Help make Something Else amazing!
Something Else is the party you bring. We have no paid staff. It's a labor of love for everyone who participates. The backbone of the event is our amazing volunteers and all the funny dinos who bring cool stuff to do together.
Some lead roles are unfilled, and we would love to support enthusiastic participants who want to take this on—as a sixth-year event, we can definitely help you hit the ground running as a lead! Most teams with leads also need volunteers to do their magic.
Volunteer tickets cost less or nothing. Generally, a shift is about 4 hours of your time and discounts your ticket by 1/3.
Don't know what you want to do? Sign up anyway! We'll find something useful for you to do.
Questions? Email us!
- How does this work?
If you've successfully volunteered before
Get a discounted volunteer ticket.
If you already bought a ticket, we can refund it or you can resell it.
If you're new or missed some shifts last year
If you're new and have a financial need and can't afford an up-front ticket
Email us and we'll figure something out.
How much of a discount do I get?
Each credit gets you 1/3 off the price of your ticket. 3 credits = free ticket.
Most shifts ~4 hours and get you 1 credit. Some easy jobs are less, some hard jobs are more.
Where can I see a list of open volunteer shifts?
Can I get a reimbursement for my car camping pass?
Sure, 1 credit for car pass, 1.5 for RV pass.
SetupLeads: Chuk & Gene
• Setup Team
Setup volunteers commit to being onsite a day early (for 2022 this means Wednesday afternoon) to assist event and art teams in setting up their stuff. Familiarity with basic tools is a plus, as is having your own. Unload stuff from trucks, put them where leads determine. Set up before Gate opens: community outdoor kitchen, sound stages, teahouse/cozy/safe space, dome.
• Sign Boss
Events need signs! Can you make them? We can provide sign materials, some paint, and some markers. Signs need to be simple, legible, and quick turnaround.
• Squish Commander
The Dome is a soft, fluffy quasi-indoor chill space with no set programming. We have an 18’ covered PVC dome and enough 2’ foam tiles to cover the floor. Dome lead coordinates squish/fluff temporary donations and makes sure everything gets back to their donor. Setup and Strike volunteers help with those aspects of the dome, but volunteers to contribute squishy stuff are always welcome.
ShuttleLeads: Chuk & Gene
• Shuttle Driver
The lake is ~15m walk up a hot, exposed hill. Getting a ride is nice! Shuttle drivers need to be sober enough to drive a pickup truck (we have a rented one, but you're welcome to add your own) and safely transport folks and equipment up and down the hill. If you're a responsible driver on a dirt road and you like making new friends, this is the job for you. The truck manager will show you how to drive the truck, put it in gear, how to put on the parking brake, and where the key will live.
StrikeLeads: Chuk & Gene
• Strike Team
The strike team commits to being onsite until all campers and infrastructure are gone (this means staying until Monday afternoon or later, as you can). Familiarity with basic tools is a plus, as is having your own.
Raptors (ranger team)Lead: John
Who’s in charge here? A Raptor is the responsible one for a shift: sober, carrying a radio, floating around and making sure things are going ok for everyone. You’ll work with a lead to understand what’s worth your attention and how to help people deal with problems as they come up and when to radio for backup.
• Gate Crew
Greet people when they arrive, process their paperwork (ticket? vaxx? waiver?), direct them to drop off their stuff and park!
Sound & LightingLead: Truckstop
We will have two amplified sound stages this year at Something Else 2022 - One daytime stage at Mud Beach (Tar Pit Stage) and one night stage at Loggers (Petrified Forest). Check below for descriptions of specific roles with the Sound/Lighting Team!
We’ll be setting up on the two stages on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Moving speakers & lights into place, plugging things in, and testing them. No technical knowledge needed.
• Stage Manager
Show up 30 minutes before the music begins at the stage for the day. You’ll start up the generator and add fuel if needed. The rest of your shift will be ensuring the stage is functional and calling for assistance on the provided stage radio if needed. No technical knowledge needed.
• Lighting Collector Angel
Sometime before noon, you’ll be collecting our battery powered lights between Great Oak and Loggers and bringing them to the Central Camp Kitchen and placing them in a case for charging. We’ll have a cart for making this task easier! Quick shift but super important…. You’ll thank yourself later at night when the lights are on!
