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):


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.

Guest Services Associate — Frequently the first contact people have with Karmê Chöling, the Guest Services Associate helps with registration, housing, travel plans, and payment for programs and retreats.  A wonderful opportunity to manifest Shambhala Vision through patience, exertion and generosity, extending Enlightened Society to each person as they come here, many times for the first time.  Cheerfulness, the ability to hold one’s seat under pressure, attention to detail, familiarity with computer systems as a user, and the intention to help others are essential qualities for this position.  Position available now.

Cook/Prep Cook — Cook with us! Work in a kitchen preparing food with and for meditators, make nutritional, well-balanced, uplifted meals that use local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. A minimum of six months experience in food preparation for large groups, a cheerful attitude, and the ability to work comfortably under pressure will ensure success. Some previous experience or a commitment to explore the Way of Shambhala is a must. This position requires the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time, and frequently lift up to 40 lbs. Click here to download the full job description.  Position available now.

Prep Cook — Join us in the kitchen at Karmê Chöling as a prep cook. Some experience along with a wish to pursue the Way of Shambhala is required, and the ability to work for up to 6 hours in the kitchen – prepping, sorting, chopping, organizing and generally assisting the head cook in meal preparation for large groups of meditators. Click here to download the full job description. Poistion available now.

Program Coordinator/Youth & Family Programs — Join us in a varied and engaging role as a Program Coordinator and Coordinator for our Youth & Family Programs. Apply your understanding of Shambhala and your meditation practice – composure, decorum and kindness. Be the nerve center for all aspects of program production, coordinating with all Karmê Chöling departments. Plan in collaboration with Program Directors, Faculty and Teachers and Family Camp. Commitment to the vision of Shambhala and a broad understanding and experience of the Shambhala path required. Previous experience working with families, youth and children will be considered great assets. Click here to download the full job description.  Position available now.

Program Staff Recruiter/Program Coordinator — Using your excellent communication skills for networking within Shambhala, work with Shambhala Directors and Teachers to create the best staff mandalas for Karmê Chöling and Shambhala International programs. In any situation, the Program Staff Recruiter/Program Coordinator maintains a sense of composure, decorum, and humor. Significant experience with all levels of Shambhala programs required. Join the Karmê Chöling staff in this important role as we create enlightened societies together, program by program, and as part of a practicing community! Click here to download the full job description.   Position available now.

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. NON-RESIDENTIAL PAID HOURLY OPENINGS:We do not have any non-residential job openings at this time.