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.


RESIDENTIAL CORE STAFF OPENINGS (for Shambhala practitioners):

Head of Kitchen - This position manages a busy retreat center kitchen. Duties include supervision of kitchen staff, ordering, inventory control, menu planning, scheduling, and cooking. Experience in food service management preferred but not required. The ideal candidate will pay particular attention to communication issues, environment, and to staff development.  Supervisory experience is preferred.  A desire to manifest Shambhala vision is essential.

Assistant Head of Kitchen - This position will assist the Head of Kitchen in the day to day operations of a busy retreat center kitchen. The ideal candidate will have institutional or restaurant cooking experience. Supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Prep Cook -  This position supports the line cooks for efficient preparation of  all food prepared for KCL staff and program participants.  This position is responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen workspace as well as maintaining a clean and stocked service area.  Additional duties include washing pots and pans, rotating stock, opening and closing kitchen, as well as any other tasks assigned.  Experience in working with knives for chopping and dicing of foods is

Retreat Master – Responsible for all aspects of coordinating the solitary cabin retreat program and managing our eight cabins.  Duties include, but are not limited to, screening applicants for readiness to do a solitary retreat; coordinating registration and payments with Guest Services; maintaining the database; supporting retreatants’ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being; arranging visits from Meditation Instructors; deliveries of supplies, fresh water, ice, practice supplies and groceries; maintaining cabin shrines and practice kits; coordinating cleaning, refurbishing and repair of cabins and roads.  Coordinate wood and propane supplies; managing the composting outhouses; caring for the retreat vehicles; ordering supplies.  The Retreat Master is aided by the Retreat Assistant. Requirements:  Applicants must be sadhakas in the Shambhala tradition, preferably having attended Scorpion Seal Assemblies; be an active MI in the Shambhala tradition; have a valid driver’s license; have administrative experience and computer literacy; ability to work outside in any weather; be able to create and implement and annual budget; able to lift 40 lbs. comfortably; must be very detail oriented.  Background in doing traditional vajrayana practice, such as Vajrayogini Sadhana, is an asset.

Marketing Specialist - Do you have an interest in helping others discover the magical place that Karmê Chöling is?  In this position you will participate in print and online marketing, advertising and email communications. You will also assist in managing Karmê Chöling social media presence, participate in developing the marketing strategy and provide administrative support to the Director of Communications.  If you are a good writer and are passionate about communicating the Shambhala offerings, we'd like to talk to you.

Program Coordinator/Mukpo Institute Coordinator - A great opportunity to serve teachers, staff and participants while deepening one's own path. Works in an administrative capacity with Director of Programs and the faculty of the Mukpo Institute to oversee the student experience. Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs required. More advanced Shambhala practitioner is desirable.

Program Coordinator/Youth and Family Program Coordinator - A great opportunity to serve teachers, staff and participants while deepening one's own path. As a program coordinator, the Youth and Family coordinator also holds the view of Children and Family programming at Karme Choling. Works directly with planning, developing and implementing youth and family programming and events. Previous experience working with families and children is desirable. 

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) - 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. 

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

Kasung Staff - If you would like to experience life as part of the Karme Choling community, want to deepen your meditation and Shambhala path, and are inspired to serve as Dorje Kasung, this is a great opportunity for you. Being Kasung at a Dharma Center is excellent training and a quick way to deepen your understanding of Kasungship. This is true whether you are relatively new to Kasungship, a vet of several years looking to step into a leadership role at your local center, or a Cadet wanting to be involved as Dorje Kasung. 

The ideal arrival date is mid-April though please be in touch if you're interested and able to arrive at a later date. The departure time of late August or early September is negotiable, depending on your schedule and what is happening at Karmê Chöling.

While at Karmê Chöling you will be a fully active member of the Iron Wolf Squad. You will serve during His Majesty's visit to Karmê Chöling in May and June. You will do the following shifts: KOD, Driver, and Court Guard. You will support Garsung staffs for several large programs. You will coordinate Squad messes, activities, and classes. You will work closely with the Rusung on the ongoing responsibilities of the Kasung department, as well as whatever unexpected situations occur.





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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