Jilakin Rock City Rangers 2018-07-06T12:16:24+08:00

Jilakin Rock City Rangers

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:

  • Complete the Volunteer Application Form

  • Attend a training session hosted by the annual Ranger Lead

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!

2019 Applications open later in the year

Types of Ranger

  • Ranger Co-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.

  • 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 Dot

    Offer support in more complex situations often involving participants who may be experiencing a challenging time psychologically.

Ranger Training

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.

2019 Training Dates

  • To be announced…

Ranger Shifts

Rangers will be asked for a minimum commitment of three shifts: 2 x Day Shifts and 1 x Night Shift.

Shift Structure

Shift Time Length
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

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