trilobyte wrote:It's neither a new position nor a fancy term for a receptionist job (well, they provide backup on reception duties). Burning Man's offices have a lot of meeting rooms that see quite a bit of action - internal department and team meetings as well as meetings with volunteer groups and outside folks (vendors, participants, etc). My own personal take (from working with Burning Man and knowing the person currently doing the job) is that they're the member of the office staff who acts as wrangler for all those spaces, making sure supplies are stocked and that people using the spaces all doing their parts to help with setup and teardown/cleanup. I'm sure there's more to the post, but that's what I've seen from my experience. The outgoing office host does a great job too, for an organization with so many things going on at any given time of day or night things run really smoothly.
For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Like Trilo said, it's essentially a very busy wrangling position. For those of you in the corporate world, it's similar to a conference center coordinator.
But lest people think it's something to enable people to live in the lap of luxury... The meeting spaces are largely there to facilitate all sorts of volunteer projects and meetings. The Org in that way functions much like an incubator for those of you from the business world, enabling these disparate groups a central, supported place to do their business. The host helps make sure those spaces are untilized well, booked properly, cleaned up stocked, etc. They are present a lot so they do get asked to "lend a hand" in many, many other projects that happen year 'round.
The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion - W. Blake (attribution corrected)