Job Opportunities at Karmê Chöling

Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining our staff! We have two categories of workers as described below. 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):

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. 





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).




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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