Job Opportunities at Karmê Chöling

Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining our staff! We have two categories of core staff as described below as well as a Residential Shambhala Volunteer Program. We seek applicants with skills and work experience relevant to the position for which they are applying.

For important information about what we are seeking and offering, and to apply online, click on the Core Staff application link below. For more information email (email is the preferred initial contact).


RESIDENTIAL CORE STAFF form a community of practitioners dedicated to the vision of Shambhala. Having a current and established connection to Shambhala practice, study (classes and Levels), and volunteering within the community and to the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is necessary for these positions.


JOB OPENINGS (for Shambhala practitioners):

Director of Practice & Education – This position is responsible for all aspects of practice, study, meditation instruction and shrine room training for the Karmê Chöling community.  This person integrates new staff members into the practice and education container, schedules daily, weekly and monthly staff practices, including staff retreats.  The Director of Practice and Education provides program support by training program staff in shrine room forms and roles, collaborates with the St. Johnsbury Shambhala center to organize monthly feasts and supports annual and special ceremonies in collaboration with Culture and Decorum and Societal Health and Wellbeing representatives.  In addition this position is responsible for overseeing all shrine rooms, practice materials and liturgies, works with the Resident Acharya as a representative of the Practice and Education Pillar, approves Inhouse Retreatants and oversees and assignes Meditation Instructors for staff, volunteers and Mukpo Institute students.  The person in this position must be a senior vajrayana Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, preferrably a Werma Sadhaka, have experience teaching Shambhala dharma, be a Meditation Instructor and the ability to work collaboratively with others.  Position currently open.

Director of Programs - Oversees program department staff, works with the Center Director, Resident Acharya and others in developing creative, uplifted and practical systems to ensure the smooth functioning of all programs. Holds the overall vision, both short and long-term, for the Programs Department and also collaborates with all other departments to ensure an excellent experience for all of our guests. Organizes, manages and schedules programs. Must be a tantrika in the Shambhala tradition, have extensive experience coordinating Shambhala programs and preferably 3-5 years of management experience. Position available 1/1/16

Head of Facilities - Supervises the maintenance and operations of Karmê Chöling buildings, vehicles and grounds, including a campground with 60 tent sites, hands on skills in these areas is required. A central aspect of this job is project/time management, team leadership and mentoring.  Excellent communication, leadership and mentoring skills and knowledge of commonly used computer systems are necessary for this position.  Minimum for 2 years experience in a similar position or project management, as well as broad experience in all aspects of facilities operations and management is required.  Experience as a trades-person is highly desired.  Must be a current practitioner and active community member in the Shambhala lineage. Position available 9/1/15

Facilities Support - Maintain and uplift the buildings and environment of Karme Choling. Responsibilities include managing the setup, maintenance, and takedown of the campground. Grounds care, including mowing and brush cutting, and snow and ice removal. Performing routine maintenance of buildings. May oversee 1-3 volunteers and supports program setup and takedown activities when necessary. Must be able to perform physical tasks such as lifting, shoveling, etc and work outdoors in the year-round weather of Vermont.  Handy person skills and a knack for organization are a plus. Position currently open




PAID HOURLY NON-RESIDENTIAL positions are typically in the Kitchen and Housekeeping. Employees live in the local community and come from various backgrounds and religions. To apply or for more information email (no calls or walk-in appointments please).

Residential Shambhala Volunteer Program (RSVP) 

RSVP is open to practitioners who have a current and established connection to Shambhala practice, study (classes and Levels), volunteering within the community and connection to the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is necessary for these positions. 

RSVP's receive meals, dorm or shrine room floor housing in winter, shared tent housing in summer, 50% off program tuition for up to 1 year at KCL, ability to participate in staff classes and more.  Participants are asked to make a 1 - 3 month commitment.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to experience living and working at Karmê Chöling!

RSVP Openings

We do not have any RSVP openings at this time.





To learn more about joining our community, and to apply for a position, please follow these links:

Core Staff Online Application

Summer Volunteer Program Online Application

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