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):


Head of Kitchen - A leadership role, the head of kitchen is responsible for supervising the head  cook, meal cooks, kitchen prep staff and kitchen volunteers.  There is a strong emphasis on working in collaboration with all kitchen staff, kitchen volunteers, garden staff and program staff.  This position is responsible to oversee the ordering, buying, inventory, meal planning and food budget.  Particular emphasis is placed on local sustainable sourcing of quality produces from local producers. The head of kitchen is a leader with an intent to mainfest the Shambhala vision through staff development, communication and an uplifted kitchen environment.

Registrar - This position reports to the Head of Guest Services and is repsonsible for assisting guests with program registration, housing, travel and gerneral guest inquiries.  The person in this position is responsible for maintaining an uplifted and inviting atmoshpere for guests, teachers and staff.  Excellent organizational, listening, verbal and written communication skills, as well as computer proficiency is required.

Programs Manager - A leadership role, the programs manager is responsible for supervising the day-to-day activities of the Programs Department, such as supervising and mentoring coordinators, facilitating interdepartmental communication, and maintaining and updating various management systems. Works closely with assisting the Director of Programs in a variety of projects, including editing and creating various manuals, checklists, and training curriculum for coordination. Handles ordering materials for programs, training guest coordinators, leading weekly meetings, and prepping and occasionally coordinating programs. Preferable a Tantrika. Experience coordinating Shambhala programs is required.

Marketing Specialist - Develop print and online marketing, fundraising and advertising material, prepare and send email communications, manage Karmê Chöling social media campaigns and provide administrative support to the Director of Communications. Additionally, the person in this role will assist in the planning, development and implementation of the overall marketing strategy for both online and print media.

Program Staffing Coordinator - Responsible for magnetizing, finding, and organizing qualified staff for all programs held at Karmê Chöling.  Communicates directly with Directors and Teachers to find a good fit for the staff mandala and the view of the director/teacher.  Clearly communicates view and role expectations for Guest Coordinators and Program Staff for all programs. Responsible for prepping and coordinating programs as needed. Experience staffing programs at your City Center is important and experience coordinating at Karmê Chöling preferred. Position opens in January.

Program Coordinator - A great opportunity to serve teachers, staff and participants while deepening one's own path. Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs required. More advanced Shambhala practitioners desirable. Position opens in January.




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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