Welcome to the Jilakin Rock Rangers

The Jilakin Rock Rangers (Rangers) are one of the largest volunteer groups at Blazing Swan.

They provide over 1000 hours of 24/7 coverage at the event each year.

With the 2022 event expecting a maximum of 4000 participants we will need more Rangers than ever before – read on to find out who we are, what we do and find out if Rangers is for you!

Community Mediators

Jilakin Rock Rangers are participants who volunteer a portion of their time at Blazing Swan in service of the safety and well-being of the Blaze community. Rangers act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information and facilitators of public safety.

Day or night, pairs of Rangers can be found walking the streets of Jilakin Rock City, engaging with the community, enjoying the art and always ready to help sort things out.

What Rangers Do

The Jilakin Rock Rangers are Blazing Swan volunteers who help participants find solutions to problems that they can’t immediately resolve by themself. Rangers help preserve community welfare, safety and quality of experience and uphold the 11 Principles of Blazing Swan. Empathic surfers on the edge of chaos, Rangers rise out of the dust when needed and recede when things can be left on their own. Some of the things that Rangers may be involved in include:

  • Mobilise medical, fire response, law enforcement or other safety services.
  • Assist participants in acclimating to the Jilakin Rock City environment and community.
  • Help agitated and disoriented participants get back to their campmates.
  • Mediate situations and/or disputes between participants (without telling people what to do).
  • Address and report any instances of non-consensual physical or sexual assault.
  • Reunite lost children with their families.
  • Prevent vehicles from endangering pedestrians, cyclists and campsites.
  • Keep roads clear for pedestrians, bicycles and emergency vehicles.
  • Inform participants of potentially hazardous weather situations.
  • Observe interactions between participants and outside agencies.
  • Maintain safety perimeters and scene control as needed.
  • Act as an information resource to the community.
  • Promote the 11 principles to participants
  • Build social capital with fellow Blazers as participants and integral members of the community.

Becoming A Ranger

The process of becoming a Jilakin Rock Ranger is very simple:

There is no previous experience necessary, but there are some guidelines and expectations that all Rangers must accept and adhere to:

  • Must be over 18
  • Must report sober for shift
  • Must wear Ranger shirt and lanyard for easy identification
  • Should arrive well rested for shift
  • Should arrive 10 minutes early for shift
  • Should arrive on shift friendly, cheerful and ready to make a difference

Yep…that’s it!

Types of Ranger

  • Ranger Lead: Coordinator for all training, scheduling, Ranger mentoring and information prior to the event. Primary point of contact for any Ranger concerns and between the event manager and Ranger Ops team.
  • Ranger Ops Leads: Experienced Rangers who support the lead, mentor Rangers and help pick-up any gaps in scheduling.
  • Black Swan: Responsible for handling all Ranger radio traffic and marshaling resource requirements identified by Rangers on shift.
  • Dirt Ranger: The main force of the Rangers are made up of the volunteers and community members interested in supporting their friends family and community. The Rangers work in pairs and travel around the event making sure that all participants are in a safe, respected and enjoyable space.
  • Green Dots: Offer support in more complex situations often involving participants who may be experiencing a challenging time psychologically.

Ranger Training

Annual Ranger Training for new and returning Rangers is held at Swan’s Nest a month or so before the event.  Additional training is available on-site for those unable to make it. Advanced Ranger Training (ART) events are held sporadically throughout the year according to interest and need. All current Rangers are welcome to attend these if eligible. Click the training name to sign-up.

Ranger Shifts

Rangers will be asked for a minimum commitment of three shifts: 2 x day shifts and 1 x night shift.

Shift Structure

Graveyard      12.00am – 6.00am             6 hours

Morning         6.00am – 10.00am             4 hours

Lunch             10.00am – 2.00pm             4 hours

Afternoon       2.00pm – 6.00pm              4 hours

Swing             6.00pm – 12.00am              6 hours

Stay Connected

Ranger Reflux: The antidote to information overload is a periodic newsletter emailed to all Rangers in the Jilakin Rock Ranger community. You can join this list by signing up here. Note this is for Rangers only.

The most up-to-date information is posted to our Facebook group.

Latest Ranger News

January 12, 2022

Ranger Recruitment 2022

The Jilakin Rock Rangers (Rangers) are one of the largest volunteer groups at Blazing Swan. They provide over 1000 hours of 24/7 coverage at the event each year. With the 2022 event expecting a maximum of 4000 participants we will…
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March 2, 2020

Lessons from Black Rock – Self Care

Being a participant at an event like Blazing Swan (or Burning Man) is no easy feat. Your radical self-reliance means that you have brought with you many of the physical things you need to survive – food, water, shelter and…
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November 20, 2019

Call out for Rangers

Rangers are still seeking participants who would like to volunteer with them at Blaze next year. We ask for a minimum commitment of 14 shift hours (three shifts) and that you attend a 6 hour training session. Find out more…
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November 9, 2019

2020 Ranger Training #1

The sign-up for Volunteering as a Ranger at Blazing Swan 2020 "Perception" is now open and the first training date has been set for Sunday November 17. Jilakin Rock Rangers are participants who volunteer a portion of their time at…
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June 22, 2019

New Ranger Lead

Congratulations to Karen Becker aka Scarpie who was duly elected to the role of Ranger Lead by the Ranger Council last night. After three years leading the Jilakin Rock Rangers, as has always been my intention, I am stepping down.…
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April 29, 2019

Lost Property Collection

Blaze is over the and poor Rangers wound up with a record amount of Lost Property. Over 3 cubic meters of Lost Property was handed in weighting in at over 300kg! Not a very good Leave No Trace effort and…
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March 23, 2019

Crossing the Line

I write this not as the Lead Ranger or as the Vice-Chair of Blazing Swan but as a participant and community member. The Black Rock Rangers at Burning Man hold a very poignant ceremony for Rangers who pass their Alpha…
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January 14, 2019

Ranger Reflux #16

Edition #16 of Ranger Reflux is out!   All the latest and greatest on training dates, shift rosters, busy bee and other khaki coloured fun!   Get it here.
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December 27, 2018

Jilakin Rock Rangers – Update Dec ’18

The Ranger Leadership Group have been dusting themselves-off from a long, wet Winter and earnestly lining things-up for another awesome Blaze next year. Projects in the pipeline include constructing a Ranger themed art piece for the Tin Horse Highway, a…
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