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).

Please know that Karmê Chöling’s living space is in a converted farmhouse and, like most older homes in northern climates, is prone to mold. Experts have assured us that the molds found at Karmê Chöling are relatively benign. We follow mitigation protocols, but if you are severely immune compromised, please think carefully about your plans to spend time here. We are not able to control some environmental factors at Karmê Chöling.


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 is necessary for these positions.

JOB OPENINGS (for Shambhala practitioners):

Director of Guest Services

The Director of Guest Services holds the long term and day to day oversight of general service and support of guests in Karmê Chöling. This position supervises staff in reception, registration, and housekeeping and oversees housing and travel support for guests as well as supporting collaboration, coordination, creativity and communication across departments. As a leader at Karmê Chöling the Director of Guest Services commits to daily meditation practice and supports the aspiration for manifesting Shambhala culture in the workplace. Apply now below or click here for the full job description. Position now available. 

Technology Support Specialist
The Technology Support Specialist provides workstation and software technical support and manages the administration and maintenance of the IT infrastructure for Karmê Chöling. If you have experience with or affinity for: software support, SQL, PHP, network administration, hardware administration, or software implementation, and if you have a Shambhala meditation practice that you wish to pursue and deepen at this wonderful residential meditation retreat center, please consider joining us. Apply now below or click here to download the full job descriptionPosition 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. Apply now below or click here to download the full job descriptionPosition available now.

Retreat Assistant – for Solitary Cabin Retreats
Come work in the magical forest of Karmê Chöling, on a team with the Retreat Master, to support and protect deep meditation practice in our seven solitary retreat cabins. Many of the activities take place outside in the beautiful environment of the retreat area during all seasons. This particular position offers a regular schedule with much time for deepening your practice and study, community engagement, and exploring voluntary roles at Karmê Chöling, Shambhala’s first retreat center. The job requires a friendly, patient and caring attitude towards our guests, an established strong meditation practice of at least one year in the Shambhala tradition, the ability to lift 50 lb. water containers, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to enjoy teamwork as well as work alone in nature. Experience of doing solitary cabin retreats and attendance at Sacred World Assembly preferred, but not required. Apply now below or click here to download the full job description. Position available now.

Mukpo Institute Coordinator/Program Coordinator
The Mukpo Institute Coordinator w
orks in an administrative capacity with Director of Programs and the faculty of the Mukpo Institute to oversee the student experience, and coordinates additional programs, too (see program coordinator position above). Prior experience coordinating Shambhala programs required. This is a great opportunity to deepen one’s own path, while serving teachers, staff and participants to experience an extraordinary program. Apply now or click here to download the full job desription. 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. We do not have any hourly non-residential job openings at this time. Please send a resume if you want to be called when there is an opening to Head of Personnel.