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Melissa Locker
February 01, 2016

If you’ve ever dreamed of making the Playa your permanent residence, now’s your chance. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hiring a project manager for Burning Man, and the $90,000 a year salary is no hallucination.

Burning Man, the annual week-long arts festival that blooms in Nevada's Black Rock Desert each summer, is a massive undertaking —and not just for the 70,000 or so attendees who build what becomes Nevada’s third largest, albeit temporary, city, complete with roads, a non-denominational Temple, a hospital, and, of course, a large man to burn under the desert sun.

The BLM, which is the U.S. Department of Interior agency responsible for managing the country’s 264 million acres of public land, has a lot of work to do to make sure the influx of revelers and their art cars, busses, massive sculptures, performances, rounds of Super Street Fire, weddings, and bonfires don’t damage the desert’s fragile ecosystem. To make sure the entire Burning Man community, from longtime burners to newbie “Sparkle Ponies,” is respecting the environment, Black Rock City (BRC), the company managing the freeform event, is required to have a government-issued permit and follow an environmental compliance plan. That’s where the BLM’s Burning Man Project Manager position comes in.

The job is not for someone simply interested in getting paid to race across the sand on a wind-driven bike. This position is strictly for highly skilled professionals, as it is the most complicated job within the agency's recreation department, according to BLM spokesperson Rudy Evenson, who spoke to SF Gate about the position.

"Attending Burning Man is a lot different from working it," Evenson said. "The BLM has 100 employees on the ground at the event, and this person has to manage them and be on site making sure it all goes smoothly." The position pays between $69,497 and  $90,344 per year, which will buy a lot of ice in Center Camp.

If the idea of working as a liaison between an alphabet soup of acronyms including the BLM, the BRC, and Burning Man’s own volunteer-run DPW (Department of Public Works) and DMV (that’s Department of Mutant Vehicles) sounds like your idea of a good way to earn a paycheck, applications for the job must be in by February 8. Applicants can apply online here or email nvjobs@blm.gov.

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