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.

Technical 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.

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.

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 10/1/2017.

Retreats Assistant – Come work on the magical mountain at Karme Choling with the Retreat Master, to support and protect meditation practice in our eight solitary retreat cabins. Much of your work will be outdoors in the beautiful Vermont woods and meadows during all seasons. The job requires a friendly, patient attitude with our guests, an established meditation practice with at least one year of training in the Shambhala tradition, the ability to lift 50 lb. water containers, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to enjoy working with a team or alone. Experience doing solitary retreats and attendance at Sacred World Assembly will be considered assets. Download full job description.Position available 6/21/2017

Mukpo Institute & Program Coordinator – Join us in a varied and engaging role as a Program and Mukpo Institute Coordinator. Apply your understanding of Shambhala Buddhist view and your practice – composure, decorum and kindness. Be the nerve center for all aspects of program production, coordinating with Karme Choling departments. Plan in collaboration with Program Directors, Faculty and Teachers. Participate in the marketing, outreach and application process and then hold a leadership role for program staff and participants. Experience with Shambhala Buddhism and the vision of Shambhala and a broad understanding and experience of the Shambhala Buddhist path and curriculum required. Please inquire for full job description. Position available 8/1/2017

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.