and ensure that all fuel worksites and mobile operations are compliant with OSHA safety regulations
  • Support daily safety inspections at the beginning and end of every shift and immediately report any concerns to the DPW Fuel Safety Lead
  • See that daily safety inspections are being performed at the Fuel Depot, Hell Station, and with mobile fuel delivery
  • Support the data collection and conversations necessary to ensure daily fuel orders are placed each day by 3pm
  • Support the daily collection of fuel delivery tracking, seeing that it is accurately maintained and filed
  • Review and understand the Fuel Spill Response Plan and the BRC Rain Contingency Plan, and assist in execution if necessary
  • Help implement Burning Man’s integrated plan and work with all BRC departments to ensure fuel distribution and safety
  • Attend meetings and create reports as necessary to keep the Fuel Superintendent informed of the progress and/or problems of the project
  • Work with the DPW Fuel Crew to plan and execute LNT and Waste disposal plans
  • Attend and support crew attendance to daily Morning Meetings
  • Write and submit the final “Ember” report by the end of event cycle addressing the successes and failures of the season



  • 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 Superintendent, and the DPW Construction and Utilities Superintendent   



  • Documentation – Drives the creation, publishing, and maintenance of process documentation related to assigned duties.
  • 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.
  • Mentoring – Mentors subordinates in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experience that will allow them to advance in the organization. Aids, encourages, and inspires their team.
  • 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. Participates in conferences, forums, and networking events, where appropriate.
  • Speaking – Represents Burning Man as a subject matter expert and culture-bearer, as requested.




  • Knowledge of Burning Man, BRC, and its departments
  • Previous training in liquid fuel handling safety and protocols
  • Working knowledge of OSHA compliant personal protection equipment, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers
  • Capable of climbing a ladder and safely transversing the top of the fuel storage tanks to measure fuel levels
  • Able to comfortably and safely lift and pull 35 lbs.
  • Organized - able to efficiently track fuel and department data
  • Familiarity with Google Suite software: Docs, Sheets, and Gmail
  • A professional demeanor in verbal and written communications
  • Experience working in leadership positions in remote wilderness and/or desert environments
  • Capacity to lead by example and motivate teams; possession of excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adjust schedule seasonally to work at the Burning Man event held in Nevada  


  • 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 30 Certification, or completion of  OSHA 30 training with DPW



Off-playa:  Work is primarily sedentary in nature, no special demands are required. Will handle phone calls, emails, part pickups, errands as deemed necessary (ie. Pick up parts)

On-playa:  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 35 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 the end of July through the middle of September.

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