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Core Staff Positions

Residential core staff form a community of practitioners dedicated to exploring and manifesting the wisdom of the Shambhala teachings.  Having a current and established connection of meditation practice and study in the Shambhala lineage is necessary for all residential core staff positions. The essence of practice, study, work and community is the same: to serve others while opening to the natural, awake quality of mind. Staff, Volunteers and Residents must agree to abide by our Karmê Chöling Code of Conduct. We seek applicants who are genuinely inspired by these teachings to apply.

To find out more about open positions  go to Core Leadership Openings or Core Staff Openings.

What we seek in applicants

  • dedication to the vision and principles of Shambhala
  • a current and established path of practice, study and involvement within Shambhala. Examples of this are:
    • have completed and are currently attending Shambhala Training Levels, programs and classes;
    • volunteering, attending events and actively engaging with the Shambhala community;
    • regularly attend meditation practice sessions at a Shambhala Center; have a current and ongoing relationship with a Meditation Instructor
    • those who feel a strong connection with Shambhala
    • job skills relevant to the position applied for
    • the willingness to engage in community while balancing personal needs
    • the qualities of cheerfulness, flexibility, integrity, commitment, personal discipline/decorum and a sense of humor
    • US Citizenship or valid work VISA

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 (staff dormitory, a shared or private room 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
  • Health insurance is not offered, however, most staff qualify for Green Mountain Care that includes medical and dental coverage.
  • 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.