Summer Staff and Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you stay for the whole summer program season, a month, or two, your service at Dorje Denma Ling is warmly welcome. Please contact us if you are thinking about 2018!

Staff and volunteers participate in daily meditation practice, have access to local Meditation Instructors, and opportunities to participate in dharma classes. Volunteers have two days off per week, room and board, and receive program credit based on length of service, good for two years. The best part of volunteering is the opportunity to offer your heart and service and participate in the creation of Enlightened Society.

Summer positions will be considered for next summer in January, 2018. For more information, please email our Personnel Manager at

Staff positions open now (six-month positions starting in April 2018):

Operations Manager — In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Operations Manager supports and maintains a protected environment and container in which the Shambhala Buddhist teachings can manifest fully. The Operations Manager holds the day to day operations of Dorje Denma Ling, responsible for overseeing, planning, directing, coordinating and supervising the use of resources and the on going activities of the Centre. Experience in operations and/or human resources is an asset and the successful candidate is someone who listens to the wisdom of the community and is able to bring the best of people; has the ability to hold space for self and others in moments of pressure; the ability to facilitate and hold difficult conversations; and the ability to host staff, volunteers and guests creating a fun and welcoming environment. Please contact us with your letter of interest and your résumé at

Kitchen Manager — Oversees and manages all operations of the kitchen. Managing a busy retreat center kitchen with a high standard for nutritious and delicious meals includes supervising a staff of cooks and kitchen assistants, ordering, shopping, inventory control, menu planning, scheduling, and some cooking.  Experience in food service management is preferred but not essential.  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. Must have a valid driver’s license. Please contact our Personnel Manager with your letter of interest and your résumé at

Program Liaison — Utilizing your understanding of Shambhala Buddhist view & practice and in collaboration with the Program Manager, you will plan, prep, and implement programs at Dorje Denma Ling. The Program Liaison serves as the link between the program mandala and the Denma Ling staff, and provides logistical support to the program offerings at Dorje Denma Ling. The program Liaison provides the materials and personnel to support the programs offered with dignity and decorum. Please contact our Personnel Manager with your letter of interest and your résumé at

The following departments will be seeking monthly volunteer assistance for 2018:


Dorje Denma Ling welcomes facilities volunteers to help with building projects, repairs and outdoor projects. In addition to the routine facilities work, people who have experience in the building trades – carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians – are particularly in need for a variety of special projects. May through the end of August is a great time to offer a week or more as we prepare for our high season.


If you love cooking or helping in the kitchen, we welcome you to apply as a kitchen volunteer. Come and help prepare healthy and delicious meals for our core community and program participants. Your help will be most welcome the last week of April through the end of August.


Help to keep Denma Ling sparkling and uplifted. We always need help with routine cleaning, preparation of participant accommodations and deep cleaning to magnetize the dralas.

If you would like to know more about volunteering or joining the core staff at Dorje Denma Ling, please contact our Personnel Manager with your letter of interest and your résumé at