Core Staff Openings

Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining our staff! We have two categories of core staff, residential and non-residential. We seek applicants with skills and work experience relevant to the position for which they are applying.  For more information about any of the positions, email the Head of Personnel (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.

JOB OPENINGS (for Shambhala practitioners):

Head of Facilities – Supervises the maintenance and operations of Karmê Chöling buildings, vehicles and grounds, including a campground with 60 tent sites, hands on skills in these areas is required. A central aspect of this job is project/time management, team leadership and mentoring.  Excellent communication, leadership and mentoring skills and knowledge of commonly used computer systems are necessary for this position.  Minimum for 2 years experience in a similar position or project management, as well as broad experience in all aspects of facilities operations and management is required.  Experience as a trades-person is highly desired. Download the job description.  Position available now.

Kitchen Manager – Great management and organizational skills are the essential ingredients!  Managing a busy retreat center kitchen with a high standard for nutritious and delicious meals includes supervising a staff of cooks and prep cooks, ordering, inventory control, menu planning, scheduling, and some cooking.  Experience in food service management would be helpful, but not required.  The ideal candidate will pay particular attention to communication, environment, and staff development, joining with other departments to manifest Shambhala culture and create an excellent retreat experience for our guests. Supervisory experience preferred. Position available now.

Technology Support Specialist – The Technology Support Specialist works with Karmê Chöling staff and management to oversee the administration, management and maintenance of technology systems, with an emphasis on workstation, software, and printer support.  The Specialist will also work with outside vendors to facilitate development and support of other systems and projects.  

Knowledge of Mac and Windows workstation support (operating systems and standard applications) is essential, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner with vendors, management, and other staff.  Knowledge of any of the following is a plus: Hardware maintenance, network administration, databases, and web technologies (for example, SQL, PHP, Linux, and Git for version control) .  Excellent project management, analytic, and communication skills required.  Position available now.

Program Manager – A leadership role, the Program 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 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 coordinators. Handles ordering materials for programs, training guest coordinators, leading weekly meetings, and prepping and occasionally coordinating programs. Tantrikas preferred. Experience coordinating Shambhala programs is required. Position available now.

Program Coordinator –  A great opportunity to serve teachers, staff and participants while deepening one’s own path. Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs required. The Program Coordinator organizes and facilitates programs at Karmê Chöling. As the main reference point for participants, Coordinators are responsible for manifesting Shambhala Vision. Coordinators create and maintain an environment consistent with the teachings. The coordinator is also the main contact for Karmê Chöling staff regarding each program and serves as a liaison to each department to ensure the prep work is done to host the program. See full job description here.  Position available 2/15/17.

Facilities Support – Provide essential service in the care and uplift of the buildings, campgrounds and environment. Handy-person skills required; experience with carpentry, electrical, renovation, plumbing, etc., highly desirable. Must be able to perform physical tasks such as lifting, shoveling etc. Ability to use power tools and to work outdoors in four seasons are needed. Position available now.

Garden Assistant – Assisting the Garden Manager and Master Gardener in cultivating a one-acre vegetable garden that nurtures practitioners of the Shambhala Dharma, both the residential core staff and those that come for programs and retreats.  Help propagate, cultivate, and harvest vegetable crops, flowers, and herbs, and other activities essential in developing and strengthening the garden.  This is a seasonal position that will run from March 15 through November 15.  Position available 3/15.


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.

We do not have any non-residential job openings at this time.