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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Working and Living at Karmê Chöling

At Karmê Chöling, you are much more than your job. You will join a community of people who bring their minds and hearts to what they do each day. Our team is inspired by the service and support the offer the many visitors, retreatants, and residents that come to Karmê Chöling seeking insight, enrichment, and community.

When you work at the Karmê Chöling, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from respected contemplative and spiritual teachers as well as other students of Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness who are all working to build a more compassionate and resilient future for all.

Everyone who lives and works at the Karmê Chöling may join our morning and evening community sitting as well as the classes and study groups created for our residential community. Set in a beautifully renovated farmhouse nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Karmê Chöling encourages all its staff members to connect deeply with nature, as well as our fellow humans.

Staff commit to:

  • Work ~30 hours per week
  • Provide 10 hours of additional community work (e.g. dish shifts etc.)
  • Attend all staff trainings, practice sessions, meetings, and community events and participate in the governance of our community by, for example, planning a party, organizing a staff retreat, sitting on a committee, starting a book discussion, etc.

Staff receive:

  • Room and Board at Karmê Chöling (room assignment depending upon position); Meals (includes organic produce from our garden)
  • Access to kitchens to prepare your own meals with our supplies
  • Staff basic “exercise” room with weights, treadmill, etc.
  • 28 paid days off per year, huge discounts/free Shambhala programs
  • Modest Stipend
  • Two hours each day for formal meditation practice
  • Personal Meditation Instructor
  • Free periodic staff classes within the Shambhala tradition
  • Generous guest policy

*Please Note: If you are not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, then you must pre-clear your immigration status with us before applying. Only certain Core Staff Positions qualify to apply for US Religious Worker VISA status and you must meet certain requirements.

Also, please note that we do not have room for storage of personal items such as bikes, skis, tires, etc.

If you have any questions, please email the Head of Personnel.