• Lighting Deployer Angel
At sunset, you’ll put the fully charged lights at the Central Camp Kitchen into a cart and place them beneath trees between Great Oak and Loggers. Then you’ll return the cart to Central Camp Kitchen. Quick shift but super important!
We’ll be breaking down both stages on Monday mid-day. It’s a nice easy breakdown with tasks such as unplugging things, wrapping cables, and putting speakers/stuff into a vehicle.
KitchenLead: Monster Chef
Kitchen crews help us make meals! Something Else is a food party because dinos like to EAT; these dinos eat Brunch and Dinner.
• Meal Lead
Propose a community meal you want to make (some budget provided), work with the Kitchen Lead to plan it and purchase ingredients, cook with help of Cooking Crew and serve. You will need to sign up as a volunteer in order to take on this role.
• Cooking Crew
Support Meal Lead by prepping, cooking, and serving a tasty meal. You can even rally a group of friends to own the whole meal and choose one of you to be the Meal Lead!
• Cleanup Crew
Support meal makers by keeping the kitchen tidy. Make sure we clean up after meals, wash our dishes, and get the kitchen ready for the next crew. Healthy dinos are happy dinos.
• Snack Boss
Repackage meal leftovers, oversee cleanup crew, put out donated snacks.
• Community Camp Kitchen Manager
Because dinos live in fire-prone California forest, all personal cooking is done in the paved, fire-safe Community Camp Kitchen. This all-event, low-touch role supports community camp kitchen to be regularly usable and un-fucked by greeting users and reminding them to turn off propane and process their dishes.
BarLead: Dave LeB
Make sure the Lake bar has Bar Stuff during the day and help with important Bar tasks, like slicing fruits, serving drinks, replenishing ice, and sorting bar waste (boxes, bottles, crushing cans, etc). Check in a couple times each shift.
Tea LoungeLead: Michael Whelpley & Rochelle
• Tea Team
People really like tea and tea house vibes. Tea team will help set up infrastructure and refill kettles as necessary.
Leave No TraceLead: Sophie
Setup systems so people can reliably handle their trash, compost, recycling, etc. Move around some bags and sort some recycling as needed.
• Intermittent Trash Fairy
Sort daily recycling stream from the beach, un-fuck trash area, and sweep for central kitchen area moop: 1 hour Fri/Sat/Sun
• LNT Striker
Stays to Monday early evening with LNT Lead to make sure we truly leave no trace.
• Lost & Found Coordinator
The dinos need you! Make a Lost & Found area, tell people about it, make signs, take everything in it home at the end, take photos, share them, help people pick up their stuff. You should live in Oakland or San Francisco. People will thank you!
Volunteer CoordinationLead: Will Ho & Renee
Something Else runs on volunteers! The Volunteer coordination team helps identify what needs help and who is available to provide it.
• Pre-event Volunteer Coordinator
This is a high-touch pre-event role. People will say they’re interested in a team, then you work with the team lead to match them to a shift.
• During-event Volunteer Coordinator
Work with pre-event volunteer coordination team to clarify any role or team need ambiguities. Periodically checks in with leads on attendance and resourcing needs. Help confused volunteers find something to do. It happens.
Art SupportLeads: Gene & Renee
This is a high-touch pre-event role, handling all people who want to bring arts. Handles placement and resource allocation. Places camps. Helpful for someone who knows the property.
• Event Management
Point person(s) for anyone wanting to host an activity. Scheduling and logistics. Coordinating with Placement and Setup.
Take a mix of close-up happy-people-Doing-A-Thing shots and farther-away look-at-all-this-joy scenic/crowd shots and anything relevant in between. Target: 50% images of identifiable people, 30% art, and 20% scene/landscape/crowd.
Our goals with these photos are:
A persistent visual history of the event over the years
Images that communicate the brand/experience to future attendees
Images that illustrate volunteer tasks, events, and amenities—so people know what they’re signing up for.
Images that make current attendees look (and feel) like rockstars—reinforcing their good feelings about the event and encouraging repeat attendance.
Write emails and social posts, mostly.