Volunteering is an important part of what makes events like Desert Hearts possible and an important part of participating in the world at large. The Desert Hearts community exists because of the hard work and kick ass dedication of volunteers offering their time, resources, knowledge, and skills year-round and at the festival. We do it better together. #onestageonevibe
Volunteer applications are open from
Monday, February 4th -- Tuesday, February 26th
Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers
Do I get a free or discounted ticket for volunteering at Desert Hearts?
Upon acceptance to volunteer for Desert Hearts, you’ll be given instructions via email to send in your $249 volunteer deposit. Upon successful completion of your scheduled shifts, your deposit will be refunded less a $9 processing fee. If you do not fulfill your volunteer obligations, your deposit will be retained in exchange for the ticket we gave you to come join us. Volunteer deposits are due by Friday, March 29th.
If you are concerned about tickets selling out before receiving notice that you’ve been accepted to volunteer, please purchase a ticket. If you are accepted to volunteer, you can then sell or gift your purchased ticket. Please note that Desert Hearts does not offer refunds for tickets.
You will not be allowed to volunteer with us again if you forfeit your deposit and do not show up for one or all of your shifts.
When do I find out if I’m accepted to volunteer?
All applicants will be notified of acceptance (or non-acceptance) via email by Saturday, March 23rd.
How do I receive my ticket?
When you arrive to the Box Office, give them the full name you used on your volunteer application, your photo ID or passport, and a big smile in exchange for a wristband granting you admission to the event.
Can I come early and/or stay after the event ends?
Only those with authorized early entry will be admitted to the site before the gates open to the general public at 8am on Friday, April 26th. You will be told specifically by the Volunteer Coordinator if you are authorized for early entry.
Everyone, except those participating with the teardown crew, must be off-site by noon on Tuesday, April 30th.
If I have volunteered already do I still need to fill out an application?
Yes. Until we have a more sophisticated system of robots handling everything, it helps us keep all of our duckies in a row. quack quack.
Where do I camp?
While there is no designated volunteer camp, you are free to camp wherever you’d like, as long as it’s not within one of the areas marked off by the Desert Hearts crew for vendors, art installations or other camps.
Can I camp with my car?
If you want to camp with your car, you can purchase a car camping pass for $125 (when available for sale).
Carpool! Carpool! Carpool! Desert Hearts aims to Leave No Trace and Leave It Better, which includes reducing our carbon footprint. Anyone arriving with less than 3 occupants in the vehicle will be charged a $20 fee. Bring cash.
Do I get to eat?
There are several deliciously yummy vendors available for you to purchase food. Volunteers will receive (1) meal card good for (1) meal at any of the food vendors as a gift in appreciation of your service.
*Please note that this meal card is one per volunteer (not one per shift) and is given as a gift of gratitude. <3
There will be no vendors available during pre- and post-event so please plan accordingly.
What else do I need to know?
Make sure to read everything on the info page, especially arrival and location info.
There are mandatory on-site meetings for each crew. The Volunteer Coordinator and your team leads will let you know info about them once you’re accepted and scheduled for shifts.
I have more questions. Who do I ask?
What do each of the volunteer teams for Desert Hearts DO exactly?
Glad you asked. Please see team descriptions below.
These are the folks to see if you arrive without a ticket or if your dog, cat, or small farm animal ate it. They’re also the folks who’ll ask you to fill out and sign innumerable forms signing away your life, your pet gerbil, and your second cousin. Box Office crew accepts compliments and bribes, although they’ll still need to see your ticket before they’ll get you wristbanded and ready for entry into Desert Hearts.
The HQ crew supports the service of all other Desert Hearts volunteer crews. They’re a team of wild, hard working, do-it-yourself characters, whose mission is to ensure members of the event team, including their fellow volunteers, take care of themselves by delivering water, breaks, and overall fun. They also fill in for depts. who need a little extra help. When not found at HubQuarters, the volunteer homebase, or caretaking for other departments, they can usually be found instigating shenanigans somewhere in the event.
Rangers roam the city providing assistance to participant including peer mediation, lending an ear or a helping hand, and keeping a keen eye out for fire. Rangers walk the grounds in pairs equipped with radios, ready to offer help when needed.
Red Artery / Parking
All hail the Red Artery crew who make sure we can all fit comfortably in the event. Working closely with the placement team, the Red Artery crew has a good handle on mapping out how exactly to fit all the cars, RVs, and other vehicles into the event with style and grace. They’ll also kindly ask you to move or be moved if you find yourself parked in the wrong area.
The Waste Warriors help you, Desert Hearts, to leave a legacy; a legacy of positive impact, of Waste Warriors help educate participants on having the least ecological impact and “Pack It In, Pack It Out” principles. They may also sometimes be found leading scavenger hunts and games or having battles at the Trash Tower.