DPW Set-up Producer

DPW Set-up Pod Description 

DPW is short for “Department of Public Works,” similar to the crew at Black Rock City. Can you wield a shovel? Like to get your hands dirty and build things? Do you know how to fix a generator or just how to start one? Set-up prepares the site and sets up infrastructure for the event. We need a Crew of hardy souls who want to arrive early, stay a whole week in paradise, and help us build the jank! 

DPW Set-up Pod Responsibilities: 

  • Site Set-up 
  • Placement Liaison 
  • Transport In 
  • Liaise with Power (contracted)

Reports to: GVIAS Board 

Liaises with: 

  • BitF Controller and all other Production Pods 
  • Contracts Committee 
  • Culture Committee (on-site requirements) 
  • Communications Committee 
  • Volunteer Committee (volunteer coordination and on-site requirements)


DPW Set-up Producer Responsibilities 

  • Overseeing and ensuring all tasks under the DPW Set-up Pod’s purview are completed on schedule 
  • Interface with Contracts Committee to provide infrastructure vendor requirements
  • Share management tasks with associate producers 
  • Interface with Board Liaison, BitF Chair, and Board as needed 
  • Recruit leads, delegate, and ask for help as needed 
  • Building the DPW Set-up teams and creating a supportive environment  where Team Leads feel confident and supported in leading their own  volunteers 
  • Seek leads interested in becoming producers, and mentor them to  become producers if desired 
  • Interface with other Producers, pods and committees as needed • Attending at least one BitF Production Team meeting per month • Prepare any necessary budget for pod 
  • Prepare or delegate requests for placement, signage,  survival guide and WWW submissions


  • Ensure all tasks under their purview are complete on schedule 
  • Build a successful and supportive team 
  • Attend all necessary meetings to ensure a successful event 
  • Work with the rest of the production team to plan and create the event • Ensure all DPW Set-up Associate Producerss and team leads have what they  need to be successful in their roles and arrive on site prepared for build  week and the event 
  • Work closely with DPW Exodus Producer 
  • Adhere to the production team’s code of conduct. 

Commitment: Oct – Sept 

Term: 1 yr
Multiple Terms: Yes  


  • October to January, 1 hr/wk (BitF Production Retreat, production  meetings, recruiting) 
  • January to March, 2 hs/wk (producer meetings, meetings with team leads  and recruiting, site visit) 
  • March to mid-May, 3 hours/week (BitF Town Hall, production meetings,  Ops team meetings) 
  • Mid-May to mid-July, 4-5 hours/week (Safety Meeting, site visits,  Production meetings, Curation team meetings)
  • Onsite: site prep weekends (if needed); Sat/Sun pre event 8-12hr days until gates open; production shifts during event


  • Preference for experience as Producer or Assistant Producer for any DPW  past pod (Set-up or Exodus) 
  • Planning and Coordination experience 
  • Strong written and verbal communication 
  • Previous attendance to BitF nice to have
  • Confidentiality agreement and Code of Conduct apply.

Updated 01/23/2023

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