The answer is, it depends. There are departments that will only accept experienced Burners. Some departments love new folks. If there is a team that you are interested in, take some time to read their description and requirements now, so you won’t be surprised or disappointed later. You can find team descriptions here in the Volunteers section. Being a part of the event is a great way to get acclimated. If you’re a first-timer, be careful with your commitments — just going to the Burn can be an overwhelming experience! Consider volunteering your time after the event. If you do decide to lend a hand during the event, make sure to schedule some relaxation and play time into your day. Depending on the length of your stay in Black Rock City, a good rule of thumb is not to sign up for more than three shifts in your first year. If you work three shifts and love it, you can always sign up for more.